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Old 08-06-2013   #1
 
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Best soft sided day/beverage cooler?

Im looking to possibly upgrade my day/beverage cooler on my raft. My brother has one of those soft sided coolers that holds ice forever. What is the best cooler on the market for day/beverage cooler for a raft? Thanks guys.

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Im looking to possibly upgrade my day/beverage cooler on my raft. My brother has one of those soft sided coolers that holds ice forever. What is the best cooler on the market for day/beverage cooler for a raft? Thanks guys.
I want the one that holds ice forever. Ask him what he has so I can get one .
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I want the one that holds ice forever. Ask him what he has so I can get one .
No kidding, mine usually melts in the first 2 hours in my soft sider.
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I love the soft sided coolers for paddle raft missions. I used to use a California Designs, but it was not very durable. I now use the NRS Saddle Bag Cooler and a Frost Pak 12Qt.

The Saddle Bag is durable and holds ice well. Straps around a thwart easily. You do have to remove the Velcro liner and bottom tray after use to let it dry out. Mine has been used and abused and is still in good condition.

The Frost Pak is the BEST soft cooler out. I picked up mine at a "used" sporting goods store, but it still holds ice all day with NO LEAKS. You can use it in a vehicle or bring it in the house and will not have a puddle. Mine also fits in the basket attached to the rack on my 64 Schwinn townie. I strap it to a thwart using 2 4ft straps. I'm tempted to get the 25Qt or 40Qt as well.

I made a chain link fence Top Rail Cooler frame for the boat as well. This makes it really easy to take a full size cooler on a paddle run for day or overnight. We added an umbrella mount (for a Sport Brella) by using some black pipe with 1/2 emt sleeved over the top and a U bolt.
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Other options include

AO Coolers

Polar Bear Coolers

NorChill Coolers
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I am a bit biased since I work for these guys but these have never leaked and hold ice well, plus when you are not using it they fold down smaller.

I used one as a spare ice cooler once and it held ice for 3 days.



http://www.kelty.com/p-579-folding-cooler.aspx
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My brother has the AO cooler in 24 can and it rocks. I'm surprised more people don't know about these, thought boaters would all over this thread. I'm finally gonna upgrade, you guys should too.
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I have used a NRS Saddle Bag Cooler for 4 seasons. It worked great for the first 3. I noticed this year its not holding ice very well now. Started looking around and found this Aire cooler the other day on Cascades website.. Kinda spendy but... Cascade also has the Kelty coolers which look nice as well. I like that those come in different sizes.

Cascade Outfitters Whitewater Rafting Equipment: 36 Qt Cooler by Aire
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Just did some research and bought the AO 24 pack (fishing cooler- has the bomber PVC fabric on the outside). Looks great, but i haven't used it yet.

The Seattle Sports looks nice also, but from testimony people gave, the AO holds ice (tested) impressively.
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Polar Bear is top notch
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