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Old 10-02-2016, 10:03   #31
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Re: Best Cooler

Look into the RTIC coolers. Half the price of Yeti and videos found on YouTube look like there very impressive. They must be OK because I just ordered a 45 QT. and they are so much in demand that my expected ship date is 5/31.

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Old 10-02-2016, 10:42   #32
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Re: Best Cooler

It doesn't take much to beat a Yeti in ice retention. Here's a video of a 5 day cooler test between 10 coolers. The Rubbermaid control cooler was not ranked, Yeti came in at #8 out of 9, beating only the Grizzly cooler.

Here are the rankings of the 9 coolers tested:

Results: As you'll see in the video, some of the more expensive coolers such as Yeti and Grizzly did not hold ice as long as Pelican and Engel. Therefore we cannot say that spending that extra money on a name brand cooler (unless you are after than name brand only) is not worth it when it comes to ice retention. Watch for day by day progression over the five days of how each cooler performed. Below is a list of the results from top to bottom of best performing:

1. Orca Coolers 58Q:
2.Pelican ProGear Elite 45Q: : Pelican 45Q-MC Elite Cooler (White) : Cooler Grizzly : Sports & Outdoors
3. Siberian Coolers 85 Q:
4. Canyon Coolers Outfitter Series 35Q: : Canyon Coolers Outfitter Series 35-qt. Cooler, SANDSTONE : Sports & Outdoors
5. Engel Deep Blue Series 50 Q:
6. Igloo Sportsman Series 55Q: Igloo Sportsman 55 Qt Cooler 44921 |
7. Igloo Sportsman Series 40Q:
8. Yeti Tundra 45:
9. Grizzly Coolers 40 Q: Grizzly Coolers Cooler, OD Green/Tan, 40-Quart |

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Old 29-03-2016, 07:16   #33
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Re: Best Cooler

I have a colman plastic cooler that is supposed to hold ice for 5 days. Since in the summer here 90s are pretty routine, and triple digits generally happen for at least a couple of days, it's hard to keep everything cool!

So, bought a backpackers ensolite foam pad, cut it to fit the bottom, sides and underside of the lid, and contact cemented it in. huge improvement. the foam pad was about 12 bucks...The cooler will hold ice for 5 days in hot, humid weather.

1/2" foam. Maybe you could put in two layers..
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Old 29-03-2016, 07:35   #34
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Re: Best Cooler

After looking at Yeti and it's competitors we opted for a Fiberglass (Gelcoat) Evakool from Australia. They also make Polyethylene models but as ours was going to be on deck all the time we went for the UV protection of the fiberglass model. Insulation and seals of similar thickness and quality of other tip quality models. Not cheap but it's been amazing over the past 4 years. It's a lifetime investment and we are very happy with it. Evakool Fibreglass Iceboxes
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Old 29-03-2016, 12:17   #35
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I have an 85 and 115 quart version of these Frigid Rigid - Ice Chests, Coolers, Refrigerated, Marine, Solar Refrigerator, Freezer, Coffin Box which are excellent. The locking mechanisms are superior to Yetti as is the cooling. They will also make custom sizes and shapes though they are expensive.

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