klean kanteen commuter mug

Coffee is about as crucial to my day as, say, sunlight, or maybe oxygen. Over the years I’ve owned approximately a thousand travel mugs, but I acquired a Klean Kanteen last year, and as a result I’ve tossed out or given away all my others. I use it practically every day, whether I’m working from home, heading to the mountain, to the trailhead, or the office. The two (included) screw-on lids give the Klean Kanteen adaptability that most mugs lack: there’s a leak-proof insulated loop-top cap with no holes, and a sipping lid for using as a travel cup. The insulated cap keeps beverages hot well into the afternoon, while the sipping lid makes drinking on the go an easy, one-handed task. Both are easy to clean, as is the container itself. The base fits cupholders without being too tight or too loose. 18/8 stainless construction makes it tough, and it sports a thick polished base to protect against dings. At the same time it’s lighter than my old Nissan thermos, making it easier to carry when ski touring or hiking. As for the size, 16oz might be too small for some people; I tend to make some pretty diesel java, so two (normal) cups is plenty for me.  I use a Melitta 2-cup plastic drip cone to make coffee, and it fits perfectly on the wide-mouth top.

At around $30 for the two-cap combo, it’s not the cheapest mug out there, but I doubt I will ever have to buy another in my life unless I lose it or run over it.

Available here: Klean Kanteen Insulated 16oz Commuter