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The response to our SIGG Bottle Return Program has been incredible.  Thank you to everyone who is participating and sharing news of our offer.

Many people have written in for more details.  Here are the most frequently asked questions and the answers.

“When does the program end?” We will accept returns until October 1, 2009.

“When will my coupon expire?” The 40% off coupon code returns receive expire 30 days from when we issue them. For example, if we receive your bottle on September 20, we will date the coupon expiration for October 20.

“Is this available worldwide?” Yes! We are happy to accept returns from other countries.  Your new bottles can be shipped international first class mail at reasonable rates.

“Can I use free shipping?”  Unfortunately, no.  We can not allow more than one coupon to be applied at the same time.

“Can I still send you bottles if I didn’t buy them from your store?”  Absolutely.  Anyone who wants to upgrade from a SIGG to a truly safe bottle is welcome to return them to us.

We invite you to email us if you have additional questions or need a personal recommendation.

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If you would like to participate, here’s how:

1) Send your SIGG bottle back to us at Baying Hound Ltd. 349 Tibet Rd Columbus OH 43202.  We recommend shipping with US parcel post or first class mail.  Include a note with your email address.

2) We will email you a discount code for 40% off a Klean Kanteen, Blue Q, Earthlust, Nathan Sports, Thinksport or Guyot Designs bottle as a replacement.

Blue Q, our latest and greatest bottlesBlue Q, our latest and greatest bottles


3) All SIGG bottles collected will be recycled.

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THANK YOU for the overwhelming response to this offer.  The program ended October 1, 2009.

We updated this post with the SIGG Bottle Return FAQs.

We feel obligated to report that the SIGG company, a manufacturer of water bottles we previously sold, recently announced that their bottles produced before August 2008 contained Bisphenol-A (BPA) in the lining.  A SIGG statement maintains that “The bottles were thoroughly and regularly tested in both the USA and Switzerland and all tests revealed absolutely no migration or leaching of BPA or any other substance from the protective inner liner.”

While this assertion may or may not be true, we remain frustrated that many of our customers bought SIGG bottles expecting them to be BPA free.

To satisfy our customers and our own desire to see the world populated with truly BPA free items, we are offering a SIGG Bottle Replacement Program.  If you would like to participate, here’s how:

1) Send your bottle back to us at Baying Hound Ltd. 349 Tibet Rd Columbus OH 43202.  We recommend shipping with US parcel post or first class mail.  Include a note with your email address.  We will accept packages postmarked October 1 and earlier.

2) We will email you a discount code for 40% off a Klean Kanteen, Blue Q, Earthlust, Nathan Sports, Thinksport or Guyot Designs bottle as a replacement.

Blue Q, our latest and greatest bottles

Blue Q, our latest and greatest bottles


3) All SIGG bottles collected will be recycled or returned to the SIGG corporation.

If you never bought a SIGG, you too can save on a new bottle.  Just use the code ‘notasigg’ and get 20% off your bottle order at www.BayingHound.com through Setpember 15.

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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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