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"The World's Toughest Water Bottle" - that's the slogan Swiss company Sigg uses to promote their fantastic aluminum bottles. Company was founded more than 100 years ago and has always prided itself with outstanding quality water bottles, which are Eco-friendly and fully recyclable.
There are so many light plastic water bottles on the market, as well as an easy option to use a plastic bottle from a soft drink - so why the hell would someone be willing to spend as much as £15-£25 for a bottle? For me it was Safety first - everyone knows (or should know!) PET and most of the other types of plastics leach chemicals to its contents. If you use PET bottle from a soft drink, it even says on the packaging that it should not be reused. Sigg bottles are aluminum with a unique baked-on leach-proof liner that ensures absolute safety. If you look inside a Sigg bottle it is beige/light golden color which I find handy when cleaning a bottle - with good light you can see inside the bottle and check it's properly cleaned. I find this a problem with some other bottles that are just dark inside and you have to rely on long scrubbing...apparently it's not to be washed in dishwasher, but not knowing this I did it quite often and didn't notice any leaking, cracks or any other damage.
It is also just as light as a plastic bottle so you're not carrying any extra weight.
I don't really like over-sweetened soft drink, and in my Sigg bottle I can easily carry a lightly diluted cordial or squash.
The other point is the style - such bottle can be a fashionable piece. There are hundreds of styles available, however I prefer classic and have chosen this simple silver bottle with Swiss cross symbol, called Swiss Quality. As it turned out, it wasn't the best choice ever - after several months the silver surface became kind of water-stained. I'm not sure what it is as it doesn't feel rough as limestone, and I cannot clean it even with vinegar. It just looks old-ish. I know this is not the case with other styles as I have another bottle and this is just fine.
This bottle is a handy 0.6l (you can get Sigg bottles in 0.4l and 0.6l but no 0.5l as you would expect). The screw on top has a loop that allows easy carrying for hikers, joggers etc. I just carry it round in my handbag, but know from friends that give it some heavy-duty usage, that it can get dented when dropped on a rock etc. However that doesn't affect usage at all, only it doesn't look that sleek anymore. The opening is wide enough for comfortable drinking and pouring but not too wide. The only other down point is that you cannot really use it for hot drinks. Well, you can, but it's not a Thermos and aluminum really gets hot fast!
As mentioned before, these bottles are really expensive. It can be purchased from different websites for anything between £10-£25, on Sigg UK and Amazon I have seen it for just below £15. I can't remember how much exactly I paid, but it was in this region. I don't regret it at all, but fortunately I won't have to spend this much again as, first of all, they are so long lasting the two bottles I have will last for years and, secondly, if you're not picky about the style they occasionally stock Sigg bottles in TK Maxx for few pounds!
Sigg bottles as such definitely have 5* out of 5 for me, however I'm taking one star off for issues with this particular design.
This may not seem the most logical thing to review on a day when snow is tumbling down even in Central London. Certainly I have had the most use out of my trusty Sigg water-bottle in tropical and high altitude trekking rather than on days like this. However, I do also take it with me when driving.
When driving in horrible winter conditions like today the authorities do tell people to take warm clothes, water, food, de-icer and the like and I am sure that those that do get stuck either in the snow itself or behind abandoned vehicles will realise the need when that happens.
What all too many of those that did take water with them in the supermarket bottle or refilled a plastic water bottle will not realise until they need to re-hydrate in cold and dehydrating conditions is that plastic, especially thin plastic bottles do is conduct cold really well and the water, especially if kept in the boot, is not only not much use frozen but will speed up hypothermia if drank icy. Thawing out the water can also not only take a lot of time but the expansion of melting ice can also break a thin plastic bottle. Yet for most plastic bottles, pouring in hot or boiling water to stop that problem or at least delay it is not an option and may even be dangerous.
Enter the faithful Sigg.
