So I got a nice new water bottle c/o my wife, Waves Forever cold model, to wit:
OK to start with, and what everyone cares most about, it is a good insulated water bottle. Used it this weekend in 85-90 plus temps, added and subtracted water, mainly added water that was coldish to very cold water in there (first filling was mostly ice), and I still have cold water today. Now I have refilled it with water and ice, mostly water though, only one refill with ice, which was Sunday morning, today is Tuesday, and still, despite refills with tepid water, still appreciably cold.
As far as thermal efficiency? Haven't tested with hot drinks yet, but one does have to fill it with ice water or ice and water if you want cold water. If you fill it up with tap water and leave it in the refrigerator overnight, it will have tap water temp tap water the next day. So it basically laughed at my refrigerator. This and the fact that it has kept frozen ice in it for over 12 hours, yeah. Well insulated. We will see come December if it survives a night outside the tent without freezing the water inside. That would be a useful skill.
Size is awesome. It is a full 34 oz. I measured. THANK YOU. I have a cabinet of water bottles I have either picked up at trade shows or people have given me that are 10-12 oz. Yeah, for real? That is like a sip. I run through more water than that at a desk. Now I have something I can carry where I have water if I'm not hiking. Serious, I went to an outdoor wedding and was considering wearing my osprey hydro-pak (3L) over my suit. Wife convinced me not to and I was miserable for an hour. And the freakin' thing was on the beach, and they didn't bring enough water... which 'I could have brought this to a wedding' segues into.
Looks, nice looking bottle. I got the simple stainless steel, because I don't care how you put the paint on it, if I got a white or black one? it will come off in patches in a couple of weeks, so I didn't even want to mess with it. BTW, what outdoorsman wants a black water bottle? I mean I guess Alaska, but these are insulated, so you would be forever melting snow. I wouldn't get one just for the possibility it would heat up the bottle more in the sun. Anyway steel is fine with me, Love the cap billeted metal, bamboo and a silicon gasket as the only plastic part? Cheers!
Durability, Been to work and a picnic, rolled about in the back of the car without damage. I reserve comment on this issue until I've taken it camping.
Hasn't been beat about yet. I expect this to have the care I usually use for my gear. I classify this bottle as, 'not indestructible but probably not that fragile', so it will live on the outside of my pack, also it will live on the outside as it is filled with delicious cold water, that I might need access to. I will be quick and critical if it gets upset for the bumps that goes with.
so at the moment? Buy it.
Oh here is mine with a half paracord wrap. Ran out of paracord, otherwise I'd have wrapped the whole thing.