Outbound Tested: Mountainsmith Cooloir 24

We were in love with it by the end of the weekend.

Michael and I have never had a nice cooler before that we brought on adventures except for one bulky, hard plastic cooler we borrowed from his parents once and barely used so we didn’t both again. I hate carrying coolers around, or pulling them around, or pushing them. Honestly the only thing I’ve found them really good for is providing an additional seat by the campfire. But then we got our hands on a Mountainsmith Cooloir 24 and decided to give it a whirl for a long weekend trip to Pisgah National Forest, NC. We brought the cooler along with us as we hiked, fly fished and camped in a primitive campground. We were impressed…

For starters this was by far the easier cooler to transport anywhere. Even though I’m a pretty petite girl it was super easy for me to sling over my shoulder and carry it wherever I went. It's definitely not bulky which I loved. I also loved the padding on the shoulder strap; even with an extremely full cooler it was comfortable to carry.

The material on the outside of the cooler is tough and durable. Between hiking, fly fishing and primitive camping, I threw it down on rocks, concrete, dirt and more. It held up extremely well and any dirt that got on the cooler as a result from our activities was quickly wiped off.

After a long day of hiking or fishing our beers were ice-cold and we didn’t have to worry about any of our refrigerated snacks spoiling for the entire long weekend because this cooler kept our food and drinks cold for THREE DAYS.

The two pockets on the cooler were extremely appreciated (although I didn’t give them much thought at first). I stored our messy kit plates, spoons and forks in the inside top pocket to keep our kitchen gear with the food. Also, the pocket on the outside easily held an extra trash bag and at the end of the trip we slipped our dirty silverware in that pocket.  Once we got home I was able to easily remove the interior of the cooler and hose it out and clean it quickly.

The best part was the fact that the cooler comes with a heavy-duty beer opener attached to it!

We loved this cooler so much and it instantly became a essential piece of camping gear for us; it will definitely be coming with us on all our future trips.

Published: May 3, 2018

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Jess FischerExplorer

Portland

An east coast transplant exploring the wild and wonderful PNW ⇞