By April 19, 2012

Koko FreshPocket Insulated Man’s Lunchbox Review

I’m a big believer in eating small amounts of food frequently throughout the day. These “eating events” help keep my blood sugar level even and my metabolism going. In the last six months or so I’ve tried to eat more fruits and vegetables. Unlike the South Beach / Snackwell’s protein bars or almonds I normally nom on, I need to keep fruits, vegetables, and salads cold. I wanted something that would keep my snacks separate from the rest of the things in my bag, and had been using plastic bags from Target / Wal-Mart. I wanted something that was insulated, but also something that I knew hadn’t been used to carry chemicals or something dirty.

I bought a FreshPocket insulated lunch “box” made by Koko.

It’s attractive, conveniently-shaped, and isn’t large enough for much of anything.


The Koko FreshPocket, packed to the gills

Features

The FreshPocket is 10 x 7.5 x 4 inches according to the manufacturer’s specifications. The exterior is a soft nylon. The FreshPocket comes in a few colors; I selected basic black but you can buy it in red, camouflage, navy blue, and olive green.

The zipper is pretty heavy duty given the delicate nature of the bag, which I appreciate. Opening and closing the FreshPocket can be a challenge when it’s full, so I am glad the zipper is extra tough.

The inside is your typical foil-colored insulated fabric. It does a pretty good job at keeping contents cool. I usually transfer my food from my FreshPocket directly to the refrigerator at work, but on the rare occasions I am away from my desk all day the FreshPocket keeps my apples and pears at slightly below room temperature. I don’t put any ice packs in the bag due to the small size, but doing so would further increase the performance.

Usage

I read a bunch of reviews on Amazon before buying the FreshPocket, and there was a lot of mention about how small it was. I just wanted to take a small salad and a few pieces of fruit, so I figured the complaints were overblown.

Unfortunately, they were right, and the size of the FreshPocket probably makes it too small for anything except the most modest of snacks.

Pictured here is a small Tupperware container, a small Honeycrisp apple, and a larger-than-your-average-bear pear.

The FreshPocket won’t zip closed without significant effort. In order to get this to close, I had to put the apple and pear at the bottom of the pouch, zip it 1/2 closed, push the Tupperware container inside, and then “walk” the zipper up about an inch at a time while squeezing the rest of the bag flat. You can see how overstuffed the FreshPocket is in the first photo, and I am nervous to push the bag to this limit on a regular basis. The zipper is pretty badass, but I was afraid I’d either rip it off or bust the teeth.

I usually only carry an apple, a pear, and two cutie oranges these days, and leave containers of leftovers at home or transport them in a leftover plastic bag. Which kind of defeats the purpose of the Koko FreshPocket in the first place.

Conclusion

The Koko FreshPocket is stylist, seems to be built well, and fits very nicely in messenger-style bags like mine. Unfortunately it really is too small for real use, and at $15 – $20 depending on color was an expensive experiment.

Not recommended

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