Liberty Bottleworks And Freaker Review

My wife is always complaining about the number of boots and canteens that I have (admittedly, the closet and cupboards are overflowing with them). Of course, with an affinity for footwear comes a need for socks. Consequently, my sock drawer is overflowing as well. So along comes Liberty Bottleworks with a cool new line of canteens that catch my interest; but wait – what is this? Their canteen comes with a sock wrapped around it?! It is actually called a “Freaker” – an odd name to say the least, but representing the combination of my most favorite things! I couldn’t say no to this dynamic duo of sock and canteen!

Canteens typically water, but they can hold other things like coffee or tea. How can you improve on such a simple thing? Well, Liberty Bottleworks and Freaker USA may not have re-invented the water bottle but their partnership certainly made it a whole heck of a lot cooler.

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Liberty Bottleworks offers you the ability to make your own custom water bottle or you can choose from their eclectic assortment of designs. I picked up the Yosemite Topo map water bottle (the maps are done by DeLorme). Freaker USA also has many unique designs and one Freaker will fit the smallest canteen to a full sized Nalgene and anywhere in between.

Freakers are made from a cotton-spandex yarn that is knitted in North Carolina, and they do a great job of insulating a hot or cold beverage. I was able to pour boiling hot tea and coffee into my Liberty Bottleworks canteen and sip on the tasty beverage without burning my hands. Of course, you should remove the Freaker before filling up the container of your choice just in case you spill some.

My only real complaint with the bottle was that the twist top lid was a tad hard to open. This caused many a spill when the lid finally did pop off. So I am careful if the bottle is filled to the brim and do not  open it near any sensitive electronics.

The bottle is made from 100% recycled aluminum and the lining is independently certified to be 100% free of BPA. Both the Freaker and Liberty Bottles are built/knitted in the USA. If you’re in the market for a new bottle for your adventures this dynamic duo is most certainly worth a gander.

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Pros

  • The water bottle is very durable. My niece threw the full bottle off of the kitchen counter quite a few times without a single dent and I dropped it numerous times while hiking as well. It still looks good as new.
  • Both companies offer a lot of cool designs and you can even make custom water bottles, too!
  • Made in the USA.

Cons

  • When removing the cap from a full bottle it tends to slosh. Do not open it over your laptop.

Tech Specs

Manufacturer: Liberty Bottleworks & Freaker USA

Date available: Currently available

Manufacturer’s Website: http://www.libertybottles.com/ & http://www.freakerusa.com

MSRP: $19.00 for the bottle $9.99 for the Freaker

Actual Weight: 24oz Bottle – 5.7oz Freaker – 0.8oz

Materials: Recycled Aluminum & Cotton/Spandex

Warranty info: Liberty Bottleworks – “You bet, there is. Our bottles are proudly made in America by American Workers. We stand behind them. Period. It’s the Liberty Guarantee.”

Freaker USA – “You want a refund? You got 1 week to let us know and mail it back, buddy, and the clock is a-tickin. Be sure to let us know who you are and also know that we won’t accept Freakers that you stomped on or that your dog ate.

 

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About the author

Isaac Tait is the Gear Manager for Seattle Backpackers Magazine. He has been a rock climber and backpacker for over two decades and a skier for three years. He also spent nearly ten years in the Marine Corps Infantry with two tours overseas. He is a member of the American Alpine Club (AAC), Mountain Rescue Association (MRA), American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA), Access Fund, and is nationally certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). In the course of his adventures he has discovered a love for outdoor leadership and education and is pursuing his certification as a mountain guide. In his spare time he can be found exploring the wild-lands surrounding his new home in the greater Washington DC area.

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