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Orion Cool­ers

Some of you may have heard of Eric Jack­son, the en­gi­neer and pad­dler be­hind Jack­son Kayaks, some of the tough­est ro­to­molded white­wa­ter kayaks in the world, as well as pad­dle­boards, and kayaks for other recre­ational uses in­clud­ing fish­ing. When the op­por­tu­nity arose to de­sign and build cool­ers to the same ‘build it like it’s your own’ stan­dards, he and his com­pany de­vel­oped Orion cool­ers.

We were so im­pressed with them at the iCast fish­ing show in Or­lando, we walked away with the handy 25-litre size (they are avail­able up to 85 litres). This rugged, bear-re­sis­tant cooler was de­signed for out­door travel use with six tie-down points, low pro­file cam­ming latches, com­fort­able (and re­mov­able) carry han­dles, and bot­tle open­ers at all four cor­ners. The lid is se­cured with beefy hinges and in­cor­po­rates a rub­ber seal for a per­fect tight fit when closed. The latches are so se­cure, and the cooler so tough, we brought it home as checked lug­gage – no box, no wrap­ping. It is built the way you or I would build a cooler for our­selves.

YakAt­tack tracks are built into one side, so you can at­tach a va­ri­ety of RAM ac­ces­sories like rod, cup or pad­dle hold­ers to make it very ver­sa­tile while strapped onto your kayak or quad. The lid has a layer of EVA foam, so it’s com­fort­able to sit on, and se­cure and safe enough to jump on – nat­u­rally I had to check. And fi­nally, the ‘cool’ part. Two inches of in­su­la­tion pro­vide in­cred­i­ble re­sis­tance against heat. We had food in the cooler, in the car, on a 35°C hot, hu­mid Flor­ida afternoon for four hours – and the cooler stayed cold. All this en­gi­neer­ing comes at a price. The Orion 25 weighs in at 9.75 kilo­grams (heav­ier than most of its size), the thick in­su­la­tion means it’s small in­side given its outer di­men­sions, and it has an MSRP of $419 CDN ($369 USD). How­ever, for the true out­doors per­son look­ing for the most ef­fi­cient, full-fea­tured and rugged cooler on the planet – this is it. www.ori­on­cool­

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