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Old 07-07-2012   #11
Vail, Colorado
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Jealous! I cant wait to get a cooler that size for hunting and floating (and maybe even float hunting). Just to touch base on the NRS coolers: From afar it looks like an Engel cooler. Same screw style drain plug and same rope handles. However the dimensions are slightly different and the attachment clasps are BOMBER! I know the rubber ones on the Engels are solid (I am sure theres been problems) but the SNAP on the NRS cooler feels much more reassuring. I am sure you are all familiar with the NRS and DRE dryboxes? NRS uses three of the same clasps on their coolers. Might be a PIA if one is in and out of the cooler constantly but i am sure you can get by with just latching one or two clasps and still have a nice seal.

Let me know if you have any more questions on NRS coolers
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Old 07-07-2012   #12
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I ended up buying an Engel on a sweet deal. Used it for the first time on a five day float trip with days into the 90's. Started with one ice block, two frozen gallon jugs of water and the food and beer. Finished the last day with 1/4 ice block left, cold water for lemonade and the beer nicely chilled. What a cooler!!! Nothing like my old Igloo that was ice free within 36 hours. This Engel cooler was worth every penny.
Where did you find one on sale?

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Old 07-08-2012   #14
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Made in the USA

These are made in the USA: Cooler, Ice Box, Ice Chest | Grizzly Coolers by a bunch of good ol' boys from Iowa. Says 19 day Ice Retention. I think he had to flip the drain plug around to hide a wing nut on the outside . Ohter than that, he has had no complaints. The dimensions are a bit bigger because the handles are part of the mold, but you can tie the handles to the frame and open the cooler during transport. Still pricey though.
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Old 07-09-2012   #15
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Where did you find one on sale?
Down River, spring sale.

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