Rated 4 out of 5 by AMfromLongIsland Like soft sides, keeps the cold in
I've used this once so far on a drive to a vacation 6 hours away. A good test was packing the cooler at midnight the night before we left and getting home 16 hours later. While the weather was in the 50's and probably helped, everything inside was kept at a good temperature. The soft sides make it fit better in tight spaces in the trunk.
My only negatives are that because it's soft-sided, the zipper is sometimes hard to operate. I would also prefer if it had a shoulder strap as otherwise you need two hands to carry the cooler.
I will keep my smaller hard-sided cooler for carrying lunches or small items. But for longer trips or more extended time away from home, I think this cooler will work well for me.
A prior reviewer mentioned packing this in their luggage. This does not collapse completely, but to about 5-6 inches high.
April 7, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by OutdoorsPNW LL Bean Soft Cooler
tested the cooler over the past weekend in Montana , fit well in my raft kept food and tasty beverages cold , although it was still cool outside , real test will come in 80 degree weather , Cooler looks good from a performance standpoint , durable looking outside material , decent zippers , great handles both top and sides , bought two of these coolers to replace 6 + year old soft coolers , so far so good look forward to testing them in harder environments in 2015.
April 1, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by MagicalFruit Insulates better than my plain old Coleman
I let a container of ice sit in both this one and my plain old plastic Coleman cooler overnight (I can't find the exact model of Coleman on line, but it's a similar size). The ice melted in both, but the water was cooler in the LL Bean one. I like that it's soft-sided, so it'll take up less room when car camping. The zipper is a bit awkward -- it snagged on the lining once.
January 10, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cgray85 Great Cooler
We used this cooler while on a trip to Glacier National Park. We specifically purchased it because we could fold it into our checked luggage. It worked great, and was roomy and sturdy enough to hold our groceries for the week. At the end of the trip, we dried out the inside and folded it back up for the trip home. I would definitely recommend this product.
August 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by SEALTEAM6 Great Cooler
worth the money and a Great size
July 16, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by moxy9 squishy cooler
Nicely constructed cooler. Heavy duty zipper and rip proof outside. Loaded it up with food and a bag of ice and found that it held the temperature well. Very light weight construction and comfy handle makes it easy to carry. Soft shell makes it easy to fit into small spaces in the car. Very happy with it.
June 12, 2014