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Old 03-25-2011, 05:58 AM   #751
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Polar Bear Cooler are worth every penny. A friend won a 12 can PB at WARP a couple of years ago and passed it on to me. Used it once and never went back. Worked so well I ordered the 24 can. Keeps ice longer than anything else i,ve tried. On longer trips I carry both. The 12 can size I carry beverage in and not only fits (perfect fit) in the smaller LH Jesse bag its a good fit on the rack.



The 24 can size is a perfect fit in the larger RH Jesse. I carry most of my food there. Weekend trips I use just the 24 can size. Besides, what other cooler will fit in you panniers and do this?

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Old 03-25-2011, 06:09 PM   #752
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The 24 can size is a perfect fit in the larger RH Jesse. I carry most of my food there. Weekend trips I use just the 24 can size. Besides, what other cooler will fit in you panniers and do this?

What is this 24 can PB you speak of?
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Old 03-25-2011, 07:27 PM   #753
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Polar Bear Cooler are worth every penny. A friend won a 12 can PB at WARP a couple of years ago and passed it on to me. Used it once and never went back. Worked so well I ordered the 24 can. Keeps ice longer than anything else i,ve tried. On longer trips I carry both. The 12 can size I carry beverage in and not only fits (perfect fit) in the smaller LH Jesse bag its a good fit on the rack.

The 24 can size is a perfect fit in the larger RH Jesse. I carry most of my food there. Weekend trips I use just the 24 can size. Besides, what other cooler will fit in you panniers and do this?
Or just keep it simple, no need for cooling: (Water or the right, burning water on the left).


Some say the glass bottle adds a lot of weight. But you have to consider that if you bring this bottle it replaces the tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, toothbrush, clean clothes and a lot more.
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Old 03-27-2011, 02:27 PM   #754
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+1000 on the polar bear coolers

I have both the 6 and 12. I find the 6 is a bit small, I'll be ordering a 24 to go with the 12 soon.
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Old 03-27-2011, 07:57 PM   #755
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How do you keep food cool while camping in the middle of summer? Any pics of coolers some of you are using? Links would be nice too.
We've got a couple of soft coolers that work pretty well. We travel two up, so we don't carry food during the day, but we do like to keep our beer cold. If we're going to be in one spot for a couple days, it's nice to keep the food chilled.
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Old 03-30-2011, 01:32 PM   #756
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I used to take a small, hard plastic cooler and now have a Polar Bear.

1) the PB keeps stuff colder (the ice last longer so I need to buy less ice).
When I see ice for sale, it's generally in pretty big bags. How do you buy only a modest amount of ice?
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Old 03-30-2011, 01:42 PM   #757
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Yeah it's expensive and I'm New England frugal, but I'm a convert. Oh, and it comes in pink.
I clicked on the pink cooler and it took me to a page that said "seek help".
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Old 03-30-2011, 01:50 PM   #758
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When I see ice for sale, it's generally in pretty big bags. How do you buy only a modest amount of ice?
When I'm on the road I often stop at a name brand motel (not a Mom & Pop) and ask if I can get little ice, I've never been turned down.
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:23 PM   #759
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The testing continues

Did a little more testing last weekend. Brats were the test and it passed with flying colors.



Sorry about the 2 hotdogs mixed in there. We have someone in the group who has never tasted a brat and we had to mix in a couple dogs. So if anything it cooks hotdogs pretty damn good too.
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Old 04-06-2011, 05:52 PM   #760
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Wicked The ADV-kitchen tailpack

I do a lot of camping off the bike, and really enjoy cooking good food, so I came up with a purpose-built tailpack for carrying food on the road.



The bag is made of fairly heavy rip-stop nylon, bought from a local fabric shop. The bag has two separate compartments. The top doesnt have any padding or reinforcement, and is expandable storage for non-crushable things, like pasta, muesli, rice and milk powder. My foldable bowl also fits in the top.



The bottom section has closed cell foam in the walls and base, for reinforcement, and for insulation, if it needs to be used as a chilly bag. The lid of the bottom section is made of a thin flexible chopping board backed with closed cell foam.



When attached to my bike, this flips open onto my bike seat and acts as a work surface for preparing sandwiches for lunch. I have four screw top jars the same height as the bottom section that further reinforce each corner, so squashable things can be stored in this section. The containers hold things like coffee grounds, and can be used for mixing up powdered milk.

The base of the bag has a sleeve that holds a fairly thick plastic chopping board. This gives the bag a firm base, and having a nice big board makes food prep easier in the field.





Ive used it for one overnight trip so far, and it worked really well. Im looking forwared to getting out on some longer trips so I can really test it out.
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Old 04-06-2011, 07:43 PM   #761
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that's awesome

You should really patent that and sell it. Perfect for alot of folks on this board, like about a thousand of us or so...
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Old 04-06-2011, 07:44 PM   #762
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When I'm on the road I often stop at a name brand motel (not a Mom & Pop) and ask if I can get little ice, I've never been turned down.
+1 on this.
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Old 04-06-2011, 09:41 PM   #763
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You should really patent that and sell it. Perfect for alot of folks on this board, like about a thousand of us or so...

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Old 04-07-2011, 05:50 AM   #764
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Very cool Rosie!, well done. The cutting board is a nice touch.
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Old 04-07-2011, 12:24 PM   #765
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great idea rosie, very thoughtfully, er.. thought out

like he said, thats a marketable idea right there
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