Ozark Trail Double Wall Stainless Steel Water Bottle

In the lead photo from my last post, you might have noticed my spiffy new water bottle. It's an Ozark Trail Double Wall Stainless Steel Water Bottle. Let me assure you that the bottle is a lot better than its absurdly long name!

If you're not familiar, Ozark Trail is Walmart's house brand for outdoor sporting goods. But don't let that fool you. Put simply, this bottle is the shiznit.

For $15, you get an 18/8 stainless steel, vacuum insulated bottle that will hold a half gallon of water. 18/8 stainless is the same stuff that Yeti, Kleen Kanteen, Hydro Flask, and most other high-end bottle makers use. The Ozark Trail bottle is built like a tank and has a wide mouth for easily loading ice. The cap has a handle that is perfect for tethering to your yak. And just look at it: the thing looks classy enough to be an urn for your ashes when you die.

For my morning on the Cape Fear, I filled the bottle with ice water after "priming" the empty bottle in the refrigerator overnight (a highly recommended trick to getting the most stay-cold-idization out of a cooler). The temperature outside reached almost 90 degrees and the bottle was in the sun the entire time. The bottle was hot to the touch on the outside (because, you know, steel). But on the inside, it retained most of the ice I'd loaded it with. I'm highly confident it would have kept the ice all day and into the night. If I'd kept it out of the sun, I could see the ice lasting 2 or 3 days.

Honestly, I can't think of one thing I don't like about this bottle. And once again: $15. Oh, and did I mention it has a lifetime warranty?

This Ozark Trail bottle is a no-brainer. It works exceptionally well, is nicely made with quality materials, looks awesome, and is just slightly more than a quarter of the price of the equivalent Yeti bottle. Highly recommended.