The last water bottle/travel mug/mini-cooler/soup holder you'll ever need.
- Tumbler lid lets you drink directly from the bottle, and includes sliding cover to prevent splashes and spills
- Thermal lid prevents hot liquids from cooling off or leaking
- Cooler lid contains gel that, once frozen, can keep liquids cold for six hours
- Sized to accommodate 12oz can
- Item #SNO0121
- Q & A
Does this carry you to the Pearly Gates?
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
For $159.95, does this miracle of modern manufacturing carry you to your maker upon purchase?
If you need it to be light, buy the Ti.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Preface to this review that I have owned the stainless Kanpai in the 500ml size for at least 5 years with daily use for coffee, water, beer and as a beer can cooler at times. I have yet to use the 'hot' lid for soups or whatever. The cooler function is real. I have taken this out on a Friday in 90+F(~30+c) backpacking trips and had a cold beer waiting inside this thing on Saturday night. It can keep a beer cold for more than 24 hours. Puts a Yeti to shame.
So, with that in mind;
The Ti version is meaningfully lighter than the steel version in either size. That is a big and known advantage but I want to present a couple negatives.
First, in daily use for coffee the Ti version clearly loses heat through the top inch faster than the steel version. That does not matter much but Ti just transfers heat faster.
Second, on my first backpacking trip with the Ti version, it dented and I am not sure how. It was wrapped in clothes in my backpack. During 5+ years of daily use with the stainless version, it has never dented on the sides and I have definitely dropped it walking to work, etc. That was a bummer and the lack of response from the Portland hipsters at Snow Peak on how to fix it was even more disappointing.
Lightweight but expensive
I like this thermos a lot. When I first received it the screw-on lid was squeaky and seemed cheap but after a few uses it worked itself out. Durability-wise, after a few weeks of abuse there are a couple tiny scratches on the lid and the body is in perfect condition. I prefer titanium to aluminum or stainless steel because, unlike the others, it seems to impart no metallic taste.
This thermos performs well as a thermos. On a recent mountaineering trip to the Alaska Range I put hot chocolate in the thermos in the morning. About 8 hours later I opened the thermos and the hot chocolate was no longer piping hot but was definitely warm. Last weekend I used the thermos again for some lemonade with a few ice cubes. After 4 hours the ice cubes hadn't melted.
Weights by my scale: Main body: 5.7 oz, Normal Lid: 1.5 oz, Sipping Lid: 1.4 oz, cooler lid: 3.3 oz. So the standard configuration is 5.7 + 1.5 = 7.2 oz.
Overall I can say this is a great thermos but it's up to you if it's worth the extra cost.