We gave up plastic water bottles in 2008. We were at least mildly concerned about BPA, but mostly we were tired of foul tasting water and excited to finally have a few reasonably priced alternatives in stainless steel.
We’ve been very happy with Klean Kanteens; they’re easy to clean, tough as nails (the bottle pictured here has been in daily use since 2008), and they don’t contaminate water. The only issue that we ran into is that they rattle in some bottle cages.
People have come up with a number of ways to silence rattling bottles including wrapping the bottle with twine, covering the bottle with a sleeve made of leather or neoprene, or even sewing leather sleeves onto the cage itself. All of these solutions work fine, but we’ve been searching for the perfect cage that doesn’t require any modifications.
Synthetic cages are quiet and inexpensive, though they leave something to be desired aesthetically, and they can be fragile in cold weather. I had decent luck with a Profile Design nylon “Kage”, and Klean Kanteen offers a polypropylene cage specifically for their bottles.
Our current favorite cage for holding stainless bottles is the Iris from King Cage. The Iris is made in Durango, CO from tubular stainless steel. It’s a pretty, but stout, cage that silently carries either the 18oz or 27oz Klean Kanteen stainless bottles. Velo Orange sells a similar cage that I haven’t yet tried, but I’m guessing it too will perform well with stainless bottles.
- 48 grams
- 304 Stainless steel tubing
- Made in the USA