Originally Posted by ColoradoJudd
Think the question was about holding beer cold for half a day or so.
A rotomolded cooler is overkill. A plastic bag will retain ice for a day.
I have two of the Engel 19s that have gotten used year round for the past two years.
No complaints so far. They work great. Plenty strong. Easy to carry.
ACK has always had the best shipped prices on the Engels.
The pricey Canyon cooler above only has 1.3-1.4" of insulation on 3 sides.
Not much more than the Engel inch.
My point was more about the potential longevity of the cooler itself, not the ice in it. I could spend $250 on a 20 qt Yeti that I'm sure would hold ice longer than the canyon 22, which is less than 1/2 the price of the Yeti. I'm sure the canyon will hold ice longer than a plastic bag, and having looked it over pretty thoroughly now, I'm not sure how it would ever break (other than the rubber latches that could be easily replaced.
That said, I've had an Igloo 150 from Costco with cheesy hinges and latches that I've used on multiple river trips for well over 10 years now without any issues.
I was just pointing out another option on the continuum of cost v. utility v. longevity. As long as it holds my beer in a cold state during the day on my boat without eating too much ice out of my big cooler, good enough for me. What really drew me to the canyon was the mid-range price, quality of construction, and the color options they offer.