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This is something that has bothered me for years, but I was reminded of it today while in Bass Pro Shops. Why does a "marine" Igloo ice chest cost 3 times as much as a "regular" igloo of the same size? Does anyone know of any difference in construction, or is it the "marine" sticker on the outside that drives up the price? The only difference I see is maybe a ruler on the lid and rope handles on the larger models.

This is just something that has always annoyed me.
 

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I have one "marine" ice chest that is trashed and two 180qt regulars that are still like new. I dont know but I am sticking with the cheap regulars.
 

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Me too, I bought the cushion for the larger marine model and snapped it on my cheapy igloo and it works fine.
 

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Oh and my ice seems to last longer in the cheap ones too. up to 5 days in 90^ heat? not really but around 3 days That I have seen with ice half full.
 

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Or even worse, Louisianna.....Man, I am getting marine ice chest now. I would never want to trailer a boat into LA.
 

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Extra shock absorbers on the trailer are mandatory for I-10 east of the Sabine River. That has to be the worst stretch of interstate in the country.
 

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Extra shock absorbers on the trailer are mandatory for I-10 east of the Sabine River. That has to be the worst stretch of interstate in the country.
You never drove through Pennsylvania did you Bucktail? Or, anywhere else in the northeast for that matter. Freeze/thaw and lots of salt in the winter time just kill the roads up that way. Potholes the size of pick-up trucks!
 

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coolers

I ask the same question to an Igloo rep. They say the plasic is thicker and of better quality which makes them stronger and last longer. I still say buy the cheaper ones.
 

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My uncle and I had this conversation this weekend. He said the price is higher b/c the marine coolers have been 5 day coolers for yrs and yrs. The cheapos have just recently been made into 5 day coolers, or max cold series. Nowadays its just a marketing ploy.
 

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I am not sure but I know my Marine cooler seems to hold ice longer and the lid doesn't sag from standing on the lid than my cheap cooler. But then again it really doesn't matter to me cause I have a pretty cheap ice supply and have been thinking about bolting plywood to the lids anyway.
 

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Fishnhunt said:
You might try a two pound piece of dry ice under your ice. This will last for days without thawing.
Put several layers of burlap or some such under the dry ice. It will make the plastic as brittle as glass.

We trashed a big SSI cooler with that stuff.

Bob
 

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No thanks on dry ice, it sticks to meat too if you are not careful (including human flesh). 3-4 days holding ice is good enough for me.
 

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The roads are bad, but once you get over by Houma, Lafitte, and Empire the fishing gets really really good. Imagine having 3 miles of shoreline to yourself on a Saturday in June and catching a box of fish.

and...the wind doesn't howl all the time over there. They have more good offshore days in the winter than we have all summer.

......and then there's Venice......a limit of snaps, a limit of reds, and a limit of bass all in the same 1/2day trip.

but, since the roads are bad and the cajuns use ugly ice chest-es, we better all just stay on the dry side of Beaumont.
 

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The last time I got stopped and checked by the Coasties, they looked at my ice chest and wanted to see the Marine label.
 
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