Canyon Coolers Endure – Canyon Coolers Review
We’ve all heard the old saying that “Necessity is the mother of invention” and this aptly describes the origin of Canyon Coolers. For years, adventure-seeking outdoorsmen have been rafting down the Grand Canyon, a 225-mile trek that is a test of will and equipment. This trip down the canyon can take over two weeks to complete and the temperature can easily hit 100-degrees during the daytime. Rafting companies tried a variety of homemade coolers for their supplies, as no commercially available cooler could maintain cold food for that length of time. Through trial and error, they ended up making crude, double-walled boxes from kayak-type plastic and then filled them with expanding foam. These became the go-to “canyon boxes” that could keep supplies cold for the duration of this harsh trip.
In 2010, two local rafting enthusiasts in Flagstaff, Arizona acquired and re-branded what is today known as Canyon Coolers. Rafters were soon enjoying cold beverages throughout their 27-day trips. Since then, they have developed enhanced seals, latches, and other innovations while maintaining the heavy-duty durability and insulating capabilities that started it all.
Now, Canyon Coolers are widely used by fishermen, rafters, hunters and outdoorsmen of all types who want a no-nonsense cooler with incredible ice retention at a reasonable price.
One of Canyon Cooler’s most popular series, the Outfitter, has an array of five sizes; the Outfitter 22, 35, 55, 75, and the 125. They also offer their Adventure series, the Quest Backpack Cooler and a variety of accessories.
As you can see, the folks from Canyon Coolers are experts at keeping things cold for a long time. They have too be if they want to eat during the last week of their canyon run. But they are also the first to say that there is more to maximum ice retention than just the cooler.
Here are Canyon Cooler’s top recommendations for making the most of your ice.
Tips From Canyon Coolers – Be Nice to Your Ice
Whether you’re a Canyon Coolers fan or not, being nice to your ice is going to keep the stuff inside your ice chest cold much further down the road. Here at Canyon Coolers, we feel that the ice retention time for any X, Y or Z brand rotomolded ice chest needs to be qualified with about 50 variables before beginning to compare apples to apples. Regardless of the type, brand, or size of cooler you have, following these simple principles can get you some serious mileage out of your box and your ice.
IT’S AN ICE CHEST, NOT A FRIDGE!
Seriously guys, we’re talking about a box that is meant to hold your ice and your beverages, not a wonder product that can make hot things cold. You can’t pull your cooler off the shelf in your 110-degree garage and hope it holds ice for even a little bit. The box itself is a lot of mass of dense plastic that takes time to change the temperature. Pre-cooling your ice chest a day or so before you pack it will go so incredibly far, you will be amazed.
On that same note, don’t put warm beer in your cooler and hope it doesn’t wreck your ice. Pack that sucker with cold (or even frozen) food and drinks! If everything in the cooler is already cold, including the cooler itself, you are setting yourself up for record-setting ice retention.
AIR IS BAD!
Well, this obviously isn’t true if you need to breathe it, but when we are talking ice, AIR IS BAD! One of the biggest factors in how well your ice keeps is how tightly sealed you can keep it. We strive to make sure the gaskets in all our coolers are top notch and create a strong seal! This also means filling your cooler up with as many cold things as possible to limit the amount of dead air space in the box. Obviously, you will need to get into your cooler occasionally to retrieve something chilly. Planning your lid openings and keeping the lid open as short as possible will always help. Keeping your beverages in a separate cooler from your food might also be a good idea! (More about this idea below)
TO BLOCK OR TO CUBE? THAT IS THE QUESTION.
We get asked all the time which is better: block ice or cube ice? Often it’s easy to jump and say “BLOCKS! Blocks are better,” but really that isn’t always the case. Blocks are awesome and a good, hard block of ice is very, very hard to beat. The problem comes when you stack block ice and all your food in a cooler, often there are lots of odd-shaped voids that you just can’t cram another can into. This is where that wonderful cubed or crushed ice comes in so handy. Just think, if you packed it all as nice and tight as you could around a block or two, and then took some crushed ice to fill ALL THOSE LITTLE VOIDS! Now you are really going to keep stuff cold.
ONE COOLER IS NEVER ENOUGH!
Sometimes if you are really trying to stretch that ice long enough to have lunchmeat on day 6, you need to separate your priorities. What we mean here is putting your non-essential cold things (like beer, soda, and even snack food) in a separate cooler. Let’s face it, that is the stuff you’re in and out of your cooler 12 times a day for, right? If you are really trying to keep some stuff cold and you’re opening and closing the lid all the time, you’re killing your ice with air. If the only thing in that main cooler is your dinner and breakfast food and you only quickly access it twice a day… yeah that’s right it’s going to last oodles longer. The reality is that your beverages and non-perishable snack stuff can stand to cool and not cold towards the end of your trip. That nice big tri-tip for the last night of camping can’t afford the same luxury.
As you can see, the folks at Canyon Coolers have put a lot of thought into the process of keeping your stuff cold. They have taken that same approach to designing their coolers for rugged, real-life uses. The features and accessories available on each cooler make them the perfect tool for the job. Canyon Coolers are also certified to be grizzly bear proof by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee; product #3769.
For example, let’s take a look at the Outfitter 75 in the White Marble color.
The Outfitter series coolers are one-piece coolers, rotomolded out of food-grade, UV-resistant kayak plastic. The cooler is designed with several aspects in mind. Of course, keeping your food and drinks cold is at the heart of the matter, but many more subtle features make this cooler function well. Every functional part of the cooler is recessed and squared off for a tighter fit in your boat or truck. The EZCAM latches do not stick out and are made of urethane, which offers excellent sun resistance. The No-Lose drain plug is recessed and designed to drain without coming free of the cooler, eliminating that aggravating loss of the drain plug. The cooler has hassle-free rope handles that stay out of the way so you can pack the Canyon Cooler tightly for maximum cargo capacity.
Speaking of maximum capacity, the inside of the Canyon Cooler packs equally well inside its 74-quart interior. The ideal “can capacity”, which leaves room for ice is 55 cans, but the maximum “can capacity” is 64. The Outfitter 75 offers ice retention of 7 to 16 days and only weighs 30.5-pounds. The white coolers offer rubber non-skid feet and integrated marine-grade hinges. The lid has a place for locking cables and tie down anchoring points for 1-inch cam straps.
Outfitter 75 Specs
- Outside Length 29”
- Outside Width 17.75”
- Outside Height 18.5”
- Inside Length 22”
- Inside Width 12”
- Inside Height 14.5”
- Base Length 28.5”
- Base Width 16.75”
Canyon Coolers offer a range of accessories for their products, including snap-on cushions, foam pads, bottle openers, tie down kits and steel-core security straps or cable locks. Best of all, Canyon Coolers are so confident in their products that they offer a lifetime warranty.