My beater Rubbermaid cooler is just a bit too long to fit between the tubes of my new Aire Tributary 12' SB. So I'm in the market for a new cooler, and I'm split between satisfying my Scottish heritage and getting something that is made to last.
The old Aire 12' SB that the Trib replaced was rigged with a small frame and had the cooler as the oarsman's seat. So the cooler I purchase has to be able to withstand the weight of a large man. I'm afraid if I go cheap, the coolers that are in the $50 to $100 price range will not hold up to the abuse that I will likely be dishing out. Bottom line is that I'm willing to spend up, but I'm curious if anyone knows of a cooler that is robust and under $150. Otherwise I'm looking at a Yeti / Grizzly / Engel / etc.
By the way, the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee that does the bear-resistant container certifications keeps the list of approved containers here: http://www.igbconline.org/index.php/...stant-products
I don't have an immediate need for a certified cooler, but if I'm gonna spend some coin I may as well get this too.
I appreciate any advice folks may have specific to using a cooler as an oarsman's seat. I understand that there are lots of strong opinions about the merits of individual brands but I'm hoping not to stir up a Coke vs Pepsi vs Royal Crown Cola thread.