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Keeping Hot (and Cool!) with Hydro Flask – plus a GIVEAWAY!

A few weeks ago I did a Toddlers at the Crag post about keeping your kiddos warm in winter climbing weather.  The post got a pretty good response, including one from Hydro Flask, a company I’d never heard of, but now I probably won’t forget!  They were convinced that their products were a must-have on a cold day at the crag, so much so that they offered to send a Hydro Flask to me as well as Cragbaby to prove it! 


We couldn’t say no, and while we waited anxiously for our Hydro Flasks to arrive, I did a little background digging.  Turns out this Oregon based company has been around since 2009, and their products are currently available in over 5000 retail locations as well as online.  There were two very unique things about this company that immediately caught my eye as a consumer – first of all, their products come with an unconditional lifetime warranty, which to me shows that they believe in their product and aren’t afraid to put their money where their mouth is.  Secondly, Hydro Flask works in conjunction with, which donates 5% of the profits from the bottle to a charity of the CUSTOMER’s choosing – pretty cool, huh? 

The specs on these bottles were none too shabby either – “BPA-free, lightweight, durable, sweat-proof, freeze-proof, 100% recyclable.”  The bottles are stainless steel with a double-wall vacuum insulation that claims to be able to keep hot liquids hot for up to 12 hours, and cold liquids cold for up to 24.  They come in all sorts of fun and bright colors, and even offer a variety of caps (sold separately), depending on what your using your hydro flask for.   In fact, C received a “pop top” sport cap in addition to the standard twisting top with his 12 ounce bottle (My bottle was twice as big as C’s, with a narrow mouth and twisting top.) 

All smiles with our Hydro Flasks on a chilly afternoon at the crag!

All smiles with our Hydro Flasks on a chilly afternoon at the crag!

What the Crag-Kiddo thought…
SPORT CAP vs STANDARD CAP:  The sport cap was recommended as a more manageable option for little toddler hands, which it certainly was…but the twisting top that was “just like Mommy’s” appeared to be substantially more fun.  He can still get it open by himself so long as I don’t tighten it down all the way when I close it, and we still haven’t had any problems with leaks!  Both tops have a “loop,” making it easy to hook onto a backpack, or for a child to carry with one hand.

BOTTLE:  The 12 ounce bottle is a good size for C, and it does a great job keeping liquids the EXACT temperature they were when you put them in.  For obvious reasons, C and I have different “preferred temperatures” for our hot liquids, so it was nice that C could have his own “hot” drink (read: warm) that he could drink whenever he wanted to, instead of having to wait for me to tell him it had cooled down enough.  It was also nice that the bottle did not feel hot to the touch, which reassured C that his drink was not too hot (he’s a little weird about that…sometimes we have to put his dinner in the refrigerator for a couple of seconds to make sure it’s “cooled down.”)


What the Cragmama thought…
SPORT CAP vs STANDARD CAP:  On a climbing trip when I just keep the bottle in my backpack, the regular top was absolutely fine.  However, if I was I the habit of drinking while I hike, bike, etc, then a sport cap that I could undo with one hand would be worth the extra $3.99. 

BOTTLE:  The 24 ounce was a good fit for me as well.  It’s a good size to just carry around the house, and it’s the perfect amount for toting hot tea to the crag on a chilly day!  Any bigger and I’d be peeing all day, any less and I’d get greedy and not want to share.  The previous thermos that I’d used for crag-tea had a cup that you’d pour the tea into, rather than drinking straight from the flask.  While the cup makes it easier to pass around amongst your climbing partners, the flask is a lot safer around the kiddos.  I was worried that the metal mouthpiece would burn my lips with a hot drink, but so long as I was careful, it wasn’t a problem.

Would I recommend Hydro Flask to a friend?  Certainly.  It’s a high quality, durable product that is versatile as well as environmentally-friendly.  You can order them online, in various stores across the US, or you can WIN a Cragparent/Cragbaby set of your very own!  Just leave a comment below about how you keep hydrated on long days in the outdoors, whether it be at the crag, on the trail, or even just in your backyard garden.  A winner will be chosen at midnight EST on Sunday, March 10th.  As always, you can gain extra entries by liking Cragmama and Hydro Flask on facebook – just be sure to tell me in the comments that you did, so I’ll know to give you multiple entries!  Good luck!


40 Responses to “Keeping Hot (and Cool!) with Hydro Flask – plus a GIVEAWAY!”

  1. Great timing! I was eyeing these in Grest Outfoor Zprovision Company ladt week! I’ve been using a Nalgene-type bottle for years. Often I don’t get the cap on quite tight enough and wind up leaking in my pack or car, and I’m totally frustrated that it won’t fit in a cup holder or my bike’s bottle cage. This looks like a better option!


  2. Todd

    Love the site! Keeping hydrated for my kiddos and I in the Red River Gorge of Eastern Kentucky is tough to say at best. Living in Ky, it’s extremely humid and I find my 5 year old is a “chugger” as she calls it, yet complains if the water is hot. I’ve tried other stainless bottles which now are sitting in my kitchen. They are quite then and the stay cold for hours should say several minutes. I would love the chance to try out Hydroflask products. I would also like to find a bottle to take to work for my shift ( firefighter).


