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FIELD TEST: Camelbak Hot Cap

Vacuum travel tumbler is latest addition to growing range


As winter sets in and temperatures start to fall, remaining warm and comfortable in any activity that takes place outside is key to keeping concentration levels high, remaining focused and enjoying what is ultimately one of our most beautiful seasons.

Aside from wearing the correct winter garments when out and about, having access to a hot drink can have a reviving effect and keep energy levels high. In fact, there are very few situations when having a hot drink isn’t appreciated – waking up, breaking up a day, relaxing after a meal or just being plain old sociable – a hot drink just makes things that little bit better.

Camelbak has been pushing into the vacuum-insulated tumbler market for a number of years now, having had great success with its Chute Mag bottle range. New to the portfolio is the Hot Cap vacuum travel tumbler, and it was this product that I had the chance of trying out on a recent hike on a very cold December day.

The main difference from the Chute Mag is a clever rotating leak-proof valve that allows drinking from any side of the lid. I was sceptical about this – if there’s a way of spilling fluid, I’ll always find it… However, this really does work, and it works brilliantly in that the actual pour of the liquid is perfect, not too much and not just a dribble.

The tumbler I used was the 20oz 0.6l version, a sleek, rugged ‘not too wide, not too slender’ design which was large enough for me to fill and keep me going on strong coffee throughout a day’s walking around various rivers. The sweat proof vacuum insulation also means that the outside remains cool and dry, so no fear of burning fingers trying to take a drink. Meanwhile, the inside remains hot (mine was filled at 4am and the contents were still warm some eight hours later). During testing, I added ice cubes and a cold drink to the tumbler and was amazed to find the ice cubes still frozen nearly 24 hours later, a testament to the vacuum properties of this clever little mug.

Post expedition, cleaning the tumbler couldn’t be easier as the lid and leak-proof valve all screw off from the main body extremely easily and can be placed directly into the dishwasher for convenient cleaning.

Plus, if you’re an owner of the previous Chute Mag, the Hot Cap has a universal fit that allows you to combine the bottle as you wish.

The Hot Cap is a stylish travel mug that does exactly what it says on the tin – keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. It’s robust enough to take on long treks without fear of breaking it, plus its good looks and sleek profile are perfect for commuters looking for a well-designed travel tumbler.

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