Whether it’s a cold day during hunting season, or you just like to stay caffeinated so that you’re alert while tracking game, a good thermos is one of the best investments you can make for those trips out to the woods.
Why do you need a specialized thermos for hunting? Sure, the coffee doesn’t know the difference between sitting on a desk during your average work day, and sitting in a tree stand as you take down a fine, 8 point buck. But, as hunting involves sitting out for hours in the wilderness, there are certain features you will need when picking out a coffee thermos, particularly good heat retention and durability.
Thermos flasks are designed to keep beverages (or soups, stews, and porridge) at a relatively constant temperature, usually by using a vacuum to stop the radiation of heat. A vacuum is one of the best insulators, as there is very little medium for heat to escape through.
Construction and Insulation
The construction and insulation of the thermos will have a big effect on how long your drink will say hot (or cold). There are plastic, glass, and pressed tin models out there, but a double walled stainless steel construction provides strength, excellent heat retention, scratch resistance, and corrosion resistance. Stainless steel also allows for a very high quality vacuum, and has the strength and structural integrity to retain it.
Capacity and Other Features
Capacity is up to your own individual requirements but, unless you are planning on doing a lot of hiking where weight is a huge consideration, bigger is better for the average hunter. You might be sitting in that duck boat for a while, and you don’t want to miss a shot because you had to row back to shore to brew another cup.
Other features that can be beneficial to the average hunter are carry straps, clips for your belt or pack, and a slim line bottom to fit in your pick-up truck’s beverage holder.
Options for the Hunter
The Alpha Chef Bullet Shaker Thermos is a tough little flask with a stainless steel outer shell. It’s nice black carry sack makes it easy to sling over your shoulder quickly and move on at a moment’s notice. However, this model is quite simple and maybe a little small.
Isosteel’s Double Walled Slimline Vacuum Flask is a decent budget model so, if you have a tendency to leave things behind (always clean up your camp sites!), this might be the model for you. It has a decent capacity and provides good heat retention. Not bad for the hunter on a budget!
The Stanley Utility Vacuum Bottle is a solid mid-range model. No frills, but it covers the basics well. With a 24 oz capacity, it’s not the biggest, but it works well for those long car journeys off the beaten track.
If your grandfather is a fisher or hunter, he may enjoy the retro look of the Aladdin Heritage Plaid Vacuum Bottle. It’s solidly-constructed and ticks all the boxes for a strong mid-price model. This thermos would make for a great present.
The Best Coffee Thermos for Hunters
Of course, if you want the best, then you have to go to Thermos themselves! The Thermos Vacuum Insulated 61 oz Stainless Steel Beverage Bottle gets my vote. It is big, strong, great for all-day hydration, and of the quality you would would expect from Thermos. It is competitively priced too, at less than half the cost of the flask from Stanley.
If you don’t mind its bulk and weight, this Thermos is perfect as a larger bottle. Plus, it comes with a shoulder strap, which you can use when you aren’t shouldering a rifle. A little extra weight in your pack is a small price to pay for piping hot coffee all morning long.
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