Road Gear: Pelican SD32 Traveler Insulated Tumbler
Scalding or Slushy Refreshment with Stainless Style
On-road refreshment is something that’s very, very important to this author. In fact, some of us at Truck Trend are travel-mug connoisseurs, constantly searching for the implement that’ll supply both an ice-cold Coke on a summer day and a toasty hot chocolate in the dead of winter. That’s where the Pelican SD32 Traveler tumbler with slide lid comes in.
Made from BPA-free stainless steel and using copper-plated, double-wall vacuum insulation, Pelican promises extreme cold and heat retention from the Traveler, keeping the morning coffee hot or the lunchtime soda frosty. In fact, in our decidedly unmeasured testing, the Traveler kept a hot beverage from dipping into the undrinkable territory for an entire workday on the road. The slide-style lid prevents small spills if the Pelican gets knocked over, but the company is quick to say it’s not leakproof if left on its side.
Pelican’s impressive reputation for quality transfers over to the Traveler, which features attractive brushed stainless steel styling that withstood a few days of rolling around in our truck’s passenger-seat footwell. As one might expect from the company that built its name around protecting sensitive equipment like film cameras, the Traveler emerged dent-free from its adventure. Admittedly, the slide lid’s retaining tab broke after just a few hours of use; we chalk that up to the ham-fisted user, not Pelican. Luckily, the product’s lifetime guarantee against breakage and workmanship defects came into play, and Pelican immediately sent a replacement slide lid without any trouble.
Available in four colors for less than $50, the Pelican SD32 Traveler seems like an unnecessary expense. But trust us, once you experience a coffeepot-fresh cup of joe three hours after it was poured, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.
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