is an Australian
brand of coolers
manufactured by Nylex. The name is a reference to the association of Eskimos
with cold climates. The term has become a genericized trademark
and as such is a colloquial term in Australia for any portable cooler.
The "Esky" was created by Malley's, a Sydney refrigeration business. The construction is made up of two layers: Polypropylene on the outer shell, with a polyurethane inner layer. This makes it lightweight and portable with great insulation. Originally the Esky had a steel outside shell.
There are a number of references to esky
in Australian popular culture
- Esky lids is a dismissive slang term surfers give body boards.
- Some Australian songs that include references to 'eskies' are:
- Paul Kelly's Roll On Summer - "The sweet metal taste of VB, Straight from the ice cold esky".
- Jebediah's Country Holiday Song - "Come and take a drive out of the city, packed some smoke and some wine in an esky".