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For the price... absolutely!
on July 11, 2013
I purchased these sandbags after losing, well, more than one umbrella to a gust of wind. I didn't think there would be too much to sandbags, but I was wrong. I got these because they were the right price, I won't lie. I'm cheap. Upon opening them up, my worst fears hit me. I had read a few reviews about the questionable zippers, but basically ignored them. Upon opening my FIRST bag, the zipper was pulled half way across but open at both ends. Ugh. Not a good start.
This is probably the part where you expect me to continue with the bad news, but I'm sorry to say there is none. The zipper went back into place with absolutely minimal effort and has been sturdy ever since. These actually have dual zippers (they overlap, going in opposite directions) which disperses the weight of the sand evenly thus reducing the strain on them. Several reviews here state that you should put the sand in zip lock bags before putting them in here, and to me that is just common sense. I didn't try them without the ziplock bags, so I can't speak to how they could be but I can almost assure you that a minimal amount of sand would leak out if they were upside down. I'm pretty anal about how clean my car is, so I didn't bother to find out.
The rest of the bag is extremely well build and sturdy. The canvas is thick, the handles are double sewn and strong, and the "trouble" zippers seem to be wonderfully strong.
You could spend more, but why would you?