I'm a courier for a hospital and all it's satillite prompt care facilities and I need a soft bag to transport all the labs; bloods, samples and other thiings too gross to mention here. We who do this, are tough on the bags we depend on, as those soft bags have to be able to withstand constant opening and closing, insulate well and hold up under all the constant swinging of the bags, in and out of our vehiclles, by those soft handles and this can wear out any well made bag's zipper system and stitching. Too, for us, this work requires, that the bag have a durable, plasitc inner liner and this one fills the bill on all those things, plus good sized extra exterior pockets.
I use those blue ice packs, to keep samples cooled down, which is required and this bag has a neat feature, which isn't noted on the discription of the product. The lid has a netted pocket, on the inside, that holds the blue ice pefectly and this is most practical, as we learn early on, that heat travels up and cold, down. Now the ice is out of the way, above and the labs don't get crushed, below.from the packs sliding around. Perfect set up. Can't really be too accurate on the longevity of this bag, have only been using this one for a month or so, but if it outlasts my last bag, that'll be worth the investment, this is why I did not rate it higher, as there is no way to tell how long, or at what point, some stitching might fail. None can last forever, not in this business, but if they hold up at all, they're above board.
From the present look of it and the slight show of any wear and tear, it more than fills the bill for me and I'd recommend this one over any other bags I've seen and I've seen pleanty. Besides, the name of Coleman is pretty reliable and a rather well established product line, I'd say. One of the main reasons I took a chance on this .
At this point, I'd say it's worth the investment, as if you use it strictly for beer runs and beach parties, every now and then, you'll be able to will it to your great, grand kids. Not the beer, the bag. That type of use shouldn't wear this thing down much.
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