These water bottles are made of aluminium. Mine has been filled with boiling water while trekking at very high altitude without damage to the seal or the bottle - and provided a very nice improvised hot water bottle when wrapped in clothing and put into my sleeping bag. It is just as happy to be filled from the kettle in the kitchen.
Because this is not a vacum flask, the heat will go out of the water but even when kept in the boot will keep the water at drinkable temperature and not add to the hypothermia risk of drinking icy water. The aluminium also does not burst during ice-melting and is as robust when rolling around in a car boot or passenger well as it is in my trusty rucksack. This is more than I can say for the water I bought from a service station when I drove home for Christmas with a horrendous chest infection and had to hydrate but had been so ill I had forgotten my Sigg.
It washes and disinfects well after car and exotic holidays and the brushed aluminium of my blue one still looks stylish despite thousands of miles and hard service.
For trekking, where many people may have the same Sigg bottle - because they are the best - the loop of the top makes personalising your own bottle with a cord easy and avoids cross-infection caused by drinking from someone else's water-bottle. The loop also makes it easy to move the bottle safely when it does have boiling water in it.
In hot climate holidays with easy access to a fridge, or hot day travels here, the bottle will also keep water chilled and refreshing for long enough to make drving rehyrating more pleasant. Though clearly that is not the case for today.
Gym goers and runners might also benefit from its chillable properties.
My beloved Sigg bottle is the one litre - which is the size I would recomend for travelling or trekking - came from the now defunct YHA shop in Covent Garden. However, they are widely available in other camping, trekking shops and online at Amazon. The prices will vary between £9.99 to £15.99 according to size. But this is great value as they are robust and last and last.
And might just save your life.
Years ago, i bought a cheap imitation of the original Sigg bottle from a pound shop when out on a hiking trip in South-west England. However, within a few weeks i already started to notice that the inside had begun to rust which gave the water a funny flavour.
This bottle is the original Metal flask, and is still he best by far, despite hundreds of different knock-offs over the last few years. As can be seen from the logo in the picture, these bottles originate from Switzerland and apart from a few minor changes have remained roughly the same since they were first created.
Firstly, what is great about their bottle is that it is incredibly strong and sturdy! Its tough aluminium outer casing holds up to pretty much anything you can throw at it. I have had mine for about 4yrs and despite a few little dents it is in perfect condition! Coupled with a great rubber seal on the screw cap lid, this bottle never leaks and is pretty much indestructable!
You may believe from its appearance and what i have mentioned about how strong it is that this bottle is very heavy - but you would be completely wrong. The aluminium makes it incredibly strong but still very lightweight. Although it is slightly heavier then you standard plastic bottle its strength makes up for the slight, and i mean only slight, weight increase. This version also does not have an outer colour, meaning that the colour does not scratch off which is an added benefit.
However, by far the best thing about this bottle is the special coating which is applied to the inner side of the bottle. No matter what liquid you keep inside it, the coating means that it never rusts, so your drink remains the taste it should do!
Everything must come at a cost and i am afraid that that is the only downside to this bottle. It retails at around £15. However, in my opinion, it is well worth the cost as unlike other bottles, it will last a lifetime!
I have a whole host of different shapes and sizes of bottle for carrying water for trips in the countryside, camping and for the gym. The fact is that they can be very useful, but there are some exceptions and they are also worth noting. Form over function springs to mind, but lets describe the product first.
The Sigg Swissness costs around £9 for the 1 litre capacity bottle, though there is a smaller 600ml bottle costing a little bit less. The signs of a quality product are clear to see, with the robust aluminium shell of the bottle with its (not so clear to see) plastic liner. This is handy as it prevents any metallic tastes. The whole look of the bottle understandably draws attention and this was my reason for purchase to be brutally honest. A Swiss looking stamp breaks the aluminium finish up nicely and the branding of 'Sigg' is also present. The stopper of the bottle is a matching red colour and aesthetically there is very little wrong.
