Water bottles are like bags and purses. You can never have too many, specific water bottles have specific purposes, and when you find one you love, you forsake all others. Like so many others before me, plastic waterbottles have always been the go-to waterbottle for hiking, biking and travel because of their feathery-light weight.
What I loved
- Lightweight bottle that isn’t plastic. All the bottles in the Microlite series are constructed with wafery-thin 2mm walls that are actually thinner than most single wall plastic bottles. However, when I compare the weight of the 32-ounce Microlite 1000 Twist (381 grams), which is the same size as my 32-ounce Camelbak Chute (175 grams), yes, the Chute wins hands down. But water simply doesn’t stay cold in the Chute.
- More dishwasher-safe than plastic. I know, I know. Most people know better than to run their plastic water bottles through the dishwasher and its heated dry cycle. Many a plastic waterbottle has been destroyed during my dishwasher’s heated dry cycle. Not the GSI Microlite Stainless collection though! They’ve all been through countless dishwasher cycles over the months and not a single one has warped or melted.
- Keeps cold beverages cold—for a really long time. GSI states on their website that the Microlite Stainless bottles will keep cold beverages cold for thirty-two hours. I have to say that they aren’t lying. If anything they’re underselling themselves. I left water in one bottle for about a week in the Microlite 1000 Twist and when I went to empty it the water was still cool.
- Keeps hot beverages hot—for a really long time. GSI states on their website that the Microlite Stainless bottles keep hot beverages hot for up to eighteen hours. They’re on the mark here again. When camping on the Apostle Islands over Memorial Day weekend, I filled the Microlite 720 Flip with hot coffee before setting out for a day paddle on Lake Superior. Since the day turned out to be warmer than I had expected I didn’t drink the coffee that day. The next morning it was still plenty warm enough to drink at breakfast.
Great for cycling! The Microlite 1000 Twist is like a mini-growler. On long urban bike rides where I’m carrying a pannier or pack, I fill all three bottles with ice-cold water. I carry the Microlite 720 Flip on my bike’s waterbottle cage and when I empty it, I replenish it from the Microlite 1000 Twist and the Mircolite 500 Twist.
What could be better
- Nothing. GSI Outdoors nailed it again.
To be clear, the GSI Outdoors Microlite Vacuum Stainless Steel bottles are most definitely a Gear Gals Piece of Recommended Gear for their versatility and functionality when it comes to beverage transport (and running through the dishwasher).