This is the first winter that I’ve felt the need to carry along a thermos of hot tea with me on winter day hikes and backpacking trips. I don’t bring a thermos on every trip, but it’s proven quite handy on the more gnarly above-treeline ascents I’ve done this season and for standing around at the end of a belay rope.
|Thermos||Capacity||Dry Weight||Filled Weight|
|Stanley Outdoor Bottle||35 oz||26.3 oz||61.3 oz|
|Sigg Basic||25 oz||15.5 oz||50.5 oz|
|REI Flip Top||15 oz||11.7 oz||26.7 oz|
While I own a number of larger thermoses that have traditional screw-in caps and cups, I like my REI Flip-Top thermos the best because it’s a lot more convenient to use and you don’t need to pour hot liquid into a cup first to drink it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve taken a thermos with me on a hike and never bothered to open it because it is such a hassle to deal with.
Instead, the REI Flip Top has a push button pour spot that opens when you push it down, and locks closed when you push it down a second time. The Flip top just covers the sipping area and keeps it clean. As long as the button lock is screwed in tight, the thermos doesn’t leak at all, which is good, because it lives inside my backpack next to my extra dry clothes and sleeping bag.
Push button lock mechanism
The REI thermos works best when you pre-heat it by pouring very hot water into it and letting it stand. After a few minutes, I refill it, throw in a tea bag and add lots of sugar to revive myself when I’m chilled on a hill. I do all this at one of the gas stations where I get hot water now before I go climbing or winter hiking.
This thermos would also be good in the car or the train, for commuting. It’s idiot-proof for those mornings, when you just can’t get together without spilling coffee on yourself!
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