Known for its line of rugged goods—from freezers and bags to chairs and blankets—Yeti is the go-to brand for nature-lover and bystander parents. While the indestructibility of Yeti gear is a huge selling point for consumers, the brand is just as popular for its clever design details. Nowhere is this strategic engineering more evident than in Yeti’s latest offering, the Yonder Water Bottle.
Yeti recently launched its lightest water bottle to date, made from BPA-free plastic. It is available in two sizes: 25 oz and 34 oz.
Yonder is available in 25-ounce and 34-ounce sizes for two reasons. First off, it’s Yeti’s lightest water bottle ever, making it extremely portable. Second, it’s also the brand’s first non-insulated water bottle made from BPA-free plastic. Basically, the Yonder was created to deliver the Yeti’s high-performance, ultra-durable reputation while being lightweight enough to accompany users into previously unexplored territories.
To get them there, Yeti tested and tuned the Yonder among more than 150 professional outdoor men and women, including mountaineer and filmmaker Jimmy Chin and climber Conrad Anker, providing insights that were then incorporated into the development of the water bottle. Read: Yonder was built by outdoor enthusiasts for outdoor enthusiasts!
While I’m definitely not that, I’m a big fan of Yeti drinkware—the vacuum-sealed stainless steel Rambler tumbler holds my morning coffee after school, and the wine tumbler is my go-to for happy hour around the corner. So over the past week, I’ve been excited to take both sizes of the Yonder for a spin, testing it out on the road, during workouts, and yes, in my many daily kids carpools. Check out my Yonder experience below.
Not surprisingly, my favorite details about Yonder are its concurrency and light weight. By comparison, the 34-ounce Yonder weighs 0.67 pounds, and the 30-ounce Yeti Rambler tumbler weighs 1.1 pounds. Despite carrying four extra ounces of fluid, the Yonder is almost half a pound lighter.
The gist: The Yonder’s portability statement holds water, which brings me to my second favorite design detail—the clip or handle. While it fits in a backpack side pocket, both sizes of Yonder bottles have a large built-in handle at the top of the screw cap, which can be attached to a bag through backpack straps or via a carabiner. result? Easy access, people! Since the Yonder cap is made of two parts (a screw cap and a wide-mouth spout that also comes off), you can quickly remove the cap, take a sip, and refill the bottle on the go.
More info on that lid – it’s 100% leakproof. I even had my 8 year old son test this out and believe me, if 3rd graders can’t break something, no one can. Despite shaking vigorously and using the Yonder as a soccer ball, the bottle remained completely watertight. It survived drops, kicks, and bumps without a scratch. The brand admits that the Yonder can get scratches over time, but its shatterproof claim definitely rings true for me (and my kids).
Another benefit of the Yonder cap’s two-part system is that while the controlled wide-mouth spout allows for easy sipping and quick refills, it also twists off for equally hand-washing convenience. If you prefer the dishwasher, don’t worry, the bottle is top and bottom rack washable. Say to me: Amen!
I promise, I’m almost done with this cap. But I have to mention that both parts are lined with small grooves, making it super easy to grip and open even with gloves or wet hands. It’s certainly a small design detail, but one that can make a big difference depending on how you use your water bottle.
In the end, I like the price. Getting such a quality product for less than $30 is always a win for me.
By eliminating heavy insulation, you lose the ability to keep drinks hot or cold for extended periods of time. In fact, hot drinks can’t be stored in a Yonder at all, and neither can carbonated drinks. While the smaller 25-ounce size bottle fits nicely in a car cup holder, the larger 34-ounce size (my favorite size) doesn’t. I can tuck it into the cup holder of my Chevrolet Suburban, but it won’t fit in the smaller option in my husband’s sedan.
Another (small) complaint is that the Yonder cannot be customized like most other Yeti gear.
As you all know, I also love the Stanley Quencher mug for a number of reasons, chief among them being the straw for non-stop hydration throughout the day. In this regard, Yonder is inferior because you have to unscrew the cap every time you want to take a sip of water. That said, the Stanley’s biggest limitation is that it’s not leakproof and travel-friendly, which is where the Yonder is a strong suit.
Compared to the plethora of plastic water bottles in my pantry, Yonder wins again because while most brands claim to be leak-proof, the Yeti water bottles actually are. And it’s lighter and stronger than anything else I’ve tested. While Target’s plastic options have proven flimsy over time, the Yonder definitely looks and feels like it’s stood the test of time. If not, you can claim the brand’s five-year warranty.
If you’re looking for a lightweight, leak-proof water bottle that can stand the test of time on the road — whether you’re commuting, white-water rafting, or hitting the slopes — Yonder has you covered, especially when it comes to insulation and drinks When the temperature is not high. It’s important to you. Available in four clear colorways, the Yonder may cost a little more than the competition, but it’s worth it.