Soft coolers are becoming increasingly popular these days as adventurers look for ways to take coolers, and all the benefits they provide, along on more types outdoor excursions in increasingly remote locations.I recently had the opportunity to test one of these coolers during an overnight adventure on the banks of the Chattooga River. Here are 5 takeaways from a day in the woods with the new-to-market Quest Soft Cooler from Canyon Coolers.1. DurabilityThese types of coolers are expected to hold up to the riggers of the elements. I supplied the riggers and the mountains, woods, and waters of Upstate South Carolina supplied the elements. All the while, the Canyon Quest met and exceeded my expectations. Constructed form raft-grade tarpaulin inside and out, the sample sustained a few falls on the slippery trail that led the river and emerged unscathed from an intentional 12 ft. drop off of a boulder located in the vicinity of the pictured Long Creek Falls. Most importantly, the beer inside remained intact and unharmed.2. ComfortOne of the first things I look for in a soft cooler is comfort. How does it ride during a steep three mile hike to your favorite swimming hole? In the case of the Canyon Quest, like a cadillac. The built-in chest and waist straps offer optimum stability while the adequate back padding keeps your back comfortable and chafe free even during extended hikes in the back county.3. WeightThe cooler itself is relatively light, coming in at what I would estimate as just under two pounds. This is increasingly important on a trip like mine which required several miles of hiking on steep, slippery terrain. Beer and ice are heavy enough without the added weight of a bulky insulator.4. InsulationThis thing was designed with raft guides in mind and is consequently tasked with holding ice for days and even weeks on end. Sadly, I haven’t yet had the opportunity to tote this baby along on a three to four day canoe-camping trip, but I did keep it out in the field for more than 24-hours. During said trip I noted that the ice, while partially melted, did remain intact and, most importantly, the beverages remained ice cold and the food fresh.5. Size The quest comes in two, sizes the 22 L and the 32 L. I opted to test the smaller model, known as the Canyon Quest Trek 22. It proved perfect for my needs with plenty of room for a six pack and a few snacks.Related:
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The last game for the Broncos (4-5, 1-1) went a ways toward moving past a disastrous December. Cal Poly split its California Collegiate Athletic Association games with Sonoma State (an 82-73 loss) and San Francisco State (a 100-77 win) before dropping four games in a row. The losses included an overtime loss to a down Grand Canyon squad and a program-worst 42-point defeat at the hands of No. 9 Western Washington. But the Broncos, playing with more emotion and effort than they had all month, welcomed Minnesota Duluth onto their home court last week and snapped the Bulldogs’ 12-game winning streak. DeJa Blevins’ scored 12 of her 14 points in a key first-half run, the Broncos found all kinds of success with a newly-installed match-up zone defense. Alexis Wilson scored 15 points in the second half, including eight in a row down the stretch to seal a 71-64 win. “We proved to ourselves we can beat a good team,” said Wilson, whose 15 points marked a career-high and helped Cal Poly win its first home game in three tries. “We’ve redeemed ourselves a little bit (from that loss to Western Washington). It’s kind of nice going into this weekend fresh and having a win.” The team hopes to carry that momentum into big conference home dates with Cal State Los Angeles and Cal State Bakersfield this weekend. “I think it was a very big win for us,” Cal Poly coach Paul Thomas said. “I think more than anything, it proved that we have a solid squad and that we’re capable of playing with anybody and everybody. But we have to do it on a regular basis. You’re only good as your last game.” A four-game losing streak, with both heartbreaking and blowout losses coming against key regional opponents, likely cost Cal Poly Pomona’s women’s basketball team the right to host the regional tournament later this year. But the Broncos have a host of other goals lined up like a national championship, a spot in the regional tournament and a conference title. Those ambitions remained largely intact when Cal Poly snapped its skid against No. 19 Minnesota-Duluth last week in a momentum-changing victory. That’s because the heart the CCAA schedule for Cal Poly, one of two teams in the conference with a losing record, begins with match-ups against two of the conference’s top teams. Tonight’s opponent, Cal State Los Angeles (8-1, 2-0), has lost only to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Then on Saturday, the Broncos host No. 23 Cal State Bakersfield (8-1, 1-1), which owns a six-game winning streak that includes a 75-56 victory over the Western Washington team that beat Cal Poly by 42 points. “We’re going to have a tough weekend ahead of us, but if we play like we’re capable, no team is going to blow us out again,” Wilson said. “We’ll give every team a run for its money if we decide to play the way we’re capable.” Unlike the women, competition on the men’s side of the conference has a host of teams with losing records. The Broncos (5-4, 1-1) avoided becoming one of them when they outlasted Northwest Nazarene on Dec. 28 in a 101-98 win for Cal Poly’s first home win. The victory, which snapped a two-game skid against ranked opponents, also marked the first time the Broncos had topped the century mark since the 2003 season. They did it with Dion Cook (12 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists) collecting the first triple-double of his career and Hervey Malone II (24 points), Melvyn Nicholson (21 points) and Kevin Neveu (20 points) registering career-best scoring efforts. The question is whether Cal Poly can sustain those efforts now that conference action is heating up. “I think we’ll see how much we’ve grown up starting this weekend,” Broncos coach Greg Kamansky said. “I think our guys are starting to understand their roles and how to play effectively in their roles.” A lot of those points came inside, with Nicholson, Neveu and Kaelen Daniels providing the Broncos’ best post game this season. But all three are injured Daniels with back issues and Nicholson and Neveu with knee problems. They are considered game-time decisions against both Cal State Los Angeles (4-5, 1-1) tonight and Cal State Bakersfield (6-2, 2-0) on Saturday. NOTABLE Adelphia will television four men’s and women’s basketball doubleheaders this season, beginning with tonight’s games against Cal State Los Angeles. The games will be shown live at www.broncoathletics.com and will replayed on Adelphia Channel 10 in the Walnut, Rowland Heights and Diamond Bar areas. Games will be rebroadcast Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. and Monday through Wednesday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!