I have been obsessed with kit since I was a teenager. It all started when I joined the Air Cadets, spent time in the great outdoors and saw the ‘stuff’ that the staff and senior cadets had. I became intrigued by all things shiny and new: browsing Blacks in Cardiff became a genuine guilty pleasure. This obsession with kit followed me into adulthood where a foray into outdoor retailing kept me off the streets for two years and I became an expert in advising people on the ‘right kit for the job’. Being an Officer in the Army Cadet Force means I spend a significant chunk of my time outside where having the right kit is imperative.
When I saw that SIGG were looking for outdoorsy people to review their products I jumped at the chance. I’ve been around SIGG products for many years now but have never actually owned a bottle. As soon as I opened the parcel from SIGG UK and saw the 0.6 litre Classic bottle in black, I knew I was in love.
It was smooth, it was shiny, it was light and felt cool to the touch. Aesthetics aside, how was it going to fit into my life? Shortly after receiving the Classic bottle I was off to North Wales with cadets for an Adventurous Training weekend – a perfect chance to see what the Classic bottle could do.
The first plus point occurred shortly after breakfast when I was issued with my horror bag (Army slang for packed lunch) and removed the small bottle of water provided. Plastic waste is a real problem for the environment with over 60 billion tons of it being produced every year but SIGG bottles are reusable and last a life time. Last year one young cadet I was working with had borrowed his Dad’s twenty year old SIGG bottle for a three day expedition – sure, it was battered and dented but it worked! Imagine how many plastic bottles have been saved from going to landfill in that twenty years.
No contest here! Resuable, tough SIGG bottle versus small, disposable plastic bottle…
SIGG were kind enough to send me a neoprene pouch for the bottle – as you can see it fits snugly around it. I found that when in temperatures around 0 degrees, the bottle, because it’s metal, became very cold and difficult to hold when not wearing gloves. The pouch enabled me to use the bottle without gloves and is a good addition to your kit if you think you may be taking the bottle somewhere cold.
The next plus point came when I took the cadets to a climbing wall for the day. I often find that when instructing I don’t drink enough to stay hydrated – it’s thirsty work making sure that the cadets are safe and having fun! Initially I thought that the clip on the neoprene pouch would attach to my climbing harness but I found that the clip wasn’t wide enough. A quick rummage in my kit bag later and my bottle was attached to my harness via a karabiner through the hole in the lid of the bottle. Having the bottle to hand meant that I could keep a watchful eye on the cadets and still have a drink, bonus!
The bottle is made from a single piece of Aluminium and has an EcoCare Liner, all rather technical but basically ensures a fresh, clean taste with no metallic after-taste. No matter what drink I put inside the SIGG bottle, it did indeed taste clean with no metallic nasty-ness – I tried milk (for coffee while at cadets), Ribena, water and fizzy pop. The fizzy pop was an interesting one, the SIGG website said it was fine to use the bottle for fizzy drinks so I gave it a whirl. Carrying a can of grape soda isn’t really a good idea while in uniform but disguising it in a smart, black SIGG water bottle seemed like a good way to smuggle it in. And it worked reasonably well. The drink was still fizzy for about three hours and the bottle fitted perfectly in my combat jacket pocket.
A perfect fit!
Whilst I found the bottle to be an excellent addition to my kit I was unable to use it in ‘the field’. Disappointingly it didn’t fit in my webbing and in all honesty when it comes to doing hardcore Army things with guns, I will stick to the issue water bottle. But as a bottle to take climbing, to the office, on the hills and to stuff in my daysack when doing less intense cadet things – it’s a definite win.
Would I recommend this to other people? Of course I would, I’ve not left mine at home since I got it!
I was sent this product for the purpose of the review. Opinions are my own and unbiased.