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Gear: Is there anything cooler than a cooler that folds down to a fraction of its expanded size?

Gear: Is there anything cooler than a cooler that folds down to a fraction of its expanded size?
This Coleman cooler holds 72 cans and weighs almost 10 pounds, but when it's unloaded, it can slip easily under a bed or into the closet because it folds. (Coleman)

When it comes to coolers, bigger is better (for maximum capacity); so is smaller (for minimum space-hogging when empty).

Coleman's Collapsible 72-Can Chest Cooler gives us both. Expanded, it's 24 inches long, a foot wide and 15 inches tall. When the insert is removed, it collapses to 3 inches high.

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The cooler has mesh side pockets and a nylon front pocket for extra storage. A Velcro-closure top hatch lets you reach in and grab a cold one without having to unzip the whole lid.

The Coleman cooler folds down, its insert removed, to about 3 inches tall.
The Coleman cooler folds down, its insert removed, to about 3 inches tall. (Coleman)

In testing, the cooler kept a full load cold for eight hours in summer heat; ice stayed mostly frozen overnight at room temperature.

The thick insulation and removable rigid insert make the chest a hefty 9.5 pounds when empty.

Info: The Coleman Collapsible 72-Can Chest Cooler costs about $32 and is available in red and gray or green and gray.

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