This summer, when the weather’s undeniably hot, make sure your yak is on the water and your beverages are ice cold. Whether you plan on storing food, beverages, bait, ice, or fish – here are some of the best coolers for the season.

bbThe Yeti Roadie and Tundra are two coolers that are hard to top. The Roadie is a personal sized cooler great for holding bait, lunches, or maintaining ice cold beverages for days. The cooler is designed to accommodate at least 12 long neck bottles, a good deal of ice, and fits perfectly in your kayak, canoe, or car for longer excursions. If you are in need of more space, the Tundra series comes in sizes ranging from 35 to 250 quarts. The Roadie includes a rust proof stainless steel handle which locks upright for simple carrying, and both styles sport the efficient T-Rex lid locks (the one-in-a-kind locking system unique to Yeti). The freezer style locking gasket keeps the cold air in and the hot air outside and far from your perishables. Both the Roadie and the Tundra have an integrated vortex drainage system that is leak proof and extremely convenient when draining the cooler without wanting to flip the entire unit sideways.


The Polar Bear Coolers Soft Cooler are available in a 12 or 24 pack version and are perfect for beverages and picnic lunches. The leak and sweat proof exterior makes this one of the top soft shells on the market. The non-slip bottom keeps your cooler in place and has proven to be a great performer even on slippery surfaces. Both size coolers include several lash points allowing you to use a carabiner to attach any additional gear needed for the day as well as a zippered mesh pocket for smaller items. Both sizes also come with heavy duty metal bottle openers, a weatherized rubber coated zipper, and a rugged shoulder strap for easy and comfortable maneuvering.

iiAnother one of our favorite coolers is the stylish, purpose-built Orion 65. The Orion is what you go to when gear coupled with storage becomes a priority. A perfect fishing essential, this cooler has the capacity to hold larger fish or all of your nutritional essentials for longer excursions. This cooler is meant to handle all of your rugged adventure needs and is suggested for camping and big game fishing. Similar to Yeti, this is another IGB certified bear resistant cooler and does some of its best performing in the backcountry. With YakAttack gear tracks on each side, the Orion is an easily customizable cooler that allows you to add rod holders, cup holders, phones, fish finders, and anything else that you desire. One of the most useful features of this “do it all” cooler are the six tie down points, four of which have integrated bottle openers.


Last but definitely not least is the Engel DeepBlue Coolers. One of the most cost effective coolers on the market, the Engel DeepBlue is a great addition to your fishing machine. This sturdy cooler comes in five sizes (25, 35, 65, 80, and 123) and two colors (white and tan). The dual latches include safety catches and fit tight to the box, making travel and transportation especially simple. The slanted floor allows water to easily escape through the system’s built in drain plug. Also available are an array of accessories including bait trays, baskets, and seat cushions.

Which cooler do you plan on sporting this summer? Comment below and let us know!