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Old 07-30-2019   #1
White Salmon, Washington
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Favorite cooler?

Looking to replace my classic igloo cooler with a rotomolded one for an upcoming trip. I've had my eye on a Canyon Prospector 103 or Navigator 150 because I like how they are designed to sit on a raft frame without hangers or straps. But I do have NRS cooler mounts so I could use almost anything.

It seems like all the new coolers have less capacity since the walls are so thick with insulation. Can you get away with carrying less ice to make up for that?

What's your favorite rafting super cooler?

My rig is a 14' Rocky Mountain with custom frame. I've got about 45" between the tubes and the cooler bay is adjustable up to around 24".


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Old 07-30-2019   #2
Boise, Idaho
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Do a search, there are plenty of threads on this. However, the Canyon's definitely seem to be the most popular. I have the Prospector and really like it. I have had some issues with their latch system, but if it breaks they just give you a new one with the lifetime warranty.
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Old 07-30-2019   #3
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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I just had a latch failure as well, but its a no BS warranty. Hopefully latch will be re-designed. New ones come with 3 latches I noticed.
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Old 07-31-2019   #4
Salida, Colorado
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I bought one of these and was really impressed
Is very well built, and has a couple of bottle openers too.
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Old 07-31-2019   #5
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My navigator did real well on a GC trip. Hasn't stood the test of time yet but has a ton of features no there cooler has. It'll fit in your RMR they are a wide 14'
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Old 07-31-2019   #6
Cheyenne, Wyoming
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My best cooler is Rtic, all sizes, soft or hard, based on their customer service.
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Old 07-31-2019   #7
Durango, Colorado
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I got a Prospector before my last trip, it worked great. It's so handy to sit on the frame, run 4 straps and be done. If you have the width and need the capacity I would go with the navigator, a cooler with a water jug or something next to it always seems goofy to me.

To answer your question with the thicker walls of rotomolded coolers you can use less ice for the same amount of time or ice well and keep food for a week + in the big boys.
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Old 07-31-2019   #8
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I love my prospector.
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Old 07-31-2019   #9
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I like the ice retention in my Prospector, but I'm not a fan of the sitting on the rails design. Just doesn't fit as well with my front bay cover. The latches can be finicky to undo, as at times I have troubles getting my finger between the crossbar and latch bottom to pop it. This doesn't happen all the time though, not sure what the cause is. I'd love it to be 2" longer(say 39"). But definitely a well made cooler.

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Old 08-02-2019   #10
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Orion coolers they are bomber. And there 85 qt is the same capacity as yeti 125
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