Product Test No. 99: Igloo Glide Pro Roller

Published in the September 2011 Issue September 2011 PDB Tested

Everything you bring onboard needs to be transported from your vehicle to your boat; that's just the reality of boating. And just behind gasoline on the must-have list for most boaters is, of course, a cool beverage. Today, most pontoon and deck boats come with some type of a cooler, but as we know, all coolers were not created equally. Soft coolers are lighter to carry but don't handle as much, and large ice chests often require two people to lift them and can be a pain for long distances.

So when we got word at PDB headquarters that the Igloo Glide was being released this year from the nation's largest cooler manufacturer, we knew we needed to get our hands on one.

What we quickly learned to appreciate is the new telescoping (and locking) handle that improves leverage, making it truly a lot easier to move a fully-loaded cooler down the docks. With the handle extended and locked, the fully-loaded cooler can be moved easily by just one person. The revolutionary handle provides the mechanical advantage of a rickshaw, allowing the cooler to be pulled and pushed with ease. If we had to be picky, we'd like to see the water drain hole located opposite of the telescoping handle, but it still drains just fine, as is.

The Glide is offered in a series of models-the Glide, Glide Pro and Glide Elite-equipped with a variety of features and upgrades, such as stainless steel latches, hinges and lid straps, comfort-grip handles, soft-ride rally wheels, and even colored telescoping handles. The Glide series carries suggested retail prices of $129.99 to $159.99, depending on which model you choose. We tested out the Glide Pro and it truly is simple to use, even with a full load. This cooler is too nice just to use for boating and we've already found other great uses for it.

-Roy Sparks, PDB Magazine

Product: 90
Portable: 19/20
Function: 47/50
Durability: 9/10
Design: 8/10
Price: 7/10

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