Disclaimer: The bottle-opener keychain I received to review was provided for me free of charge. But that in no way has influenced my feelings towards this fine piece of metal wizardry.
Anyone remember this contest from last month? Good. Don't worry though, I'm not the one that won the contest, so it wasn't rigged or anything. I was given a Chargers bottle-opener keychain from the fine folks at Wholesale Keychain. And I'm here to give you my impressions on said keychain.
The keychain arrived in a nondescript padded yellow envelope. I opened it up and there she was in all her shiny, silver glory. On the back was an engraving: "Bolts from the Blue"; beautiful. On the front: a nice Chargers lightning bolt on a dark blue background. This would be an excellent way to display my Chargers pride around Denver.
So, I began putting the bottle opener through its paces by sampling some of the finest brews Denver had to offer. I started with some Breckenridge Brewery Vanilla Porter. A solid beer, but can't quite hold up against Stone's Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean. The keychain opened the bottle with aplomb. Next up: Great Divide's Denver Pale Ale; another solid beer. Again, the cap popped off without a hitch, and without any kind of impact on my hand. This keychain and I were quickly becoming close friends.
I completed my test with an Avery White Rascal. A delicious beer, and an old favorite of mine. Yet again, the keychain exceeded all performance expectations I had for it. It really is that good. It even handled a bottle of Martinelli's Sparkling Cider without even flinching. The courage of this thing is admirable.
I've had the keychain for about 4 weeks now I'd say, and it's holding up quite well the rigors of everyday life in my jeans pocket. I can honestly say that scratching on the chrome and the emblem is at a minimum. It is quite durable and it seems it's built to last.
Bottom line: a fashionable and functional way to express your Chargers fandom wherever you go.