OtterBox Venture Cooler Review
Today we’re checking out the new venture coolers from OtterBox. Yes, OtterBox known more for their durable phone cases that are now venturing, pun intended into the premium outdoor cooler market. And usually when you think of premium coolers, your mind automatically gravitates towards Yeti and that’s exactly who auto box is going after in almost every single way here. So let’s get into what you need to know about these coolers and whether they’re worth it. See you guys in a minute.
So first up, let’s just cover some of the main housekeeping items. The venture coolers come in three different sizes, 25 45 and 65 as well as three different colors. And those numbers refer to the corresponding courts of internal capacity. We’ll link them down below in the description if you want to check them out. But for those of you who have trouble pitching what that really means, here’s what each size can hold. The venture 25 can hold 1412 ounce beers at a two to one ice to beverage ratio. The 45 can fit 25 of those 12-ounce beers in that same two to one ratio. And then lastly, the 65 can hold 36 12 ounce beers and each cooler is also backed by auto boxes, limited lifetime warranty and made in the good old USA. Now let’s get into the stuff that you guys actually came here for and by now you might already be wondering about price and unfortunately, I don’t have too good of news to report on this front.
Like I mentioned before, auto box is going after Yeti with these coolers and what comes with that is Yeti like prices. To be specific, the prices for these coolers is almost exactly the same as their Yeti counterparts. So the venture 25 goes for $250 the 45 goes for 350 and these 65 goes for a whopping 400 yikes. That’s a lot of Benjamin’s to shell up for a cooler. So if that’s a little much for your budget, definitely go check out our website, [inaudible] dot com and download our free mobile app for iOS and Android users. The link is right here on the screen. We all the time we’re posting great deals on portable coolers and other outdoor gear, sometimes even 50 to 60% off. We’re talking brands like Arctic Coleman and occasionally even Yeti. So if you get a chance to definitely open a new tab, give us a look.
But if that price doesn’t scare you off, I think you’ll be quite pleased with these coolers. They’re pretty darn awesome. Since OtterBox has a lot of experience with manufacturing foam cases, they used injection molding rather than roto-molding like most other cooler companies do out there. And since injection molding allows for more choices and options in overall shape and structure, the venture coolers have a lot of different grooves, cuts in the shapes that allow for customization. I’ll adjust that more in a minute. Still, these coolers are super rugged and durable. You won’t have any issues if you drop them or bang them around your boat or truck. They just rock solid. Literally the venture 45 weighs 26 pounds by itself. That’s nothing in it. So needless to say, it’s hard to beat these guys up. They also have little rubber feet on the bottom of the coolers to make sure they don’t slide around in.
It works pretty well. Once the coolers are set in place, it’s pretty hard to move it. The latches are also pretty user-friendly. They’re easy to open and close and they keep it pretty secure. I had no issues with it popping open inadvertently. The coolers also have handles on the sides that stick out a little to make it easy to pick up and transport. But what’s also nice about these handles is that you can use them to tie down the cooler if necessary. Another thing that we liked is that the bottom interior of the cooler is slightly slanted for easy drainage. It just makes things easy and forge cooling technology. OtterBox uses two-inch refrigeration grade insulating foam throughout the cooler and they claim these coolers can keep ice for up to 14 days. That’s a pretty bold statement and while we didn’t want to wait 14 days to test this because here at risk knows were men of the people we wanted to get this review live for all of you.
We did load the cooler up with ice and put it outside in a hundred plus degree heat to see how it held up and after 48 hours there was still a good amount of ice left. So regardless these coolers can keep ice pretty darn well. Oh the other thing OtterBox likes to market is that these coolers are bear resistant but there’s kind of a big caveat there. They are bear-resistant rated if you buy the add on latch cover and lock, which brings me back to my previous point regarding customization. There’s a clever mounting system that lines the front and back of the venture coolers which allow you to attach a multitude of different accessories. But taking yet another page out of Yeti’s book. OtterBox offers all these accessories as add on purchases and they are quite expensive. Some accessories they offer included cutting board cup holders, side table, bottle opener, dry storage tray.
And a few different mounts ranging anywhere from $5 all the way up to $77 but the good news here, OtterBox throws in a free cup holder. When you buy a venture 25 and a bottle opener plus dry storage tray, which we think is kind of a must for coolers these days to keep food dry. When you buy a venture 45 or 65 still it’s hard not to like these coolers. They’re durables. Heck, they keep ice for long periods of time and they offer some [inaudible] cool features to boot. Really the only downside, and it is a big downside, is priced with these coolers. It’s hard to justify spending that much for something that just simply keeps your beer and water cold, but if you don’t mind spending that much and you’re having trouble deciding between Yeti and OtterBox, we will be following up with a head to head comparison, so stay tuned for that. Once it slides, we’ll drop a link down below in the description so you can check it out. Anyways, that’s it for this post. I hope you enjoyed it. If you did hit that thumbs up button, make sure to subscribe so you guys, next time.