Jim used it for years before the old thing finally wore out. Recent developments in the last 10 years or so have really been game changers for the cooler industry. The coolers on the market today have a much longer lifespan than their predecessors and they more efficiently and effectively keep the contents cool for longer periods. I use a cooler for two things: to keep food and drinks cold and to haul game meat out of the field if it’s going to be a long trek where spoiling is possible.
I have a POLARIS NORTHSTAR™ COOLER - 60 QT that I like for a few different reasons. To begin with, it’s tough. This cooler can handle being thrown in the back of the of the cargo box with other gear and it can bounce up and down in rough terrain, it can be used as a chair or a step stool, all with no damage. It’s made nearly indestructible with a secure locking lid that keeps unwanted visitors like raccoons and even bears out of your stockpile. Even more importantly, it keeps my stuff cold, for a long time. We spend the bulk of our weekends exclusively outdoors and use the Northstar cooler to house and chill all of our drinks. We can pick up a few bags of ice on Thursday and put it in the cooler to chill our sodas, waters and other drinks, and come Sunday the contents are still cold and in most cases there are still ice cubes in the bottom. The extra-long staying power can be credited to the premium 2-inch thick insulation.
If you are wondering what size is right for you, first you have to analyze what you’ll be using it for. If you will only be using it for one person or small amounts of food and beverages the smaller version will suit you perfectly. However, if you need something large enough to fit the needs of a family on a multiple day trip or if you are heading out into the back country this fall in search of big game and intend on bringing your meat back in a cooler, you should look at the 60-quart model. The cooler is made with molded in tie down corners so you can safely secure it to the bed of your cargo box. Every outdoorsman needs a reliable cooler, check out the Northstar Cooler here.
Hugs, Handshakes and Happy Hunting