By Dean Miller, additions by Eric Graham
A few weeks ago my buddies and I had the good fortune to test drive Igloo’s latest edition to their Sportsman line; the Realtree ATV Cooler. At thirty inches long, fifteen inches wide and ten inches deep, this soft sided cooler was just the right size to carry enough food and drinks for 3 adults and 2 kids on a one day excursion into the great north woods of Wisconsin. Sturdy handles on either end made moving easy. The cooler also has a handy little zippered pouch on the front for holding napkins, silver wear or whatever small items you may need to store. Four hard plastic runners spaced width wise on the bottom sat nicely onto the rear luggage rack of the Polaris Sportsman Jake, a ten year old was driving.
The size of the cooler enabled it to fit nicely on the rack, it did not stick out and did not impede the driver. The attached four straps used to secure the cooler to rack were sufficient to keep the cooler from shifting around and they stayed tight.
This also made taking the cooler on and off a breeze. We were riding State groomed trails of sand and dirt with little to no jumping.
There are a few things I think Igloo can improve on. While the inside was roomy like I said before, it is so big and wide open that we had our food and drinks sliding around, a lot. Most adult beverages are packaged in 12 ounce cans which became little missiles inside the cooler while bouncing down the trails.
Thankfully we did not pack long necked bottles. I think if Igloo could come up with some way to make compartments inside the cooler they could alleviate this problem. Maybe some Velcro attached panels that could be placed to fit whatever was being stored. This could also help with the other issue we had. That is, the ice did not last long. Starting out at 0830 in the morning with highs in the low to mid sixties, the ice we packed in the cooler only lasted about an hour.
The drinks and food stayed cool enough through out the day but everything was floating in water. The cooler did not leak, that was a plus. Also the cooler does not have a drain, which would be nice, but not a deal breaker for me. I think if Igloo could come up with a way to make movable compartments like I mentioned before, we could pack the cooler better to increase the cooling power. Maybe even fill the removable panels with that re-freezable material that can then be frozen and used as ice.
We got a lot on nice compliments from other riders who liked the looks and function. I’m glad the folks at Igloo added the russet color instead of being all camo, that way we were always able to find the cooler in the woods. Clean-up of the cooler was a snap. Nothing a garden hose, a little soft scrubbing and two days of Wisconsin trails came right off. The material looked like new again. All in all I think Igloo is on the right track, just a few tweaks, an additional tie down strap, and they will have a great new addition to an already impressive stable of coolers.
Here are the features according to Igloo:
· Ultra thick insulation keeps ice extra long
· Snug fit lid provides supreme cold retention
· Ultra thick and easy to clean antimirobial liner is punture free and leak resistant.
· Extra long webbing with quick release buckles for ATV rack attachment
· Metal “D” rings for additional attachment options.
· Front zip pocket and side mesh panels for additional storage (Keys, cell, etc)
· Comfort grip side handles
· Non-slip feet- helps keep cooler bottom free of dirt, Cool riser technology improves cooling performance
Find more Coolers from Igloo at http://www.igloocoolers.com/
*Next Ascent nor its testers were compensated for this test and review, but we were allowed to keep the cooler. Thanks Igloo