Often times we hear something that sounds too good to be true. Maybe it’s some guy selling a new iPhone on Craigslist for $50, or perhaps a very generous Nigerian prince, or one of those “as seen on TV” products that seems to be God’s gift to earth.
Unfortunately, the majority of these stories end up being a scam or a massive disappointment. But sometimes, just sometimes, you find the unicorn product that actually lives up to it’s calling. A product that claims to do the extraordinary and when used, actually performs as promised.
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The folks from Hydro Flask were kind enough to send me their 24oz narrow mouth water bottle as a sample to review. When they first contacted me, I thought, “Who the hell cares, it’s just a stupid water bottle.”
But as I read the description, I learned that it was the only “Double Wall Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle” on the market. Ok… double wall means two walls, vacuum means there’s no air between, steel I get, water = H2O, bottle… got it. Sounded pretty space-agey to me, all for a water bottle. I poked around the website and found that they claimed it keeps liquids cold for 24 hours and warm for 12.
“Bullshit”, I thought. No way does this thing work that well. It’s the same size and volume as a normal steel water bottle and from the outside, you can’t tell the difference. So I decided to test it.
I happened to go to Sequoia National Park over the July 4th weekend. It also happened to be in the middle of a scorching heat wave. Daily temperatures hovered in the 90′s to 100′s and we had a couple long hikes planned out. I figured it would be a perfect opportunity to give this water bottle a spin. I have to admit, I felt like a huge nerd getting excited about it but the promise of ice cold water several hours into a hike seemed amazing. I filled up my Hydro Flask with ice and water while my friends used their plebeian plastic bottles.
The sequence of events went something like this:
- 1 hour in, the ice had melted in my friends’ bottles. Mine still had large chunks of ice.
- 2 hours in, my friends’ water was by this time lukewarm. Mine still had chunks. Thoroughly enjoying my ice cold water.
- 4 hours in, Hydro Flask still going strong. Bits of ice still floating around, still enjoying my chilled water and laughing at my pleb friends with their plastic bottles.
- 6 hours in, ice, ice, baby cold until the last drop.
In summary: FREAKIN’ AMAZING. The Hydro Flask kept the water ice cold the ENTIRE time until I finished it. Had I not drank any, I would not be surprised to wake up the next morning and see chunks of ice in it.
Ladies and gentlemen, the future is now. I, for one, welcome our new double vacuum walled water bottle overlords.