User Review: Klean Kanteen 27oz Classic
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $15
After four years of hard use, indestructible and indispensable.
- Dented but unbreakable, no leaks yet.
- Unlined stainless steel (could boil water in it).
- Tasty water, even warm or days old.
- And, in wild areas, a wildlife deterrent.
- The extra 2 ounces over a Nalgene, I guess?
In Canada this is the 800ml bottle. Mine's tan, except where it's been scratched, scraped, gouged or dented. It's pretty bashed, actually. It's been rolled down cobble beaches, kicked over barrens, and knocked off boulders. Onto other boulders. Never has leaked and I'm still on the original loop cap. (LPT: don't overtighten caps in general, the seal gets stressed and the threads deform.)
This 27oz size is Goldilocks: I always found a litre a bit much and 500ml not enough. With the wide mouth, it makes for a stubby bottle that stands stable. Well, except near my feet and elbows, but that's not its fault.
Water tastes good for many days, no slimy sourness, just a mineral clean, which is an advantage on longer trips. True, a steel bottle will heat up fast in direct sunlight (I drape a bandana over it in a side pocket), but it also stays cool in the shade or inside the pack. It only takes a few minutes immersed at a beach or stream for even a full bottle of warm water to chill completely. I've never put mine directly on a stove or in a fire, which apparently you can do. I have however used it in a double-boiler setup to expand my kettle capacity.
That pretty much justifies the extra weight already, but really the main reason I went for a steel bottle in the first place was so I could make animals run away. I can't vouch for universal truth here, YMMV, but in the areas I hike, most animals are not human-habituated, and I was taught to keep metal to hand in the woods. The ringing clang of steel on rock or another metal object scares the bejeepers out of moose and black bears (and squirrels, the true threat), because it's a sound never heard in nature. Then the bear spray is the second line of defence, if ever I need one.
So at least for my use and environment, that makes the 2 extra ounces over a 32oz Nalgene well worth carrying.