The Cold Cooler
Coleman provided three of its new Esky 55-quart bear-proof (label says it's certified so) coolers. The latches are firm silicone and swing away, allowing the corklike lid and gasket to close snugly without snagging the latches. The hinges are integrated — probably helping with that bear problem. Two inches of insulation on the sides and 2½ inches on the top and bottom keep it cold inside. The shell has antimicrobial and ultraviolet protected surfaces. Attach a hose to the small drain (smaller drains allow less warm air to enter) to carry the water off the deck, if you desire. For fast draining, open the oversize drain and stand back for a gusher. Keepers on the drains hold them to the threads unless you want to remove them. A dry-storage rack and a bottle opener under the handle are standard. The coup de grâce was almost invisible, initially. A tough, shatterproof cutting board nests inside, under the lid. Nonskid feet snug into contours on the outer lid, making short work of filleting fish. We tried it and it worked.