Originally Posted by Avatard
The biggest consequence I've witnessed, in my experience, with a cheaper cooler is to watch what happens when you have a 250lb burley dude jump aboard your raft and land on the lid.
But I don't believe it when someone says their $99 cooler works just as good as a $399 one. Especially since I've seen $99 seven day coolers with nothing more than air in their lid. However, you keep it covered with a wet white towel and in the shade you may get acceptable performance
Btw I've got too many coolers. If anyone is in Portland and wants a marine igloo 94 I've got one I'll sell
A lot of it is taking care of it and cooler management for sure, but I can tell you that at the end of several 7 day trips, we still had ice while others had cool water at best. Ours is stored under a captains seat, and we do try to keep it covered and wet. However, even when we forgot to bring a towel, we still had ice on day 7. All I can speak from is my personal experience.
I'm 210, and I step on the lid occasionally, but it would be hard to jump on given it's under the seat. Maybe 250 is the breaking point, but I don't plan to test that if I can avoid it. I see your point, but as others have pointed out, I can buy 4 of mine for the price of the one of the pricer coolers. If some 250 pound dude does break my lid, I'll buy another.
And I did drain my cooler on my last 7 day trip. Ooops! LOL