Otterbox Cooler Review
What’s the common denominator between waterproof cell phone cases and outdoor coolers? Well, OtterBox makes both and their products are awesome. If you’ve not been in the cooler game long enough, the only cooler that would come to your mind is the Invincible, expensive Yeti, the one that gets rave reviews all around. Hey! Hold on though! You haven’t got round to seeing the OtterBox Venture Coolers- the tough guy that can hold its own against the Yetis and Orcas when it comes to price, durability, and ice-retention.
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There are coolers and coolers- shopping aisles are full of and you’re dazed at the daunting choice you have to make. OtterBox comes in different sizes and has all its boxes ticked when it comes to durability, utility, portability, ice-retention- it’s tough as they come. What more do you want- a cooler that can weather storms, a cooler that keeps its contents cool for a long time and takes all the bashings it gets, unfazed. If you’re still not convinced, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of the OtterBox and its Venture coolers.
Size and capacity:
First things first- it’s a cooler that’s made in the United States- a point that will make those buyers that want to support American products, happy. The venture comes in three colors and three sizes, 25 qt, 45 qt, and 65 qt. What’s great about the Venture series is ‘what you see is what you get’. Unlike many other coolers, all Venture coolers are true to their respective quart capacity.
The weight of a cooler is because they are filled with ice. So long as the frozen state lasts, the cooler will be heavy to pick up and carry. That’s why the cooler has to be transported by boat or a vehicle. In stark contrast- OtterBox Venture 65, the company’s biggest cooler, can be carried. The Venture 65 weighs 32.95 pounds, Venture 45- 26.37 pounds and the smallest cooler- Venture 25, weighs 16.79 pounds. In case you don’t want to lug it along, seat it on the roller cart and drag your Venture cooler around more. You need never worry about hills and trails- the all-terrain wheels makes it easy to transport.
Nothing is more annoying than a warm beer or soda- OtterBox ensures that food and drinks stay cold and fresh for a long time- for 10-16 days (depending on which version you buy). That’s great news for those taking a two-week outdoor break from the humdrum routine of every day. Tests showed that even when exposed to 100 degrees F in summer, the ice held out pretty well for, after a couple of days, there was still a lot of ice left.
Let’s see what contributes to this remarkable ice-retention period- The interior and exterior of the OtterBox cooler consist of polypropylene shells and besides being a superior insulator, the shells are well known for their anti-rusting properties. In addition, the two-part polyurethane also contributes to superior insulation and ensures cold air in the ice-chest. The two-inch refrigeration grade insulation foam contributed to keeping ice frozen for a couple of weeks. A silicon seal seals the ice in while the tightly sealed lid keeps the temperature low and food fresh inside the coolers. The latches made from silicone keeps the cold air in. Polycarbonate and Let’s see what contributes to this remarkable ice-retention period- The interior and exterior of the OtterBox cooler consist of polypropylene shells and besides being a superior insulator, the shells are well known for their anti-rusting properties. In addition, the two-part polyurethane also contributes to superior insulation and ensures cold air in the ice-chest. The two-inch refrigeration grade insulation foam contributed to keeping ice frozen for a couple of weeks. A silicon seal seals the ice in while the tightly sealed lid keeps the temperature low and food fresh inside the coolers. The latches made from silicone keeps the cold air in. Polycarbonate and
Design and Construction
OtterBox coolers are not roto-molded but injection molded. The company has carried over its injection molding expertise it acquired in dry-boxes and cases to its coolers. That’s why these coolers are tougher, stronger and guarantee a longer life than the other coolers. The insulation is also the best- After all the heart of a cooler is the ice-chest and OtterBox has made this its focal point. Including air-tight latches ensures that the contents of the ice-chest remain contained in their allotted spaces. The add-on latch cover and lock ensures that the cooler is bear-resistant.
The nesting grooves within the ice-chest enables users to customize the cooler according to their needs by adding dry boxes, cutting boards, cup-holders, and other additional features. It’s a very flexible little cooler. The dry storage tray allows users to keep contents dry and cold. For instance, if you want to keep vegetables firm and fresh, then this tray is ideal to do so. The separator does just what it says- you can store condiments on one side and ice and drinks on the other. Thus food and drink can be separated. By being able to create partitions in the cooler, you can organize things within the ice-chest and by using the three slots provided, you can optimize storage. We can now store all those extra snacks you stuffed into your pockets within with no hassle.
