Ditch the Bottle: Three Better Ways to Imbibe in the Backcountry

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You want to have a little whiskey reward when you make to the lake. Or have some pinot noir along with your baked ziti on your next backpacking trip. We're with you.


Platypus Platypreserve: For vino, we've been, ah, pleasantly field testing these pouches for years. Cascade Design's Platypreserve collapsible reservoir lets you ditch the bottle and, just as important, squeeze the oxygen out and keep your drink in the dark (the two main environmental factors that make your wine go bad). The third, of course, is temperature. But how you keep it at a constant 52°F lakeside is your own issue. Available now, $10,

Innate Trad Flask: For transporting a bit of the stronger stuff, we like Innate's stainless steel six-ounce flask. The Vancouver-based company has long made some of our favorite travel mugs, thermoses, and cool little waterproof travel pouches and sleeves. Now they're helping us relax, too. It's easy to refuel with the included stainless funnel. Available October 2011, $20,


Kru 82 Vodka: And then there's this. It's not wine in a box. It's vodka in a stainless steel (water) bottle! Yes, it's a marketing gimmick, but considering an empty stainless steel bottle will set you back about $15, it's a pretty good one. Or, as one of the smarter editors here pointed out (editors are notoriously bad at math): hey, it's pretty much like free vodka! And who doesn't like free vodka, especially when it's made by one of Holland's premier distillers. Available now, $18 for 750ml,

-Berne Broudy

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