10 years of keeping food cold
I got this cooler as a birthday present 10 years ago and have used it for 4 or 5 car-camping trips each summer. I love it. I put a mixture of cold and room temp food in it on Friday with one bag of ice, and on Monday I still have ice keeping it cool. I have never had a cooler that kept cool so well. The sun seems to reflect right off rather than heating it up. My latch works well, and cinches down the lid with a hook type closure. Maybe this has changed since I got mine. My handles are still well padded with the rubber grips. My lid was pushed back too far and seems a little weak now when open, but still is functional. I haven't had any problems with the drain plug - although a screw on one sounds better. And the bottle opener would be a nice feature to put back on.
10 years and still keeping food cold
I purchased this cooler as a replacement for a all plastic cooler.
This cooler has been used twice a year for car-camping excursions. The cooler has also been used at an unknown number of backyard BBQ's and Patriot tailgate parties. It has always peformed perfectly.
My Daughter recently borowed the family camping gear for a camping excursion with her college friends. This cooler is the only item that was returned intact.
A bag of ice will last two to three days. There are no comparable plastic coolers regarding performance.
I have had no problems with the latch, it still secures the lid tightly.
My parents still regularly use a Coleman metal-sided cooler purchased in the sixties (Forest green, complete with bottle opener).
The old attatched bottle opener is a convenience, though a small .99 cent stainless steel opener in your pocket is infinitely more practicle.
Great for Campsites and Backyard parties
I like this cooler for back yard cookouts/pool parties. I can keep the drinks cold for three days in humid heat in direct sun. With heat index above 100F that is pretty good performance!
I have had no problem with the seal or the plug, and this cooler really is easy to drain. Have had no leaks either.
I give the cooler 4 stars because the price is too high when I can purchase a Yeti and have it out-perform without question. However the yeti weights an insane amount if you are wanting to lug it on camping trips even in a vehicle. On the other hand the Yeti would be perfect for a boat, and this cool better for camping, backyard, parties, etc.
Hope this helps!
keeps food cold and fresh
I use this at our big camping event to keep meats and other perishables fresh. I've found that two large ice blocks will keep a full cooler of food cold for one day, then drain the water and put in two new ice blocks the next morning. Cooler has plenty of capacity, holding enough food for several people for several days. The rubber tube hand grips make it easy to lift, but the rubber tubes tend to slide around to the sides of the handles over time. The drain plug is also made of thin plastic and may snap off over time. Make sure the drain is plugged before putting the cooler in your trunk, or you'll have a big mess when you get home.
I love this cooler. Took it tubing last week and it holds 90 beers cold for as long as they can stay in there ;). This has replaced many cheap knock off coolers that I have used in the past. 16# of ice will stay 96 hours on a summer weekend personally tested. My previous cooler "Mr. Wheelie" couldn't last 48 in the same heat. The surface will get hot in the sun but that wont stop it from retaining its temp inside. Recommend the shade if you are looking for long duration of ice +4 days. One thing to note, because there aren't wheels you can hold about 15 more cans of beer in a similar exterior volume.
Received this cooler as a wedding present and am very happy with it. Conserves ice well, sturdy handles and I have no gripes with the latch. Fits perfectly into my canoe. I do wish it had the bottle opener on the side. I do not miss the old fashioned steel interior that rusts away. Should last 50 years!
I bought mine in 2002 and have had this cooler on numerous trips, whitewater rafting, at tailgates, and car camping. While on the river, we put a strap around the entire thing to keep it from popping open. It always gets lots of compliments for its stylish looks and I have given several as gifts.
Coolest Cooler on the Block
This cooler may never see much of the backcountry, but it sure will be the center of attention at your picnics and car camping destinations. The retro-style stainless steel goes beyond just the good looks, though - this thing can keep food cold longer than any other cooler I've owned.
We had a car fire with 2 of these coolers in the back. When the firemen finished putting the car out. They pulled our charred coolers out of the back when they opened them the food was still on ice inside.
Classic great cooler
I have several coolers. This is my first metal sided cooler. The cooler walls are much thinner than others (such as the Coleman x-treme) and is deceptively compact as it holds plenty for a weekend.