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Product Update: 8/22/2005
I know I've said it in another write-up, but I'll repeat it here just in case you didn't read it on the other page. A company with a good product does not sit on its back side but rather it looks at what can be done to improve the product line. That is what the folks at JPCooler have done.....enter the 1/2 size Ice Vault.
The 1/2 size model is just that, half the size of the regular Ice Vault. It holds 28 quarts which is great when you don't quite have enough room for the full size model (or you simply don't need all the available capacity). Since getting the first Ice Vault, I've started taking our two dogs on the trail rides.....that adds up to about 130 lbs. of K-9s in the back of the TJ (yes, I do not have a rear seat). The new 1/2 size provides me and my wife (and the dogs) with enough cold drinks and H2O for the day while not using up the needed "dog space" in the back of the TJ. Just like its big brother, it has one of those stretchy cargo cords laced across the top and a zippered pocket on the front of the cooler. The carry handles loop all the way around the cooler for added support and have Velcro closures for easy carry.
The Ice Vaults now come with a heavy duty removable interior bag that is perfectly sized as a liner for the cooler. If you want to toss something sharp or pointed into the cooler (tools come to mind), put them in this heavy duty bag to protect the Ice Vault's liner.
The 1/2 size Ice Vault also provides great dry storage. Remember, if it keeps the water in, it will keep the rain and mud out. And when it is empty, it goes pretty flat for storage rather than sucking up space like one of those hard plastic tubs.
As you can see, it is about the same width as one of the TJ's seats. This still allows the dogs easy access in and out of the back of the vehicle though the center console "slot". That means I don't have to open the rear of the vehicle each time I want to let them out. Love it!
Or you can stack it on other "stuff". It works just as well parked on top of my tool bag. A couple of nylon straps looped through the Ice Vault's carry handle will secure it to almost anything, such as the roll bar or the Raingler side nets. Of course, for those folks that still have a rear seat....put it behind the seat and forget it until you want something nice and cold.
I'll pass along a big thanks to JPCooler for recovering some much needed space for the dogs. Now, if they could just do something about the spare parts I have......
Good trails and remember to TREAD Lightly!