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Drinks: We all…drink them. And unless some among us prefer the whole “lap it straight from the garden hose like a Labrador” method of drinking, we drink our drinks from drinking vessels. Of those, Esquire has Endorsed a few—a water bottle, a smart water bottle, a temperature control mug, and a travel mug. Now we add another favorite to the bunch. It is Yeti’s 14-ounce Rambler mug, the one with the handle and plastic lid. This is a mug that’ll go the distance, even if that distance is the seven feet from the coffee maker to the corner of the kitchen table you’ve commandeered as a home office. Ideally, that distance will soon expand to cover ground around a neighborhood tailgate, a beach bonfire, or a campsite three states over. But no need to get ahead of ourselves.
It is, quite simply, a good mug.
Can’t put it more plainly than that. If you enjoy drinking things, hot or cold, the Rambler is good at holding those drinks. It has double-walled vacuum insulation, which preserves the ideal drink temperature for a long while. (Given the plastic lid, it can’t preserve heat or cold for, say, a full six hours, but this travel mug does.) The stainless steel exterior is meant to be lugged around, dropped, battered, thrown, and washed (by hand, in a creek, or in a dishwasher) without showing any damage. The size is about equivalent to a two-cupper of coffee or a can of beer. The lid is held on tight. The handle is handy. That about covers it.
Camp gear makes cool everyday gear.
The natural habitat of a Yeti Rambler would seem to be wherever there is fresh-caught smallmouth bass, venison jerky, and styrofoam coolers full of beer cans and bagged ice. But the beauty of good outdoor gear is that it can transition into being cool indoor gear and back again. It can accompany you as you wander around the backyard or putz around the garage or meander through the basement, and you won’t have to fear the kind of mishap that results in shards of ceramic scattered across the ground and lodged in your foot. And then, when the tent is packed and the boat hitched, it’ll find its way back to the wild, with you.
It is an affordable, giftable Yeti.
You might have noticed the Yeti-ization of the “things that keep drinks super hot or frigid cold” marketplace. Yeti is a cool-kid brand that inspires copy-cat products, and a lot of its stuff is quite pricey. This Rambler mug is not. And, seeing as it is June and dads have been known to drink things, too, we’d hazard to guess this would be a suitable Father’s Day gift for yours.
Photography and prop styling by Allie Holloway
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