Silipint is the world's first silicone pint glass. I first heard about it on Lisa Morrison's Beer O'Clock show. It has an interesting backstory. It started life as a silicone dog food dish and evolved from there. Today, I'm evaluating Silipint with the assistance of a Redhook Winterhook.
Size: 16 oz. capacity (full disclosure: sample provided by Silipint)
Description:"This one-of-a-kind, 16 oz. pint is unbreakable, bendable but sturdy, 100% safe, highly portable, uniquely fun & a great gift for anyone in your family! Take it anywhere and challenge it to extremes! Microwave safe, Dishwasher safe, Freezer safe, Oven safe. Silipints have twice the insulation value as glass, so not only do hot drinks stay hotter and cold drinks stay colder, it's also great for boiling water, or refreezing smoothies and ice cream! Silipints are made from the same 100% food grade silicone that make baby bottle nipples, so have no fear of BPA toxins or off-gassing." — Silipint
Random thoughts: A beer glass made out of silicone? If you're worried about drinking out of something used for implants—don't. Silipint is made out of 100% food grade silicone approved by the FDA. The primary benefits of Silipint are that it's unbreakable, easy to clean, and has good temperature retention properties.
The look: To start, this is what a Silipint (on the right) looks like. As you can see, it's not clear. While this limits your ability to view the contents in detail, it does allow you to see the general color.
The feel: While being unbreakable is a great selling point, I found the tactile experience of using Silipint to be its most compelling (and fun) feature. First, it's surface is not entirely smooth. It has a very fine texture that makes the the glass easy to grip and unlikely to fall out of your hands. Second, it's semi-rigid. If you apply a bit of pressure, the glass will flex. See picture below to demonstrate a novel use of this feature.
Photo courtesy of Silipint
Final Analysis: The folks from Silipint sent me this glass back in July and I've used it extensively. I've dropped it, squished and stomped on it (not part of my normal beer sampling routine), and have put it through countless dishwasher cycles. It has held up perfectly, and performs as well as it did when I first received it.
If you like beer and live an active lifestyle, you should add Silipint to glass collection. Its flexibility and durability make it ideal for travel and the great outdoors. While it won't permanently replace the traditional pint glass inside my home, it's coming with me whenever I drink beer outside. To learn more, check out the Silipint website.