IceMule: Making The Outdoors Even Cooler

IceMule Classic Cooler

The IceMule Classic Cooler is perfect for outdoor lifestyles. The rugged and easily portable cooler marries the best features of a backpack cooler and hard cooler into one. Whether your adventure is hiking, boating, floating, or simply lounging in the backyard; the IceMule Classic Cooler is the right cooler for the job.

Although the IceMule Classic is a soft cooler, don‘t let that fool you – it’s tough. With MuleSkinEV™inner and outer fabric layers, this cooler can deal with some serious abuse.  The combination of these layers and the enclosed insulation also acts to protect the contents from hard knocks during transportation.

Because of its soft bag design, the IceMule closes like a standard dry-bag. With just a few folds and a click, the cooler is closed tightly to not only prevent leakage from the inside, but also to keep water from getting in the bag should it get dumped in the river on a float trip.  Try that with a standard hard or soft cooler and you‘ll end up with some soggy sandwiches.

IceMule Classic Cooler

For this review, I was provided the medium IceMule Classic Cooler, with a capacity listed at 15 liters. This is a surprisingly large amount of space. The most I stuffed into the cooler was when I used it to transport supplies to a crawfish boil at a friend‘s house. I was able to fit a half-gallon of ice cream, 3 one-gallon baggies of sausages, and 15 cans of All Day IPA. Even though the cooler is capable of carrying such a large load, it is not overkill when it‘s just you and a sixer. The compressibility of the IceMule means it‘s just right for loads both big and small.

Carrying capacity means nothing if you can‘t actually carry the cooler. The padded strap assures that this is not an issue with the IceMule. Fill it up and sling the pack over your shoulder or across your back, and you can comfortably transport cold beverages and snacks to destinations near and far. Plus, seeing as how the IceMule is a compressible soft cooler, it can be stuffed in a pack for longer adventures. There are not many better ways to end a day of backpacking than sipping a cold one around a fire at a campsite.

IceMule claims that the PolarLayer™insulation will “keep ice intact…for up to 24 hours.”  Based on my review, I have no reason to doubt this. It hasn‘t gotten hot here. Yet. But in an ambient temperature of 73 degrees, there was still plenty of ice left in the cooler after 17 hours. Additionally, the cans that I placed in the cooler straight from the fridge stayed plenty cold for 4.5 hours at the crawfish boil even without any ice.

If you are looking for a way to keep things cold in the outdoors without lugging around a cumbersome hard cooler or without worrying about destroying a flimsy soft cooler, grab yourself an IceMule. With its portability, compressibility, and leak-proof design, it is the ultimate cooler for any outdoor enthusiast. And it just may be the toughest soft cooler out there.

The medium IceMule Classic Cooler retails for $49.95. It and all other IceMule products can be purchased directly from IceMule‘s website at

– Alex (Steak Sauce)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the IceMule Classic Cooler for free from IceMule as coordinated by Deep Creek PR Outdoor Retailer Public Relations, in consideration for review publication.

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Loved that cooler. My son had it for our use during the Trans Iowa trek! Great to have a cooler you can throw over your shoulder. Awesome!

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