Battle of the Flasks - Gear Review

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Not going to be close to the liquor cabinet for a little while?  Maybe you are heading out on the trail, or to a function for the evening.  Sometimes, bringing some libations with you sounds like a good idea.  Other times, it is a flat out necessity.  Well, we had the chance to put a number of adult beverage transporters to the test (one of the most fun yet by the way).  Here are a few options to consider.

Snowpeak Titanium (Large):  If you are looking for the Cadillac, then look no further.  This flask sets the bar for all others to try and reach.  Titanium is super strong, super light and is about as inert as it gets.  No leaching of metal taste in your spirit of choice and no risk of allergic reaction. The large size holds 6 ounces, yet the flask itself only weights 2.7 ounces.  Thinking of giving it as a gift? Brilliant!  It comes with a snazzy suede carrying case and a little plastic funnel...  MSRP: $160.00
Innate's Trad Flask:   With it's cool curved design and rock solid construction, this flask is my choice for the trail.  It fits in your back pocket like it was designed for that purposes.  It also holds 6 ounces of booze and comes with a funnel.  I was spared from hunting the ground around the campfire thanks to the hinged retainer holing onto the cap when opened, a HUGE deal in my book.  Innate is known for their Vacuum bottles and food storage gear, so the fact that these are made from 304 food grade stainless steel only makes sense.  MSRP: $20 (Available any day now)
Hydrapak's Soft Flask:  Originally designed for energy gel shots, this flask makes for a great universal option. Just hitting mile 10 of your marathon and need a little something?  Perfect.  Just hitting beer number 5 and looking for a little something too?  Perfect! The soft flask is great for on the trail too, fitting into pockets and webbing in your pack that would rule out most rigid alternatives.  FYI, mix a little powdered drink mix into the  booze prior to hitting the trail and you have a cocktail concentrate ready to go...  Available on 5 & 8 ounce sizes.  MSRP: $7.99 & 8.99 respectively.

I'm heading to Vegas soon, my biggest questions is do I have to leave one home...

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