The cooler you decide to buyÂ could be the difference between warm sodas in the middle of the lakeÂ or ice cold beers at the tailgate party. Think it's no big deal? You've obviously never tasted warm soda.
But it's tough to know what you want when there's no such thing as a cooler test drive. That's why we wanted to give you a detailed look at our coolers through the eyes of an adventurer just like you...
"In the 80's, I bought this 30-quart Gott cooler. Unlike other coolers at theÂ time, Gott had molded an overlapping lid seal. Sadly, I recently dropped it and cracked a corner of the body. It's been a great cooler over the years, holding ice much better than other brands.
While I was on the hunt for a new cooler,Â I ran across Camp Chef's product. It looked high quality and was priced much lower than some of the high-end brands on the market today, so I decided to give it a shot.
-Unlike some of the new coolers on the market, it is square-shaped. This makes it pack well in the pickup.
-Reversible feet that skid or stick add to its usability.
-It's durable. I spent several hours standing on top of it as a secondary bow fishing platform. The lid heldÂ all 240 lbs. of me without flinching.
-I love the nylon strap handles. They are not bulky or in the way.
-The chain on the drain plug is a nifty wayÂ to keep from chasing that around.
-It isn't as heavy on your arms or on your wallet as some of the other name brands right now.
Keeping It Cool
As for its ability to hold ice, here's a snapshot of my 4th of July weekend...
The cooler had been in an insulated garage all day on July 2. Outside, it was 92Â° F. I put an average block of ice in it at 7:00 PM. The morning of July 3, I added four frozen water bottles, two non-chilled bottles, and four 12 oz. cans of refrigerated pop. The cooler then went into an open aluminum boat. At the dock my buddy put in two cool bottles of water.
We bow fished till 12:00 noon, opening the cooler maybe ten times. I drove home and left the cooler in the boat until 5:00 PM that evening, all day in direct sunlight up to 95Â° F.
That evening,Â I added two more frozen water bottles and headed to the lake again. I was taking a couple bow fishing, and they added someÂ cool water bottles of their own. It hadÂ clouded up in the evening and cooled down. We opened it maybe six times.
I left the cooler in the boat all night. The night temperature reached 72Â° F. On the morning of July 4, I added two more frozen water bottles and two garage-temperature sodas.
My daughter and I bow fished that day until 12:00 noon. We washed the boat and returned home where, at 1:00 PM,Â I removed the cooler and set it in the garage. The lid was opened around eight times during the day. At 7:00 PM I checked the ice: 48 hours later I had a quarterÂ block of ice, two water bottles with floating ice, and two cold bottles left.
This sucker holds ice.
Overall, I was very happy with the performance of my 50-quart cooler from Camp Chef. Way to go! Not only is Camp Chef the king of heat with outdoor cooking, but they can 'cool it' too."