  3. Juneko Grilley-Olson

    Definitely have crag mama liked and added Hydro Flask!


  4. Kristin Troska

    I like Cragmama on Facebook. I like Hydro Flask on Facebook. I keep hydrated by always toting along my good well water, everywhere I go! Thanks for the chance to win. I like my coffee & tea really really hot~~Hydro Flask looks like it will do the trick.


  5. We always bring a full water bottle for everyone and fill up at every water fountain or food stop we come across!!


  6. I like to pack in an empty Nalgene and my SteriPen and get fresh water out of a stream near the boulderfield, crag, or along the hike. Nothing like the taste of water straight from mother nature! If I know there isnt a water source at my destination then I’ll pack it in.


  7. Liked both on FB, and usually use a CamelBak for everything except winter (I don’t trust hydration tubes in the kind of cold I play in). For the sub-artic weather these look awesome! I learned 9 month old Alex liked drinkning from CamelBaks on this trip:


  8. I flavor my water to stay hydrated and my boys can drink endlessly from a camelback (but it increases the potty breaks!)


  9. Brandy Walters

    I “liked” Cragmama and Hydroflask. We have three camelbaks getting dusty in the pantry because (1) the water tastes weird unless you add some flavoring (2) you can’t put them in the dishwasher and (3) when you don’t wash them right away (especially with a little vitamin water mixed in) they get mildew. We use Nalgene bottles now – water still doesn’t taste the same in them either, but at least we can throw them in the dishwasher. Would love to try the Hydroflask!


  10. Erica

    Greg – We used to be a Nalgene family too, but had problems similar to what you mentioned.

    Todd – Living in the Red River Gorge….tough but somebody’s gotta do it, right? 😉

    Juneko – Awesome!

    Kristin Troska – Mmmm, well water, jealous! Although I don’t like my tea steaming, I was pretty impressed with how well it kept it’s temperature!

    Jill I – Sounds like a good plan!

    Brad Caldwell – That’s the ultimate way to do it man!

    David – Yeah I don’t trust that tubing in the cold either. But it does seem like the wee folk take to Camelbak’s rather nicely, doesn’t it 😉

    Lia Keller – Potty breaks, the one downside…we haven’t crossed that bridge yet, but will when it gets warmer (and he can run around naked lol)

    Brandy – Sounds like the Hydro Flask would be a good solution for you. If you really like the hands-free tubing aspect of the Camelbak though, I’d suggest you try the Jetflow pack. I did a review on it a while back – it has all the great parts about the Camelbak but it’s completely washable, so no weird taste. Here’s the link:

    Thanks for the comments, everyone, keep ’em coming – oh, and thanks for all the new FB likes!


  11. Hydro Flask seems like a great option for cold weather. We normally use soft platy bottles for weight and pack savings in warm weather.


  12. Patricia Hooker

    When I am enjoyin the great outdoors of my hometown, Bend, Oregon, I always have my hydro flask with me. These are a staple for Bendites who value shopping local, especially when the products are as incredible as Hydro Flask. I could always use another, as my friends and family always steal mine! Thank you for the great review on Hydro Flask. They are a company worth watching!


  13. “Water is life’s mater and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.” – Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

    Far too often on the trail I see people going without adequate water. For quick outings on the trail, I usually grab a large capacity water bottle and my PurifiCup filter to refill on the go or as an insurance policy should anything go sideways. When the plan is to tackle multiple miles I never go without a hydration pack. Hike happy and stay hydrated friends!


  14. Just dropped by the FB page and liked Cragmamma! Keep up the great work!


  15. Christopher Sorel

    Hydro Flask are fantastic and keep you cold. I have a growler one that we use to fill out other water bottle that are not insulated. Would be great to have some smaller ones.


  16. Christopher Sorel

    Already like you Cragmama and Hydro Flask on facebook


  17. Mr Ed

    Drink water. Sounds a bit simple but life on the trail is much easier if you stay hydrated and the world is much better if the kids stay hydrated. Even the best kids get tired of drinking water so at then end of a hike we add a few fizzy electrolyte tabs for a special.


  18. Dawn Mathis

    Hydroflasks are incredible!!! I visited a friend in Oregon over the summer and learned about these products–my friend always had ice cold water in her hydroflask when mine was warm in my plastic bottle. Since that time, my husband & I each bought one, as well as for our siblings for Christmas! They are in love. I also own the food container & growler. They never disappoint!


  19. Lisa Chase

    I definitely encourage my kiddos to stay hydrated by offering them drinks they really like but rarely get. 🙂 They also think being out and adventuring is awesome cause they get fun stuff and positively associate that with the adventure.


  20. Luke

    I love my hydro flask (64oz) but could use a smaller one for easier drinking and my kids would love to have a matching one! Both FB pages have been liked also. Thanks.


  21. Anne S.

    Love my Hydroflasks!! I’d love to win another. I already liked Hydroflask on FB and now like Cragmama. Looking forward to learning more about your blog.


