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Soft Sided Cooler Selection

I’ve been researching the soft sided cooler possibilities for an upcoming Bike Rally camping adventure. I have a 2015 RT with the standard sized panniers. I settled on the Polar Bear Nylon Line 12 Pack. I wanted something that would accommodate at least a couple days worth of critical items in the smallest size without breaking the bank. I considered the H2O Line of the same size because it had closed cell vice open cell foam insulation but at the 12 pack size the insulating value wasn’t increased by much. I’ve attached a photo of the cooler packed with towels to its maximum size and inserted inside of the pannier. It will fit in either side when I tested the fit. Closing wasn’t a problem and unnecessary force wasn’t required.
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Re: Soft Sided Cooler Selection

Not seeing a question so assuming you're just passing along some 4-1-1.

Not sure what you're going to be carrying in the cooler or for how long, but remember to think about the weight of the case when it's loaded with product AND ice (ice packs are worthless). Also remember to balance the weight in the other pannier. There is a technical weight limit for the side cases and you can see how much you're putting in each with a digital luggage scale.

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Also remember to balance the weight in the other pannier.
Inquiring minds want to know why is this important? I carry all my necessities in the right side pannier and it is fairly heavy. My left side pannier is usually empty, unless I "stuff" a pair of extra gloves in it.

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Inquiring minds want to know why is this important? I carry all my necessities in the right side pannier and it is fairly heavy. My left side pannier is usually empty, unless I "stuff" a pair of extra gloves in it.
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There is a technical weight limit for the side cases and you can see how much you're putting in each with a digital luggage scale.
im also curious... but i have been doing this for years,
because i also heard something about balancing the weight out... im no expert on this but when i heard it, it sort of made sense, so i do try to distribute it out.... just eye-balling it~ and when i do carry something heavy like a soft cooler bags or such, i just strap it to my rear seat (keep the weight centered i guess...)
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Inquiring minds want to know why is this important? I carry all my necessities in the right side pannier and it is fairly heavy. My left side pannier is usually empty, unless I "stuff" a pair of extra gloves in it.
Page 90 of the manual.

Is it critical? Maybe not, but why put 25 pounds in one case when you can split that up?

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I posted this just for fitment Information if someone was interested. It really won’t be very heavy. It’s sized to hold 12 cans (9 lbs) + 5 lbs ice. I’ll probably be packing lighter items and such. When I was researching candidate coolers, I could not find examples that I knew would fit inside the panniers. I will be carrying the tent and sleeping bag on the seat behind me.
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I posted this just for fitment Information if someone was interested. It really wonít be very heavy. Itís sized to hold 12 cans (9 lbs) + 5 lbs ice. Iíll probably be packing lighter items and such. When I was researching candidate coolers, I could not find examples that I knew would fit inside the panniers. I will be carrying the tent and sleeping bag on the seat behind me.
I'd be interested in the weather conditions you faced during the trip and how this bag performs. They claim 24 hours of ice but don't mention what environment the bag was in. When I go on >24 hour rides, I like to bring my own fresh food (fruit, turkey sandwiches, etc); ice packs never last and ice just melts too fast and seeps into the sandwich bags. Usually not an issue when the temps are in the 40s and below but it quickly becomes one when the thermometer is reading nearly triple digits!

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I’ll report back after the trip. It’s difficult for any small container to retain a small amount of ice for very long. I intend to replace the ice each day with new ice and keep the ice in zip lock bags
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When it's really hot I use an RTIC Soft Pack 8 cooler. Held ice no problems for 48 hours in temps from 70s at night to 90s during the day. Not quite as big as OP's cooler, but it holds ice really well.
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I have one of these for use once I get to the camp site.

https://icemulecoolers.com

Works fine, light weight, packs pretty small.

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