As mentioned in the Igloo Sportsman thread, I will be doing a review / test of the Nash Sports Sub-Z cooler. It is a 23 quart capacity roto-molded cooler that looks very similar to a Yeti and RTic but claims to be made in the USA Brahe price (on their site) is $149. Ships immediately.
The cooler can be found here....
I'm not planning on a very scientific test but rather a practical test for me. I'm headed to the Charlotte NC airport (CLT for those that are more familiar with airport codes that social media acronyms like me and headed to DFW and MFE) on Monday. I have a round of golf planned for the Charlotte area on Friday when I return. I plan to "pre-chill" the cooler on Sunday evening and will then empty the cooler and fill it with beer, water, and ice on Monday just before I leave for the airport. I have a 4:30 flight, and typically cut it close. The cooler will remain in my car (or one of the trucks) parked at CLT from Monday afternoon until Friday. I am scheduled to land on Friday at about 12:30 and will be heading to the course immediately upon landing. For those that don't fly out of CLT often, a late Monday flight usually means parking on the upper deck (in the sun), or using business valet to get a spot in a deck (since the normal deck fills up). I will probably opt for the business valet like usual, so the sun conditions are not yet determined. I will provide pictures of the packed cooler when I arrive at the airport for my flight, and when I arrive at the car after returning home.
I have several coolers.... Some seen here...
They each have their place, and all of them get used. The Nash Sub-Z was purchased to replace the igloo sportsman 20 that was stolen over Memorial Day weekend at Ocean Lakes campground in Myrtle Beach... Luckily it contained only a few Gatorades and no beer. Who steels a cooler with no beer? I needed to replace the igloo as we spend allot of time at baseball tournaments where coolers are "discouraged" and therefore the smaller the better. With these "high performance" coolers, you can pack enough food and drinks with minimal ice while still fitting discretely in the "wagon" (fellow travel baseball parents will know the wagon). The igloo did a great job. Finding something to replace it that wasn't named after the snow monster in Rudolph and priced like an elephant tusk was important. I could have purchased another igloo sportsman from Sam's but was pissed with the change to the plastic handle. I could have purchased an RTic, but we play baseball most weekends except Christmas which is most likely when it would be delivered. The Nash was readily available and I could have it quick enough to please me. Also, I enjoy buying the "other guys" products in all categories and sharing positive results.
This won't be a scientific test. It will simply show the ice level on Monday and Friday. The worst that can happen is the beer is warm and I have to either skip golf (can't play without beer) or purchase some ice and / or cold beer on the way to the course. Of course, the drain plug could leak and soak the carpet in the car, but I have already verified that it seals and if I am being honest, warm beer is really allot worse than that.
More to come in the next few days.... I will snap some close up pictures of the cooler and obviously share the results.
In the mean time, "stay cool"!
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