Now for the bad points. In all fariness there is one major point that lets this bottle down and other than that I am struggling to find negatives. When I first filled the bottle up I realised that the rim was quite narrow and although it didn't give me difficulties filling it I knew I would encounter problems emptying it. This leads me on to my major gripe with this bottle - drinking from it. The cap is quite unique in its design, though I don't mind this. I simply find the opening of the bottle to be too narrow to drink from - I much prefer a larger opening to allow me to consume the drink at a reasonable pace.
If you can live with the dislike I have personally with this bottle then it does appear an attractive proposition. The styling is very swish and there have never been issues with leaks as far as I am concerned. The bottle is very robust and lightweight. It does carry a few dents and scratches from use, though I do keep this to a minimum as I don't particularly get on with this bottle. The larger 1litre capacity bottle is also a major plus for those embarking on longer walks or camping trips. On balance I award the Sigg Swissness 3 stars as I neither love or hate the product.
At first when we bought this, I thought it was a waste of money, £10 for a water bottle!!!
In the past I had simply finished off a 2 litre supermarket bottle of water and refilled it (Taking off the label, depending on where it came from) before taking it to the gym, however, my partner who is much more up on these kind of things suggested that a Sigg Swissness bottle was a wonderful long-term investment, it had recently been reviewed in Zest Magazine and she was adamant we would buy one and as we would share it, I could console myself that it only cost me £5 rather than £10.
The bottle is aluminium and does look very cool, in the gym people do look at it wondering what amazing concoction must be inside it, little knowing it is simply H2O, the bottle has the Sigg insignia, a large red Swiss national symbol (Because the company are Swiss) and a red bottle top which is screw on.
The bottle looks very cool and attracts a lot of attention, it has a one litre capacity and is large but ergonomically sound. The aluminium is breakable and you could damage the bottle by dropping it or bashing it against things making a once beautiful item look much less so and destroying its main pull. Putting it in your gym bag you have to be careful not to put it close to heavier items for disk of denting it.
The bottle has a screw cap which ensures it is easy to tighten, it doesn't leak or offer and issues in this sense, it has some kind of inner layer which reduces after-taste, toxins and anything that might affect the taste of your drink, when my partner told me this I didn't really think much of it as I didn't notice these in my old empty water bottle, but you definitely can notice the difference, chill in the fridge before use and you have fresh untainted drink which really is refreshing without offering any metallic or other after-taste.
Available in many outlets, we bought ours from Amazon for a tenner and I think if I paid this myself i'd feel it was overpriced, by sharing the cost i'm much happier that it is worth the £5 I spent. It looks cool, is very handy and ergonomically impressive but it is a water bottle it doesn't do anything else, so unless you can share the cost or get it as a gift this isn't necessary, I wouldn't miss it if we didn't have it, it is more of a status symbol and for people who want to believe what they are told. It looks nice and does its job but i'm not sure its worth the money and I think when it starts denting it will look very ugly very quickly.
My boyfriend goes climbing so as part of his Christmas present I bought him a Sigg aluminium bottle. You can buy a harness for the bottle so you can clip it on to your belt or backpack. Not only does the bottle look good but it is really robust and does not leak. It is not the first Sigg bottle that we have owned, the last one went walkabout on a trip; therefore we are both familiar with the quality. The downside to the bottles though is the cost of replacing them, if like our previous one it decides to go it alone!
==Price and availability==
The bottles can be bought from stores such as Millets or Blacks and Amazon.co.uk. It is priced around 15 pounds.
The bottle comes in a variety of colours, the last one we owned with shiny red with the logo written on the bottom. The bottle I most recently purchased is plain silver aluminium with a red lid it holds 0.6L of liquid. There is no Swiss logo on the side as in the above picture, however this is another variation that you can buy.
Sigg make loads of camping products and have an excellent reputation for making good quality products.
The lid of the bottle allows you to hook your finger through it and twist to remove. The neck of the bottle is quite wide and allows you pour your drink quickly into your mouth without having to suck at a sports cap for ages. This offers quick refreshment but for little mouths like mine, I find the neck a little on the large side.
