Pros: Portable, efficient, perfect size for personal use
Cons: None to mention
I do a lot of work outdoors, whether it be simple yardwork or more strenuous work like cutting up treetops for firewood with my chainsaw. I do most of my outside work in the spring and summer, and down here in the south heat and humidity make it a priority for a person to be fully hydrated to avoid heatstroke or some other malady that comes with hot weather. It's pretty easy to just get a cooler and ice down your favorite cans or bottles of your preferred beverage, but size and bulk sometimes present portability issues that you would rather avoid.
A couple of years ago I was strolling through Wal-Mart and came across the Igloo Legend 1/2 Gallon Beverage Cooler, and after inspecting it pretty closely, I decided it was the perfect little personal cooler for me. I had known about the Igloo brand for years--the company makes a wide variety of coolers and remains one of the most respected names in that particular industry. I knew I was getting a quality product, and it seemed to be the just what I needed when I was doing outside work.
The Igloo Legend 1/2 Gallon Beverage Cooler is made of plastic, and as the name indicates, has a capacity of 1/2 gallon of fluid. It stands probably 15 inches tall, and has an integrated plastic handle that folds down to the side when you're not carrying it. The top has a spout that you flip up when you wish to dispense your beverage of choice, and when the spout is pushed back down, it seals so that none of the liquid inside can leak if you happen to turn the cooler over. The top itself actually screws off when you want to fill the cooler with liquid, and it screws back on easily and creates a tight seal to prevent leakage. All in all, the design is simple and efficient.
I use the Igloo Legend 1/2 Gallon Beverage Cooler when I'm working outside, but you can use it for other activities like picnics, the beach, or simply when making a long trip in your car. Even filled with liquid, this cooler is very light, and if you have to carry it for a long distance to a remote location, it won't wear you out like a larger, full cooler can. Likewise, because of its compact, efficient design, it stores easily when you have to transport it in your car, four-wheeler or boat.
Sometimes I just fill my cooler with ice and water for a cold, refreshing drink to help me in my labors, but other drinks like lemonade and fruit juices work just as well. All you have to do to dispense your beverage of choice is flip the spout up, pick up the cooler by the sides and tilt it, pouring your beverage into your cup or glass. After dispensing your beverage, flip the spout down and it seals right off.
The Igloo Legend 1/2 Gallon Beverage Cooler is extremely well insulated and can keep your beverages cold for 24 hours or more if you use ice in it.
I have used this little cooler for work mostly, but I've also used it for play too! When we use our boat, we always carry a large cooler for canned and bottled drinks and food, but I like to pre-mix 1/2 gallon of margaritas and put the mix in the Igloo Legend 1/2 Gallon Beverage Cooler. We just put ice from the large cooler in our large styrofoam cups and dispense the margaritas from the Igloo Legend 1/2 Gallon Beverage Cooler into the cups. Voila, instant margaritas!
I recommend the Igloo Legend 1/2 Gallon Beverage Cooler because it's portable and is just the right size for personal use. Like every Igloo product I've ever seen, it's sturdy and durable, and insulated so well that anything you put in it will remain cold for a long time.
My Igloo Legend 1/2 Gallon Beverage Cooler is red with a white top and handle, but I think you can buy the product in blue also.
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