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Article: Designs: The 100ml Hip Flask

Custom hip flask by Wingback
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Designs: The 100ml Hip Flask

Wingback products are designed for any journey, from commutes through the capital to adventures along the Jurassic Coast. Here we lift the lid on our favourite travel companion, the 100ml Hip Flask.

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The Wingback 100ml Hip Flask 

At Wingback, we enjoy the odd single malt. We’re rather partial to a Kentucky bourbon and would rarely say no to a smoky mezcal either.

But, back in 2019, we felt somewhat underserved by the range of drinking flasks out there – so set our sights on putting the world to rights by reinventing the traditional hip flask.

 Why tamper with a gentleman’s most trusted companion, you ask? Because we believed we could create a flask that celebrates its contents in a more user-friendly, easy to clean and enjoyable way.



"Wingback have created a hip flask to lust after thanks to a cylindrical shape and grippy knurled cap that make it as good to hold as it is to imbibe from" ~ Cool Material"

Custom hip flask by Wingback

Reinvention, not revolution

The hip flask’s classic rectangular shape and small spout hit popularity in prohibition but time has moved on since then – and so have manufacturing techniques.

Standard flasks are about as seaworthy as a leaky boat. They’re typically made from sheets of metal that are then formed and soldered together. This leaves weak points that can split, meaning you end up wringing out your jacket just to get a taste.

They are also incredibly difficult to fill (even with a funnel). Their contents glugs out whenever you take a sip, and are basically impossible to clean.

Robust, resilient and adventure-ready

To address these nagging functionality issues, we eliminated the seams by opting for an unbroken cylindrical body. This allows for a wide mouth for easy (funnel-free) filling, pouring and sipping.

The new shape meant we could include a removable base for effortless cleaning and, as a little bonus, we added a discreet bottle opener on the base.

The bottom of the flask could also be personalised with a laser-engraved inscription. The best we've seen so far: “I drink to make other people more interesting”. Hemingway was ever the charmer.

Custom hip flask in stainless steel - Photo by Tim Pockett

Custom hip flask in stainless steel - Photo by Tim Pockett

Doodle Art & Black Steel

Working closely with our manufacturing partner in Birmingham, the flasks are CNC machined from a solid block of 316 stainless steel and digitally measured to ensure all tolerances are water – or, rather, whisky – tight.

Once engraved, every flask is individually inspected and tested to ensure it will withstand the test of time. As we mentioned, manufacturing processes have moved on, which has allowed us to get extra creative with limited edition versions of the flask.

 Custom hip flask X Lei Melendres

"The 100ml Hip’s design is the sum of a fine set of processes and materials. The result is a product that looks unique, feels reliable, lasts longer, and is absolutely a class above the rest" ~ Yanko Design

Custom hip flask in black steel - limited edition

Looking after your Hip Flask

The flask’s 316 stainless steel is food and dishwasher safe so it won’t alter the flavour of its contents. It’s also virtually indestructible. It will withstand almost anything you can throw at it without losing a shade of its original glory. 

Before first use, we advise giving it a good wash, before filling it to the brim with your favourite tonic, and putting it to the test wherever your next adventure takes you.

Custom Hip Flask by Wingback - Photo by Joshua Moore/Lawless Studio

Custom Hip Flask by Wingback - Photo by Joshua Moore/Lawless Studio

Have you put the 100ml Hip Flask to the test yourself? How did it go?

We're always looking for ways to improve our designs, so if you have any suggestions on how we could update our flask, please leave them in the comments below.

You can shop the 100ml Hip Flask here.

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Let me know when it launches, Im in!

Brenda S

Just a quick dit to say, your 100ml hip flask is, “Hoofing!”. I have received my black one, all the comments from my mates have been positive. Thinking about ordering the silver one. Keep up the good work!

Paul Lincoln

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