I own a lot of water bottles and my collection takes up nearly the entire upper shelf in one of our kitchen cabinets (my wife is a very patient woman). However, I am not really a “collector” since I use these bottles—some are insulated and others have unique features that make them more suitable for certain rides than others. A few weeks ago the folks at MiiR asked if I would be willing to try out a couple of their water bottles and I jumped at the chance.
The MiiR Stainless Steel Water Bottle is made of 18/8 stainless steel and holds 600ml (20 ounces). The bottle is 9″ tall (7″ without the lid) and will easily fit in the water bottle cage on your bicycle. This bottle is lightweight (only 6 ounces) and is very comfortable to hold. While this bottle is dishwasher safe (top rack), they recommend hand washing.
With so many water bottles on the market, what makes the MiiR bottles different? I suppose durability would have to head the list, followed by ease of use—one twist of the lid (cap) and the bottle is ready to use. While this bottle does not have a sports cap like most cycling-specific bottles, you don’t have to worry about throwing this bottle in a gym bag or even tossing it in the back of your car! I also liked using this bottle when I was riding on muddy trails. The worst part about cycling in the mud is finding a way to keep the spout on your water bottle clean. It’s not that I am scared of drinking a bit of mud—I am not that picky. However, last year I was riding off-road and saw a horse emptying his bladder on the trail in front of me when it dawned in me that mud was not the only thing clinging to my bottles! With the twist lid on the MiiR you don’t have to worry about what you might have picked up on the trail.
The MiiR Stainless Steel Water Bottle (600ml size) retails for $18 and is available from the MiiR online shop. This bottle comes in five colors (orange, white, stainless, green, blue). When you buy a bottle you will also need to choose a lid—they have two types available, wedge (pictured above) or wingnut. These lids sell for $5 and come in numerous colors so you can create a truly customized bottle. MiiR also has several other bottles, including insulated bottles, available on their Website and they offer free shipping on any order over $40.
MiiR is a very environmentally conscious company. Their lids are made of BPA-free polypropylene #5 plastic and every bottle is 100% recyclable. In addition, $1 from every bottle sold goes directly to building water wells in developing nations. I have had the opportunity to spend a lot of time in Third World counties and it is so sad that nearly one-quarter of the world’s population does not have access to clean, safe drinking water. I sincerely applaud MiiR for their efforts!
As my regular readers know, I seldom keep the products that are sent to me for review—most of the time I give the products to random visitors who comment on this blog. Once again I’ve decided to hold a contest for one of the MiiR Stainless Steel Water Bottles. The folks at MiiR sent me two bottles and I only needed one to test, so I am giving away the Cadmium Orange bottle pictured above (that’s the one I didn’t use). To enter the contest all you have to do is pick a number between 500 and 750 and enter it in the comment section below (you don’t actually have to make a comment). The contest ends at midnight (CST) on Tuesday, January 29, 2013. After the contest closes I will use a random number generator to pick the winning number. If no one has the exact number the person with the number closest to, but not over, the winning number will get the orange MiiR Stainless Steel Bottle. In case two or more people chose the same number the first person to pick the number will be the winner. This contest is for U.S. residents only and only one entry per household allowed. When the contest is over I will publish the results in the comments section of this article. I will mail this product to the winner via Priority Mail at my expense.