I think there was a request (post #175) a few pages back for an insulated cube as a lunch tote. Even though it's the end of the school year for my kids, I'd love an insulated lunch sack! I ordered a tall YSS so that I can try it out as a food stuff sack on an upcoming sack, but it would be even better if it had built-in insulation. Our current lunch totes are made of neoprene, and really after a couple of years of elementary school life, they just don't look (or smell) right, even when washed, aired, and sunned. How nice it would be to have the wipe-down convenience of Dyneema!
(there are other wipeable lunch totes, but then there was that scare a while back about lead-contaminated liners, and most of them develop rips/tears after a while. I'd happily pay more for durability and classic design. And no cutesy logos!)
- And/or an insulated tote (more of a horizontal form factor). Some of our lunch containers are long and flat (e.g. for pizza), or long and deep (salad/sandwiches), and sometimes one wants to transport them sitting flat, not vertically. Plus, little hands do better with a wide opening rather than a narrow one. Potentially, you could also turn it inside out and it could do double duty as a camera insert. To keep lenses separated, there could be dividers like the I/O, or rails on the sides (on the non-Dyneema side) that allow dividers to be attached. (Could even just be top and bottom O-rings...) ETA: Finally, it would have a drawstring or zipper, to keep heat/cold inside, and the food corralled safely away from non-food.
- Or there could be an insulated insert - like a Cache, but for consumables - sized to fit around/inside one of the following: a lunch tote liner (new creation); one of the existing all-Dyneema packing cubes (say, the WF small PC, or the PCSB); or a tall YSS. (I know there's the I/O, but it's quite a bit bigger than I had in mind. ) I like the idea of being able to use the Dyneema liner and the insert separately: it would also make them easier to clean. The other day it rained cats and dogs on me and my SCB. Afterwards, the contents were dry, but there was a wee bit of dampness between the inner and outer Dyneema. It dried out overnight. But that might've been nasty had it been, say, tomato sauce, or salad dressing. ;P
(she says, as she unpacks the weary non-TB lunch totes... )
- Modular sets/sizing would be great - e.g. two small lunch totes that are each exactly half the size of the big tote.
- Color coding would be easy with the different Dyneema options, of course, but a slot for inserting a name would be great. (With an option to cover the name... I don't like when strangers can read my child's name from fifty paces away.)
- What about a modular pocket for a water bottle, that doubles as an insulating bottle sleeve? Then you can carry your tote and water bottle at the same time, or move your bottle+sleeve to one of the dedicated pockets in a Bihn bag.
- And/or there could be an interior pocket, much like the ones in the Shop Bags, to hold a water bottle upright if you don't want to keep it in another sleeve/bag pocket.
- O-rings (on top/on the side), so a key strap can leash the tote to a backpack. Or you can attach a handle loop to the tote, to make it easier to fish it out of a full backpack.