On my last backpacking trip, before my ACL surgery, I decided to go compact and light for my pack. I have, in the past, talked pages about how much I love my Guyot Designs bottle. But, truth was, the way I had my pack set up did not yield a way for me to carry said bottle that easily. A while back I traded a Swiss Army Knife for a Sigg Bottle and cup and finally had a chance to really test it. The pack I chose for my trek was the Camelbak Mule. The Sigg bottle worked well in the lower pack, as my Guyot bottle couldn’t fit in either pocket.
The Sigg water bottle holds about .6L of water and comes in a flask-like package with a stainless cup. That is the important part of the mix since the cup nestles around the bottle and they both fit together nicely. The stainless cup is welded and sealed on the bottom with a seam that looks to have been sanded down to make the cup smooth. The cup of the Sigg flask has two small wire handles which function together to hold the weight of the filled cup. I’m happy to report that, when heated, the handles transferred heat less than the GSI mug cup. The bottle itself comes with a small mouth lid, complete with a plastic O-ring to prevent leaking. Much like the clean canteen bottles, this lid is made out of plastic, so remove it before you put anything in the fire. There is a leather removable “fob” that connects to the cup, so it can stay connected to the set or be taken off easily. It is a handy feature, if you ask me, when you are dealing with something that could potentially go into the fire.
Much like my GSI mug cup, the bottle nestles within the larger metal cup. Both the cup and the bottle can be used in the fire, however I have not put the bottle in the fire itself. I haven’t had to put the black bottle in the fire yet, but I wouldn’t see a problem with it. If the paint starts to bubble, take it out of the fire and remove the paint with your handy orbital sander at home. The metal cup did fine in the fire, and actually cleaned easier than most steel bottles that I have used. One theory is that it is smoother. That would help cleaning the inevitable sticky resin that finds itself on cups after being used in a fire.
In short, the Sigg Mug cup works very well for what it was designed. Good on short trips, it doesn’t hold nearly as much water as a normal Nalgene or Guyot water bottle. It works well on those trips where you are around water frequently and have the ability to boil or treat it quickly. This piece of kit fills a niche in my gear piles and I will go to it again when I want to go super compact on the trails!
Editor’s Note: Joe’s been a bad influence on me. He’s been getting me to try different water bottles including the Guyot Designs model and this one is no different. I did some searching on the net, and most retailers are charging between $27.00 and $30.00 U.S. for these models.
Important Note: The recently manufactured Sigg Bottles have an expoxy-type lining "baked" into the interior of the bottle to keep from having a metallic taste imparted to the water/liquid. Heating the bottle itself may damage that internal coating and cause it to leach out into the contents of the bottle.