The lids locks down securely with an aluminium thread locking the lid in tightly and there is a rubber seal that keeps things extra tight. When the bottle is empty it is really surprising how light the bottle is!
The bottles are good quality and if you drop it the dints and knocks add to the character of the bottle. The bottle keeps drinks cold, even for long periods of time when the bottle is just knocking around your backpack. It does not smell and once fruit juice is washed out of the container it just not taint the next liquid you hold. My only drawback to the bottle is that they are quite hard to clean, I like to really give things a good scrub and this is not possible without the assistance of a bottle brush. You can buy a Sigg bottle cleaner, but a cheap one will probably do the job just as well. Using the bottle cleaner means you can just wash the bottle with the rest of the pots with ease.
I like the design the bottle, it looks stylish and it certainly does the job. It is probably more appropriate for use whilst taking part in sports however I could see no reason why you could not use the bottle to take your favourite drink to work as part of your packed lunch.
This water bottle is a great water bottle for hiking and camping activities although because of the extra weight it is not one that I use when running or exercising in the gym. I paid £8.99 for the 1 liter bottle and there are other sizes available in the range.
Made from sturdy aluminium which gives it extra robustness which makes it ideal for camping trips or just long hikes it is also when empty quite light weight as well. It is a gun metal colour with the red cross prominent in the middle of the bottle. It has a red screw top with a loop on it so that it can be secured by a clip to a bag or rucksack. There is an inner made from plastic so that your drink does not end up with a metallic taste to it. It is a cool looking design and while it now has a few scratches on it after a fair bit of use it still looks good.
The top of the bottle is quite narrow, not so narrow that it is hard to fill but narrow enough to mean that you can drink from it without having to break stride and with little risk of spillage. Water flows evenly from it and tastes great just like as if it were from the tap.
The main thing about this bottle that I like is just how robust it is, as I said earlier it has a couple of scratches but it has no dents despite being used on a number of trips, also it has never leaked on my and the top has a smooth screwing action and is very secure. I would certainly give it a top rating and the 1lt capacity is great for longer walks.
The company may have a silly name, but Sigg's drink bottles are second to none. I use mine when I go to the gym and also when I play squash, finding the product to be an excellent investment. This particular Sigg bottle is known as the 'Swissness', and has a Swiss flag on the front (due to the fact that Sigg is a Swiss company). It is available in both 0.6 and one litre sizes, with the version that I own being the latter. In terms of cost, the current amazon retail price is £9.22.
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The bottle is constructed from aluminium and looks rather cool. Also, due to the choice of material, i've found that the contents of the bottle will chill very quickly once in the fridge. The downside to the use of aluminium is the fact that the bottle dents easily when dropped, and mine is very dented due its use in a sporting environment - still, it's all character I suppose.
Does it leak?
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The bottle's lid is made from black plastic which features a rubbery seal round the rim to prevent leakage. I've found that this works really well, as long as you don't accidentally cross-thread the lid when tightening it. Similarly, the vacuum-like seal means that if you fill the bottle right up to the top, you'll get a bit of spray when it's next opened. The inside of the bottle is coated with a layer of non-toxic enamel, which apparently alleviates odours, aftertaste and contamination - the downside of this is the fact that the bottle can't be used below freezing temperatures, as said lining will crack.
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Sigg's Swissness bottle is an excellent product which doesn't leak and looks cool. In terms of its weight, the bottle is light and perfectly portable even when full. To be honest, I would have preferred the bottle to be plain rather than having the Swiss flag on it, but it's not something which overly concerns me - recommended.
This may seem a rather strange review but when I saw my wonderful flask in Dooyoo's product catalogue I knew I had to tell you all about it - that and the fact that I am unlikely to ever find anything to write about again in the ominously named 'Fitness' category!
