The best SUP coolers for SUP anglers and cold drinks
A SUP cooler is one of the coolest SUP accessories that you can buy as a SUP angler or a friend of cold drinks. In any case, these cool boxes for Stand Up Padling are versatile and can also be used in the car, on a camping trip or in the garden. The investment in a high quality model is worthwhile for years to come
In this SUP coolbox buying guide, I introduce the most popular cabinets for Stand Up Paddler and compare them with each other. In addition to weighing each feature, I will also discuss the pros and cons of each cooler bag to help you find the perfect freezer for your next SUP adventure.
Dometic Cool Ice WCI 22
- Volume: available as 13 liter and 22 liter version
- Features: shoulder straps, straps under the handles
The Dometic is in my opinion the ideal choice. Solid workmanship, durability and resilience characterize this model. Not bad either: If you install the Cool-Ice cooler on your SUP board, you will also have a comfortable seat.
The cooling performance is also confirmed by customers on Amazon. Cool drinks, frozen foods or fish are still cool or frozen even after hours of driving.
SANNE cooler bag
- Size: 27 x 17 x 21 cm (foldable)
- Weight: 20 grams
- Volume: 10 liters
- Features: Carrying strap, (outer) mesh pocket for small items such as handkerchiefs, keys or smartphones
The Sanne cooler bag is the minimal model. A super light and pretty small bag, which is hardly noticeable when paddling. This cooler bag provides enough space for 12 small coke bottles. Folded, she takes almost no space away.
The bag can easily be attached by means of the carrying strap.
Dr. Fish waterproof cooler bag
- Size: 57cm x 30cm x 30cm.
- Pockets: 2 side pockets and one large front pocket
- Material: polyester
- Features: outer mesh pockets, padded main compartment
Originally intended as a bag for fishing accessories, the Dr. med. Fish cooler bag pretty good for stand up paddlers. The long dimensions take up more space than more compact cool boxes, but the Dr. Ing. Fish bag much handy.
The bag is waterproof, so with cool batteries, wonderful drinks can be cooled.
Free-lice waterproof cooler bag
- Volume: Available in sizes 10, 18 and 28 liters
- Weight: 1.1 kilograms (18 liters version)
- Size: 22,8 x 22 x 27,5 cm (18 liter version)
- Features: carrying handle, side mesh pockets, rings for fixing on the board
The Free-lice cooler bag could be the best cooler for Stand Up Paddling. Durable materials, a solid zipper and a comfortable fixation characterize the free-lice.
Depending on requirements, different sizes can be selected.
Furthermore, the cooler bag of Free-lice inside is well padded. The customers on Amazon also confirm the high quality workmanship. They are particularly convinced of the material and the insulation, which keeps the food cold.
- Size: 46 x 33 x 40 cm
- Weight: 21.8 kilograms
- Volume: 26 liters
- Maximum load capacity (as seat): 110 kg
The Coleman cooler is a classic camping cooler. The installation is a bit difficult because there are no imaginary mounting options. But the box is very robust, cools well and is made of high quality materials.
What is important for a SUP cooler bag?
The box should not be too big. A freezer that barely fits in the boot of a car is not the right choice to be transported to the deck of a SUP board. I would especially look for models with less than 25 liters in volume.
Waterproof locking systems can be super important if something goes wrong. The contents of the freezer should be protected. Even if only drinks are stowed, no one wants to fish the bottles from a half filled with sea water chest.
Mounting options are a great advantage of extra cabinets made for Stand Up Paddling. There is something like that in the American area , but friends of the SUP have to help with other solutions. Depending on the model, the coolers are either fixed with straps or any straps can be attached to strings or the D-rings of the board.
The robustness play a big role. Simple thin plastic chests may serve for a picnic. For water sports, the boxes should be much more robust. I look for solidly constructed chests and bags that can sometimes stand up to something.
Are there any real SUP coolers?
Really for SUP manufactured coolers and bags there is not in Germany so far. We have to be satisfied with products from the outdoor and camping sector. In America, big SUP brands like iRocker already offer their own cooler bags.
The big advantage of these specially designed models is the easy attachment. For the other slightly misused products, you need to show some creativity when it comes to fixing on the board. Cooler like iRocker, on the other hand, have cords to tie on the SUP board.
Comment by the author
2019 is a great year to enter Stand Up Paddling. Sure the summer will be just as great as last year. And the selection of boards has never been so great!
My favorites for this SUP season are: