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Hard-shell coolers are nice, but they take up a lot of storage space. With the hybrid Kelty Folding Cooler, you get the insulating performance of a hard shell in a design that folds flat for compact storage. Dual-layer foam panels provide enough insulation to keep beverages chilled for hours, and the waterproof food-grade liner prevents melting ice from leaking. Even better, the 55-liter size can hold up to 36 cans with ice; now that's a feature worth celebrating.

  • Hybrid design folds down to less than 6-inches thick for compact storage
  • Food-grade PEVA liner is durable and waterproof
  • Dual-layer foam panels provide structure and insulation
  • Molded EVA foam lid has four built-in beverage holders
  • Reinforced bottom and four durable feet keep the cooler off the ground
  • Dual carry handles make for easy transport
  • 17 liter holds 20 12oz cans, 27 liter holds 28 12oz cans, 55 liter holds 36 12oz cans
  • Includes two Kelty can koozies

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Perfect Car Camping Cooler

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Trip: Camping in Cuddebackville, NY
Duration: 2 nights, 3 days
Conditions: An almost hurricane that avoided us, and lots of rain
Temperature: Average of 43 degrees
This cooler sat on a picnic bench partially covered by a canopy, partially being rained on during the two nights we were there.

I think the Kelty Folding Cooler is a great choice for weekend and car camping. Since I have only been able to test it out once so far, I'm going by that experience. The cooler held up against getting wet, kept everything cold the entire trip--including a 2 hr drive to get there. It was easy to put together and take apart. This cooler did exactly what I was looking for it to do. I look forward to taking it on many more trips.

They say the devil is in the details. This cooler has handles on the side, a bottle opener attached to one of the zippers, and comes with 2 cozies. Win.

However, I'm not a really huge fan of the material on the top and bottom of the cooler. Dirt, ashes from the fire, and more easily gets stuck on it, and it's hard to remove. I like taking care of the things I buy, and this material is not easy to clean.

Overall though, I love this cooler and would definitely recommend it.

Perfect Car Camping Cooler

road trip ESSENTIAL

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

The fact that the 27L size fits perfectly on the passenger side floor of my car is EVERYTHING for solo road trips. I have traversed between Utah and Washington State, a 14 hour haul at its quickest, multiple times with this cooler riding shotgun (if the floor still counts) and it has dispensed cold sparkling water, baby carrots, grapes, and other delicious snacks without fail. During those journeys I've only used a couple of ice packs to cool it down.

A couple of standout moments:
1) The time I bought several bottles of fancy Kombucha beer in Bellingham (the very NW corner of Washington State) to bring back to Utah, without really thinking it through, because they needed to be kept refrigerated. The beer survived the 1000 mile journey in the cooler (with a hotel minifridge stopover halfway through the trip) to be safely consumed in Utah, where we don't get nice things like Kombucha beer.
2) The time I strapped it to a raft for a trip down the Moab Daily section of the Colorado river, filled with Summer Shandy, a beer that is treacherous to enjoy when it's not chilled. This was even before taking it on road trips, and I think I forgot until now that it even went through that experience. So I feel I can say with confidence that it can stand up to abuse without much wear or tear.

The liner is also easy to clean, and the cooler itself compresses down into a shortened height for easy storage.


Cold Beer!

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

Holds the advertised amount of beers plus room for ice and stays cold even on the hottest of days. Perfect for camping, floating the river or anytime you need cold beers during outdoor activity!

classic Kelty

classic Kelty

Always thinking of the best things! bottler opener for when you forget yours!


Ice Ice baby!

  • Gender:Female
  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I think this is by far the coolest (pun totally intended) cooler that I have ever owned. I love the fact that it is not hard plastic all over and can fold down and be stored as well. Not to mention that the waterproof liner that sits in the cooler has no leaks what so ever and is removable so when you are going to clean the damn thing you don't have to flip the whole thing over you can just pull the liner out and dump it and hang dry it. The liner can also be used to separate dry food from the ice so that you don't end up with soggy foods. I took it on a trip and it kept the cold in so well that I didn't have to replace the ice for two days. I really love the flexibility that this cooler offers, it really helped make the trip that much easier and better for us. I got the 55L size and it kept a weeks worth of food and beer ice cold!

Ice Ice baby!

Concert cooler

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Awesome cooler to bring to summer concerts, the beach, or over to a friends for dinner. Cup holders on top and bottle opener attached to zipper! Good job Kelty. The only reason I am giving it 4 stars is because I have soaked by shorts a few times carrying it. Just make sure to keep it up right and pour the water out before transporting. The picture is the 17L.

Concert cooler

Very nice cooler.

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

Just used this on a week long road trip and it worked great. I got the 17L (small) for using inside the car, for our driving snacks and drinks. The sides are actually pretty thick, so the insulation is pretty decent for a soft cooler. But take note, this will not be replacing my hard coolers by any means, but it's a great alternative for a secondary cooler. The bonus for me was when it's empty, you can flatten it and pack it up, where you can't do that with a hard cooler. It's made well and seems really durable.

From the description, "keeps beverages...

From the description, "keeps beverages chilled for hours," it sounds like this product would not be appropriate for a 2-3 day remote camping trip. Is that accurate?

Best Answer

You are correct. Soft-sided coolers are simply not as well insulated as traditional hard-sided coolers.

If bulk isn't a factor, consider a cooler designed for marine use. A good marine cooler will hold ice for three days plus. If you'll be backpacking, though, a big rigid cooler would be nearly impossible to pack in. That's how my old Igloo marine cooler got named "Hell on Wheels".