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SIGG Classic 1L Water Bottle
Test Report
Last Updated: May 23, 2008

Biographical Information Product Information Initial Report - December 17, 2007 Field Report - March 4, 2008 Long Term Report - May 23, 2008 Summary

SIGG Classic Water Bottle


Biographical Information
Name Jennifer Pope
Age 27
Gender Female
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m)
Weight 150 lb (68 kg)
Email Address Jennifer.Pope@gmail.com
Location Los Angeles, California
Backpacking Background
Intermediate. I've been a car-camper as long as I can remember and started backpacking in Northern California when I was 16. I've been backpacking for a couple of years after a hiatus during college. I backpack in the Sierras as well as National Forests and Parks in the Los Angeles vicinity. I also spend time in the California deserts and the mountains and coast of Northern California. I'm a tent camper leaning towards lightweight; but I'm also a fan of gadgets and I like being comfortable. Since becoming pregnant I have stopped backpacking and focus now on day hiking and car camping.

Product Information (back to top)
Manufacturer SIGG Switerland Ltd.
Manufacturer URL http://www.mysigg.com/
Year of Manufacture 2007
Capacity 1 L (33 oz)
Style Classic Water Bottle in Silver
Claimed Weight (total) 5.2 oz (147 g)
Actual Weight (total)
Bottle
Stopper
5.1 oz (145 g)
4.7 oz (133 g)
.4 oz (11 g)
MSRP $19.99 US



Initial Report
December 14, 2007

Initial Impressions & Product Description (back to top)

This bottle is pretty much what I expected-- a lightweight metal bottle.

Description

I received the bottle in Silver which has a nice shiny, metallic finish. I think it looks sharp. The stopper is in black. My bottle appears to be from the "simply ECO-Logical" line since it has that phrase along one length of the bottle. On the other side it has the phrase, "Friends don't let friends drink from plastic." Luckily I happen to share SIGG's environmental position. I'm sure the SIGG marketers would be happy to know that after less than a week of use that phrase has already stirred up a lunch time discussion of why aluminum is preferable to plastic. If readers are interested, SIGG makes these claims on their website.

slogan


This bottle appears to be very well made. The surface is smooth with no scratches and the stopper seals very tightly. The mouth of the bottle is quite small. I typically filter my home drinking water through a faucet filter and store a jug in the refrigerator so I have cold water to drink. I can fill the bottle easily through the faucet-mounted filter but pouring from the jug of water take a bit of concentration. The bottle is also just the right size to fit underneath the spigot of the water cooler at my office. The inside of the bottle is coated with a gold-colored material. I assume this is SIGG's special coating that purports to keep funky tastes out of liquid consumed from the bottle.

inside


I quickly realized how good of a conductor of heat metal is compared to plastic. Before my first use, I filled the bottle with hot tap water and a couple drops of dish soap to clean the bottle. The bottle quickly became very hot. This bottle is clearly not intended to hold hot liquids and then be touched by bare hands or lips. SIGG makes a separate insulated bottle line that would be more suitable for this purpose. But the same can also be said for adding cold liquids. When I add cold water from the jug in my fridge the bottle becomes cold as well. Not too cold to touch. The stopper presents a nice way to carry the bottle if I don't want cold hands.

After less than a week, the bottle has already been dropped. I was holding the bottle under my arm with a jacket on and it slipped out landing on the concrete below. As expected there was a small dent. The bottle landed right side up so the dent actually looks more like a slight bulge on the bottom rim of the bottle. It's barely noticeable unless inspected closely. In addition there are some really small divots in the bottom of the bottle where it looks like the bottle picked up the texture of the concrete. I will continue to monitor how that dent holds up and if I incur any more dents.

bottle cap


Field Report
March 4, 2008


Field Conditions (back to top)


My SIGG bottle accompanied me almost daily through the 2-month testing period. This included trips to and from my office, around town, on a few flights, to the gym and to the yoga studio, and on three day hikes All three day hikes were below 1,000 ft (300 m) above sea level. Temperatures have been fairly mild with lows in the 50s F (10 C) and highs in the low 80s F (25 C). I have experienced rain but I haven't used the bottle while being exposed to the rain.

Field Experience (back to top)


My experience so far has been positive overall. The bottle is very lightweight on its own. It's a good size. I like the cap and it facilitates easy carrying for me. Most of the time I use the bottle I carry the bottle with my finger in the loop. It's comfortable to carry the bottle that way even when full.

Since the bottle has such thin walls I've found it to be very easy to damage. I don't normally think of myself as someone who's particularly hard on gear but I suppose I can be a little on the klutzy side and my bottle bears these battle wounds. I have dropped the bottle on a few occasions. The first drop I mentioned in the beginning of the report. That scar is shown below. It's barely noticeable in the photo which translates into how much it's visible in person--barely. There are a few scrapes on the side and bottom and a slight bulge.

