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Old 06-11-2012   #1
 
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Best Cooler Size

I'm working on putting together my first raft with boxes and coolers. For a 16' raft, what would be the ideal cooler size?
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Biggest one possible that fits inside the tubes.
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Old 06-11-2012   #3
 
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Depends on type of frame
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Biggest is best
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How much beer can you drink? If you are new to rafting. Rig to flip. So, if your cooler (or anything esle) is up higher than the top of your tubes. It is way more prone to damage. I would cheep out for a couple years on a cooler. I have seen ppl roll a boat and lose a $1000 real quick.
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How much beer can you drink?
This.

If you're not doing multi-day, and you can't drink that much beer, go for a smaller cooler. Having to pack everyone else's shit just because you have a big cooler sucks.


Or....if you like to drink a lot of beer, go for a big cooler and drink everyone else's beer for cooler space rental.

120qt Igloos from WalMart are $80 and 16.5" wide.
150qt coolers are ~17.5" wide.
178qt coolers are 20.5" wide.

Yeti/Canyon/Blue coolers are quite a bit wider due to extra insulation, and go 18-22" wide, depending on capacity.
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No one cooler is going to serve all purposes. I have a smaller one, with a lower profile for shorter trips and where I have a chance of flipping, and a giant one that sits up high for longer gentler trips. The big one is from Costco and cost about $100 and the smaller one is a nicer one. It just depends on what kind of trips you are planning on.
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So would a 125 liter Yeti do well or would I bet best served by going to 165?
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Depends on the trips you're planning and what you do for beverages.
125qt would be fine if you have space for non-cool food in a drybox and use a drag bag for beverages--or stick to water and whiskey. :laughing:
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So would a 125 liter Yeti do well or would I bet best served by going to 165?

Remember, if you have the space you will fill it. But you also need to be able to lift the thing.
I also agree with buying a cheaper one first, it gives you an idea of what works and what doesn't.
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