To my dear Hydroflask,
I am truly blessed to have you in my life. Since the day we met, you’ve been by my side…through thick and thin, through simmering heat and aching cold. You’ve always provided comfort, even when comfort was impossible to find.
I am lost without you.
I have forsaken all others for you alone.
I was first introduced to Hydroflask in May 2012, at the Overland Expo near Mormon Lake outside Flagstaff. The guys from Overland Gourmet had a pile of Hydroflasks for sale at their table and on the last day I decided I would try one out. So I picked out my favorite: a small 18oz wide-mouth in Arctic White. The size was perfect for sliding in to the side-pocket of my pack and easily fit in to any cup holder. Without ice at camp, it wasn’t until I got back to Phoenix that the love-affair began.
May in Phoenix is pretty warm, but really just the beginning of the slow, miserable death-march of an Arizona Summer. As the average highs quickly soared above 100 degrees, then above 110 degrees, my little 18oz miracle began showing off.
“Ridiculously awesome insulating properties. Large enough for a days worth of fluid.” - from TrekTechBlog.com
I’ve been in the desert now for nearly 20 years. I don’t go anywhere without water. If I go to the grocery store, I take water…a quick drive to a meeting, I take water…heading across town for dinner, I take water. For those who have never visited a desert in Summer, you have to understand what happens inside a vehicle in heat like this. When it’s 120 degrees outside, the inside of your car (with the windows up) can easily blast past 160 degrees. I know people who have had CDs melt on their dash, and others who have literally burned their hands by touching the steering wheel. The inside of your vehicle is an inhospitable place during the Summers out here. Especially for bottles of water…
For many years now, I’ve used reusable bottles. I try not to use plastic water bottles if I can help it. I’ve tried most, if not all, the bottles on the market and quickly realized that I needed an insulated bottle if I wanted my water to remain drinkable during the summer out here. I had tried a few, but they were miserable. Enter Hydroflask…
I think the moment I was sold on these little technological wonders was after an especially long afternoon meeting. I had packed up and headed out, Hydroflask in tow as usual. The bottle had a half-dozen or so ice-cubes and the rest was filled with room temperature water. My expectation was simply to have cold water on the way to the meeting and I would get more after. I drove out to the job site, offering no shade to park under, and left my truck sitting in 115 degree heat. The meeting ended up lasting over 3 hours (way longer than I like my meetings to last). When I got back to my truck I could barely stand to be inside of it as I fired it up and cranked the AC to high.
Not expecting it to be drinkable, but needing something after the marathon meeting, I picked up the Hydroflask and heard the tell-tail sounds of ice clinking against the metal interior! No way! I unscrewed the lid and there it was, waiting for me…icy refreshment. After more than 4 hours in a vehicle that surely reached temps well above 140 degrees I still had ice.
Since then, I’ve learned to rely on it. I’ve left it in the truck for up to 6 hours of brutal Summer punishment and still found icy goodness. I’ve left it full for 24 hours in 100 degree (daytime) heat and still had ice. I’ve read some reviews where testers have left the Hydroflask bottles for 3 days in near 90 degree weather and still found slivers of ice in the bottle. This thing performs above and beyond expectations every time. The only problem I have had with it is mainly a result of the amount of use and abuse I put mine through. After about 4 months of daily use, the strap that connects the lid to the bottle broke. I’ll eventually order another one (or maybe Hydroflask will send me one) and that problem will be solved. Otherwise, Hydroflask is a Rock Star product.
“I filled the 18oz bottle with 190ºF water and 4 hrs later the temp was 174ºF at 8hrs it was 161ºF and a full 24hrs later it was 119ºF! Which is still pretty darn warm. As for the cold claims I put 6 regular ice cubes in with cold tap water and 3 days later I still have some small slivers of ice in the bottle. The average temps that the bottles were in hovered around 65ºF. But I will say that we took one of the bottles into a sauna for 45 minutes at 165ºF and the water was still ice cold! All of these number will of course change depending on how often you open the bottles etc… but it should let you know that they really do work very well.” – from Steve “Yeti” Hitchcock at Upadowna.org
A Thank You from Wilderness Dave…
WildernessDave.com has reached a few milestones recently and it’s all because of you guys, my loyal readers (which, thankfully, has grown beyond my mom). We all know it’s not about “fans and followers” but I do appreciate that you guys take the time to LIKE my FB page and follow my ramblings on Twitter. I’ve done some giveaways here and there, mostly with products donated for reviews. But this time it’s special. Hydroflask really is my go-to, everyday, never-leaves-my-side gear and I want you guys to have a chance to own one.
So, I reached out to Hydroflask and asked if they would be willing to offer up something for you guys. And they said yes! So someone will be winning their choice of two (2) 21 ounce standard mouth bottles (you pick the color) courtesy of Hydroflask.
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