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  1. #1
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    Recommendations for a GOOD hip flask?

    I'm looking for a recommendation for a good flask for taking on hikes, ball games, etc. I've tried 2 from the "Things Remembered"-type stores at the mall, and both had seams that sprung leaks within just a month or so.

    There's got to be a good seamless variety out there. What say all of you experts?

    Thanks,
    Dave

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    Re: Recommendations for a GOOD hip flask?

    They aren't all that "stylish" but there are poly & Lexan flasks out there that are pretty indestructable. I have a couple that are larger than most would consider "hip" size but they work great. I think they make smaller as well.

    Lexan flask

    If I want a "cooler" looking flask I take a Wild Turkey stainless I bought on ebay. No leaks (so far)

    Ken

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    Nalgene makes a great 12 oz. plastic flask. It gives off no plastic taste or odor, is extremely lightweight, and fairly inexpensive. At only $8, itís replaceable if it gets confiscated at a ballgame. I've had lexan flasks in the past, but this one takes the cake. I've used one on a couple hiking trips, and I love it.

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    Or if you're really thirsty.

    These are big at 20 oz., but Sigg bottles are pretty much bomb-proof. They are seamless, so no splitting. And they are lined so you don't get any metalic flavors leaching into your bourbon from the bottle.

    These oval bottles are brand new, so I don't have one (yet), but I use their classic (round) bottles all the time, and they're great.

  5. #5
    I was recently given a flask by a friend of mine who works at an ABC, but I'm not sure of it's quality. It basically looks like the one below except that it's copper colored rather than silver.



    It looks fairly sturdy, but it's a bit on the small side. Plus, I'd rather not drink bourbon out of anything with Cutty Sark on it!

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    Talking Russian Flasks

    I used to sell some Russian Flasks (with various insignia on them) that were made from stainless (Rocket) Steel.About 6 ounces and damn near indestructible.Thickest steel I ever saw on a flask (typical Russian overbuilt - easier to make it thick and durable over fine and thin) Should be able to find them on eBay or the net for $20 or so.
    The Lexan ones at Dick's sporting goods are good too - they look like a (large) standard hip flask smoke colored - advantage is all plastic - no metal caps/cups like the cheap white ones.Easier to carry that way.
    The Pleasures of Exile are Imperfect at Best, At Worst They Rot the Liver

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    Antique Flasks

    Another wa is to find a good antique one. The cheap ones didn't last to become antique.You can find them cheap enough if you look around for a whileI use a borelight to check for corrosion inside. Sometimes you need to replace the cork on the top but that is simple enough(army surplus or camping store canteen cork replacements).If someone trys to confiscate it tell them it is a family heirloom.
    The Pleasures of Exile are Imperfect at Best, At Worst They Rot the Liver

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    Re: Recommendations for a GOOD hip flask?

    Out of curiosity, is there any danger of the steel coloring the taste of the whiskey?
    "Suppose he's got a pointed stick!?!"

    - Eric Idle, Monty Python's Flying Circus

  9. #9
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    Re: Recommendations for a GOOD hip flask?

    Stainless Steel is fairly inert especially for the time frame involved.
    Also there is a company called Rumrunner that makes a series of plastic pouch flasks that are designed to get in just about anywhere (not that I am advocating breaking any laws) and are tested in almost full vacuum for leaks ( more than in space) and are inert,cheap and in many different sizes.They even have fanny packs for them. www.rumrunnerflasks.com O.K. they aren't stylish but they get the job done.Another advantage is being flexible they do not have the signature outline or look other flasks have and they are collapsible/rollup.
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    Re: Recommendations for a GOOD hip flask?

    REI sells a titanium flask that I want badly. It's unbelieveably expensive though.

    My stainless flask taints the hooch I put in it after a day or so. Not a strong taste, but noticeably. I'm looking for a glass flask as an alternative.

 

 

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