by Joe Gorman
So out in the high plains this year, we experienced days that were 104-degrees. That was hot. For our last outing in late September, the day-time highs were in the upper 80s. While that made for pretty enjoyable days we were no less thirsty when we came back to camp from long reconnoitering walks. Fortunately the Coleman Xtreme Marine Cooler lived up to its claims and kept ice for 4-days.
While based on past experience, and the company's reputation, I trusted the claims of Coleman with respect to how long this cooler could keep ice. That said, I really wanted to be sure we had cold drinks to sip and that our perishable food would not spoil leaving us hungry. So all the water and soda and drinks we were putting in the cooler had been cooled in the refrigerator prior to throwing it in the cooler and then everything was blanketed under ice cubes.
We were not particularly kind to the cooler. We just left it out in the hot sun without shade. The only thing we did to help the cooler do its job was to ensure the lid was solidly closed after each opening. The first morning was shrouded in fog that had burned off by 10 am or so. After that, it was bright and sunny on every day we stayed in the field. Did I mention the cooler had no problem keeping the ice solid?
Perhaps that's because Xtreme® technology uses an insulated lid and extra insulation in the walls to keep your items cold for up to 5 days. Rated 70-quarts, my cooler was large enough to hold 100 cans of beer or soda. Or more realistially, while camping, cold cuts, eggs and steaks. The marine rating means the cooler walls were engineered to withstand the demands of a marine environment, namely, the sun’s damaging rays. Both the outer case and lid are njected with a UV inhibitor offering protection against constant sun exposure (yellowing and cracking). Similarly, all metal components are stainless steel to better resist rusting. It gets better. Antimicrobial additive bonded into the liner resists mold and mildew growth at the same time it blocks unpleasant odors from developing. The Have-A-Seat™ lid is robust enough to to sit on.
For my fellow germaphobes, it's worth noting that the lining of this cooler is anti-microbial! Another worthy characteristic, its drain system does not require tilting in order to drain.
So in the final analysis, I pronounce this cooler GOOD TO GO for the hunting camp!