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As you can tell from my posts recently I'm in the process of going through my gear after a season :)

I currently have a cover for my cooler that is cordura and has a foam pad embedded in it (a-la stitches & stuff).

I was thinking it could be cool to lose the pad altogether and put some stick on pad on it. It would obviously reduce the side coverage but I'm still thinking it would provide insulation and cushion for seating.

Any preference in material or installation? I'm located in the Boulder/Denver area.
 

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I used a cooler cover for several years, but got tired of flopping it on & off every time I wanted in the cooler. I now use the self adhesive mini-cell foam from Cascade Outfitters. They have it on their fall sale right now. Comes in several colors, versions, and sizes.....smooth solid colors or camo print that's non-skid. I have the non-skid on my dry box that I row from, and the smooth gray color on my cooler. The ethafoam on my smaller dry box is getting beat up, so I might get some of the snow camo pattern while it's on sale. At the time that I got the non-skid, they only had black. It's in good shape, but I'd rather have the snow camo pattern on both boxes. The smooth version gets a little slippery when wet, but not too bad. These provide padding and are easy to apply, but I'm not sure they add any insulation?

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I have been gluing closed cell foam on my cooler lids for a long time.

start off with one inch, then
'as needed" add a quarter inch closed cell on top. The more closed cell foam the better I think

has worked great for me.

I use the glue from Lowes in the pint cans for Formica kitchen tops.
 

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I used a cooler cover for several years, but got tired of flopping it on & off every time I wanted in the cooler. I now use the self adhesive mini-cell foam from Cascade Outfitters. They have it on their fall sale right now. Comes in several colors, versions, and sizes.....smooth solid colors or camo print that's non-skid. I have the non-skid on my dry box that I row from, and the smooth gray color on my cooler. The ethafoam on my smaller dry box is getting beat up, so I might get some of the snow camo pattern while it's on sale. At the time that I got the non-skid, they only had black. It's in good shape, but I'd rather have the snow camo pattern on both boxes. The smooth version gets a little slippery when wet, but not too bad. These provide padding and are easy to apply, but I'm not sure they add any insulation?

13.5″ x 40″ Flat Brush Box Top | Cascade Outfitters

http://www.cascadeoutfitters.com/shop/long-diamond-box-top/

Comes in 13.5 X 40 and 15.5 X 40 sheets
Hoe thick are these?

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Hoe thick are these?

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1/4 inch. So not as thick as ethafoam, but they stick really well without having to use glue, and they provide the padding that I need. I was having to re-glue my ethafoam every year as the glue started to dry and lose it's grip. I had a ethafoam loosen up and almost blow off a trailer a few years ago.
 

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If you Google minicell foam, you can get multiple thicknesses, sticky back or not....many colors....different densities.

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Right, no "insulation" but the foam with water in it, could provide some degree of evaporative cooling.
The mini-cell doesn't absorb water like ethafoam does, so no evaporative cooling.
 

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Might be a dumb question, but... I have some left over black ethafoam from a dry box job. If I put it on the white cooler, would it attract heat or add insulation?
Been thinking about sticking it on the cooler all summer, but haven't made up my mind...
 

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Might be a dumb question, but... I have some left over black ethafoam from a dry box job. If I put it on the white cooler, would it attract heat or add insulation?
Been thinking about sticking it on the cooler all summer, but haven't made up my mind...
Good question bet well have some spreadsheets on here by morning.

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Right, no "insulation" but the foam with water in it, could provide some degree of evaporative cooling.
Wait...huh? Why would it provide "no" insulation? It would have to provide some level of insulation by definition. My currently cooler cover is grey (50% black :) and covers the tops edged of the cooler. It has a piece of 1.5 or 2" closed cell foam in it.

If I moved to mini cell would I really lose ALL insulating properties?
 

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Wait...huh? Why would it provide "no" insulation? It would have to provide some level of insulation by definition. My currently cooler cover is grey (50% black :) and covers the tops edged of the cooler. It has a piece of 1.5 or 2" closed cell foam in it.

If I moved to mini cell would I really lose ALL insulating properties?
Compared to the cooler cover & ethafoam that you can get wet & keep wet, the mini-cell wouldn't have as much insulation. But to say it has no insulation value doesn't seem accurate either. You can still keep a wet towel over it to help with cooling. I switched because it's more practical than the cooler cover for me.
 

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My cooler cover is from S&S and I think she uses closed cell foam so it actually doesn't stay wet. I'm thinking a light colored mini cell with some thickness would be close in insulating value.

just to not have to deal with the cover seems like a bonus.
 

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Mine was from S & S. She uses ethafoam for the cooler cover according to the website. Same stuff that's glued onto my dry box. It turns into a giant sponge when wet. I'm really happy with my adhesive backed mini cell. It would be great if it was a little thicker, but it sticks super well without any extra glue and provides enough padding for me. The bonus is that it isn't a sponge when wet, and it seems to hold up better over time than the ethafoam.

I did look around for a better price and different thickness of mini cell, and it can be found, but you have to order larger sheets. Getting the sheets from Cascade Outfitters was easy.
 

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So - assuming you can get the minicell in any thickness, what would be the preferred thickness for drybox & cooler tops?
 

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I got some 1" for my passenger seat. I would get lower density next time- it's stout stuff. I would think 1" would work well for a cooler topper.

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I got some 1" for my passenger seat. I would get lower density next time- it's stout stuff. I would think 1" would work well for a cooler topper.
What density did you get that you weren't happy with?
 

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Just choose the softer of the two- I got the std thinking it would be tougher- and it is tough....just stiff. I tried to find my receipt email but could not. Might be worth calling then first.

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