The Kai Cooler Bag Reviewed

The Kai Cooler Bag Reviewed

There’s no question that keeping your catch on ice is mandatory these days and while cooler bags are mainstream, the Kai Cooler is a great development in keeping your hard-earned catch in pristine condition.

Chilly bins, particularly on smaller trailerboats, often take up a large share of the precious cockpit space and frequently are just a damn nuisance.

The Kai Cooler bags take up minimal space and with the gusseted base stand upright when in use. We’ve given the 700 series a thorough workout on both our Extreme 745 Centre Console and our project jetski and it’s come up trumps. Fish packed in salt ice are perfect at the end of a day on the water and lugging cumbersome, weighty bins about is history.

Construction is excellent with a tarpaulin based inter/outer shell enclosing a 12mm foam insulation layer providing a waterproof, durable product with good insulating properties.

On the ski, a large bin has made way for two 700 series Kai Cooler bags – one with ice for the catch and the other providing a solid helping of extra, and extremely valuable, waterproof storage for essentials like tackle, lunches, drinks and cameras. The Kai Cooler also lends itself to freshwater fishos wanting to bring home a couple of trout for the smoker.

The Kai Cooler comes in three convenient sizes for our popular NZ species and to suit various needs. The 700 series (700mm in length) can comfortably manage a dozen or so reasonable snapper with plenty of salt ice, and the larger sizes proportionally more fish or longer fish such as kingfish. They’re also easy to clean and have a handy drain plug which can also take a hose fitting for rinsing.

It’s also useful for transporting anything that needs to go in a bag because it’s flexible and simply melds into the available car boot space, unlike a chilly bin that has a nasty habit of being deliberately difficult.

If you’d like some extra space in the boat or car or you’re looking for a cooler that’s a step up from a chilly bin then the Kai Cooler is an affordable option and would make a great Christmas gift. You’ll find them at www.fishing.net.nz/shop and most leading tackle stores.

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New Zealand Fishing News

December 2019 - Grant Dixon
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