GSI Glacier Stainless Microlite 500: Gripping Gear Review
GSI came out with an incredibly light flip-top vacuum bottle with a sleek design that keeps your beverages either hot or cold for hours at a time. The fact that it doesn’t leak when the top is locked shut makes the GSI Glacier Stainless Microlite 500 even better, so you don’t have to worry about spills in the car or in your backpack.
The Glacier Stainless Microlite is 18/8 stainless steel with 2mm walls which is actually thinner than most single-wall plastic bottles. The top is a push-button, flip top cap with a lock. The lock is easy to open, and the quick-release button pops that lid right open to an opening for your drinks, and it can all be done with one hand. The vacuum-insulated bottle keeps liquids hot for up to 8 hours and cold for up to 16 hours. The stainless steel is very durable and no weird tastes are transferred if you go from drinking coffee to water as long as you clean the bottle out first.
- Durable and lightweight
- Flip-top cap with quick-release button makes drink easily accessible
- Keeps cold liquids cold longer than 16 hours if you add ice
- Does retain heat for up to 8 hours for hot liquids
- Need to have a thin, long-handle scrub brush to wash inside thoroughly
Bottom Line: The GSI Stainless Microlite 500 is definitely a great vacuum bottle to have with you on car camping trips, when you’re out on a day hike, or just sitting around the campfire with a group of friends. Whether you prefer a hot or cold drink, the Microlite will keep the heat or cold for hours. The stainless steel makes it easy to clean, and the sleek design makes for an easy transition from your car cup-holder to your backpack without adding a great deal of weight. At 7.9 oz. and 500 ml, the GSI Stainless Microlite retails at $25.95.