We, Jean and myself, recently took took the Laken Thermo 750cc or 0.75 litre Insulated Flask to Scotland and it certainly proved its worth, writes Mike Gormley.
As our recent road and walking trip to the West of Scotland and some of the islands was ‘out of season’, as well as giving us the opportunity to carry a ‘warm wet’ with us when out walking this Laken vacuum flask replaced those cafes that would normally have been open a little later in the year.
However rather than take a ready-made brew, I opted to take hot water in the Laken and then make whatever took our fancy that particular day; normally hot chocolate mix. The side benefit from this was that it made washing up irrelevant on return to base. Bonus!
It was immediately obvious from the start that this stainless steel flask is capable of keeping hot water as you want it for a long day. In fact, as a test before we left, I filled it with boiling water first thing one morning and the next morning is was still quite warm. It will do the same in reverse if it is a cold drink you need, and will keep it that way a bit longer.
Laken, a Spanish company based in Murcia, is far from being the ‘new kids on the block’ and has been producing drink bottles for well over 100 years. They currently use a range of materials for their extensive catalogue, including recycled plastic as well as 18/8 food grade stainless steel; as indeed is used for the Laken Classic Thermo. The Thermo comes in various sizes ~ from 0.35 to 0.5 to 0.75 to 1.0 litre ~ and there are also a number of colours, including no less than ten in the popular three-quarter litre size illustrated here.
These flasks fit neatly into a vehicle drinks holder and are a convenient size for most backpack side pockets or even a good size trouser leg pocket.
[images © Mike Gormley]