“9 months ago, David Galbraith sold everything he owned and moved across the country to pursue his vision of making the world’s best hip flask brand. SWIG® is a seamless stainless-steel Hip Flask which can be supplied with a wide range of personalised genuine leather pouches. The flasks arrive gift boxed, ribbon tied and engraved with a unique serial number that permits lifetime membership to the ‘SWIG Society’ (the global membership club for flask owners – members include the Prime Minister!).”
So, what you can get from the above blurb is that SWIG’s hip flasks are kind of posh, they’re better than your bog standard. Taking a look at their website, you’ll quickly find that they’re around the £60 mark (some more, some less). That is certainly more than many a standard hip flask, but these are premium products, and if you’re in the market for a new flask and have the spare money to get the best then they’re worth checking out.
Things I like? I like the pouches you get, like skins on a mobile phone you can change them up and add more personality. I (personally) like that the lid doesn’t attach with a flappy arm thing that most of the others on the market do. I really don’t like them, they tend to flap in your face while you’re drinking, it’s a plus (in my mind) that SWIG flasks don’t have them!
Things I’d like improved? Although I love the lids, I would love to see an updated design with a little bit of knurling on them to make it easier to grip. If the lid is tight on then your fingers can slip a little, but it’s not a massive problem.
You can get spare lids on the site if you lose yours, as well as a spout to help with filling the flask, and many other pouches to give it a new look.
The flasks were designed in 2013 while the creator was looking for a good one and decided to make his own. He’s so confident in their quality that they come with a lifetime guarantee, and are individually numbered so that you can join their club for extra stuff (one of which I note is a free replacement lid if you lose yours).
They can be engraved if you wish, and also can come as a gift set pack too if you’re looking to give one as a prezzy for some lucky person.
I went for the Harris Tweed one… and I bloody love it. Thanks guys!