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With all of the hunting and fishing going on we have been discussing who makes the best cooler that holds ice the longest. The conversations can get pretty heated as some people spend big money on coolers that seem to not perform any better than the less expensive ones.
So.....out of complete curiosity and boredom we have decided to have a Cooler Showdown that involves filling several different brand cooler's with ice to the top of each one and let them sit sealed and unopened for 5 days outside. At the end of the alloted time we will open each one and determine it's effeciency by measuring the amount of melted water and dividing it with the capacity of cooler.

The contestant's in this marathon are as follows:

Ultra Cool Ice boxes - 47qt - $185. http://www.alltackle.com/ultra_cool_coolers.htm

Tropicle Ice box - 39qt - $150.
http://www.braidproducts.com/newproducts/

Icey-Tek - 70qt - $235.
http://www.fishing-catalog.com/iceytek/prices.htm

Igloo - Marine 25qt - $35.
http://www.igloocoolers.com/products/FullSize/Marine/4/

Igloo - Marine 94qt - $55
http://www.igloocoolers.com/products/FullSize/Marine/9/

Premium Large canvas bag cooler - $60 -

Styrofoam (standard gas station purchase) - 13qt - $4.99

Small bag cooler (el cheapo) - 14qt - $13
 

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i hear that the high dollar 10 day ice chest last no longer than the igloo marine 5 day ice chest. i am glad someone is fianlly doing a show down. are the ice chest in morining sun or evening sun(facing the east or west)
 

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Sowtrout: "The secret. The one with the lid closed. Maybe the test should be closer to real life i.e. beer cooler opened every 10 minutes, fish cooler opened once an hour."
Are you volunteering ?

MyProzac: "Just wondering if the insulation in the icey-tek was cooled before the main ice was put in?"
Jeff
All fiberglass and roto-molded coolers were prepared as reccomended by the manufacturers.

BowedUp: "Are the ice chest in morining sun or evening sun(facing the east or west)"
The cooler's are all facing North. They will recieve equal parts of morning and evening sun.

Dani California: "I don't see the 5 day ice chest."
We almost put one in the Showdown, but decided against it to prove a point.

 

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LBS said:
you forgot yeti.
Icey-Tek and Yeti are the same cooler with different latches.
http://www.fishing-catalog.com/iceytek/index.htm

NOTE: The factory that produced Icey-Tek is still producing coolers, however, the Icey-Tek name can no longer be used in the United States due to Trademark restrictions. The cooler you receive from Southern Charm is produced in the same factory and is the identical box to the boxes that have in the past been labeled Icey-Tek.
THIS IS THE EXACT SAME COOLER AS THE BOXES WITH THE ICEY-TEK LABELS THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE BOUGHT IN THE PAST!
The new name and label is now:
YETI Roughneck.

 

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Does Gott still make ice chests? I remember when Igloos were terrible and Gott came along and made them bulk up because of the competition. What about Rubbermaid and Coleman? Are they not seen as serious contenders? You may have guessed that I have not bought an ice chest in ages. I just keep grabbing used ones people leave out for the garbage and fix the hinges.
 

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coachlaw said:
Does Gott still make ice chests? I remember when Igloos were terrible and Gott came along and made them bulk up because of the competition. What about Rubbermaid and Coleman? Are they not seen as serious contenders?
We did not use Rubbermaid(formely known as Gott), Coleman and the like simply because they do not seem to hold ice as long as the Igloo Marine.
We also did not use Frigid Rigid beause they are aprrox. $600, weigh 38lbs with no ice, and they are not a throw in your truck-boat type cooler. I will however say that there is a cooler in our showdown that will keep ice just as long.
 

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I still believe that the best Ice-Chest I have ever had was the (and still is) 164 qt Igloo Marine.

I do also have one of the 120 qt Max Cold Igloos, but an unnamed fellow 2cooler sat on it at the '07 TCDG, Now it is only good for one day because it doesn't close all the way.....
 
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