Orion Cool­ers

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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. Yakat­tack tracks are built-in to the sides 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 stand on. Two inches of in­su­la­tion pro­vide in­cred­i­ble in­su­la­tion against heat. We had food in the cooler, in the car, on a 35°C (95°F) hot, hu­mid Florida afternoon for four hours – and the cooler was ‘real’ cool. MSRP: $419 www.ori­on­cool­ers.com

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