Sunday, September 5, 2010

Contigo AUTOSEAL Travel Mug

The Contigo AUTOSEAL West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mug provides you with a great stylish way to carry and insulate 16 oz of cold or hot beverages in a spill proof mug.

The AUTOSEAL lid has a mechanism that allow you to press a button on the side which opens up the drinking hole and a vent hole so that you get a great flow of your drink and once you let go of the button, the seal closes and prevents spills. Now the company says 100% leak proof.... but if you throw this around in your pack it will leak a little. I did this and there was some small amount of leakage. This could, however, have resulted from the button being pushed while in the bag...I'm not sure. But I wouldn't throw this inside your bag while full. In one of your side bottle holders, definitely! So it probably is 100% leak proof, but you will want to be sure there is nothing pressing on the side button.

The double-wall, vacuum-insulated walls claim to keep beverages hot for 4 hours, and cold for 12 hours. Obviously this will depend on the air temperature around the bottle, but I've found that it does keep liquids warm/cold for a good amount of time. It definitely is very well insulated.

The bottle material is stainless steel not only on the outside but on the inside as well, which means there is less of a chance of retaining odors/tastes after being washed out.

One thing I have noticed with this bottle is that when you drink out of it and let go of the side button to engage the AUTOSEAL you'll have a small amount of liquid still on top of the seal in the drinking hole area. I just open and close the seal after drinking so that this little amount drains back into the bottle. No biggie!

Overall an excellent mug in both quality and design. It comes in many different colors to suit your style and is priced at $19.99. Not a bad price for this product!

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