Much has been made in the media recently about SIGG water bottles. Heaps of praise in general, though an occasional dissenting opinion may enter the discussion. All in all, this particular product line has been making waves, and for some good reasons. SIGG is a Swiss company, and the Swiss of course have a reputation for fine watches and fine products in general. If a Swiss company them turns its attention to producing an excellent water bottle, why should we expect anything else than an excellent water bottle? This of course raises a couple of questions. Just what does an excellent water bottle look or feel like, and why would we want one in the first place? The bottle’s design, functionality, and durability play a definite role in answering these questions.
SIGG has a long history to its name in that there are numerous points that need to be covered up in this article despite the fact that they aren’t as popular with the current generation or even in its own native Switzerland, which is why you need to go through the points given below and check it out for yourself the clout that it commands.
Life Before SIGG -It wasn’t all that many years ago, when you worked out, or went hiking, the metal canteen was the water holder of choice. This was the result of either having been in scouting, or just visited a war surplus store. The metal canteen, usually constructed of steel or aluminum admittedly did its job. Another option was just to take the family thermos along. The problem there was, when you drank the water, it often had a slight coffee taste to it, or worse yet, sour milk. Of course some outdoors types, especially skiers, had their boda-bag, made of goat skin and having a latex liner, though the contents were just as apt to be wine as water. Not bad for the end of the day, but not necessarily good for you while exercising. One has to admit though, the boda bag with its cord strap over the shoulder did look pretty sharp.
Why Some Are Making The Transition – Over the past few decades more and more people have taken up a fairly strenuous pattern of exercising, and realized the need to always have a container of water nearby. Before the SIGG water bottles came on the scene, there were various other water bottles in use, some metal, some plastic, and some made from lexan, an essentially unbreakable material. Problems, or at least issues begin to arise. Some of these had to do with health, and concerns about water being contaminated by the containers holding it. Even containers made from lexan, a polycarbonate, are suspected of leaching certain toxins into the water. Not in huge amounts certainly, but even a tiny amount can be of concern over a long period. These polycarbonate bottles have not fallen completely from favor, but still many people have made the switch, either to plastic or SIGG water bottles.
An even bigger problem has come along with the advent of the cheap, plastic throw-away bottles. One source says that, throughout the world, over 2 million of these bottles are disposed of EVERY HOUR! That’s a lot to be putting in our landfills, or just to have lying around. The bottled water craze doesn’t appear to showing signs of disappearing soon, but as more and more people are thinking green, alternatives will come into play. The lexan bottles are one of these alternatives. SIGG water bottles are another.
What’s In A SIGG? -Just what is it about SIGG water bottles that sets them apart? They are manufactured form a single piece of extruded aluminum for one thing, and they feature a leak-proof screw on cap (some have a ring so you can carry the bottle with a finger). What separates them form the WW II canteen is that on the inside you’ll find an enamel coating, so the liquid doesn’t actually come into contact with aluminum. Also these water bottles are infinitely more attractive that the canteen, if that matters to you, and the canteen often was made from several pieces, soldered together. It should be mentioned that the SIGG water battles are a bit more expensive, ranging from around $15 to $30, depending upon size and style. When you think about it though, if you drink lots of bottled water, say a couple of bottles a day, the SIGG will pay for itself a 2 to 3 weeks, and it should last for many years with proper care.