Soft-Sided Cooler

On Ice

The next time you're preparing for an outdoor adventure, pack your food and drinks in the IceMule, a portable, soft-sided, ice bag with all the cooling and insulating properties of a hard cooler, but none of the bulk. Designed to sling over your shoulder for handsfree carrying, it’s made with no seams and is completely leakproof and waterproof.

IceMule was created by Virginian and avid outdoorsman, James Collie. His inspiration came on a mountain hike, when he lined a daypack with trash bags and loaded it with drinks and ice. It seemed like a great idea at the time, until the plastic ripped and icy water flooded down his back. Fourteen prototypes later, The IceMule's patented double layer shell and insulating foam keep ice frozen for up to 24 hours. Tested against a standard cooler, the IceMule was 16 degrees colder for more than five hours longer.

Fill it, roll it and securely fasten with buckle clips. A padded strap makes it comfortable to wear on long hauls, and it easily collapses and stores in its own sack. Whether you're camping, hiking, boating, or just hanging at the beach, an IceMule Cooler is one super-cool piece of gear.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • James

    Hi folks. I’m James, founder, CEO, and (my favorite) head of customer experience at the IceMule Company. Like many of you, I love exploring – being outside and experiencing the world -- on foot, bike, kayak, paddleboard -- whatever gets me there. But, I was frustrated that I couldn’t have cold refreshments wherever I went. Traditional coolers are heavy and really, really difficult to carry. Unlike hard coolers, IceMule coolers are designed to be easily carried, and they are waterproof, keep ice intact for up to 24 hours and even float! Stop sitting there with your cooler. Get going! Life’s an adventure. Stay cool.

  • Dana
    6/3/2014 1:45 PM

    Hi James - I was wondering how easy it would be to open and close if you were on a boat. Does it stand up well? If I floated it to shore and opened it would any water get in? Wit the pro cooler, would a woman be able to carry it? Thanks! Dana

  • James
    James – Special Guest
    6/3/2014 2:07 PM

    @Dana Hi Dana! Great questions. I actually used the 15L IceMule Classic on a boat yesterday (a 21 ft Key West Bowrider) and it was awesome. All IceMules have a round or oval bottom that is made of an extra-thick embossed vinyl pad - that shape and the thickness of the bottom mean they will stand up (especially when they are full - or partially full - of ice and contents). You could float it to shore but I'd offer two cautions - 1) you have to make sure that the top is closed properly - three folds minimum, and 2) you'd want a line on it - the last thing you want to see is your IceMule floating downstream. As for the Pro, you bet. The 20L Pro (our smallest size) is a comfortable carry for almost anyone - so long as it isn't overloaded. Thanks for checking in!

  • Bill
    6/3/2014 2:42 PM

    James, good afternoon. Can you tell me where these are manufactured?


  • James
    James – Special Guest
    6/3/2014 2:51 PM

    @Bill Hi Bill, we manufacture in China. That is, until we can afford to build a factory here in Florida!

  • Bill
    6/3/2014 11:00 PM

    @James, thanks for the candor. I have read a lot of reviews of your product though and the design and the quality seem to be top notch. I do have another couple of dumb questions. I kayak fish. When using the coolers for this, do you throw the whole fish onto the ice, or should they be cleaned first? Secondly, if you use the cooler for this purpose, can you get the fish smell out to use it for your pb&j? Thanks again.

  • MJ
    6/3/2014 3:35 PM

    Hi James,

    Great looking product! Does the cooler feel cold to your back when you are wearing it?

  • James
    James – Special Guest
    6/3/2014 3:58 PM

    @MJ Hi MJ,

    Thank you! The IceMule Classic will become a bit cool when loaded with ice, but it's never too cold. We actually like that on a hot day. The Pro has a padded back system so you won't feel it as much with the Pro.

    Stay cool!

  • Lynne
    6/3/2014 4:31 PM

    I love this product video. I don't own one yet. But my question to James is this...did you once work at Gibraltar, Richmond, Va?

    Lynne Arnold.

  • James
    James – Special Guest
    6/3/2014 4:49 PM

    @Lynne Hey Lynne!! Yep. That's me. How are you?

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