Winterflaw wrote:Resurrecting a moderately old thread.
I also ordered and returned two of the 800ml Klean Kanteen bottles.
I loved the bottles, but the top was a huge frickin' fail.
There's a carry hoop in the way and - much more importantly, since the hoop could sawn off - the rubber spigot in the top takes a great deal of force to open and close. Much too much to use with your teeth. I think it must be completely impratical for cycling, which leads me to ask the poster above, who has had a very postive experience with KK, what's going on with that for him?
(KK with the version 1.0 of the sports cap had a centered version of the spigot without the carry hoop. No longer made.)
I too almost rejected the KK bottles with the 'sport' cap for both your points, but happily adapted and made them work for me by -
a) drinking from them with the 'carry hoop' angled to the left or right - which means it doesn't get in the way of my large nose.
b) always leaving the too stiff for dodgy teeth, push pull spout in the open position. I only use water so am not bothered about any sugary drink potential leakage/splashage (of which I've not noticed any anyway)
The pleasure of NOT drinking from a plastic bottle on a warm day (or any day come to that) is worth a bit of shenanigans methinks.
By the way, use the KK bottles in standard Blackburn alu cages. No rattles and eventually the odd scratch, which takes seconds to remove with a green kitchen scourer (as does the KK logo etc)