This is my first apron and I admit, up until now I went without one when at the grill. A few weeks back I had a backyard party for all our friends and grilled tons of various veggies and meats. This apron saved my clothes on more than one occasion, and it definitely came in handy in keeping track of the various items needed throughout the day to enjoy the event--meat thermometer, knife, bottle opener, cell phone. A couple of my fiancé's friends even complemented the apron and wanted to know where to get one for their husbands. This apron definitely will remain in my grilling outfit for as long as possible.. great item!