Sigg Aluminium Lunch Boxes
Walking Accessories and Gift Ideas
Product Review / Walking Gear Test
Aluminium Lunch Boxes
Walking Accessories and Gift Ideas
Colours: Metallic Red, Blue or Silver
Sizes: 170 x 117 x 60mm (Midi),
SRP: £15.95 (Midi), £19.95 (Maxi)
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I found the Sigg Alu Box (maxi) to be just about the right size to hold all my food essentials for a good full day's hike - with a bit of room for my spare emergency rations.
It is sturdy but very easy to open and shut. It kept my food fresh and the lid served well as a small tray. (In my experience, balancing cups etc on lids from plastic boxes or nearby rocks is usually pretty fraught!)
At £19.95 for the larger box and £15.95 for the smaller version it certainly isn't the cheapest butty box you could buy - but it is big enough, works extremely well and will certainly appeal to the more style-conscious.
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• We've had this Sigg aluminium lunch box for over 5 years and sadly I have to say it has not lasted very well. We go on long country walks approximately 3-4 times a month, and we do not abuse our equipment although it is safe to say that occasionally things get bumped, knocked or dropped from waist height -- you'd think that most outdoor gear should be manufactured to be robust enough to tolerate some moderate wear and tear. The lid got slightly dented, but was still usable but one of the hinges actually broke. Not sure we'll consider buying this sort of lunchbox again, at this cost one would expect more robust build quality.
J Wang, London
• I've had a red Sigg Aluminium Lunch Box for about 5 years now and I am still really pleased with it. I use it every time I go walking - about twice a week - and apart from the colour being a bit worn at the corners, it still works like new. The seal still 'seals' and the clasps still 'clasp'. Mind you, I don't sit on it, don't kick it all the way home from school, don't bash my friends over the head with it or spend my time trying desperately to break it. Why would you?
Simon Cartwright, Penrith
• I bought this for my son to use at school because he kept breaking plastic lunch boxes. So a Sigg expedition grade all aluminium bax should stand the test.
Wrong. Fell to pieces and bent out of shape within 3 months. In effect tested to destruction by an eighyt year old boy. They aluminium is too thin to retain its shape. When he throws his bag down the corners of the box just bend. I was able to bend it back into approximate shape by a combination of using my hands, then using a vice and hands and finally resorting to Thor King of Hammers and pannel beating back into shape. The aluminium is just too weak for even moderate use.
Next the plastic platic seal in the lid started falling out. This became a daily chore until eventually it was lost.
Then the hing pins on the lid clasps worked lose and stared to fall out. I tapped them back in with an pin hammer but eventually had to use thread lock to hold them in place.
I wrote to the UK distributors with my tales of woe and they kindly replaced the box witha new one. The new box proceeded to fail in the same ways except that the hinge pine held but every thing either bent or fell apart just as quickly.
I have used Sigg kit for years and been very pleased but this item was sockingly bad for £25. Save you cash. I am still lloking for a robust metal lunch box of approximately 10"x6"x4". If anyone knows of one please let me know.
If any outdoor equipment manufacturers wish to hire my son for field testing their products under heavy load I can rent you his services at reasonable cost. Himalyan expeditions are all well and good but do not under estimate the destructuve powers of small boys.
Rhodri Jenkins, Worcester