1st dent


The 2nd drop (also onto concrete) was more damaging. It was from basically the same height (my arm height) and onto a similar surface but the angle of the drop must have been more severe. I got a similar bulge on the bottom of the bottle but this one caused the surface coating to crack and wear off. Immediately after the drop, there were some jagged edges where the surface coating was peeling off. I manually scraped them away with my finger and now the surface is again smooth. Although it is still clearly visible that the surface coating is peeled away. This new bulge also causes the bottle to be a bit unstable when sitting upright. It stands fine but when touched it does rock back and forth. This sometimes makes refilling the bottle a bit tricky.

2nd dent

This drop also caused a minor scratch on the top of the bottle. Since the bottle is silver I don't think it shows up very much. So I think I made a good color choice since the scratches aren't very obvious.

scratch

The final, and the worst, wound came on a car ride. I was seated in the backseat of a Honda Pilot with my SIGG water bottle. Unfortunately for the bottle, there was someone seated in the 3rd row seats. I pulled the seat forward to let someone out of the back seat and folded the seat on top of the bottle. The person put their weight on the seat to get out and the bottle took the force of this pressure while being squeezed between the seat back and the seat cushion. This produced two dents on either side of the bottle. One dent can be seen in the photo at the top of this report (in the sand) and the other can be seen below. The dents are quite significant and quite obvious. Based on the amount of pressure the bottle withstood I'm actually fairly surprised that the bottle didn't sustain more damage. It should also be noted that the addition of these dents has provided a nice grip on the bottle. I didn't notice I missed one previously, but the dent does allow me to grip the sides of the bottle better.

big dent

I have used the bottle mainly to carry water. I have also drunk orange juice and water flavored with Simply Lemon. All tasted fine coming out of the bottle. After drinking an alternate beverage out of the bottle I just put a little bit of water in the bottle, tightened the lid and shook vigorously. This seemed to do the trick in getting the other flavors out of the bottle. I never noticed any lingering tastes or smells. I washed the bottle in much the same way. A little warm water, a drop of liquid dish soap, a lot of shaking and a lot of rinsing (until all the soap suds were gone). I have not put this bottle through the dishwasher.

The cap seals very tightly. I have not had any issues with leaks at all. If the bottle is screwed very tightly while at least partially full and moved around a lot, the seal breaks similarly to a carbonated beverage in a bottle. It's doesn't spew everywhere but it does make a noise and some liquid does leak out. This is a very small amount of liquid and a very minor complaint.

The bottle packs well. I have often carried the bottle inside the main compartment in a day pack and in my purse along with many other items with no ill effects. The bottle holds up fine to this kind of use. I have also packed the bottle inside of my checked luggage for a flight and it made it through without any problems.


Long Term Report
May 23, 2008


Field Conditions (back to top)


My SIGG bottle accompanied me almost daily through the final 2 months of the test period as well. This included trips to and from my office, around town, to the gym and yoga studio, day hiking and on one car camping trip. The day hikes and camping were below 1,000 ft (300 m) above sea level. Temperatures have been fairly mild with lows in the 50s F (10 C) and highs in the 90s F (35 C). I have experienced rain but I haven't used the bottle while being exposed to the rain.

Field Experience (back to top)

I don't have too much to add to what I stated in my Field Report. On the car camping trip I used the SIGG bottle to transport milk in my ice chest for the trip. This worked well for this purpose. No water from the ice chest leaked into the milk and the milk tasted completely normal. The only other additional item to comment on is that during this test period I noticed a slight grimy build up on the white rubber stopper piece of the top (can be seen in the picture of the top above). I'm not sure at what point this build up occurred because I know I didn't notice it right away. I was easily able to remove the grime by just running the top under warm water with a drop of soap and rubbing it off with my hand. It came off very easily and looked as good as new. I didn't notice any off taste or any other adverse effect from this.

Fortunately, I didn't drop the bottle at all during the last two months so I don't have any new dents to report. The previous dent on the bottom of the bottle does make it difficult to pour water into it. I have to hold the bottle while I fill it. I would like to try some of the aftermarket add-ons for this bottle; specifically the sport top and the bottle cover which adds insulation.

Summary (back to top)

This is a well-made bottle suitable for carrying and consuming a variety of cold and room-temperature liquids. Its lightweight construction and thin sides make it susceptible to dents which mainly only cause cosmetic annoyances.

Thank you to SIGG and BackpackGearTest.org for allowing me to test this item.


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