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Old 09-01-2017, 11:22 AM
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Who uses the ice packs instead of ice for drink coolers....I normally carry water a few drinks and food in a separate cooler. many times i've broke out the sammich to find the dam thing has gotten wet...I was at Dicks a few days ago and picked up a yeti Ice pack. I think the 2lb pack...then it got me thinking...I could put a few in my cooler and avoid the dreaded wet sammich syndrome....In the past I've never really liked the ice packs..just didn't keep things cold enough, but looks like technology has advanced and there's some ice packs with great reviews...did some googling and ordered two more engels that had great reviews....anyone else using these???
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I use Arctic Ice "Chillin brew" packs extensively. I use 3 of the 5 lb blocks along with ice in the boat cooler (yeti 65), and one of the smaller 2.5lb packs in my wife's lunchbox. Yeti Ice has the same phase change point, and is basically identical, just a little more expensive.

Using it along with ice, the ice will remain frozen for quite a while, even when in and out of the cooler. Without, beer on the top of the cooler isn't as cold as it should be. That said, the little bit of ice melt that does occur drains to the bottom, and freezes solid to the blocks, keeping sogginess at bay. I can also throw in freeze pops for the kids, and if you put them in the bottom near the packs, they will stay frozen for quite a while. I occasionally use it without any ice, but in that case only for transporting food place to place, etc., when I won't be in and out of the cooler.
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I use em with ice. Without the ice the canned drinks do not stay cool enough on packs along. The packs make the ice keep much, much longer.

Ziplock bags will keep sandwiches dry.
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put the sammiches in a bag or tupperaware

I like drinks on ice. I also use homemade block ice to make the regular ice last longer.
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There was a thread on diy ice packs. There's a powder on Amazon you can buy and make your own. I used it and the ice packs stay frozen forever.
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The gal in my office buys Hello Fresh...I take her packs when she's done and squeeze the goo into bottles. Been working out well so far.

I've looked at some ice packs, but can't bring myself to pay so much for some of them.
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i've used zip lock bags for the food and bowls etc.. but at times I run the boat hard and they seem to still get wet when i'm really hungry lol , and on top of that my fishing pals don't seem to care as much about the food as I do, as long as the beer doesn't come out of the cooler!
I can spend a 12 hour day with a few drinks and a sub...but a few of my fishing buddies won't leave the dock without 2 cases of beer and a pack of lance crackers....guess I'll see soon...if not I can duct tape it to my back when i get back to the dock!
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Are the high end ice packs (Yeti and the like) any different than the cheapo blue packs I have always used. Or is the blue stuff the same with a nice Yeti logo?
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Originally Posted by Harriss Sea View Post
Are the high end ice packs (Yeti and the like) any different than the cheapo blue packs I have always used. Or is the blue stuff the same with a nice Yeti logo?
Much different. Whole different category of product, and they work well.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Much different. Whole different category of product, and they work well.
So if I just bought a few of the blue ones at CVS for 50% off 4 small ones for $2 total how much better are they for say $15 each? If I'm going to pay 5-10X the cost I'd like to know the difference. Are there any quality knock off of the Yeti Ice like the Ozark Trail Cups are to the Yeti?
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The higher priced ones come in different temp flavors, which makes them nice. Not sure what the cheap bags Hello Fresh uses, but I have an RTIC soft 30 that I keep sandwiches and the like in. Line the bottom with that stuff (water bottles fit nicely...4 of them across the bottom) and stuff stays cool and dry all day long. I'm going to start using PowerAde/water bottles filled with this stuff in my fish boxes to help supplement ice as I am lacking good insulation in those boxes.

I had asked this question about these before for my bait cooler. Want baits on bottom to stay frozen, but not sure if it would freeze my rigged/prepped baits in tray above. Will try something next year.
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Make your own with "koolergel". I turned oldpete on it and he made a thread about it.
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I had two Nu ice bags rip on me. I use the large Yeti in my RTIC soft pack 20. Works great. Let us to have a freezer that gets down to 0 degrees or colder.

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