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Here’s the skinny… When you see a review by me, your “GovX Guide” you’ll know that the product has been tested to the breaking point. That I or one of my associates has worn, ridden, eaten, drank from, used and abused said product to the fullest. The features, benefits and equally important, limitations or shortcomings of the product are clearly identified. There will be no spin or marketing plug. If I like or dislike it you’ll know about it. Why?
I was sent the Hydro Flask almost three months ago and truthfully, I was skeptical. This wasn’t the first “water bottle rodeo” for this gear cowboy. I’d owned several previous “canteens” many of which made bold claims their ability to stay hot or cold for hours. I was still waiting…. So admittedly, I let the Hydro Flask sit on my shelf for more than a month (it made a great paper weight).
Then out of the blue I got a call from a firefighter friend and he had been out to Joshua Tree (Mojave Desert) during the early summer with temps in the mid-90’s and had taken a Hydro Flask for the journey. Long story short, he accidentally left the flask with its ice cold contents in the car while he hiked and bouldered all day. Temps in the vehicle surely soared well into the 100’s. When he returned at the end of the day he expected to find at best, lukewarm Powerade. To his absolute surprise, not only were the contents cold, there was still ice in the bottle! On his next shift he bought bottles for the entire crew...through GOVX of course.
Off the shelf my Hydro Flask came and straight into full test mode. For the past two months this thing has been strapped to my side or more accurately my pack. I’ve paddled with it, hiked, biked, studied with it, heck I even snuck it into a football game and drank ice cold beer out of it. I’ve left it outside, overnight full of hot water for more than 12 hours (as a test) only to open it the next morning to “very” warm contents. Just the other day I left it in “direct” sunlight and 80 degree weather for 7 hours full of ice water as an experiment and when I opened it up Wala…. like some magic lamp.... cold water!
I can’t believe I’m saying this about a “water bottle” but the Hydro Flask is a truly special product! Like nothing I’ve used before.
Surprisingly, one of the most gratifying features of the Hydro Flask was not obviously apparent to me. How often have you thrown a bottle into a bag or pack only to open it up to damp contents? Maybe you left it on a table or book and returned to find your research paper soaked? Not with the Hydro Flask! The website says it “resists condensation”. I’m going to take it a step further. This thing refuses to sweat...I’m serious not a drop as long as I’ve had it. The double walled vacuum sealed technology also insurers that there is no heat transfer to your hands with hot beverages (trust me this coffee addict has put that one to the test).
To sum it up here are the features/specs and my thoughts...
- Double Wall Vacuum Insulated (ensures that the temperature outside has a difficult time affecting the inside temperature)
- Keeps Hot 12 Hours (Certainly “very” warm)
- Keeps Cold 24 Hours (Yes and depending on the location probably still with ice in the bottle)
- BPA-Free (beautifully bacteria resistant and odor free!)
- 18/8 Stainless Steel (scratch resistant, durable, easy to clean)
- Signature Matte Finish (Just a cool, non slip look and feel and Powder Coated to boot)
- Lifetime Warranty (Guaranteed against manufacturers defects for 100 years or one lifetime whichever comes first )
This is one of those run don’t walk products!
If you haven’t already put a Hydro Flask in your quiver, do so now. It’s rare that I’m truly surprised by a product anymore. The Hydro Flask more than exceed my expectations. I’ve read other reviews online that cast doubt on its ability to keep contents warm? That wasn’t my experience at all. My liquids remained hot and certainly very warm for hours. I also found it to be highly durable. I’ve dropped mine more that once and have yet to put any noticeable damage on it. The simple truth is that I have yet to find “anything” I dislike about the Hydro Flask. This bottle is a paradigm shift for the industry and a must for anyone who’s looking for superior quality and exceptional hydration transport...hot or cold.
Now get out there...Dream, Explore, Discover!
About Scott Seymour
The son of an avid outdoorsman and early waterman, Scott Seymour was born into an adventurous lifestyle. Having spent most of his formative years along the remote beaches of Baja California and the dusty backroads of nearly every mountain range on the western edge of North America he understands what its like to live off the beaten path and on the road less travelled. Those early years were spent diving, surfing, fishing, mountaineering, exploring, prospecting and getting lost and found literally and figuratively on a regular basis. While an atypical childhood it may have been, it forged an adventurous spirit and a thirst for life that has continued to guide him through adulthood.
As a collegiate volleyball player at UCLA, Scott developed a passion for teamwork and helping others meet their maximum potential. He went on to build a successful career leading and managing highly efficient sales teams for various national and global organizations. In 2008, feeling that familiar yearning for adventure he made a career 180 and for the past several years has worked as a bail and recovery agent in Southern California. Scott is also a registered EMT and first responder and will be starting the fire academy in January of this year with the goal of becoming a paramedic.
A self proclaimed “gear junkie” Scott can still be found most days researching and testing new equipment and strategies while stand up paddling, surfing or exploring the coastlines of Southern California or Mexico.
He resides in San Clemente with his wife and two junior watermen.