User Review: MSR Alpine Bottle (1L)
Price Paid: $26 (1L)
A couple of quick pros/cons for you skimmers and then some meat:
- MSR Quality and Customer Service
- Durable Design - Both lid and bottle
- Two openings
- Comfortable Leash/Tether
- Price (see more below)
- Smaller opening not glove-compatible
I am a bit of a water bottle junkie and have had incredibly positive experiences with MSR gear and customer service in the past. So, when I saw the Alpine Bottle (1L) on the local sporting goods shelf, it was quickly grabbed.
I own several stainless steel bottles, but the feel of the Alpine bottle impressed me. I certainly am not worried about it getting crushed and have serious doubts about the size of dents I will put it in over time. Of course, these will happen, but I wager to a much lesser extent than with a Kleen Kanteen.
The dual-opening lid is well-designed and executed. The large opening functions like any other bottle of similar design. And, it is thread-compatible to any Nalgene/etc accessory (CapCap, Gription, etc). The smaller opening opens with a simple quarter-turn. It is difficult to do with gloves on, but it is pretty smooth and easy with bare fingers. The main bottle has a red plastic ring around the top where the threads are. Not only does this look cool, but it keeps the lips from freezing to cold steel. There is still a small metal lip at the very top, but it should be avoidable.
I paid $26 for the 1L bottle. The .75L bottle was $21. Clearly much more expensive than the BPA-free alternatives. If you want a cheap and durable bottle, the $8 plastic variety is going to serve you much better. However, when stacked against other high-end stainless bottles, such as WaterBox, the price is lower and, I feel, the features are better.
In my opinion, MSR hit a home-run with this one. A couple of small gripes, but the overall design is worth a serious look... especially if you are a water bottle junkie.