Gear Review and Huge Giveaway: AVEX® Highland AUTOSEAL® Stainless Insulated Travel Mug

A key part of my morning routine.

Coffee is the elixir of life. At least, for me it is. And when it comes to the elixir of life, I'm picky about the quality, the source, and how it tastes. Read: I'm a self-proclaimed coffee snob.

Brewing the perfect cup is part of my morning routine regardless of what I have planned for the day (pictured right, complete with my Melitta Ready Set Joe and freshly ground beans). If it's a weekday and I'm heading to work, or it's a weekend and I'm heading out for a hike, I need a way to carry the perfectly brewed cup with me wherever I go without spilling a drop. 

I received a complimentary mug for testing from AVEX and immediately started putting it through its paces. I've tried a variety of travel mugs in my day, but the AVEX® Highland AUTOSEAL® Stainless Insulated Travel Mug is about as good as they get.  

Until I've had my morning coffee, I've been known to slip, trip, fall and drop things. The mug passed my durability tests with flying colors. Though I made it through a month without dropping the mug by mistake, for testing, I dropped it several times on purpose. The mug took falls from chin height (a bit over five feet) at work on to thin carpet and outside on to concrete.* The lid is a bit scratched as a result, but other than that, it held up just fine.

As far as heat retention goes, if you like your coffee hot two hours after you brew it, this mug is perfect for you. To see if the AVEX mug measured up, I filled it with coffee and topped it off with my typical coconut milk, then measured the temperature. The brew was 175ºF, which is a bit too hot to drink comfortably. I walked 20 minutes to work in rainy 40ºF weather and let the full mug sit on my desk for two hours after I arrived. In that time, the temperature of the coffee dropped to a comfortable, but still piping hot 155ºF. Not bad. (Coffee doesn't usually last for two hours around me, but I was willing to take one for the team in the name of good gear testing. You're welcome.)

The AUTOSEAL technology and lid in action.
It kept my bag safe and dry.
To prevent spills and leaks, the lid features patented AUTOSEAL® technology. And it works. Not a single drop of the precious coffee spilled during any of the durability tests. I even put the mug upside-down in my bag on a walk to work to be sure I could trust it. Essentially, the lid has a locking mechanism that allows you to keep the coffee in the mug until you're ready to drink it. When you're thirsty, slide the button into the unlocked position, push it in and drink up. If I'm in the car or on a walk and want a drink, fiddling with lids that require two hands isn't going to work. I love the fact that the mechanism is so easy to use and allows for single hand operation.

The only real problem I have with the mug is the ease of cleaning the lid. I put full fat coconut milk in my coffee daily, which is tough to clean out sometimes without a good scrubbing. The lid supposedly designed with "open architecture for easy cleaning," and it's dishwasher safe. But I don't have a dishwasher, and all of the pieces that make up the lid are tough to access. I took a sponge and soapy water to it during the week, then got in between the pieces with a Q-tip once a week to be sure it was clean. Ideally, the lid would come apart to facilitate easier cleaning.

The bottom line? If I hadn't received the mug from AVEX to test, I'd have bought it. I promised I'd pass the mug on to my brother when I was finished testing it, but I like it enough that I might just have to get him his own. For me, spill-proofness and heat retention are the most important features. Those happen to be two areas in which the AVEX mug is superior to others I've used. And at an MSRP of $24.99, it's an affordable, competitively priced option.

The lid, upside down, and the detailed cleaning and operating instructions. 


Thanks to AVEX, I have four 20 oz. Highland AUTOSEAL® Stainless Insulated Travel Mugs to give away! Use the widget below to enter, and good luck! 

(Entries must be received by 12:00am EST on January 10th. The winners will be notified the next day. Unfortunately, the giveaway is only open to United States residents.)
a Rafflecopter giveaway * My goal was to test it in real-life scenarios. Though it would've been cool, I didn't run over the mug with my car or throw it against a brick wall because, generally, those aren't realistic situations. I also chose chin height because that's where the mug usually is when I'm drinking from it, and that's about as high as it'll get. I didn't see the need to drop it from ceiling height or anything higher.

