Archive for June 4th, 2008

When first given the Guyot’s “MicroBites” eating utensils, I was skeptical. I mean, it is plastic AND a spork—how good can it be? But one use has made a believer out of me! Although not actually used in a camping context (that will come this weekend), I used the utensils to eat my dinner the other night (gotta love it when hubby has dish duty!). They work a treat! The knife cuts really well—even through steak—and the spork is effective as—well both a spoon and a fork. With the wonderful feature of being able to clip these to a pack, these utensils are seriously all you need to camp or travel—in the wilderness or in the urban jungle. Carry these in your purse or briefcase and no more will you need the flimsy plastic silverware handed out at fast food joints. Not to mention the green aspect—no more tossing away plastic to sit in a landfill for decades. .

All in all, MicroBites are easy to use, work surprisingly well and are very cost effective! A perfect addition for any camper. Or mom. Or business person. Or…well you get the point. Now get some of these!

Review by Chris Jonard, the Quintessential Quill
~When quality is quintessential~
*editing, writing, and research services available*

Microbites specifications:
Material: BPA free nylon polymer
Weight: <1 ounces (22 grams)
Length: 6 inches
Heat safe: to 450 deg. F
Color: tomato red, tangerine orange, slate grey
Cost: $4.95 at Baying Hound


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We just learned that SIGG is placing restrictions on Internet sellers like ourselves. We will not be allowed to place wholesale orders for at least 8 weeks. According to a letter written by SIGG Switzerland CEO, “We will continue to assess our supply vs business opportunities in the near term and longer term future and will let you know when we can strategically supply our brand on internet sales again”.

We are disappointed because without stock we can not make sales, which of course affects our growth. We are also fearful that all the positive Internet buzz about SIGGs will turn when consumers cannot find a retailer. We are discouraged that the company whom we previously trusted now cannot support our growth.

We are most displeased that customers without a brick and mortar store nearby will not be able to order SIGG bottles from Baying Hound or any other online retailer once current stock is gone. If you are upset by this we encourage you to write a cordial email to SIGG requesting that Baying Hound be allowed to make wholesale orders again.

What are we doing to mitigate this situation?

1)We are petitioning SIGG gently but firmly that we believe this is a bad decision for our business and the SIGG brand.

2)We have placed orders for other BPA free bottles with Klean Kanteen and Guyot Designs. These are expected to start arriving at the end of June.

3)We will continue to sell what we have in stock until it sells out. We are doing our best to inform customers of what is currently available conveniently.

We appreciate your support. If you have suggestions for other products you might like us to carry or other ways we can make Baying Hound better, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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SIGG thermal question

I received an interesting question about SIGGs via email today:

Are there any health concerns with pouring boiling water into Sigg bottles to make tea and then letting it are cool and placing it in the refrigerator or freezer to cool it off?

My answer:

This report: http://lib.store.yahoo.net/lib/yhst-23192477770352/bpareport.pdf verifies that SIGGs do not leach BPA at higher temperatures. I have seen no anecdotal or empirical evidence that SIGG bottles cause ill health effects with high temperature contents.

However, there is a chance that the thermal shock of putting boiling water in a bottle and then transferring to the freezer could cause separation between the weld that holds the mouthpiece to the bottle. SIGG recommends not fully freezing bottles for this reason, although I have done this by accident once or twice with no damage to the bottle.

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