The Sigg Swissness water bottle is superb; crafted from aluminium it is not only lightweight and more sturdy than a plastic bottle, but is also a real pleasure to drink from. I have the 1 litre sized bottle in the brushed aluminium design you can see above, but there are various alternative sizes and colours available - something I was not aware of until I had already purchased my bottle as I would have rather liked a red flask!
The flask, as you can no doubt see, is very imposing looking, it puts me in mind somewhat of an old fashioned spirits bottle with this illusion spoilt only by the modern black top. I think it looks rather nice, the simplistic design is so much more stylish in my opinion than the more rotund and decorated plastic drinking bottles.
The metal bottle itself is lined with a special type of plastic, this isn't visible unless you peer inside the bottle so does not spoil the otherwise very attractive flask. This plastic lining has been developed to prevent any tainting of your drink, be it through smell or residue of flavours - it works a treat too as whatever I fill my bottle with it always tastes as fresh and clean as it would when drunk from a normal glass.
My main use for this or any other flask is so I can take a drink to bed with me, my nightly medication causes me to become very thirsty during the night and first thing in the morning so this is ideal. The smooth screw on lid means I can sip from the bottle in the traditional way rather than having to navigate a more modern sports top, this is another reason why I feel my drinks taste fresher as it is not flowing directly through plastic before it reaches my lips.
The strangely shaped lid, I am told, is so that the user can attach their drink to the outside of a rucksack or bag while walking or hiking. The reason for the large hole in the lid had me stumped for a while but now I know I can see exactly why this aspect was included in the design as it would be extremely useful for someone with more active needs than myself.
I am more than happy with this Sigg water bottle, admittedly my needs are less intense than that of the majority of users but in actual fact that just goes to show what a very versatile product this is. I have dropped it and knocked it off my bedside cabinet numerous times yet there is not a mark on the metallic casing of the bottle - I suspect it would fare well if taken walking or climbing, although as aluminium is a lightweight metal you would need to ensure you weren't too heavy handed with it.
I recall paying £12 for this flask, which is a high price for a drinks bottle. However, in my opinion it has proved to be good value as after daily use for months it remains in immaculate condition and always ensures my water or fruit juice tastes as fresh and refreshing as I have come to expect.
Being the active type I try and spend some time (the little I have of it these days!) out of doors. Typically this boils down to a walk around my local forest or at a stretch a hike for a few hours. Anyone who has spent anytime in the wilderness will quickly tell you that plastic bottles are attracted like magnets to sharp rocks. It's like they have a mind of their own and just love to burst right at the moment you want a drink, or all over your spare clothes. Either way, a plastic bottle is a liability on a hike. With this in mind I tend nowadays to use my Sigg Swissness bottle.
Sigg are a brand of aluminium water bottles that will be well known to anyone who has set foot in an adventure store. They're cylindrical in shape have their characteristic screwtop cap. Sigg bottles come in a variety of capacities, most notably 500ml, 750ml and 1000ml. I bought a 750ml bottle as I felt the 1 litre model was just a touch too big. It cost me £15 in my local mountaineering shop and has lasted me the previous 3 years!
Sigg produce a wide variety of colours and designs for their bottles. This one in particular is a silver background with a decal of wax stamp with the swiss flag in the centre. It's quite a classy design and does stand out from the usual single matt colour bottles that most of my hiking buddies carry. For that reason alone it's worth looking around for a fancy colour as it'll save you from losing it amongst your friends equipment!
Each bottle is made of thin aluminum and lined with Sigg's patented plastic lining. There is absolutely no taste or residue off the plastic lining and you would barely know it exists if you couldn't see it. The screwtop cap is nice as well and is quite hard to put in wrong so it saves you from spillages. On that note, the cap itself screws in quite tightly and I've yet to spill anything from my bottle.
I would definitely recommend this bottle, so much so that I've already bought a second bottle from their "Think Green" range. It's light and practical and has yet to show any signs of wear and tear. I would go breaking rocks with it but suffice to say it's strong enough for the average mountaineer and should last nearly a lifetime with proper care.