Flasks are an exercise in control – its owner must know when it is and isn’t appropriate to uncover, and how often. Because they may be carried everyday does not necessitate their everyday use, and knowing that is the first lesson one should learn in picking one. After the self-control is in check, then it comes down to where exactly you're taking your flask. If you're trying to bring one to a wedding, you're not going to want a flask that leans on the more rugged side. And the inverse is just as true. You probably don't want to bring a delicate, dainty flask with you on an outdoor adventure. So whether you plan to carry rare Japanese whiskies, Kirkland Vodka (believe the hype) or Pepto-Bismol, these 10 flasks run the gamut of price, personality and prestige.
- Best Overall Flask: Stanley Classic Flask with Never-Lose Cap
- Best Splurge Flask: RBT Stainless Steel Drinking Flask
- Best Budget Flask: GSI Outdoors Boulder Flask
- Best Lightweight Flask: Snow Peak Titanium Curved Flask
- Best Oversized Flask: Misc. Goods Co. Ivory Ceramic Flask
- Best-Looking Flask: Viski Copper Metal Flask
- Best Giftable Flask: Whiskey Leatherworks Clark Fork Copper Flask
- Best Hip Flask: Savage Stainless Steel Flask
- Best Flask for Sharing: VSSL Flask
- Best Heirloom-Quality Flask: Jacob Bromwell The Executive
The Best Flasks of 2022
There’s a reason this flask is roundly suggested in all corners of the internet. Stanley’s affordable rugged steel flask lacks accouterments, pretty websites and melodramatic descriptions. One could say a certain cool factor is absent, but, weirdly enough, that’s exactly what makes it cool. A Stanley flask (especially in hammertone green) says you couldn’t give a damn about what you tote your liquor to-go in.
- Built-in cap means you won't lose it
- Wide mouth for easy filling and cleaning
- Doesn't easily fit in most pockets
It says a lot that perhaps the most affecting aspect of RBT’s gorgeous black and gold flask is the quiet-turn cap, but considering that a flask is sometimes employed in, well, less than kosher environments, it’s incredibly handy. And, for the record, we’re not endorsing you use it that way – that’s on you.
- Silent-open cap
- Discreet and unassuming design
- Beautifully made
- Tiny opening
It’s affordable. It’s lightweight. It’s tougher than tough. It carries 10 whopping ounces of booze. The GSI Boulder Flask’s body is a unique copolyester that’s wrapped in a shock-absorbing silicone bumper – both lighter in weight than a typical steel or hard plastic flask. Also, it’s clear, so gauging how much your buddy takes when he takes a “sip” is that much easier.
- See-through design
- Lightweight and durable
- Rubber ring may come loose
What’s a collection of best flasks without Snow Peak’s completely titanium (and questionably necessary) curved flask? Not this collection. Thanks to the titanium, the almost seven fluid ounce-carrying flask only weighs two ounces empty and is virtually unbreakable. Japan’s coolest outdoor brand doesn’t do anything by the book, and this flask is no exception.
- Weighs just two ounces
- Titanium is attractive and doesn't affect liquid's flavor
- Easily fits in most pockets
- Tiny opening
Viski finishes its flask in an ultra-shiny coating that basically makes it a mirror. It's made of durable 304 stainless steel that won't impart any unwanted flavors into your liquor. While it is on the smaller side with its six-ounce capacity, the Viski flask is the perfect size to slip away discreetly.
- Mirror-like finish is attractive
- Tiny for easy storage
- Cap is easy to lose
Miscellaneous Goods started with a very pretty pack of Kickstarter-backed cards and has since broadened its offerings to leather goods, prints and, yes, flasks. Miscellaneous’s 11-ounce ceramic flasks are slipcast and made in America, and each sports a handsome brass and leather cap clasp. It’s available in white, which detracts from the flask-like shape of it.
- Very generous capacity
- Ceramic is nice and surprisingly durable
- Cork stopper can be hard to remove
Soon-to-be grooms are notorious for gifting their groomsmen flasks. Well, this is the flask that most grooms should be gifting. Whiskey Leatherworks's flask is wrapped in beautiful Horween leather that's made by hand in Missoula, Montana. The flask isn't made of copper — it's actually stainless steel with a copper coating — but it still makes the flask the groomsmen gift that the groomsmen won't try to throw away once the wedding is over.
- Leather wrapping is beautiful from the get-go and will get better with age
- Available with different leather finishes
- Not fully copper
Flasks come in all shapes, sizes, materials and looks, but few approach the simplicity of this one. Savage’s glossy mirror-finished stainless steel flask does its job and emits serious Gatsby vibes in doing so. Yet, in a world too full with monograms, needle stitching and weird colors, it isn’t at all outrageous. Also, Jay Gatsby wouldn’t buy a $16 flask, but that’s his problem.
- Easy to hide in a pocket
- Feels more expensive than it is
- Needs a very thorough cleaning before use
VSSL's flask doesn't l0ok much like a flask, and it's because it's so much more. Hidden inside the lightweight aluminum flask is two collapsible shot glasses so you can share some booze with your friends. But that's not all this nine-ounce flask is hiding; you also get a flashlight (with batteries included), a compass and bottle opener.
- Includes shot glasses
- Slim construction
- Includes hiking essentials like a flashlight and compass
- Good for backpacks, but probably not for pockets
On top of what it claims is the world’s first copper flask, Jacob Bromwell makes this piece of beauty. Make no mistake, this seven-ounce square-edged copper flask from Jacob Bromwell is not cheap. But it is hand-soldered, 100 percent copper (no stainless steel hidden in the hinges), will build a unique patina and comes with a lifetime guarantee. And for the love of all things good in the world, do not wash it in the dishwasher (hot water, soap, shake to clean).
- Made completely of copper
- Will age beautifully
- Lifetime guarantee
- Crazy expensive
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