This is a good quality semi-soft cooler that is large…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $45
This is a good quality semi-soft cooler that is large enough to fit enough food and drinks for a weekend kayak or canoe trip. The molded bottom is rigid enough to give the cooler form and prevent leakage into and out of the bottom of the cooler but also flexible so that the cooler can be crammed into a kayak hatch.
- Molded semi-hard bottom
- Durable materials
- Lid has a zippered pocket on top
- Not as effeicient at cooling as a hard-sided cooler
The Fishpond Drifter Boat Cooler is a good quality semi-soft cooler that is large enough to fit enough food and drinks for a weekend. I purchased it because it was short and rectangular in size, so that it just fits inside the back hatch of my kayak. It also easily slides into an open canoe.
Because it has a semi-rigid bottom (which prevents seepage into and out of the cooler), I do have to contort it slightly to fit into the hatch. With a hard-sided cooler, this would be impossible, so I find it is a good blend between this and completely soft cooler that tends to leak.
The zippered pocket on the top of the lid is just big enough to fit a few granola bars and similar snacks that need not be kept cold.
It does a fair job a keeping the items inside cold, but is not as efficient as a hard cooler. I didn't expect it to be, though.
The materials are of good quality and so far durable. The zipper works well, no snags. The sides also have the ability to expand to some extent, so you can cram quite a bit as needed.
The two grab handles allow for easy transport as well as lash down points. There are also D-rings and webbing loops for additional security.