At first glance, the 32-ounce Hydro Flask Trail Series bottle looks like many of the other models out there, but it's so light that anyone familiar with the company's older offerings will notice an immediate difference. At just over 10 inches tall and weighing only 11.8 ounces, it’s 25 percent lighter than other Hydro Flasks, making it perfect for hiking and camping.
As someone who hikes all winter long, I was curious to give this bottle a shot, as the insulation is also supposed to keep beverages hot for up to 12 hours. And I found out that's not just marketing fluff. My tea stays so warm that it's still steaming several hours after filling it, but the bottle itself never gets too hot to hold, thanks to the insulation.
The company also makes good on its promise that the bottle keeps beverages cold for up to 24 hours. On the few warm days we’ve had this winter, I’ve used the bottle for ice water, and it stayed cold the whole trip.
Along with keeping beverages at an optimal temperature, the insulation eliminates condensation, and the cap is leak-proof, so I don’t need to worry about anything in my pack getting wet. Made of stainless steel, the bottle even survived being jostled around in my pack and dropped without so much as a tiny scratch.
Aside from hiking, this bottle has replaced my old one for my daily commute. I spend just under four hours a day traveling, so having a bottle that can hold a lot of water while not leaking in my bag is an absolute must.
Another perk? When you’re done for the day, this bottle can go in the dishwasher for an easy clean.
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