When you’re on the hunt for a soft cooler, you probably stick to names that you’re familiar with—names like Coleman and Igloo, which are readily available at your local discount store. While these coolers are good, there’s something to be said about the Polar Bear Coolers Nylon Series. Just the name alone should be an indication of how cold the cooler can keep your snacks, food, and beverages.
In this review, we are going to talk a little more about the features of the soft cooler, but we are also going to give you an overview of what people who have purchased the soft cooler had to say about their overall experience with it.
Then, we’re going to give you our recommendation on whether or not this soft cooler is something you should consider purchasing to round out your camping or picnic gear!
Forget soft coolers whose outside feels like cheap plastic or nylon. With the Polar Bear coolers, the exterior feels like it is ready for a rough and tough excursion through the wilderness, as it’s made from 1000 Denier Cordura nylon.
Notable features of the Polar Bear Coolers Nylon Series include:
When you look inside this cooler, the first thing you’ll see is the thick air-trap insulation that will help keep your ice frozen up to 24 hours, even when the temperatures reach 100 degrees. Unlike other soft coolers you may have tried, you can feel the quality of the inner liner, so you can rest assured that your cooler won’t spring a leak. When you’re ready to clean the liner, all you have to do is pull it inside out and wash with warm soapy water.
In 2016, it was named the runner up for the best ice chests. This could be because not only is the cooler durable and made well, but it features to tie-downs that can hold towels, large pitchers, and whatever else can fit. Also the handle and the shoulder straps are made from a strong material, which signifies the attention to detail and quality. Polar Bear also includes a handy bottle opener on the side of the cooler for when you need a chilled bottle of brew.
When we looked at the user reviews, we saw that 89% had great things to say about the ride on and left 4 or 5-star reviews. Of these reviews, people commented on how well the cooler is insulated. One customer said they accidentally left the cooler in the car when it was 90 degrees.
When they came back after several hours, the ice hadn’t melted at all. Another customer said that they felt like they could go 36 hours before having to top the cooler off with more ice. One customer loved their cooler so much, they bought five more in varying sizes. Several customers have said that they love how compact the cooler can fold up when it isn’t being used.
So what did the remaining 11% of customers who left 3-star or below reviews have to say? The most common complaint customers had was that the photograph is misleading. Customers thought the cooler would be a rectangular shape, but in reality, the cooler is more like a “flattened briefcase.” Customers have said that for as big and bulky as the cooler is, they weren’t able to get much of anything inside.
There were several customers who have said that though the cooler was constructed well, they felt like it wouldn’t work for them so they sent it back. Of the construction, a couple customers did have an issue with one of the plastic clips. They said the clip broke the second time they used it, and company wouldn’t honor the warranty because the cooler was purchased through a third party and not directly from them.
A soft cooler is a great piece of gear to have when you’re going camping, hiking, fishing, or you’re just going on a long car ride. You can pack them full of your favorite snacks and beverages, top it off with ice and go about your way! A good cooler will be able to keep the contents inside nice and cold for hours (sometimes even days!) because it is made of good quality materials and thick insulation.
The Polar Bear Coolers Nylon Series features a 1000D nylon exterior that never rips, tears, and can withstand almost anything you throw at it. The high density open-cell foam insulation has been known to keep ice frozen for more than 24 hours at a time. Both of these qualities are exactly what you would expect from a soft cooler that costs just under $65.
We feel that this is a great little cooler and it would certainly do the trick when you need something to keep your food and beverages nice and cold. Although customers felt that their particular cooler was too small for their needs, or they had minor issues with a buckle, it’s still a good cooler.
We believe that if you want a cooler that is going to perform well and live up to the claims set by the manufacturer, then you can’t go wrong with the Polar Bear Coolers Nylon Series. Keep in mind that the cooler is available in three sizes (12 can capacity, 24 can capacity, and 48 can capacity) as well as a backpack style cooler. If you go with the 48 can option, it’s going to be heavy when it’s filled to be capacity! You’ve been warned!