Its no secret that I like good gear. Excess gear in many cases, like the ridiculous number of fly rods, reels and lines that I own. The Yeti's are obviously proven and I'd probably think twice about them if I made my living on a drift boat but man that's a lot of coin even for a tackle junkie like me. My off the shelf Colemans and Igloos have always worked well enough for my uses. Most of the time, I'm leaving a cooler in a vehicle or in a motel room. When the ice melts I just limp through it for the day, go get another bag or hit the ice dispenser at the motel. That's always worked well enough for me.
I've considered replacing my small cooler with the Yeti Roadie but $250 can go towards a guided trip, a plane ticket, another new rod or reel that I don't need.
That's not to knock anyone who does buy or own one, they obviously are great products. I guess at the end of the day its no different than anything else, there are always going to be justifications for the purchase and if it makes sense to you buy it and enjoy it.
By the way, I agree with previous posts, the ice blocks work much much better than cubes, they're just harder to find in the stores unless you use the method james described.
The better igloo coolers work well. The tips above, including chilling your cooler and strategically using blocks are helpful. We cool everything before it goes in as well. Anything I take in a cooler that can be frozen ahead gets frozen and contributes too. Generally, the first several days of a trip we have to thaw things to cook.
I had only done a very brief internet review about a year ago just to make sure I wasn't buying something that was sub-par.
Turns out I'm very happy with my "great bang for your buck" Coleman Xtreme 100 qt. with wheels cooler. Ive had a variety of coolers over the years without spending much effort to see which kept things cold the longest.
Any research I found just now, including the link by mudbug ,and pointed to by mcnerny, show the Coleman high in the keeping things cold category.
To be sure you may give up things like stainless hardware and my personal favorite, a screw on drain cap, but in the end I haven't found durability or drain leakage to be a problem if you don't intentionally abuse any name brand cooler Ive ever had, and at the Coleman (or other more price competitive brand) cost, I can have several, like for a combat fishing trip to the Klamath later this year.
If I ever need a new cooler, all I need to do it put some fish or bait in the old one. Then the family asks me to get a new one!
Location: White City (tad north of Medford) Oar-E-Gone
Re: Good cooler that stays cold?
Originally Posted by wjl
Have been using the freeze the milk jug for many years. You also have water to use when it thaws.
Also drain the water from the cooler it melts the ice, water and taking away the purpose of the ice to cool its contents.
Should be logical water is warmer thus melting the ice.
Another thought freeze (if you can) your contents hot dogs, bread, burgers, meats and it doubles as cooling without taking up extra room in the cooler.
Save for a small cooler for water haven't needed one for years, but this thread takes me 'well back in the day.'
The old ones were over nighters, and not worth much more than that. But the Styrofoam (sp?) ones were 'cool!' Slather the inside/out side with epoxy and it was close to bullet proof. Well, if you were drunk, falling on it was not a "Good Plan A." I didn't, but one of the camp partners did; too much George Dickel Whiskey? (sp?) Ah hell, I liked Scotch Whisky ... But at least I didn't fall into the fire pit at one point.
That sobered up the rest of us~~~~~~~ Real Quick!!
All that aside, for long trips 'Dry Ice' was the 'Weapon of Choice.' Put that on a block of ice and ice was there for many days regardless of the out side temp. Really kept the beer chilled. But that may be TMI?
The Igloo Yukon just beat out every high end manufacturer of coolers made in a fairly recent issue of Outdoor Life. The compared the Igloo Yukon 120 qt, Pelican ProGear Elite 95, Canyon Outfiiter 125,Coleman Esky 85, Engel Deep Blue 123, K2 Summit 120 and Yeti Tundra 110 in several areas. Here is the article: Gear Review: 7 New Coolers for 2014 | Outdoor Life
It has made me rethink my option as I was about to pull the trigger on the Yeti but now am looking at the Igloo especially since I can get a 120qt for the price of the 80qt Yetti!
Fred, I once thought the same way you did then my uncle purchased a Grizzly cooler (compatible to those in the magazine write-up) for his raft and I was absolutely amazed at how long the cooler kept ice.
Sure, I have a couple Coleman coolers that were in the $100 range and claim to keep ice for 3-5 days in 90+ degree heat but at the end if the third day all that is left is cold, chunky soup. We did a 7-day float last year in Colorado and Wyoming and was able to use one 20lb bag of ice for that entire weekend and the last night we actually used ice cubes from the cooler to make Moscow Mules. At that point I was completely sold on purchasing a marine style cooler equal to what's mentioned in the article. I'll probably end up with the 120qt Igloo and a Yetti Roadie.