Since the time we got our hands on Bobble's active filtering plastic-made water bottles, Sigg has introduced its new aluminum made, durable water bottles featuring a new smart drinking system Sigg calls Active Top. If you ever considered getting yourself a reusable water bottle, suffice to say you're familiar with this Swiss household name. Sigg has started the metal bottle revolution with its original aluminum bottles that featured the iconic screw-in loop bottle top designed in a way that lets hikers and mountain climbers attach their bottle to the rest of their gear using a secure carabineer clip. The new Active Top equipped Sigg bottles bring an even easier and secure way of drinking while at the gym, work and out in the great outdoors without taking your eyes off the prize.
The new Active Top Sigg bottles have a sporty look and come in a variety of colors, styles and sizes ranging from the largest at 34oz (1L), 25oz (.75L), 20oz (.6L) and the smallest Active Top bottles geared towards children complete with cutesy colorful designs at 13.5oz (.4L). Sigg's 34oz and 25oz Active Top bottles carry the same price of $27, the 20oz at $25 and the smallest of them all is priced at $23. Sigg provided us with their 1L Siggnificant Black and .75L Dynamic White styled bottles for reference.
Sigg's new Active Top bottles are designed for plain water and even carbonated beverages alike. The bottles feature a rotating top that's essentially a smart closure and ventilation system with four set positions; close - air - open - clean. The Active Top's valve is designed to let air pressure out from stored carbonated beverages before reaching the Active Top's open position so to avoid a sudden burst of energy squirting you in the face.
The great thing about Sigg's Active Top mechanism is it allows you to drink from the bottle as you would drink from a cup using a straw without having to unscrew the cap off or tilt your head back when drinking out of the bottle thanks to the integrated silicone drinking straw. Attached to that is a replaceable rubbery bite valve that not only insures that the bottle doesn't spill liquid when knocked over if left in the "open" position, but also lets you control the flow much like the bite valve on a hydration pack. To drink you need to bite on the valve and suck the water out. Very awkward at first, but you end up getting the hang of it the more you use it. The mouth piece is protected with a plastic cap that sadly isn't attached to the top itself, so prepare to lose it.