Dry bags are coolers were in force at ICAST 2016 this year. Dry bags are important when keeping your gear safe and protected, and coolers are becoming more and more popular for kayak anglers, especially with new soft sided coolers. Here’s a great look at some new dry bags and coolers from the ICAST show.
Dry Bags and Coolers
Dry bags have long been a welcome staple in a kayakers collection. It doesn’t matter if you’re going out for a quick fishing trip, or planning a several day camping & kayaking trip. Mustang Survival, long known for their PFD’s introduced a new line up of dry bags, and Dry Case, long known for their dry bags introduced a new cooler. Of course, the usual companies were there with some great looking coolers. Here’s a great selection of dry bags and coolers from the ICAST show.
Established in 1967, Mustang Survival has been designing and manufacturing lifesaving solutions for more than 45 years. Through constant innovation and application of new technologies, Mustang Survival is the leading supplier of quality flotation and personal protective equipment to the most demanding maritime and aviation customers including the Coast Guard, Law Enforcement, Water Rescue Teams, Fighter Pilots, Commercial Mariners and Recreational boaters.
Bluewater Gear Haulers
Perfect for everyday trips or extended overnight excursions, the Bluewater Gear Haulers feature weatherproof construction with urethane-coated zippers and a 210-denier coated nylon shell. The Bluewater Gear Hauler series is offered in 55-, 30- and 15-liter volumes. All Bluewater Gear Haulers feature a Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment (MOLLE) panel for custom gear configurations. The 55-liter Bluewater Gear Hauler uses water-resistant construction with separate compartments for wet and dry gear. The 30-liter version features a roll-top waterproof compartment and water-resistant construction with a laptop sleeve, while the 15-liter Gear Hauler is hydration compatible with water-resistant construction.
Bluewater Roll Top Gear Haulers
Available in 5-, 10-, 15-, 20- and 35-liter sizes, Mustang Survival’s Roll Top Dry Bags are designed to allow for easier packing in a unique rectangular shape, with a convenient ID window for labeling.
Greenwater Gear Haulers
Designed to be tied down and withstand the most violent conditions the ocean can bring, the Greenwater Gear Haulers are waterproof with Aquaseal® waterproof zippers, and are available in 35- and 65-liter sizes.
After ruining a phone during a contract, Co-founders of Dry Corp thought it was time to transition their vacuum sealed waterproofing technologies for the medical industry to the electronic industry. They were able to find way to keep electronics sealed away form the elements while have full capabilities of all the phones and tablet’s features. DryCase provides the world’s outdoor enthusiast with epic waterproof products that work as hard and play as hard as we do.
Snows Cut Super Insulated Soft Cooler
The Snow’s Cut™ cooler features a thick 30 mm insulation liner accompanied by a purge valve that can be used to create a vacuum seal for maximum ice retention! The purge valve also allows you to easily drain excess water from melted ice after use. Other features include:
- 40 Liters of Storage (48 cans of beer plus ice)
- Extra wide opening for easy cooler access
- Horizontal middle insulated waterproof liner (keep your bait and beers separate!)
- Waterproof Zippered Clear outer storage pocket for phones
- Removable backpack shoulder harness for hands free carrying
- Extra Zippered Insulated Side cooler pocket
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
- MSRP: $199.99
Pelican Products, Inc. is the global leader in the design and manufacture of both high-performance protective case solutions and advanced portable lighting systems. Their products are used by professionals in the most demanding markets including fire safety, law enforcement, defense / military, aerospace, entertainment, industrial and consumer. Pelican™ products are designed and built to last a lifetime.
Elite Coolers – 30QT
First up are the ever-trusted Pelican coolers, now 30% lighter in weight with new sizes (30QT, 50QT, 70QT) and new color combinations (white/gray, tan/orange, olive drab/tan, and brown/tan). Consumers have long trusted Pelican’s Elite Coolers to keep their items cold and protected and these new coolers deliver the same performance while introducing a new design. Features include a stainless steel bottle opener, two-inch insulation and freezer-grade 360-degree seal to allow ice retention for multiple days. The secure, easy to use press-and-pull latches hold tight under pressure and are guaranteed to last while the molded-in lock hasp keeps contents secure. All coolers are backed by Pelican’s industry-leading lifetime guarantee of excellence and made in the USA. Prices range from 30-quart (MSRP $274.95), 50-quart (MSRP $349.95), to 70-quart (MSRP $399.95).
In 2006 we founded YETI® Coolers with a simple mission: build the cooler we’d use every day if it existed. One that was built for the serious outdoor enthusiast rather than for the mass-discount retailers. One that could take the abuse we knew we’d put it through out in the field and on the water. One that simply wouldn’t break. We decided early on that product innovation would come from necessity and firsthand experience — not from market research and data analysis. And we’d never sacrifice quality for a few extra bucks. Because having your cooler’s lid cave in when using it as a casting platform should never be part of anyone’s fishing trip. We’re so glad that we weren’t the only ones looking for a YETI. Today it is the cooler of choice for outdoor enthusiasts, pros, tailgaters, and backyard barbecue kings. And that still gets us fired up. Ultimately, life is about having a good time doing what you love. And for us, that’s being outdoors hunting whitetail, catching a tarpon on the fly, and spending time with our families and buddies. We’re wild at heart. So our coolers couldn’t be anything less.
Hopper Flip 12
Say hello to the leak-proof, tough-as-nails, carry-the-day soft cooler. Around here, we call it the Hopper Flip™. Like the original Hopper™, the Hopper Flip can withstand serious abuse in the field, even with everyday use. Its wide-mouth opening makes for easy loading and access to your food and drinks. Plus, its compact, cubed body allows for ultimate portability, never slowing you down. It’s the only personal cooler that’s game for full days in the tree stand, early mornings in the duck boat, or afternoons on the water.
- Cubed body makes it easy to haul and store
- HydroLok™ Zipper and wide-mouth opening means great accessibility and visibility to contents
- DryHide™ Shell will hold its own when faced with the hazards of the wild
- Keeps your food and drink provisions colder for longer
- MSRP: $279.99
Canyon Coolers is a manufacturer renown for creating ridiculously cold, seriously tough coolers that keep food and beverages cold for not just days, but weeks. Developed for river rafters venturing on multiple day trips, the company has developed and enhanced seals, latches and other innovations while maintaining heavy-duty durability and insulating capabilities. Today, Canyon Coolers are regularly used by hunters, anglers, rafters, outdoor enthusiasts anyone whose adventures are fueled by seriously cold refreshments.
The Quest Soft Coolers may be soft, but there is absolutely nothing wimpy about them. Constructed of raft-grade tarpaulin inside and out, the material resists tears and even bottle cap scars. These coolers are literally made to take bumps manufactured with welded seams for high-performance durability. Lined with IceSkin insulation, the coolers can keep ice intact for days. Designed with a roll-top waterproof and leak-proof seal, tie-down and lashing points for stowing, and high quality backpack straps for hands-free adventuring, the coolers can be used in virtually every environment, wet, dry, marshy and anywhere in between. The pack also incorporates a top mounted drain plug, which accommodates hydration bladder tubes for a convenient way to stay hydrated when on the go.
The Canyon Quest Epic 32 has a medium stow area and measures 32” x 13” x 11”. It also has 8 secure lashing points integrated into the design of the cooler. The Quest Epic 32 comes in both Flame Orange and Grey.