Note to Bear Hunters and Campers: This Cooler is the Coolest

We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to shoot a big one. Uh-oh! Trail time! We can’t hump our cooler back to the truck. We can’t leave it at camp. Not to coin a phrase, yes we can! Buy a Coleman Esky Series Cooler and you’ve got yourself a bear-proof cooler. “Packed with a tantalizing mix of fish, honey and other bear attractants, the Esky 55 quart and 85 quart coolers proved to be an unbeatable match against the live grizzly bears at the IGBC Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, Montana. By withstanding a minimum of 60 minutes of tearing, biting, bending, pulling and clawing, the coolers passed the test.  The lid did not open more than ¼ an inch, leaving the Grizzly’s taunted.” I know it’s not strictly gun but how cool is that? Press release after the jump . . .

GOLDEN, Colo.March X, 2015 – Boasting an unrivaled ice-retention rate and touted for overall extreme durability, the Esky Series Cooler now further solidifies its standing as the leading high-end cooler brand thanks to the recent testing and certification of its 85 quart and 55 quart models as official Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) approved products.  From the dual padlock slots that use a standard 2 inch lock, and the rugged catch-free latches, to the thick-wall blow molded, high density polyethylene exterior and 2-3-inch urethane foam core, sportsmen and sports-women alike are now equipped with the ultimate bear-resistant food containers available to the consumer market.

Packed with a tantalizing mix of fish, honey and other bear attractants, the Esky 55 quart and 85 quart coolers proved to be an unbeatable match against the live grizzly bears at the IGBC Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, Montana. By withstanding a minimum of 60 minutes of tearing, biting, bending, pulling and clawing, the coolers passed the test.  The lid did not open more than ¼ an inch, leaving the Grizzly’s taunted. Watch the bear test video here.  With the IGBC certification, the Esky Series Coolers are aiding to decrease the availability of human food to bears, which in turn ensures that bears do not become conditioned to otherwise traditional human food and garbage sources (trash bins, campsites, etc.).

“Coleman has set the bar with cooler design and innovation for more than 60 years, and is now setting the standard in high-end super coolers with the Esky Series Cooler product line.” said David Allen, President of Coleman U.S. “While category leading ice-retention and innovative features are the pillar of Esky, ensuring that our customers and their goods will stay safe whether they are hunting in the high country or enjoying a trip in a National Park that requires a certified bear resistant food container, is a testament to Coleman’s main goals and objectives.”

Along with the IGBC certification, these Esky Series Coolers include a built-in cutting board for food and game preparation, an antimicrobial liner to resist odor, mold and mildew, and a dual drain with a fitting for a standard garden hose and a 2-inch wide mouth opening.  The coolers have a six-year limited warranty and are made in the U.S.A.

Esky Coolers are available at Field & Stream, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Bass Pro, other independent sporting goods retailers, and online

About Coleman

As an international leader in the innovation and marketing of outdoor products, The Coleman Company, Inc. helps people have fun and make memories by providing the gear integral to their favorite outdoor experiences. The company’s products include its legendary lanterns and stoves, as well as coolers, tents, sleeping bags, airbeds, backpacks, furniture, and grills under the Coleman® brand. Additionally, the company provides flotation devices, towables, rainwear and airbeds as well as safety and survival equipment under its Stearns®, Sevylor®, Sospenders®, Helium® and Aerobed® brands. Founded in 1900 in Wichita, Kan., and headquartered in Golden, Colo., Coleman is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jarden Corporation and can be found online at



  1. avatar gbo says:

    I know there’s a joke in here somewhere about keeping and arming bears…..

    1. avatar TheBear says:

      I would have been able to get it open if I’d remember to carry my 9mm.

  2. avatar DickG says:

    Ok. I just have one item here.
    If you think that you need a bear resistant cooler while bear hunting, you got your games mixed up.
    If you need a bear-resistant cooler and there’s a bear in your camp, you are NOT bear hunting. The Bear is HIUMAN HUNTING.
    You need to rethink you strategy.
    And if you haven’t thought of contra-bear tactics at this point, let me give you a hint: It’s very easy to remember and a snap to implement:
    ALWAYS bear hunt with a gimp!


    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      Sometimes you hunt Bear.

      Sometimes Bear hunts *you*…

    2. avatar Vhyrus says:

      Due to the frequency of human-bear encounters, the B.C. Fish and Wildlife Branch is advising hikers, hunters, fishermen and any persons that use the outdoors in a recreational or work related function to take extra precautions while in the field.

      We advise the outdoorsman to wear little noisy bells on clothing so as to give advanced warning to any bears that might be close by so you don’t take them by surprise.

