esky choice

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 11:27
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Need an additional esky to complement the Engel for extended trips to put things like fruit and veg, transport frozen bait/fish home etc. Can anyone recommend a good one that they use for a reasonable price. About the 50L mark needed. No more than $100 please, but not a cheapie like willow or nylex. Wife will also use it for bringing cold shopping home.

Thanks, D-Jack
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Reply By: flappa - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 12:59

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 12:59
Not sure I can help for that price , but would recommend one of the Iceboxes , rather then an esky.

The Orange ones called Tropical Ice boxes , or EvaKool make one (IceKool) , that are very good.

Priced at approx $165 for the 47l one. I think the Tropical ones are slightly cheaper , and there is also another brand around (who's name aludes me at present) , that would do equaly as well.
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Follow Up By: Skinnydog - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 21:21

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 21:21
I got a blue poly kookaburra esky 62L for $136 at FAL in perth.
they are tough as nails and ice can last 5 days depending on frequency of opening. the fibreglass ones do last a bit longer but are prone to cracking with rough treatment
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Reply By: Rosco - Bris. - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 13:12

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 13:12
Flappa's on the money.

The extra few bucks are worth it. I reckon the white glass jobs (Evakool etc) are slightly more efficient, but the Tropical is much more robust.

Either would be worth the extra $'s. My choice was Tropical, purely due to toughness.

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Follow Up By: flappa - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 13:31

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 13:31
The Fibreglass ones (I have a Waeco Icebox) ARE better , but , they are quite a few more $$$$$ as well though.

I think the Tropical is probably the best value icebox/esky I have seen for the average person
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Follow Up By: cookie - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 17:04

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 17:04
Can anyone tell me why the fibreglass onese are "better"??? They are twice as heavy, don't take knocks as well as plastic, and they cost at least 3 times as much. Sure they look good...... but who cares really. Although alot of 4wdrive products seem to be sold on image these days.

Fibreglass was popular with boaties cause you could make the esky whatever shape you liked and you could use really thick insulation. And generally they were permanant installations.

I've got an igloo ultracold, one with extra thick insulation (thicker sidewalls) it keeps ice for 3 days in the pilbara. Friends recently bought a coleman extreme and that seems to be pretty similar.

Ultimately the only thing that matters is how thick the insulation is.

Thick insulation (sidewalls) cost more and will keep cold longer.

Your K-mart/big W varieties are fairly thin and hence cheap and are really only good for keeping your snags cold on the way to the barbie.

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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 14:25

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 14:25
I have a "Coleman EXTREME" that I managed to score for free, it claims to hold ice for 5 days but if you use that crappy hollow servo ice it only lasts about 3-4 in 30c+ heat. Still pretty good, but I think you'll find they are about $150 retail and you might be better looking at the Tropocool boxes if they are a similar price....
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Follow Up By: Brew69(SA) - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 21:00

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 21:00
I am with Jeff here, i have had the coleman extreme for about 3 years and it is gr8.At about $160 and 55lt with wheels it does the job well,esp if u make your own ice. Don't waste money on the fibreglass ones.
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Reply By: MrBitchi - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 15:22

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 15:22
Coleman. All I used for years before I got a fridge.

Cheers... John.
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Reply By: B0XER - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 23:49

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 23:49
I love my fibregalss EvaKool, but they are exxy. Fibreglass is a better insulator than plastic, so gives additional heat transfer restriction on top of the insulation packed in the cavity. Also quite robust to stackbleepon it in the back of the car/use as seat etc and the handles will hold a ton and can be used as tie down points.

Only downside is I suppose they would crack with large impacts where plastic might not
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