OR- Klean Kanteen Wide Insulated Mug Katie Montovan
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Owner Review: Klean Kanteen Wide Insulated Mug Katie Montovan
March 10, 2012
Name: Katie Montovan
Height: 5' 4" (1.6 Meters)
Weight: 150 Pounds (68 Kilograms)
Email address: sull0294@...
City, State, Country: Groton, New York, U.S.
Date: March 10, 2012
Backpacking Background: I have been backpacking, climbing, kayak/canoe
and winter camping for over 10 years. My excursions are mostly weekend
and occasionally week-long backpacking and kayaking trips in the wooded
and often wet, rolling terrain of western New York. In general, I strive
for a compact and light pack but value well-made and durable gear over
ultra-light weight items. I also spend significant amounts of time day
hiking and trail running with my dog.
Manufacturer: Klean Kanteen
Year of manufacture: 2010
URL: http://www.kleankanteen.com/ <http://www.kleankanteen.com/>
Listed weight: 10.2 oz
Size: 16 fl oz (473 ml)
Dimensions (w/o cap): 7.25" H x 2.9375" W
Mouth opening: 2.125" (54mm)
Available sizes: 12 oz, 16 oz, 20 oz
Available colors: brushed stainless, white, black, blue, purple, coral
Available cap styles: Stainless Loop cap, Cafe cap, Stainless Wide
The Klean Kanteen Wide Insulated is a double-wall stainless steel
thermos. It is made out of 18/8 food-grade stainless steel and is free
of BPA and other toxins. The lid is lined with stainless steel and is
also BPA free. I have the 16 oz. (473 ml) brushed stainless version, but
there are many colors and sizes available. The manufacturer claims that
the bottle is compatible with many screw-on backcountry water filters
but I have not yet tried to fill mine directly from my water filter.
Over the past two years, I have taken my Kleen Kanteen on multiple back
country camping trips. These included a 2 day winter camping trip to
summit Big Slide in the Adirondack High peaks (elevation 4199 ft or 1280
m) where temperatures got down to 0 F (-9 C), and multiple 2 - 5 day
kayaking trips in weather ranging from rainy and 45 F (7 C) to sunny and
90 F (32 C). I also use it daily when not on the trail in rain, snow,
sun, sleet and hail.
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The bottle has a nice shape. I like that it is wide enough to feel
stable when sitting on a table, but narrow enough to fit into backpack
pockets and most cup holders. The wide-mouth opening made it easy to add
ice or to pour boiling water into the bottle. The loop on the cap was
easy to grip and sealed tight to prevent leaks. This loop also made it
easy to attach the bottle securely to my backpack.
The insulated Kleen Kanteen was an essential piece of gear on my winter
camping trip to the Adirondack high peaks in upstate New York. The
temperatures dropped just before our trip so the trails were icy and the
temperature ranged from 0 F (-18 C) to 15 F (-9 C). This mug was great.
I filled it in the morning and 5 hours later we sat down to eat lunch
and my tea was still warm. It was wonderful to have a steaming cup of
tea at the top of the mountain with lunch. I also had no problems with
drips or spills and the loop at the top proved to be a useful and
comfortable way to hold the bottle while carrying it.
This thermos also went on a week long kayaking trip to the thousand
islands in October. The trip was fortunate to have sunny weather with
air temperatures around 50 degrees F. For kayaking I found that the loop
on the lid enabled me to clip the mug to securely to my deck rigging and
have easy access to my tea during short paddling breaks. In the rare
event that I didn't drink it all during the morning paddle, I was
pleasantly surprised to find that the tea was still hot at lunch time.
I have used this thermos daily for the last 2 years to transport my
morning tea to work. The mug performs beautifully. It travels in my
backpack, on my bike, on the bus, and has a wide enough base that I can
safely drink out of it in front of my computer and not worry too much
about it tipping over. The only problem that I have found is that it
keeps my tea so warm that I have to wait for a few hours before I can
really enjoy it.
A few months ago, the lid gasket popped out, so I called the
manufacturer. They provided excellent customer service and promptly sent
replacement gaskets and a special tool for inserting them. Replacing the
gasket was easy and I haven't had problems with it since.
I was curious about how well this mug actually does at insulating the
contents, so I ran a few simple tests. I filled the thermos, took the
temperature of the liquid, then closed the lid tightly. About every half
hour, I opened the lid just long enough to check the temperature before
closing it again. I did this both for cold water in a warm (90 F/ 32 C)
room, and for hot water in the fridge (40 F/ 4 C). The hot water was
still warm after 5 hours. In my book 130 F (54 C) is getting past
sipping temperature and into the gulping temperature range. I love
gulping temperature tea, but I know that it isn't for everyone. The cold
water stayed cold for much longer (possibly because the temperature
difference between cool water and room temperature is much less
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I couldn't have asked for more in an insulated mug. It was watertight,
but has the option of a cafe-style lid. It kept my tea hot for hours,
but I could cool my drink more quickly by removing the lid. The loop at
the top was a nice way to carry the bottle and provided a way to attach
it securely to my pack and kayak. I also had no problems with it
retaining odors even after leaving tea it for way too long. It is on the
heavier side for a light weight backpacking trip, but I found that this
mug was definitely worth its weight in luna bars.
Durability: This water bottle has been dropped, used, and sometimes
abused. I have caused many major dents in the water bottle, but was
surprised to find them all but disappear after a few uses. It appeared
that the vacuum seal magically popped the dents back out the next time I
filled the water bottle with hot water. The most major dent I got is now
just a light impression. There are small rock shaped dents on the bottom
from where it has landed on rocks or concrete, but these do not affect
the stability of the water bottle. There are also a few nicks in the
cap. These cosmetic flaws are minimal given the hard use this bottle has
gotten over the past 2 years, and they do not affect the functionality
of the insulated water bottle at all.
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I don't typically like mugs that have twist tops, but this mug has
become my one and only. It keeps my tea warm and is easy to carry and
use. I really love having a mug while camping that is water tight and
keeps drinks warm until my mid-morning snack or lunch time.
Keeps contents warm for hours.
Water tight lid doesn't spill or drip even when stored on it's side or
Loop on lid allows for easy carry and secure attachment.
Great customer support when something goes wrong.
Gasket problems, but this only happened once and it was easy to fix.
Price is fairly high for a mug.
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