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blue q bottlesA writer friend, Chris, recently saw our Blue Q bottles and had to have one.  I asked her to use it for awhile and write up her opinion.

“Well, ask and you shall receive (sort of). I love Klean Kanteens, but being a finicky consumer, wished that they had more…. pizzaz. Well, now they (sort of) do. Granted, these bottles are NOT Klean Kanteen at all. In fact, they are made by a different company all together. BUT they fit KK lids, so essentially they are KK-esque (but not in different sizes) with ‘tude.

The designs are gorgeous; colorful, exciting, visually pleasing and they have just a pinch of sauciness (but you can opt for the saucy-free versions too)! They hold 20 oz of your favorite beverage and travel well, of course.  Never has being BPA-free been so appealing! Bye-bye boring, hello sassy!”

If you have to have a sassyBlue Q bottle yourself, hop over to the store.  They’re only $17.50 each.

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…it might still work!

Our friend Jess of Jess’ Bee Natural lip balms came over the other day.  She was carrying the most dented Klean Kanteen bottle we had ever seen.

one dented bottle

one dented bottle

Amazingly the mouthpiece and top were still perfectly usable.  The story goes that Jess’ boyfriend was hunting morels and left the water bottle on top of a truck.  It fell off and was run over before anyone figured out what was going on.  They picked it up and found it to be still water tight!

from this side you can hardly tell

from this side you can hardly tell

So while we wouldn’t recommend smashing your stainless steel bottle with a vehicle, we are now even more confident in the durability of the Klean Kanteen.

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The folks at Klean Kanteen pointed out their bottles are included in Time magazine’s Top 5 Eco-friendly Water Bottles.  The reviewer says “This was my favorite.”  We agree!

pink 12 oz with sports top $16.55

pink 12 oz with sports top $16.55

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One of many reasons to choose a metal water bottle is durability.  All our BPA free bottle manufacturers make claims about durability.  But how well do they hold up?

Each time we start carrying a new line, we choose a bottle to subject to daily use for product testing.  These bottles accompany us on trips in the car, on the bike, and abroad.  We do not intentionally drop or scrape the bottles, but also do not intentionally protect them with a carrier.

Read our comments below on bottles we used daily for 6 months or more.

The SIGG bottle loses the wear and tear test.  The aluminum material dents and scratches easily. Even though this is my daughter’s bottle, I admit to dropping this bottle once with the resulting dent on lamb’s belly:

dents on sigg bottle

dents on sigg bottle

More worrisome is that the lining around the rim and paint where the screw tops is scratched off from all our tested SIGG bottles.  The lining is there to ensure taste neutrality, and while we haven’t noticed a taste difference, it is troubling that it scrapes off so easily.

paint and liner scratches on SIGG

paint and liner scratches on SIGG

Finally, we notice significant wear on the active bottle top.  The etches here collect dirt and can scratch lips too.

bite marks on SIGG active top

bite marks on SIGG active top

Klean Kanteen and Nathan Sports stainless steel bottles have held up much better.  With over six months of daily use, there are no dents on our Klean Kanteens or Nathan bottle.  The Klean Kanteens have some hairline scratches that are barely visible on the stainless surface.

Klean Kanteen surface after 10 months

Klean Kanteen surface after 10 months

The paint on the Nathan bottle is worn where it rubs on the bike water bottle cage.  This bottle is used daily at home and on frequent cycling trips.  The steel surface revealed underneath has proven to be stainless.

Nathan Sports bottle wear

Nathan Sports bottle wear

The tops on both Klean Kanteen and Nathan show little to no wear.  Interiors are like-new as well.

(We will update this test when we have used Guyot Designs and EarthLust bottles for six months.)

How are your bottles holding up?

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The fashion and style guide at New York Times featured fleece and wool gear today.

About the Ibex Shak, the review says ““Gorgeous!” is how Ms. Chism described this pure merino wool hoody. “I felt very posh in it.”…The wool was “breathable and very thin” but cozy. She was surprised at how soft and “not itchy” it was. Ms. Chism also laundered the top in her washing machine, and then placed it flat to dry, per its care instructions. It dried “beautifully,” she said, and “didn’t wrinkle or stink like wet wool.””

Buy a women’s or men’s Shak at BayingHound.com and get free shipping with code freeship50.

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A review of the Nathan Designs bottle from our friend Chris of the Quintessential Quill:

“Nathan, oh Nathan, how do I love ye! Let me count the ways!

  1. Nice wide mouth to put in ice;

  2. Great designs; stylish and nice;

  3. A handy straw; flip up for a sip;

  4. And hook it to your belt with a handy clip!

Bad poetry aside, I love, love, love this stylish bottle. It holds ample amounts of water to see you through an outing; it has an awesome flip straw that lets you drink your fill without tipping the bottle. Its wide mouth lets you clean it easily, as well as add ice to keep your drink cold. The stainless steel means no leaching of harmful chemicals and the designs give it the extra kick that Klean Kanteen is lacking.

Best of all? The clip, oh the clip! Ever overload yourself and need an extra hand to carry the water out to the car? Well, trouble no more! Clip your bottle to your belt, backpack, diaper bag, purse…it can clip to almost anything.

This bottle is all-around awesome. It has replaced my Siggs (sorry Sigg) and is used more than my Klean Kanteen, though it is a toss up there. The Klean Kanteen does come in different sizes; something that Nathan might want to consider. If that happens, it will be only Nathan’s for me!”

BPA free stainless steel Nathan bottles hold 24 ounces and are available for $24.55 from our store in 4 designs and 1 solid.

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We asked our friend Chris Jonard of the the Quintessential Quill to help us cover our most frequently asked question: Should I get a Kleen Kanteen or a SIGG?

Here is Chris’ review:

With all the media coverage about BPA and its potential hazards, as well as the massive waste generated by disposable water bottles, getting a reusable water bottle makes sense. There are several options out there, but which one works the best?

Reusable plastic bottles are an option, but for those that want to be BPA free, plastic is kind of scary right now. This leads to metal water bottles. The top contenders are SIGG and Klean Kanteen. In a personal trial between the two, the clean winner came out to be Kleen Kanteen for a variety of reasons.

First, let’s talk SIGG. The SIGG bottles have different designs on them, many of which are just too cool for words. There are some seriously beautiful and extremely cute bottles out there. But judge not a book by its cover, as they say, for looks are not everything. I found that with everyday use, the SIGGs dent extremely easily. In fact, my first SIGG dented before it was even used! However, that is cosmetic and can be overlooked—though for the price one would think they would be a bit sturdier. I do have a friend, though, who says the liner on the inside has cracked due to a particularly deep dent. This however, has not been my experience (yet?) Also, the lids leak—thanks to a VERY determined toddler! Overall, I just am not sold on these, which is sad because, as I mentioned before, they are beautiful!

Kleen Kanteen has sleek lines that make them attractive, though not nearly as pretty as SIGG. However, rugged use with my KKs has yet to dent them at all. They are much sturdier (and a bit heavier) and the sports lid, so far, has been leak free. Oh! Another WONDERFUL thing about the KKs is that the mouth of the bottle is wide, so you can fit in a regular cleaning brush to clean it. The SIGG needs a special brush to get in there to scrub. Also, you can easily put regular ice in the KKs. My ONE complaint about the KKs is they are kind of boring compared to SIGG design-wise, but that is a minor complaint. They have spiced things up a bit by adding colors—I can only hope that designs are soon to follow?

So, to sum it up—the SIGGs are eye candy, but for a meaningful, long-lasting relationship, the trusty, sturdy Kleen Kanteens are the way to go.

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