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Old 05-31-2019, 06:22 AM
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This is the best bang for buck for a coffin box cooler. https://www.bjs.com/product/coleman-...00000000156073
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Old 05-31-2019, 06:26 AM
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Originally Posted by wajski View Post
After 40+ years the best way to keep a cooler cold is to add 1 gal fresh water to the ice.
as long as that water is at 0 degrees F !
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Old 05-31-2019, 06:39 AM
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Rtic coolers are pretty good, they usually have a sale going on. I picked up a big Pelican at Costco a couple of years ago, they always have some coolers on sale.
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Old 05-31-2019, 06:56 AM
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RTIC for the price they do pretty well always a deal at BJ's
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Old 05-31-2019, 07:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Apnatic View Post
I'm outfitting my 2350 bluewater with a "coffin box", really just a decent sized cooler that's hinged down to the deck. Yeti's are renowned for their durability and functionality... as well as their price, but hey, you get what you pay for. Sadly I don't have $500 to drop on a cooler. I found some nice deals on some canyon cooler (previously galaxy coolers?) as well as moeller coolers but I don't know anything about them.

I just want some opinions on some off-brand coolers in the 130-160qt area that would last me, preferably, a couple years. Specifically if anyone knows anything about canyon coolers.;?
I would get a part time job and get the Yeti.
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Old 05-31-2019, 07:04 AM
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Igloo just came into the "hold ice for a long time" game as well.

The largest they have is a 70qt.

https://www.igloocoolers.com/collect...t-cooler-white
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Old 05-31-2019, 07:28 AM
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i have a yeti and rtic and its never made it on the boat. Just too heavy to lug around and who needs ice for 5 days. My coleman extreme is all thats neede for 1-2 days of fishing
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Originally Posted by diver dave View Post
as long as that water is at 0 degrees F !
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Old 05-31-2019, 07:36 AM
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I own a Yeti but I'd never spend thte cash on one now that RTIC is literally making an exact copy. But even those are mad heavy for a day on the boat. I definitely understand why a lot of people are in this thread recommending what amounts to a cheap cooler. A 150+ quart cooler loaded with fish and ice is a two man job. Even unloaded they're pretty damn heavy. Now that we've nailed down the "keeps ice for a week" game we need to work on making a quality cooler that's just as durable with half the weight. I'd pay Yeti prices for that I think.
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Old 05-31-2019, 07:40 AM
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Coleman extremes are very impressive. I have two, a 70 qt and the marine 120 qt for Bahamas trips. Holds ice for 3 days at least.
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Old 05-31-2019, 07:42 AM
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Who is Buck Cooler?
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Old 05-31-2019, 09:26 AM
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I have yetis and they are great but certainly not any better than the Grizzly we have on the big boat. The cooler makers have caught on and most can built a great cooler. The only thing that stands out to me that I really like on my Yeti is the durability in and out of the truck on job sites and hunting season.

I would check out the Colemans based on the reviews here.
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Old 05-31-2019, 09:45 AM
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I have a Yeti hopper that had a zipper break out of warranty and they sent me a brand new one free of charge, even sent a prepaid shipping label to send the old one back. I was impressed with the CS.

my old Coleman extreme finally has given up to 15 years of abuse. I ended up replacing it with an ORCA 58 quart. About the same price as a yeti but they have a true lifetime warranty. I got a good deal on it and never having to buy another cooler justifies the cost.
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Old 05-31-2019, 09:57 AM
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Get the Coleman and put a Yeti sticker on it.
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Old 05-31-2019, 10:11 AM
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Old 05-31-2019, 10:42 AM
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I love my Yetis. Anyone that hates on Yeti just wishes they had a Yeti. Anyone that has a Yeti knows that they are worth the money. You get what you pay for, and nothing keeps stuff colder and nothing is more durable than a Yeti. I have a 45 and a 65. The 65 stays on the boat, never comes off. The 45 goes in my truck and I take it around as needed. I can put drinks in, put some ice, and not have to re-ice for days. It's nice when you're on vacation in the Keys.

RTIC is pretty good too. I have a friend that has an RTIC 45.

That being said, the giant Yetis are really expensive. If you're looking for a huge coffin meat box that is going to get nasty with bait and such (and you only need it cold for 1-2 days), then something like the Yeti 250 is about $900. It's insane. A cheaper brand might do well here.

Think they're too expensive? Pro tip: Look on Craigslist, OfferUp, and Facebook Marketplace for used Yetis. A lot of people buy them and don't use them, and you can buy a used one at the price of a new RTIC. So you get a like new, sexy cooler for cheap. That's how I bought my Yeti 65.

I've never had an issue with my Yetis, the durability is awesome, they keep everything cold, and they look good. They look as new as the day I got them. I can't say the same for some cheaper Colemans I've had over the years. And I have never had an issue, but my one friend had some problem with the handle and he said the Yeti customer service was quick and painless.

My 2 cents.
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Old 05-31-2019, 12:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Apnatic View Post
I'm outfitting my 2350 bluewater with a "coffin box", really just a decent sized cooler that's hinged down to the deck. Yeti's are renowned for their durability and functionality... as well as their price, but hey, you get what you pay for. Sadly I don't have $500 to drop on a cooler. I found some nice deals on some canyon cooler (previously galaxy coolers?) as well as moeller coolers but I don't know anything about them.

I just want some opinions on some off-brand coolers in the 130-160qt area that would last me, preferably, a couple years. Specifically if anyone knows anything about canyon coolers.;?
I have two Yeti's, both of which are excellent. However, I bought the really large Engel right before the last hurricane, and darn if it doesn't hold ice even longer! I just took a 1 week trip to the Abacos and only had to replenish the ice one time all week. I will say, fit and finish is not as beautiful - but functionally it is at least as good as the Yeti, maybe even better.
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Old 05-31-2019, 01:22 PM
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Originally Posted by clarkefishing View Post
I love my Yetis. Anyone that hates on Yeti just wishes they had a Yeti. Anyone that has a Yeti knows that they are worth the money. You get what you pay for, and nothing keeps stuff colder and nothing is more durable than a Yeti. .
Just to be clear... I do not wish I had a Yeti. I've only ever heard anyone hate on their price. I'm happy to hate on their price, too, because as you mention, RTICs and other similar brands are great, do the same thing, and cost a lot less. Paying for a brand name makes sense when it's high technology or materials. The very best combination of foam, plastic, rubber, and a little stainless is not high technology or materials.

And so long as the cooler has ice in it, they are all the same temperature. It's not a question of colder, just lasting longer.


OP, I think the only question you haven't answered to help narrow your choices is whether you need to the cooler to be strong enough to stand/sit on top of it without any problems. A regular plastic cooler can hold ice as well as the most expensive out there with enough foam, but they cannot compete on strength and durability.
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Old 05-31-2019, 01:39 PM
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I have had good luck with Rtic.
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Old 05-31-2019, 01:58 PM
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I just bought one of these, used once and have been satisfied with holding ice. 30% off right now makes the investment not too bad.

https://www.overtons.com/perma-chill...efault&start=6
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