GSI 1L Dukjug

Concept: 2 out of 5
Execution: 2 out of 5
Yeah, but: It's great if you like tape.

The Long Version: This is my first post-mortem review: I accidentally destroyed my 1L Dukjug yesterday. I've had the stainless version for two years, and it's been my bottle of choice when my three smaller Kleen Kanteen containers aren't big enough. I haven't actually been a huge fan of it; the threading around the mouth makes it prone to dripping, and I eventually took off the string that tethers the lid to the bottle. The idea of having a water bottle that is designed to take a few wraps of duct/gaffer tape around it is clever, but not something that I used. I did appreciate the wide-mouth design, since it made it easy to add ice cubes, which is vital for a bottle that I'd mostly use in the summer.

So yesterday I was planning on a long day out in the sun, so I filled the 1L jug with water, tossed in a few ice cubes, and then tucked it in the freezer for a few minutes. And then I decided not to go out after all. The bottle froze solid, splitting along its base – but at least I can confirm that it's made of good-quality steel.

One of the best things I can say about a product is that I'd replace it with an identical one in the event of a tragedy. In this case, even though the Dukjug isn't very expensive, I'm going to be looking for something else. I have my eye on the 40oz Kleen Kanteen, but time will tell.

last updated 14 aug 2011


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