by Diane Spicer
This Hydroflask Cooler Cup review shares all of the details on a new offering from this maker of all things insulated.
A Cooler Cup was provided free of charge from Hydroflask for this review.
Hiking For Her is a Hydroflask affiliate.
What does this mean?
That's what I wanted to know, too!
It's two pieces of outdoor gear in one design:
an insulated mini-cooler for your canned or bottled beverage
a 12 ounce cup to keep whatever you're drinking hot or cold.
So how does it do that?
This cup is constructed of 18/8 Pro-Grade stainless steel.
That's plenty of room for a can or bottle of your choice.
The Cooler Cup is BPA-free and phthalate-free (non toxic).
The silicone sleeve is designed to form a collar around your bottled or canned beverage.
Note that this beverage holder/cooler is fairly large and heavy, compared with hiking gear you'd pack for a multi day backpacking trip.
And you won't be toting bottles and cans of cold beverages on a long day hike, will you?
So where could this cup be used most effectively in your outdoor plans?
Think versatility for car camping:
Slide off the sleeve, pop it onto the bottom, and you'll be able to sip your beverage from an insulated cup with a stable base.
Color code your cooler cups so you don't catch someone's cold while enjoying your own cold beverage.
Think "a big cooler filled with delicious drinks" waiting at the trailhead after your day hike.
Got any snow lying around your campsite?
Or use this cup while lounging around at home as you plan your next backpacking trip!
I've taken a look at other Hydroflask products (see below), and remain impressed with their commitment to good design and quality.
Stainless steel is durable and won't pick up the flavors of whatever you put into it.
The powder coating on this cup will keep the color of your choice in place through many seasons of camping: I know this for sure, based on my other Hydroflask products.
On this Cooler Cup, I really liked the fact that I can use the silicone sleeve to protect the bottom of the cup when I set it on rough or uneven surfaces.
I also like its size.
It fits well in my hand, and at 12 ounces has enough capacity for a snug hold on my 16 ounce can.
Condensation doesn't form on the outside of the cup, which makes it easier to grip.
The bright blue "Pacific" color makes me smile!
Not a blue person?
Be nice to this cup, and you'll be using it for a long time!
And then there's this:
This cup is durable, won't transfer odors or tastes thanks to solid stainless steel construction, and the colorful finish will remain looking great no matter how many times you handle and clean it.
A Hydroflask makes an exceptionally welcome gift because the quality of construction is front and center.
So think about a Hydroflask Cooler Cup to solve your next gift giving dilemma, from kids to busy adults to a gardening grandmother.
Read about other Hydroflask options in these Hiking For Her reviews:
Hydroflask Cooler Cup Review
About the author
Diane is the founder of Hiking For Her.
She's been on a hiking trail somewhere in the world for 5+ decades & loves to share her best hiking tips right here.
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