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Old 07-06-2015   #1
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Best Soft Cooler for the $$

Ok I've used the Yeti soft sided cooler and it's nice but crazy expensive. Polar Bears coolers get good reviews at 1/3 the Yeti cost.

Does anyone have experience opinions on a good cat boat soft cooler option?


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Old 07-06-2015   #2
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Gander Mountain Perma-Chill 24-Can Cooler Tote White-867591 - Gander Mountain

I was impressed with this for the price and quality when i saw it today

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Old 07-07-2015   #3
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I am a big fan of my kelty cooler.

It holds ice better than any other soft cooler I have used, folds smaller when not in use and does not leak.

The yeti coolers do not have insulation on the lid which seems weird to me considering the price.
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Old 07-07-2015   #4
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I've been through a number of them over the years. The Gander Mtn posted above looks pretty cool. I now have the Yeti and it is awesome. I also like the Seattle Sports Frost Pack. I have the 12Qt. It does not leak and has survived despite my repeated attempts to destroy it.
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Old 07-07-2015   #5
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I've heard good things about Polar bears and AO coolers i believe. I was kinda impressed with the Yeti when I finally saw one in real life. I too was surprised with the lack of insulation on the top but heat rises and cold sinks, so maybe?

However I think I've decided to build my own before the next time I need to buy new PVC glue...using 2 older drybags and some thick foiled insulation material I've squirreld away. Just for fun...
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Old 07-07-2015   #6
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I have a polar bear and am very impressed with how long it held ice. i got the 12 pack size one on special like but 1 get 1 half off
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Old 07-07-2015   #7
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I got a 2 for1 special on the Norchill soft coolers. Had some block ice for 3 days hold pretty good in one on lodore recently.

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Old 07-07-2015   #8
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can vouch for the AO cooler

Awesome cooler, awesome price, Awesome company. cant go wrong. Always pack mine to take to the beach in Mexico on family vac. too.
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Old 07-08-2015   #9
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LL Bean makes good soft coolers. Kind of similar to a watershed bags construction.

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Old 07-08-2015   #10
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I just bought the Polar Bear cooler from DRE and I am super impressed. It fits perfect in the captains bay on the side of my feet and it has tons of straps to strap it into the frame. I used it for 10 days in a row on a recent trip and it was one of the best additions to my boat. Its super nice because I don't have to open my big cooler throughout the day for beers. It held ice surprisingly well and is well insulated. I have about 4 other soft coolers that are now collecting dust or in the trash do to straps ripping off or the lack of insulation.

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