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Old 10-29-2012, 10:53 AM
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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.;?
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Yeti??
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SSI makes a really nice cooler in the size you are seeking. I've owned the 320 and now the 200. Both are very nice.
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get the biggest Coleman Extreme you can afford.
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Originally Posted by Coonass View Post
get the biggest Coleman Extreme you can afford.
^^^X2^^^

I have a Yeti and my Coleman Extreme works better...just not as durable and certainly not as cool looking.

Watch this Video I linked.

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We use a big'ol Coleman cooler as our poor boy coffin box. We have strapped down in a 21' bay boat and it is one it's 4 year I believe. We put some ice in it in the morning and slap the fish in it as we catch keepers. It keeps the fish nice and cool on a all day trip.
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I got one of these on sale at Home Depot for $65 - excellent cooler, good as my Colemans, longer but lower height. These are the old Gott cooler designs.

http://www.gandermountain.com/modper...D=GSHOP_403555
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Originally Posted by freedbaby View Post
^^^X2^^^

I have a Yeti and my Coleman Extreme works better...just not as durable and certainly not as cool looking.

Watch this Video I linked.

I've got an older Coleman Extreme and I will have to say it will keep stuff cold as well or almost as well as the Yeti. But this is only true with the older models. the new ones aren't that great. (my opinion).

The newer Coleman 5 day coolers aren't that good. But they don't suck as bad as the Igloo 5 day coolers do. You loose half your ice in those the first 1/2 day.

Note Coleman's older extended use coolers the walls are MUCH thicker than the new ones you can buy now.

I prefer the Yeti, just because it's built better and will keep ice very long.
You just have to get past the sticker shock of the price. But I thin it's worth it. The Igloo coolers the hinges break off in the first few months of use.

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another vote for the coleman extreme, best bang for buck period.
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post some links to where you bought your coleman cooler
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After melting 20-30 lbs of ice per day in each of the two Igloo 48 quart coolers on a recent trip to the Keys, I ordered and just received a pair of the Coleman Ultimate Marine Extreme 58 quart coolers. Amazon has these,
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Last week they were $10 less per cooler and free shipping.

These are the Coleman 70 quart shell with much thicker insulation, hence the 58 quart capacity designation. Comes with a cutting board and tray. Good quality construction. Coleman claims 6 day ice retention in 90 degree heat.
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I bought two of the coleman extreme 150 qt coolers from wallmart (online) last year for $80 each delivered. Bought the first one and thought it was such a great deal bought another one. Never tried a high end cooler but these will keep ice for a week, way longer then I need it too.
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the 120 is $52 at walmart, cant beat that - http://www.walmart.com/ip/Coleman-Xt...ooler/14574678
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I picked up a 100qt Coleman 2yrs ago at Bass Pro for $39.

Yes, $39...they had them stacked up by the door, (should have bought 2 or 3 of them)


I load the cooler with ice the day before going out to chill it down and minimize ice loss during the trip.
I store it in the garage most of the time but when it stays on the boat for extended storage, I throw a cheap bbq cover over it to protect from uv

keeps ice for 2-3 days, (and up to 5 days loaded full of beer for a party in the shade on the lanai...lol)
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Originally Posted by miamizx View Post
the 120 is $52 at walmart, cant beat that - http://www.walmart.com/ip/Coleman-Xt...ooler/14574678
Bought one of these a year or two ago. Works great!
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I have a Moeller. The lid is cheaply made and is not designed for sitting and standing on. It's a little warped now and doesn't seal like it should. I found out the hard way when it leaked into the back of my Suburban.

I'd go with durable if I were you. Try to look at in person before buying. There's a bulk buy thread about Pelican coolers in one of the other forums. Looks pretty sturdy. Ice chests on a boat see a lot of abuse. Fishing buddies will sit on it, walk on it, slam the lids shut, fish will thrash around it while waiting to die, etc. The hinges on the colemans and igloos that I've owned barely last just using them for drinks and stuff. It won't last 3 months as a coffin box.

These sturdier coolers DO NOT hold ice any better than a good coleman. However, they WILL last longer.
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Originally Posted by miamizx View Post
the 120 is $52 at walmart, cant beat that - http://www.walmart.com/ip/Coleman-Xt...ooler/14574678
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I have a 200Qt Igloo I bought from Home depot.
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I have been very impressed by the ice retention of the Coleman Extremes as well. My father just bought a Yeti. It certainly looks durable, but I noticed that you can only open it once every few minutes. It gets a suction so tight that it won't open. Anybody else notice this?

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