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  Cooler Recommendation
  Posted by: zerbe on May-08-09 1:40 PM (EST)
   Category: Other Gear 

Can anyone recommend a cooler that works and fits in a sea kayak hatch--6-pack+ size? I got a Nissan thermos this winter and it keeps my boiling tea hot for hours. Works better than any I have had. I am thinking there must be big differences in coolers also. Any advice?

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  All ah' knows be dat...
  Posted by: fatelmo on May-08-09 1:46 PM (EST)
ah' ain't carryin' none o' dem 'yaker's coolers, no how!

  Check out Polar Bear
  Posted by: pblanc on May-08-09 2:05 PM (EST)
Polar Bear makes good quality soft coolers in various sizes:

You'll have to check your hatch dimensions, obviously.
  Posted by: aamapes on May-08-09 8:55 PM (EST)
I've got one of the yellow NRS coolers - the small one is pretty big, but will fit in an oval hatch. I see they have a 6 pack cooler now.

For the Explorer with 10" round hatches, I got a small soft cooler - a cheapie from the local drug store. It's not great, but with a freezer pack it will keep lunch cool for a day paddle.

  polar bear
  Posted by: Brazilbrasil on May-08-09 9:53 PM (EST)
definitely the best one i have had. Get the ice pack with it and it works great.
  I use an Igloo in which I can put
  Posted by: string on May-08-09 10:39 PM (EST)
a weekend's worth of food and beverages.
Oh, you said kayak.
  One More Vote For Polar Bear
  Posted by: wildernesswebb on May-09-09 2:48 AM (EST)
Been using one 2 years now, wish I had found it sooner. Bonus is it doesn't sweat and leak like most soft coolers, and ice will last for days if needed. WW
  Posted by: old_user on May-09-09 9:34 PM (EST)
We have previously used a cheap soft cooler while canoe camping and would get 3+ full days of cooling. This year we bought the NRS large cooler and will try it out next month. It is a lot better in overall quality and thickness of insulation. They do make smaller sizes that I would take a look at to see if they will fit. The one we bought cost under $50. Nicely made coolers IMHO.

  I asked this same question a few months
  Posted by: old_user on May-10-09 5:28 PM (EST)
ago, and rather than force you to look in the archives, I'll tell you that the Polar Bear was the suggestion, and it was a good choice.

Also, buy their ice sheet thingies.

I used newspaper as insulation and it kept some essentials for 3 days of camping at a safe temp.

I also froze the food items I packed (except for my container of milk) and used a little thermometer to monitor the temp.
  Posted by: cdesme on May-11-09 8:55 AM (EST)
Another vote for the NRS soft coolers. Worth the investment.
  Kayak cooler
  Posted by: mccorpsman on Apr-02-11 6:46 PM (EST)
Bass Pro Shops makes a soft side cooler (the Ketch cooler) with removable liner that straps to the deck of a kayak. Their is also a company (Bell Canoe Works)that make soft side round coolers meant to fit in canoe barrels.


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