  22. Mike H

    Mike Hcragmama and Hydroflask. I had heard about hydroflask from a buddy who uses and absolutely loves, although he doesn’t have kids so I enjoyed your review and think this might work for our little ones. To this point, hiking we’ve been using a pressurized Geigerrig pack.


  23. Bronny

    I liked cragmama and hydro flask! I just carry a water bottle everywhere. Pretty simple lol


  24. I love to take a pack of instant miso soup from trader joes and put it the thermos before hitting the ski hill for the day. Its the best of both words mixing salty with a warm beverage. I love that this hydroflask is able to do both hot or cold with the same bottle. They look great!


  25. We LOVE our HydroFlasks. They keep our cocoa warm during our backcountry ski tours and the cold nights at the resort. This summer our HydroFlasks will be keeping our liquids cold during our long days climbing at City of Rocks


  26. Rebecca Brewer

    We love Hydroflask, but our family has gotten big enough that carrying one for mama and one for daddy isn’t enough. Keeping things sweat-free and from spilling is huge when extra shirts and camaras are in the same bag.

    I was already a fan of Hydroflask on facebook, I’ve liked your page as well, I love that you include your kiddo!


  27. karen

    I usually bring a thermos ice climbing but would love a lighter weight option. in the summer I just deal with warm water but would love it if I didn’t have to!


  28. Joanna

    I use a nalgene at one office, a camelbak better bottle at another, a Liberty bottle in the car, and a platypus or nalgene when I’m out on the mountain or during approach! Whew, that’s a lot of drinking cups!


  29. I usually filter water on the trail unless there is no source and then I pack it in.


  30. Megan Ward

    I just stick to water, but it’s got to be cold, and that’s always a challenge.


  31. beatriz

    we always take a full water bottle wherever we go!


  32. Erica

    Nathan – I usually don’t care whether my water is cold in hot weather, but it’s DEFINITELY been helpful keeping tea warm in cold weather!

    Patricia – I like the term “Bendites.” 🙂

    Ryan – I love the quote, and completely agree.

    Christopher – Water bottles are like climbing gear – you can never have too much 😉

    Mr. Ed – I agree, and the fizzy tabs are a good idea for “hydration motivation.” 🙂

    Dawn – I think the bottles are a great idea for gifts!

    Lisa – Good point about positive associations with nature – we often break out “treats” on outdoor adventures as well, for similar reasons.

    Luke – Let’s be thankful our kids are still at the age where matching mom and dad is cool 😉

    Anne – Welcome! Glad you enjoyed the blog 🙂

    Mike – It’s always a different perspective with kiddos, isn’t it?!? 🙂

    Bronny – sounds simple, but I’m shocked at how many people don’t “get it.”!

    Brian – Trader Joe’s and Hydro Flask sounds like the perfect combination for what ails ya!

    Corey – I’m jealous you guys are so close to City of Rocks!

    Rebecca – Yup, we’ve learned that lesson the hard way too….

    Karen – I usually do warm water in the summer too, but I’m curious as to whether I’d drink MORE if it was cold? Can’t wait for warmer weather to find out…

    Joanna – That IS a lot of drinking cups. Good on you for staying hydrated though! 🙂

    William – I think au naturel is ideal, but not always feasible for us, esp with kiddos!

    Megan – That can definitely be a challenge, esp on backpacking trips.

    Beatriz – sounds like a good plan 🙂

    Thanks to all for the extra FB likes!


  33. Page Lee

    Choose me, choose me! We will take them on our looooong family climbing trip this summer 🙂


  34. On the trail I usually stay hydrated with my AVEX! But it’s not an insulated bottle so I’d love to try a Hydro Flask!

    I liked Cragmama on FB!
    I also liked Hydro Flask!


  35. Amy

    I think that hydro flask is the way to go. I have kids and it is hard to get them to drink and hydrate. If beverage is just right then this task is much easier? Hope I win!


  36. Kathy McNally

    I liked Cragmama and I liked Hydro Flask, but I also like staying hydrated !! during strenuous hiking I’ve set a timer for every 15 mins to drink !! it really helps me and my dog, Daisy !!


  37. Joshua Davis

    I am usually a nalgene guy and usually carry two on trail. I make it a point to drink before I get thirsty. Hopefully by the time I get home they are empty!

    I went and liked Hydro Flask on FB,
    and Cragmama too!


  38. I’ve heard so many good things about the Hydroflask recently!

    I know I don’t hydrate enough – part of the reason during the warmer months is that I like drinking ice cold water, and most bottles (unless kept in the fridge) don’t keep my drinks cold enough for my liking. I’m trying to do better at drinking more.

    I also like Hydroflask on FB already! 🙂


  39. Nora

    I’ve heard so many good things about these bottles! I am a water lover– I bring my water bottle to the office every day. If you make it a daily habit, it’s easy to stay hydrated on the trail– when you really need it! I like both Cragmama and Hydro Flask on Facebook.


  40. I have 2 saloon tokens. The initial is while in the Silver King Saloon in Belton, Texas. Another comes within the Bald eagle Saloon in Temple, Texas. Does anyone remember of heritage or perhaps the need for the two tokens?


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