First off, I need to thank Maggie Edmunds from Backbone Media for sending me the Avex 3Sixty Pour Thermal Bottle to test out.

When I received the product, I was excited to try it. The bottle looked great, and came with a bunch of great features!

Features include:
*Vacuum-insulation keeps beverages hot for up to 16 hours or cold for up to 30 hours
*360 degree pour spout interface allows for a smooth pour at every angle
*Leak and spill proof lid with a half-turn valve for easy opening
*Double wall cup to keep beverages at the perfect temperature while on the go
*Exclusive, patent-pending, base design grips table tops and reduces clanking
*Interchangeable components
*100% BPA-free

Looking the product over, it was well-designed and looked to be of quality manufacture. It is rugged and I’m confident it would stand up to regular outdoor use, and maybe even more than that…

So the first night I tested my thermos I had made a pot of black coffee, drank my fill and then poured the rest in the vacuum bottle. I sealed it up and in the morning – it was tepid. Hmmm. Then I tried filling it with cold water. Ugh – a few hours later the water was barely cooler than room temperature. For the first time ever, I was afraid I was going to have to contact the manufacturer and warn them of a bad review – this bottle simply wouldn’t perform as advertised. I stewed on it a couple of days and tried it again, being a bit more methodical. So, I got out my handy-dandy InfraRed Temperature device and decided to keep track and take better notes. Other than that, I only changed one thing. This time, I poured hot water in the bottle prior to adding coffee – letting it “preheat” for about 20 minutes. I dumped the hot water and filled up the bottle. I check the temp and it was 180 degrees. I sealed it up tight and set it on the counter. The next morning (about 7 hours later) I opened it up and poured a cup of of coffee. The coffee checked out at 158 degrees. Not piping hot, but hot. I called that a success.

Then I checked the “cold performance”. I filled the bottle with ice and added water until it was full. For comparison purposes, I sat a plastic cup next to the 3Sixty Pour and filled it with ice and water. At 8 AM the water in the thermos was checked at 40 degrees and the water in the cup was checked at 40 degrees. I rechecked the water at 7 PM that night – 11 hours later. The water in the thermos had actually gone down! It checked at 36 degrees; as expected the cup of water on the counter was now 79 degrees. Success again!

As a further testament, I was on a course later that week and was doing protein shakes for lunch. I filled the vessel with ice water, thinking if I left it in my car until noon, it would still be cool enough at lunch time to make my shake. That day it reached 115 degrees here in Phoenix. I bet it was 180 or 190 degrees inside the car. Four hours later I went out to grab the container of water – still ice! Dang…

I’m not sure what I was doing wrong at first, but I can now confidently vouch for this product. I would recommend preheating the container with hot water prior to adding your hot beverage – it just seems to perform better.

From the website:

With the 3Sixty Pour performing up to 16 hours hot or 30 hours cold, you have no excuse but to keep the adventure rolling. We’ve not only mastered the temperature retention but we also bring you a 360 degree pour spout interface that provides a smooth stream of liquids from any side. For on-the-go convenience, the easy, half-turn knob allows for easy pouring from any angle. When securely closed, enjoy the peace of mind of a leak proof bottle so you can savor every last drop. The insulated lid also duos as cup and the double wall vacuum insulated 18/8 stainless steel body keeps cool to the touch with hot, and is sweat-proof with cold liquids

The design of this product is really well thought-out. I do enjoy the fact that you can pour from any direction, without taking the stopper all of the way out. Especially with ice water, it also doubles as a nice strainer. Even better, the whole stopper assembly is easily removed for cleaning. I will definitely be taking this with me, this fall. The unit sells for $29.99 which is well in alignment with similar products from competitors, even a little less than some of them.

Again, you can check it out here: 3Sixty Pour Thermal Bottle. The site is thorough and well laid-out. You can find specs on the bottle, cleaning instructions and more. Well done!