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Still My Favorite Water Bottle on the Market!
on January 11, 2011
I have been an avid outdoors enthusiast for well over 25 years so I have had my fair share of water bottles. Sigg, Nalgene, Camelbak, Kleen Kanteen, REI, Eddie Bauer Etc.. I have had bottles from all of them. In fact, I dont think there is a design or a company out there that I haven't tried. With that being said, I ran across a KOR ONE bottle a few years back and was immediately impressed by the design. I was actually looking to buy a new bottle anyways so I figured I would try the KOR ONE. I haven't touched another water bottle since then...well, that is until I tried KOR's new Delta Bottle.
As soon as I saw that KOR had a new bottle I immediately ordered one. Going off of their previous bottle, I was expecting a lot and I wasn't disappointed in the least. The biggest difference between the KOR ONE and the KOR Delta lies in the design of the lid. It now has a safety latch which makes accidental openings impossible. I was actually one of the unfortunate people that had a KOR ONE open up in one of my bags. Fortunately it was just a bunch of magazines that got wet but I never felt safe enough to just throw my Kor One inside my bag like I used to. Well, no more worrying as this new safety latch takes care of that problem. This one upgrade alone made the purchase worth it. Also new is the fact that you can separate the cap from the bottle with a simple twist. This makes cleaning your bottle significantly easier. The most obvious change is with the shape of the handle. Its angled now which make it more ergonomic and more comfortable to carry. In short, all of the changes with the lid make the Delta a significant improvement over the KOR ONE and that is really saying something as the KOR ONE was easily the best designed water bottle I have ever used.
The other notable difference is the fact that the Delta is available in two sizes whereas the KOR ONE only had one size, 750ml. The Delta comes in both 500ml and 750ml sizes. For those who are not very good with measurements, most bottled drinks that you see at the store are usually around 16 ounces or 473ml. That means with a 750ml size, the KOR ONE and the 750ml Delta are able to hold 25 ounces which is the equivalent to roughly 1.5 bottled drinks. The 500ml KOR Delta is basically able to hold 16 ounces or a single bottled drink. If KOR was going to make a 2nd size available, 500ml is without a doubt the size they should have made. My wife always thought the KOR One was a bit too big. The Delta 500ml will be perfect for her. Making a smaller sized bottle available was definitely a great idea.
Fortunately many aspects of the KOR Delta are identical to the KOR ONE and thus have not been changed. My single favorite aspect to these bottles is what Kor refers to as the "KOR Perfect Spout" or more simply the diameter and shape of the bottle opening. Your bottom lip fits the shape of the bottle opening perfectly. I swear it literally feels like they took some sort of mold of my mouth and created the opening of this bottle specifically for me. That is really not an exaggeration as the overall comfort and fit are really unmatched in the water bottle market. Its absolutely perfect as its wide enough to be able to drop in ice cubes or do some serious chugging yet not so wide that it winds up on your face and shirt. In all honesty its the best water bottle opening I have ever seen and is so superior to the other water bottles on the market that it really is in a class all by itself in this regard. None of the other water bottles I have tried can even begin to compete with KOR ONE in this regard and thankfully this "Perfect Spout" remains unchanged with the Delta.
Its obvious that KOR understands the concept that fixing something that isn't broken is not a good idea and thus all of the KOR ONE's best features remain intact with the KOR Delta.
Bottom line - The KOR ONE was imo the single best water bottle on the market. The reason I say was is because KOR has basically one upped themselves with the release of the KOR Delta. Its basically the same bottle with a few tweaks here and there. I will still use my KOR ONE's, but the Delta is my new go to water bottle.