Comments

Brian Green said…
I've had my eye on the AVEX for some time. Keeping my fingers crossed!!!
Kyle Sandell said…
Looks awesome! Does it pour easily or does it drip when you pour from it?
me gusta la pourover.
erik said…
coffee in my pack that has no outside pockets. This would be perfect :)
Ryan said…
I would use my mug for coffee EVERY DAY.
Amber Gillespie said…
I would use it for hot drinks like tea or coffee when traveling in my car as I have no cup holders!
Katie said…
nice, Brian! keeping mine crossed for you, too. it's a great mug!
Katie said…
it pours really easily, Kyle. you do have to make sure it's in "unlocked" mode and hold the red button down to get the coffee to pour out. I thought that was going to be a pain initially, but turns out it's a piece of cake.
Katie said…
gracias! it's my favorite way to make coffee. the French press is a close second!
Katie said…
yes! sometimes, I'll take it to work in a bag without pockets, and it's great knowing it's not going to leak!
Katie said…
I have a feeling we'd get along, Ryan!
Katie said…
no cupholders? blasphemy! :) then this would definitely be perfect for you.
Shannon Edris said…
I would actually give this to my manpanion, since he works out in the frigid oil fields of Eastern Ohio and gets up at 4:30 in the morning... I have a feeling he needs it more than I do. :)
Katie said…
manpanion, I love that! I'm totally going to use it. and yes, it sounds like he deserves it. thanks for entering, Shannon!
Jim Littlewood said…
this is something i could use at work. my coffee is constantly getting cold as i get caught up in something at work and neglect my mug. the no-spill/single hand open feature sounds nice for driving. where can i pick one up?
Al Quackenbush said…
I'd be using mine for coffee for sure. Might be at work or better yet it'd be on one of my back country hikes.
Adam Nutting said…
Coffee the fluid that keeps my body moving. I would use anywhere coffee can be consumed. Thanks for such a great giveaway.
Ellen B said…
tea - actually mine just spilled all over me today - I've been searching for a new cup - thanks for the chance to win a really nice one!
Katie said…
I have the same problem, Jim! I'll get all wrapped up in work and forget about the coffee. This mug sounds perfect for you! If you're entered in the giveaway, hopefully you'll be one of the winners :) If not, here's the link to buy one:

http://www.avexsport.com/travel-mugs-20-oz-highland-autoseal-stainless-steel-insulated-travel-mug.html
Katie said…
nice! yep, this mug will be ideal for hikes. good luck, Al!
Katie said…
Yes! It keeps me moving too. Glad we're on the same page :) Good luck!
Katie said…
bummer about the spilled tea. hope you win one of these so you don't have to worry about that anymore :)
Cthamilton said…
Thanks for the giveaway. It's hard to find quality coffee mugs. Coffee is too important to drink cold.
Bob said…
I can't tell you how many times I spill my coffee. Thanks for the giveaways!
Jason said…
These are great mugs! I wish autoseal allowed for disassembly for cleaning though.
Katie said…
agreed! good luck :)
Katie said…
good luck, Bob!
Justin said…
Man do I need a new travel mug!
Anna Gerada said…
Please please can you help - I have so many travel mugs - the three most important things in a travel mug for me are (a) long heat retention (b) 100% leakproof and finally (c) ease of drinking. I have found contigo mugs to have ticked the first two things but they are not so easy to drink hot coffee from. Is Avex auto seal technology the same as contigo ?

Any comments or recommendations would be appreciated.

Regards,

Anna
Katie L said…
Thanks for your question, Anna! Though I'm not familiar with Contigo mugs, the lid does look similar to the lid on my AVEX mug. Both brands use AUTOSEAL technology. I can't say for certain if they are the same, but they do look similar. Good luck finding the right mug for you!