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So, I am thinking hip flask.

Discussion in 'Gadgets & Gear' started by BoxANT, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. BoxANT


    Mar 23, 2008
    I have been wondering about purchasing a good hip flask (for those who love whiskey on the go), and was wondering if there is anything in particular I should look for (price, material, shape, ect).

    Any flask users out there who would not mind chiming in ?
  2. DWK2


    Nov 3, 2003
    Get the largest capacity that is convenient for you. You'll probably want to share and two or three guys can drain a small one incredibly quickly.

    I think the ones with the rubber gaskets hold up better than the cork. Of course, you can probably replace a cork gasket with rubber when it fails but it might take some effort to find or trim the right size.

    I would not get one with a bright chrome finish. One of mine is like that and it got scratched up pretty quickly.

    Best of luck!

  3. Grubbster

    Grubbster Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 8, 2006
  4. Midget

    Midget Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 1, 2002
    i know this isn't much help to you, but, if you're going to a flask it's worth your while to get a quality one. those thin walled, chinese made ones you can get engraved at the mall are crummy and not worth your while.

    i used to have a really nice, solid flask from pottery barn many years ago. it was stolen from me in a robbery, and of all the stuff i lost, that was the only thing i really missed. i can't find that flask anymore at pottery barn :(

    but look for nice, thick walls, and a good cap with quality threads, and (like above), rubber gaskets are nice. it's nice to have a cap that is attached to the flask so you won't lose it, although it looks nicer to be sans retention system.

    i'm not a flask "user" anymore, because i've never been able to find a flask as good as the one i used to have. i was tempted to buy a titanium flask, i've seen posted on these forums a few times. it was like 100 bucks or so, which is kind of steep, but the allure of titanium makes it kind of nifty.

    oh, and make sure you get a tiny funnel to go with your flask. don't forget this or you'll waste a lot of booze trying to fill your container.

    best of luck!
  5. Masteroffajitas

    Masteroffajitas Banned BANNED

    Oct 7, 2008
    I'd look at some of the USSR guard and officer issue flasks, very nice with fur and gator.
  6. Absintheur

    Absintheur Banned by Moderators Banned

    Jan 31, 2008
    Check out http://www.russellsformen.com/, this is part of A.G. Russell, great quality products. One thing to remember, many places will consider a flask to be an open container as the booze is not in a sealed container. Just something to be aware of if you are driving.

  7. jds1


    Jun 9, 2007
  8. BoxANT


    Mar 23, 2008
    Thanks for the advice :)

    Now I have some ideas to think about, those Ti flasks look great, albeit expensive hehe.

    I may have to hit up some local pawn shops/thrift stores.
  9. DWK2


    Nov 3, 2003
    That Nalgene flask sure looks like a good value.

    If I were willing to spend more and not trying to carry my flask in a pocket, I'd consider that Russell three-flask set up. Three 14 oz. flasks in a leather carrier would offer some great capacity. Not to mention the opportunity for variety.

  10. BlackHills

    BlackHills Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 6, 2006
    I really like this promotional flask put out by Macallan. It holds quite a bit and the lid has two stainless shot glasses. You can find them on ebay occasionally.

  11. DWK2


    Nov 3, 2003
    Very nice. Looks like polished stainless? I think that finish would hold up better than my chromed flask, even without the attractive leather case.

  12. Iron City

    Iron City Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 15, 2005
  13. jquinlan


    Feb 15, 2006
    I guess I'm a cheapskate, because I buy a small plastic bottle of Yukon Jack, and when I finish it, refill it with JD or whatever excites you. That way I can buy it cheaper in large bottles and keep refilling my plastic flask. It's the same basic curved shape as the metal ones, but much lighter and user-friendly to carry.
  14. DWK2


    Nov 3, 2003
    I'm cheap enough that I wait for the once or twice a year that Yukon Jack goes on sale in 750 ml bottles. Unfortunately, my pusher doesn't offer the nice, smaller flasks you describe.

    And welcome to Bladeforums!



    Oct 29, 2005
  16. DWK2


    Nov 3, 2003
    That Stanley looks nice. I like the wide mouth. As noted above, you otherwise need a mini funnel. My Stanley thermal bottles have been good quality.

  17. Razzierb


    Jun 26, 2003
  18. Mongo


    Nov 5, 2001
    Hmm, I'll have to check again... I keep looking for those at my local REI, and they never seem to have them.
  19. DWK2


    Nov 3, 2003
    That wouldn't be the Salt Lake City REI, would it....?:D

  20. Razzierb


    Jun 26, 2003
    I'm not surprised. It took 3 visits to my local REI before I finally found one in stock. I think they must sell pretty quick.

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