Our Story

The IceMule™ resulted from a simple need:  to carry a real cooler – one that carries real ice – comfortably and easily. 

The idea was born on a hot, spring day when James Collie was taking a day-long hike with friends in Virginia.

Knowing they wouldn’t be able to stop for cold drinks along the banks of James River, and unable to find a good waterproof portable cooler, James created a make-shift cooler out of a day pack and double lined it with plastic trash bags.  Inside, he filled it with cold drinks and sandwiches.

This seemed like a good idea until the trash bags broke and ice water flooded down the his back.  A wet hiker, warm drinks and soggy food started the wheels of innovation turning.  Once home, he set out to design a soft-sided, waterproof and portable cooler that could keep ice intact and be comfortable enough to carry on both long hikes and relaxing days at the beach.

Several months, dozens of prototypes and many days of field testing later, the ultimate cooler was born.  Now, the IceMule ™ is here to help keep all of your adventures cool!


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