      We also advise anyone using the outdoors to carry “Pepper Spray” with him in case of an encounter with a bear.

      Outdoorsmen should also be on the watch for fresh bear activity, and be able to tell the difference between black bear feces and grizzly bear feces. Black bear feces is smaller and contains lots of berries and squirrel fur. Grizzly bear shit has bells in it and smells like pepper.

      1. avatar BLAMMO says:

        No matter how many times I see that, I still think it’s funny.

      2. avatar LarryinTX says:

        One of the better clean jokes ever, and easy to understand no matter your prejudices.

    3. avatar Breeze says:

      NOT PC, but hugely funny. You are my kind of guy. The slowest one or gimp gets mauled by the bear. I’m still laughing at this one. Funny stuff.

  3. avatar Nick says:

    Where’s the “Sponsored Post” disclaimer?

    1. avatar neiowa says:

      You’re in charge of such. Good job.

      Pelican has a similar new 45qt 10day. Has wheels and towbar. I like Pelican stuff.

  4. avatar Geoff PR says:

    And this beats a rope over a tree branch holding your cooler out of bear reach how?

    1. avatar Jeremy S says:

      In this case it would probably break the branch. I saw these at SHOT Show and they’re damn nice, but they cost a fortune and weigh A LOT! One photo showed it basically permanently mounted in a boat. Okay, sure. But camping with a 55 lb (empty) cooler? Yeesh…

  5. avatar Mk10108 says:

    Mankind interacts with bears for thousands of years. Now for the love of the gods we now have a committee to approve products to interact with bears. Another reason to leave this world.

    My personal mantra is never go where you can become animal meal.

    1. avatar Accur81 says:

      That’s pretty much anywhere in the wilderness. Heck, our neighbor in Brea, CA had 3 cats eaten by coyotes that were displaced by trail construction behind our houses.

    2. avatar LarryinTX says:

      That part was a joke, right?

  6. avatar HiddenHills says:

    Get some Lysol for that. Bear-proof or not… absolutely violated.

  7. avatar Larry says:

    I’ll stick with Yeti .

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      My first thought was to wonder how this compares to a Yeti.

  8. avatar Excedrine says:

    Bear-proof is the same as bullet-proof. That is to say, that there’s no such thing.

  9. avatar Pantera Vazquez says:

    Pissed off Pooh………
    I laughed and laughed at the bear’s efforts
    then he winds up using it as a seat.
    dirty………but unopened………….
    still laughing………
    bear befuddled by box.

  10. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Esky, engle, yeti… Their price points amaze me.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      Yeah, but they can hold ice up to 5 days or so…

      1. avatar James69 says:

        Yeah, they are nice but for the cost I could buy an Iceberg…… also hottest new theft item. * Note check your insurance policy to see if it will cover theft from your rear bed of your truck BEFORE it grows legs.

  11. avatar defensor fortismo says:

    I’d frankly be more concerned about the bear growing bored trying to open the cooler and deciding to open my tent instead

    1. avatar Joseph Quixote says:


  12. avatar VaqueroJustice says:

    For the prices they are asking, the bear can have my lunch.

    1. avatar mark_anthony_78 says:

      True… $300+ buys a lot of extra cold cuts.

  13. avatar don curton says:

    I’d settle for raccoon proof. Those little bastards get something every fricking time I go camping. That and alligators. Six pack, spotlight, wrist rocket sling shot, are my go to items. State parks tend to get rather upset about random gun fire for some reason.

    1. avatar JeffR says:

      I got my popup camper out of winter storage this weekend and decided to take it out for one-night camp. I had to abandon it when the heater crapped-out, and it dropped down to 24 degrees. When I came back in the morning, a raccoon had undone some of the tent fabric under one of the beds and helped himself to some graham crackers in one of the cabinets. I hate freaking raccoons.

  14. avatar Fuque says:

    “Packed with a tantalizing mix of junk food, doughnuts and other attractants”
    Bet that cooler wouldnt have a chance against a gaggle of Weight watcher washouts

  15. avatar Alan Longnecker says:

    Maybe king osama should Coleman’s engineers to help him look like less of a fizzle against Putin.

  16. avatar Gunr says:

    All great posts above. I’d like to add something. Maybe cooler manufacture could add some kind of chemical to the resin mix they make their coolers with. This chemical would add a “taste” to the resin, that if a bear broke the surface and got even a little of it on his lips or mouth, would send him flying towards the nearest water!

    Not sure what you could use, there probably is something on my bathroom counter (wife’s side) that would put the fear of god into Mr. bruin!

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