What is also included, is the ubiquitous and rugged bottle opener that all of us seem to want but never seem to have. With the OtterBox cooler, you never have to be at a loss again when you want to open that beer bottle of yours.To hold miscellaneous items such as your keys, wallet, knife, matches or other tools, there is a waterproof box that can attach to the exterior of the cooler. Cup-holders are also on the cards to hold drinks and prevent spilling. Use the side table for various things- play cards, use it to cut veggies and also eating. This table sits over the side handles and is an ingenious addition.Integrated handles
While rope handles are sometimes affixed to coolers to port it around, OtterBox provides the more comfortable integrated handles that make it easier to handle and carry around. With its anti-skid rubber feet, the cooler stays where you left it without sliding and turning around. Even a downpour will not make a difference. The OtterBox Venture series is stubborn as they come. The bottom of the interior is sloping and hence extra water can drain away through the drain plug at the end of each day. A modular mounting system makes it easy to include all these accessories which you intend to add to your cooler. You don’t have to fit them in your pockets or carry them in an extra bag.While Venture 25 comes with a free cup holder, Venture 45 and 65 comes with a cup holder and a dry storage tray.
Coming in different sizes, the OtterBox Venture coolers can be used in a versatile way. This solid and tough looking cooler comes in handy sizes- the small one is useful when you’re holding small lunches, small parties while the big sizes can store game when you’re fishing. It’s so ideal and reliable it can be used a birthday celebration or during a soccer game and also on other occasions. It’s a great cooler to have around and promises to give everyone- be it sports lovers, hunters or ordinary users the best performance.The Venture 25 cooler can be considered to be a personal cooler that comes along with you wherever you go. As it weighs only 17 pounds, it’s a great cooler for outdoor enthusiasts that either want to go alone or with a couple of friends.Venture 45 qt gives you more storage capacity and allows you to carry snacks and food for over two people for several days.Weighing about 33 pounds, Venture 65 allows you to take a long vacation or a longer camping trip.
The OtterBox scores high on affordability when compared to the other coolers of the same size. Even after paying for all the features and accessories, its price is well below that of the other high-end coolers. You can have your fun without it pinching your pocket.
OtterBox soft-sided coolers
Apart from the hard-sided Venture coolers, OtterBox also is noted for its soft-sided options available in Trooper 20 and 30 quarts. These coolers don’t have the same ice-retention capabilities of its harder counterparts but they are portable. These OtterBox coolers don’t use a zip like the Yeti Hopper does but closes with a latch. This enables the coolers to have wider openings at the top and this makes it easy to see what is inside so you can pull out whatever you want. Those used to a zipper system may feel it strange to close the cooler with a latch but on constant usage, they get used to it.The OtterBox Trooper comes with two accessories- a dry box to protect contents against elements and a bottle opener that’s a very handy implement to have around. A large zippered pouch is useful to prevent your snacks and treats from mixing with ice, to store your phone and wallet. This is not waterproof but just water resistant- so be careful when you transport the cooler over water.
That the Trooper may be worn and carried as a backpack is a huge advantage. Although at first sight, it looks rather awkward to carry that way, once you put it on to your pack and adjust the straps, it feels comfortable. As the straps are padded, they don’t hurt the shoulders. The best part is that your back feels cool because of the ice within and it’s a great way to transport it.Talking about the heart of the cooler- its ice-chest- it was found that the cooler kept ice for 3 or more days. In temperatures ranging from 40 to 70 degrees F, it was found that ice stayed that way till the 5th day. This might change with the outside temperature, but 3 days is a good bet for ice to remain frozen!
OtterBox lightweight coolers are rugged, sturdy and versatile and have two options for carrying and is equipped with 2 mounts to which accessories can be attached. The Trooper is leak-proof, has duraflex tie-downs and adapts to the outing you are looking for- that’s why it’s perfect for fishing, road trips, sports, picnics, and short outings.
The Trooper has a nylon exterior that’s coated and is water and puncture resistant. It has a heavy-duty base ensuring the cooler doesn’t suffer from abrasion. It’s a regular veteran when it comes to functionality and offers different carrying options- backpack and across one shoulder.Warranty
The Venture cooler is a good and reliable cooler to have as is the Trooper. There is a limited lifetime warranty on all its coolers that covers manufacturing issues that may arise.OtterBox coolers – hard-sided or soft-sided are functional and together they cater to all the needs that the outdoor people look for. As they come in different sizes and accessories can be attached to them, you can just about customize them however you want. This freedom to do almost anything to your cooler is about the coolest thing that can happen.You need never worry about your picnic or camping trip going awry, not when you have an OtterBox cooler with you. Enjoy your trip and your cooler too- it will keep you cool and allow you to have a cool time. Venture or Trooper- both are veterans to the core.