March 31, 2010

BUT IT DOESN'T HAVE THE RAT PATROL ON THE SIDE:

A Moveable FeastSearching for the best adult lunchboxes on the market.
By Julia FelsenthalPosted Tuesday, March 30, 2010,

L.L. Bean Turbo Transit Lunchbox

$22 on llbean.com

From the outside, the L.L. Bean Turbo Transit looks like a travel accessory—the kind obsessive packers use for tightly rolled underwear. Judging from the inside (thick, white nylon insulation), L.L. Bean has tried to create a bona fide portable refrigerator. Alas, the Turbo Transit is a little too snug for my liking—I was just able to squeeze in my sandwich, yogurt, juice, and utensils. And it ranked only average in its ability to keep my food cold. I was also surprised to find that the Turbo Transit was designed with just a carrying handle, not a strap.

But never mind these practical details: The Turbo Transit is more than just a lunchbox. The product description on the Web site suggests that you keep your wallet and keys in one of the interior mesh pockets, and there's a strange little rubber sphincter on the outside for your iPod headphones. In addition, the outside zippers are outfitted with 3M Scotchlite reflective pulls, in case, I suppose, you'd like to alert passing motorists to your presence.

The Turbo Transit's ripstop exterior is durable as they come, and since you can easily wipe down the interior with soap and water, this bag will go the distance. At $22, it's probably worth the investment. After all, in a pinch you can use it to pack your underwear.

Aesthetics: 4
Utility: 5
Perks: 6
Value: 7
Total: 22/40


Posted by Orrin Judd at March 31, 2010 5:44 AM
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