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Old 07-22-13, 12:18 PM   #1
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Stainless Steel Bottle Recommendation Please

Came across a post in another forum that recommended using a stainless steel double wall bottle and filling it with something like tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Don't know why I didn't think of that earlier

I did some searches for bottles but nothing hit from a cycling site. So I was wondering what bottles you would recommend that meet most of these req'ts:

- stainless
- double walled
- fits nicely in 'standard' cages
- can be used when riding and only requires one hand to "easily" sip contents. If I can't get this feature, I can pretty much get any bottle and pull over to take a swig...but would love the option to make it almost as easy as regular watter bottles

Anything else I should look for?

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Old 07-22-13, 07:34 PM   #2
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Thermos Nissan Backpack bottle. Around $20. Diameter just slightly smaller than standard bottle.
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Contigo Auto-seal Stainless Travel Mug - fits nicely in plastic bottle cage - spill proof & almost indestructible. Use one handed - push the button and sip.

http://www.gocontigo.com/autoseal-st...ravel-mug.html

Comes in several colours as well as silver stainless. Available at Costco (in Canada) in a 2 pack for around $20.

I used this with tea for winter riding and it worked great. My wife uses one as water bottle - ice cubes stay frozen for an hour at 80 F & she can use it one handed on her bike or driving.

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Old 07-23-13, 07:06 PM   #4
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Contigo Auto-seal Stainless Travel Mug - fits nicely in plastic bottle cage - spill proof & almost indestructible. Use one handed - push the button and sip.

http://www.gocontigo.com/autoseal-st...ravel-mug.html

Comes in several colours as well as silver stainless. Available at Costco (in Canada) in a 2 pack for around $20.

I used this with tea for winter riding and it worked great. My wife uses one as water bottle - ice cubes stay frozen for an hour at 80 F & she can use it one handed on her bike or driving.
Thanks. I picked one up today.
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Upon the hint (thanks!) I got a wider Contigo Autoseal Mug, for use in travel rather than on the bike. As a mug it is pretty optimal for travel, given what is available on the market, but its seal is not completely secure. I.e. it spills a bit if I shake it in an upside down position and I would not dare to toss it filled into the interior of my backpack. Is the sealing of the linked Contigo mug similarly insecure? For a vertical or mildly sloped orientation that incomplete sealing is presumably good enough, but I have a folder where the bottle ends up practically horizontal. I will still use my Nissan Backpack on any bike but am curious, while somewhat frustrated over the progress in the thermally insulated containers. On the scale of that progress, Contigo I must say is a pretty good jump.
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I have a Sigg double wall insulated bottle that I like.
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I picked up a $10, 16oz stainless steel vacuum bottle from Walmart.

It is slightly loose in the cage, but I haven't managed to eject it yet.

It works well and I can't complain about the price.

I just need to find a cage that will hold my 1L Stanley thermos...16oz ain't cutting it.
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I use the kleen kanteen insulated bottles. Had them for 3 years now and still going strong. Fits nicely into a bottle cage and will keep your drinks cold or hot for hours, but you will have to pull over though.

http://www.kleankanteen.com/products...-insulated.php
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http://www.amazon.com/Stanley-1913-O...tanley+thermos
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It is good to see that more manufacturers have recognized the market in sport one-hand operated thermal bottles. Stanley, as one example, has been sleeping for years. However, not all bottles are created equal. The Nissan Backpack bottle, I mentioned above, has an insulated cap. Because of this, the bottle holds liquids warm for a much longer time than my previous Korean bottle that had a cap without insulation. The Nissan cap is reasonably tight. On the other hand, many customers complain on Amazon about the cap of the bicycle version of the Stanley bottle, that leaks:

http://www.amazon.com/Stanley-1913-O...ef=pd_sim_sg_1

On Ebay, I picked up the Pfaltzgraff bottle, for $13 including SH

http://www.pfaltzgraff.com/on/demand...=c&cagpspn=pla

The bottom of the bottle fits a bike bottle cage OK, but the bottle is slimmed in the middle. That is to facilitate grabbing, I suppose. However, in consequence a 0.5l bottle becomes fairly long and it becomes difficult to maneuver it around bicycle frame. I.e. there is more to a bottle than just being insulated, one-hand operated and fitting the cage.
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Best ones I have found:
http://www.hydroflask.com/products/1...dro-flip.html#

The HydroFlask 18oz fit in a bottle cage.


I have two 18oz, the 40oz and the 64oz.

Keep things hot or cold for 3-4 hours. Made well, and you can get screw top, or flip top lids.
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