Keeping it Cool - Esky 85

Keeping it Cool - Esky 85

I was given the opportunity to do a review on a new type off cooler, the Esky 85 (www.eskyseriescoolers.com).


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Now this worked out perfectly because I was going out on a week long fishing trip with several other anglers down in Country Harbour, Nova Scotia. When your doing trips like this a good cooler is a must have!

When my Esky arrived my first thought was “Nice cooler”. Than I read the features:

Outdoorsmen, meet your new best friend – the Esky™ Series 85 Quart Cooler. Catch-free latches and integrated hinges with stainless steel pins secure the antimicrobial liner in a tough-as-nails outer shell. Fill it up with everything from drinks to game, and you’ll see that this cooler works as hard as you do. Thick insulation and a tight-fitting lid gasket retain ice for days longer than a regular cooler. Tie down points allow you to secure the cooler while leaving the lid free to open and close. This is a tough, American-made cooler made to excel in the wild – just like its owner.


  • Performs during a long weekend in the wilderness
  • Tough, scratch-resistant exoskeleton with non-skid feet
  • Durable, large-knuckle integrated hinges with stainless steel pins
  • Catch-free, rubber latches are recessed to help stay securely fastened
  • Liner and cutting board contain antimicrobial additive that resists odor, mold and mildew
  • Dual drains for easy draining from a standard hose or fast 2-in. gate mouth
  • Air flow barrier with gasket seal, cork fit lid and liner ridge for extended ice retention
  • 2.5-in. lid and floor insulation and 2-in. sidewall insulation
  • Built-in UV inhibitor helps protect your cooler from the sun’s damaging rays
  • Lock slot and tie down points keep your cooler secure
  • Integrated cutting board, fish ruler and dry storage basket
  • Rope handles with durable soft-touch grips
  • Dry ice compatible
  • Weight: 42 lbs
  • Ice Retention: 7.89 days
  • Volume: 88 qts
  • External dimensions: 32.8 x 19.4 x 21.8 in. (WxDxH)
  • Internal dimensions: 22 x 10.7 x 15.6 in. (WxDxH)
  • 6-year warranty
  • Made in the USA

Than I thought “Wow, this is some frigin cooler” to have all the above features and supposedly keep ice for a week? First thing I did was check out who makes these coolers - just so happens to be Coleman. I can’t say anything about Coleman, they been making good coolers since 1954.

Next I froze some big blocks of ice because they say it lasts longer than cubed ice and filled my Esky with the essentials, food and brown pop. I usually have to take 2 or 3 coolers for a trip like this but the Esky 85 held it all.


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We loaded it up on the truck and headed out. It does have great tie down points and the option of locking it is handy.

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It took a good pounding while driving over some bad roads and held up fine with out a scratch.

Now this cooler is heavy when empty (42 lbs) with that cork fit lid and all that insulation and it weighs close to 100+ lbs when filled. It took two guys to carry it (the robe handles with the soft grips came it handy) but remember this is no regular cooler for a picnic in the park. They’re designed for the rough and the wild (environment and owner).

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The cutting board fits into the contours of the lid to help ensure a stable cutting surface on top of the cooler and is stored inside the led out of the way. A fish ruler is always handy.

This cooler is a little too big-heavy and expensive ($409) for most anglers needs, it would be great on bigger boats or going camping-tenting. We found the catch-free rubber latches hard to close.

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The Esky 85 lived up to its name, the ice did last quite a lot of time and I had a couple of chunks of ice lift when I got back home. If you didn’t use it as a beer cooler (minimize the time the cooler is open) the ice would last even longer. It cleaned up good, drain easy and smelled fresh.

Just another quality product you would expect from Coleman… FISH-ON! Cookster

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