Early pocket-flask designs were contoured to covertly hug the hip of the wearer, and although these compact carriers have diversified in form, their function remains the same: To securely transport nips near and far. These fresh takes on the classic flask will bring dignified drinking along on any adventure. Try a flask-sized Hemingway Daiquiri on for size, or fill with your favorite spirit.
Izola Flask with Canvas Carrier
Why we like it: It’s hard to think of a flask more quintessential in appearance than this one from the design hounds at Izola. Its timeless rectangular shape features rounded edges, and a matte finish available in five colors ensures this modern vessel looks and feels good. Carrying 6 fluid ounces, the flask comes with a removable protective canvas slip so you and your drinks will always be covered. $42, izola.com
Why we like it: Compact and design-oriented, MAKO’s rounded flask features a vivid pop of matte color that makes it fun and functional. Made from stainless steel with a flat base that allows the flask to stand upright, this 5-ounce canteen is small enough to fit discreetly into pockets. $14, makobarware.com
Misc. Goods Co. Ceramic Flask
Why we like it: Quarter-inch-thick ceramic walls give this slip-cast flask from Kentucky-based Misc. Goods Co. a nice weight in the hand. The 11-ounce flask is a stylish way to transport spirits or premixed cocktails to picnics and festivals. With raised decorations adorning the glazed body and a cork fastened by a brass button secured with leather straps, it’s a beautiful flask that will garner attention regardless of what’s inside. $92, misc-goods-co.com
Sertodo Boot Flask
Why we like it: Hand-hammered from 100 percent recycled copper by artists in the southwestern Mexican state of Michoacán, this seamless boot flask from Sertodo Copper is a refined take on rustic flasks of the past. As the name implies, the 5-ounce flask features a slightly curved backside and is intended to slide into a cowboy boot. Its nonreactive tin interior makes for untainted tippling. $110, food52.com
Snow Peak Titanium Curved Flask
Why we like it: With Japanese roots, Snow Peak got its start in mountaineering equipment before transitioning to quality camp gear. So don’t be fooled by the delicate appearance of this flask; it’s built from lightweight titanium, one of the world’s most durable metals. Holding 6.4 ounces, this nearly weightless pocket companion is ideal for those looking to conserve space without cutting back on fireside favorites. $150, snowpeak.com
Stanley Classic Flask
Why we like it: Stanley is synonymous with rugged durability, and this 8-ounce stainless steel flask from the outdoor outfitter is no exception. Featuring an attached lid and wide mouth that allows a consistent pour, this reliable container is perfectly shaped for squeezing into tight packs, making it ideal for the outdoors. $25, stanley-pmi.com
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