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Hydro Flask Growler, Thermos Under Armour Dominate, Bamboo Bottle Company, KOR Vida and Liberty Bottleworks Straight Up review
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HF-T-BBC-K-LBW_fpFinding the right water bottle is easy. Just go into the sporting goods or outdoor equipment store and snag one from the display rack. Done and done.

I only wish it was that easy. Features and prices vary by brand. The activities you will use the bottle is the main factor in your buying decision.

From the latest offering at the 2011 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market and trolling through press releases, I chose a handful to test.

Here's some impressive offering from the bottles I had a chance to try from Hydro Flask, Thermos, Bamboo Bottle Company, KOR and Liberty Bottleworks.

Hydro Flask Growler

The product designers for Hydro Flask must be micro-brew fans. Roll into any micro brewery and you can usually walk out with a glass growler filled with one of their handcrafted brews.

Hydro Flask has created their own growler and made it vacuum insulated. And the company touts their bottles to keep hot liquids hot for 12 hours and cold liquids cold for 24 hours.

The Growler holds 64 ounces and has a wide mouth allowing ice cubes to be loaded in the bottle. And hot food can be stored in the Growler since it food grade rated.

Hydro Flask Growler

Its massive size lends the Hydro Flask Growler for a small group. Load it with piping water and leave it in the car and head towards the wintry backcountry with your pals. A few cups of hot tea and chocolate will be waiting for everyone at the end of the day.

I filled the Growler half with ice, topped it with water and dropped in four Nuun tabs. I ventured on a full day of hiking with a small group. We had an electrolyte surprise at the end of the day . And it was still icy cold after eight hours on the trails. (MSRP $49.99)

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Jason Elliot

JElliotJason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to, and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with

Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.

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