Run Oregon Test Kitchen: Zip Top to the Rescue

I’m sure most of us see it on our runs and hikes…

…plastic garbage.

Even on some of our more remote runs in the backcountry, it’s inevitable that some plastic trash is bound to grace us. As a likely lover of the outdoors (and I know that’s most of us) this really sucks. But slowly and surely, we are also taking steps to make changes to reduce, or eliminate, one-time use plastics in our lives.

One item that can be tough to get rid of are sandwich bags. As a parent of small children, they are just so convenient, handy, and versatile in meal prep and snack packing. And sadly, I have found that most sandwich bag alternatives aren’t really doing much to make the transition easier.

Enter Zip Top an option made from from a one-piece, 100% platinum silicone and contains no BPA or plastic.

We know – the Zip Top isn’t necessarily a running accessory, but we feel it absolutely fits in the outdoor sphere. It essentially allows runners to take snacks with us no matter your outdoor activity, and feel better about it. Going to stay overnight in your car before a trail race and need some food prep? Zip Top can close with no lids makes them easy to use when you’re on the go – making packing an actual meal possible. Headed for some nights out in the backcountry on a trail running or hiking excursion? Zip Top’s stand up on their own – an amazingly huge plus when a table isn’t available.

Zip Top have even seemed to fix some other of the main challenges I see in sandwich bag alternatives. The closing component is actually great – something that many reusable options struggle with. I can’t tell you how many I have tried that end up in the back of the pantry because they won’t stay closed and secure an longer.

They are also able to be cleaned in a dishwasher and they are both microwave and freezer safe. There are multiple size options to meet your needs – from smaller snack bags to larger “dish” sizes that can fit entire meals.

A full set of 8 is $90, but still seems solid investment for an item that is beneficial to the Earth. And in all likelihood, you will blow by that amount in purchasing sandwich bags – and fill up landfills as a result.  There are numerous colors available as well.

I mean, where have these been all our lives?!

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Products & Price:
  • Full Set of 8 ($89.99)
    • 2 x Snack & sandwich bags
    • 3 x Cups – small, medium & large
    • 3 x Dishes – small, medium & large

Thank you to Zip Top for providing us with samples. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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