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Warm beer should be illegal.
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. The removable BPA-free PEVA lining provides enough insulation to keep beverages chilled for hours, and, even better, the 55-liter size can hold up to 36 cans with ice.
- Polyester ripstop body
- Removable and replaceable BPA-free lining
- Collapsible design
- Reinforced bottom
- Dual carry handles
- Removable shoulder strap (small only)
- Bottle opener zipper pull
- Item #KEL006V
- Q & A
Collapsible is the way to go!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Granted, going with a soft-shell cooler has its limits on insulation. It still kept chicken breasts frozen over 2 days with just two ice packs. The construction is solid and keeps the temperature down. The best part, when you're done with it, you take down the side walls, store the waterproof lining and forget about it. Doesn't take half your trunk anymore!
Excellent for Apartment Dwellers
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I used to have an ancient hard sided Igloo cooler. It was great, till the latch broke. After that, there was no longer a seal, and it didnt work well. To get a cooler with a similar capacity would be to get something I had no room to store in my apartment. I didn't do any traditional camping last year or the year before that, so I was able to mooch communal coolers or was eating backpacking food on backpacking trips. However, I knew that car camping was still in my future. I was wary about the ability of a folding cloth cooler to actually keep things cool.
This weekend I took it to Clarence Fahnestock State Park in New York. It packs easily in my Ford Focus hatchback, as I kept it collapsed till we were ready to fill it. After setting up camp, we went to the market, picked up everything we needed for the night, and returned. Kept all our foodstuffs in this cooler, and the beers in the hard sided cooler (just to avoid the wear and tear on the zippers, though they seem pretty robust).
Had ice left about 24 hours later. The cooler was kept in the shade, but it is dark colored, and it was 85 degrees or so.
Filled it again the second night, and this morning, it was still tremendous amounts of ice in the freezing water in the morning.
Build: Easy to set up, easy to collapse. The liner feels pretty robust, and the padded insulation walls are rigid enough to keep shape, even when not filled. Zippers seem robust, but we used this cooler as our food cooler because the hard sided cooler was easy to open and close every time someone wanted a beer.
Im drying it out right now, which is annoying, but you would have to do that with a hard sided cooler as well, though it takes much more time for a cloth cooler to dry, especially if it's humid (NYC in the summer is typically humid).
Overall, love this purchase, as when its dry, it'll get collapsed, and tucked under the duffel bag where I store all my other camping gear, waiting for the next trip.
Kelty Folding Cooler
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Intro: got this because I have a tiny care and need all the extra space I can get for car camping!
Pros: I love this cooler. It folds down very small, but once it's up, it's quite sturdy. I'm 130 lbs and can sit on mine. I have never had it leak, and it manages to keep ice quite well (got a full day when I was down in Moab, no shade, temps in the 90s).
Would buy again and recommend to friends.
The most versatile Cooler.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
So, I've been using a version of the Kelty Folding Cooler for three years. My go-to is the 20 quart version, but I've also used the 35 and 50 quart sizes as well.
Why do I love it so much? Why don't I use a Yeti like everyone and their brother's cousin?
1. First and foremost, it's the size! Quite simply, these pack down so small I never have to struggle to find a place to store them. Unlike a hard sided cooler which takes up all space, all the time.
2. Weight. These are less than half the weight of most good hard-sided coolers while being more than substantial enough to not just collapse with a heavy load.
3. They actually WORK WELL. I've had numerous cheaper soft-sided coolers leak through the liner. Not Once has this happened with me Kelty, in any size. Plus, they hold ice Very well. While used in TX in September, with little shade (think high 90's to low 100's) it held ice for 10 hours without a problem. In Moab, with a little protection, I had the 50 quart version hold ice for 2 days+ during a bike event.
4. They're the perfect "I don't need a cooler until I get there, cooler.
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