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Looking at these coolers since on sale and wanted to get some experiences.


During archery i go up alot Thrusday through Saturday on my own.


I'm torn between the RTIC 20 vs 30 for these types of trips.



Just me so dont need huge cooler, but will i regret a 20.....dont see much online about food in the cooler, just cans which i dont need to load up of course on my own.
 

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I am on another sportsman's message board where one of the members bought a couple of ritic coolers and tested them and reported on his findings. The guy guides and is an outdoors man. He said they are every bit as good as the Yeti. The trick with any cooler is to have the cooler cold and the food or drink or meat cold before it goes into the cooler. If you do that most coolers will do well. I have two Coleman extremes, a 150 qt and a 100 qt they cost nowhere near what Yeti or Ritics cost. When I go to SC for hogs which is a 13 hr drive after the hogs are killed and cleaned and skinned they are hung in a walk in cooler, my coolers are also in the cooler with the lids open. The day I leave for PA the hogs are quartered and ice is put on the bottom of my coolers, the cold meat goes in on top of the ice and ice is put on the top of the meat. The lid is closed and stays closed until my butcher opens it the next day. when the meat is taken out I doubt there is more than two cups of water in the coolers, although I never measured it that is a very close estimate. You do not need $300 to $500 or more coolers for most things unless you are going to be camping for several days. I refuse to pay what it would cost for a 150 or 100 qt ritic or yeti cooler when I don't need them.
 

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I have the 20 and really like it. Perfect for day trips.


However, if going for multiple days you may want to go a little bigger.



A quick search brought up some video reviews so you can see the size of the inside.





 

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Went with the 30.. Camp Thursday through Sunday coming. Can't wait to test it out. If it's here by then😊
 

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Agree with WW on the Colemans. I have 2 Coleman Extreme Pro Marine coolers and they hold ice as well as higher ends(Yetis etc) plus you have a few $$ left to buy the kidos a Happy Meal or should a say a few hundred of them!! lol
 

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Yeah, but if you want to buy into the "cool" club it will cost ya. It's a box for ice. Most spend way more than necessary. That's their business, but it sure would be nice if they would spend that disposable income on American products. If they are Americans, anyhow.
 

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I have 2 of the RTIC coolers and they work great. I bought them a couple of years ago when they got rid of a bunch of inventory when YETI had a lawsuit against them. They were really cheap then. I got a 45 for like $125 and a 65 for $140.

I had a Coleman extreme cooler before too, but in my opinion the RTIC is built way better. I think for occassional use it doesn't matter, but if you use a cooler alot and it gets beat around then it is better to spend the extra money. Of course I would never pay what YETI's are.

WW brought up some good points on how to properly prepare a cooler.
 

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CS...did you have the Coleman Extreme Pro Marine cooler or just the Coleman Extreme type typically sold at Wally??
 

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CS...did you have the Coleman Extreme Pro Marine cooler or just the Coleman Extreme type typically sold at Wally??
I don't think it was a Pro Marine. It was green if I remember correctly. The lid on mine warped after a couple of years.
 

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Doesn't surprise me. The Coleman Extreme Pro Marine series are all white with much heavier insulation plus heavy build for marine use including all ss hdwe. Best freezer I ever owned & I've owned quite a few over the years.
 

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Been using a Rubbermaid marine cooler for several years. Love the molded handles. I find this cooler keeps ice just as good or much better than the high end expensive coolers. Returned from salmon camp last week and held ice much better than Yeti and Orca coolers. Picked mine up at Walmart for $79. Home Depot has them for $99. They make smaller versions as well.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Rubbermaid-150-Qt-Marine-Cooler-FG2B8001TRWHT/202260813
 

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we have a soft 20 and 30. we take them boating all day when its 90+ outside. theyre leak proof, tuff as nails and 1/3 of the price. just remember to keep the zipper lubed up with the included grease. it can get tuff to open and close
 

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Doesn't surprise me. The Coleman Extreme Pro Marine series are all white with much heavier insulation plus heavy build for marine use including all ss hdwe. Best freezer I ever owned & I've owned quite a few over the years.
Def agree. White Marine is the way to go
 

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The trick with any cooler is to have the cooler cold and the food or drink or meat cold before it goes into the cooler. If you do that most coolers will do well. I have two Coleman extremes, a 150 qt and a 100 qt they cost nowhere near what Yeti or Ritics cost.
this is the biggest thing many people dont do. it makes such a massive difference in how long the cooler stays cold. Although i have a Yeti cooler it wasnt to be cool, i won it, 110 Qts.
 

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Just an FYI: I have two foam coolers used to send frozen products via FedEx. Both are about 2' thick. One was used to deliver blood worms to a local bait shop and the second was used to deliver blood products to a local hospital. They are the same size and I'd guess about 20 to 25 qt.

The first is about 20 years old and the second only a few years old. They have no cladding or outside protection but they are holding up great. They are better than the commercial coolers I have when it comes to keeping things cold. Last week I went up to Sullivan on a Thursday. I returned on Sunday. I used a couple of frozen two liter Coke bottles for ice. The two liter bottles were more than half frozen when I unpacked the cooler on Sunday night.

If you can hook up with someone who receives frozen commercial products they may part with a couple.
 

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Just an FYI: I have two foam coolers used to send frozen products via FedEx. Both are about 2' thick. One was used to deliver blood worms to a local bait shop and the second was used to deliver blood products to a local hospital. They are the same size and I'd guess about 20 to 25 qt.

The first is about 20 years old and the second only a few years old. They have no cladding or outside protection but they are holding up great. They are better than the commercial coolers I have when it comes to keeping things cold. Last week I went up to Sullivan on a Thursday. I returned on Sunday. I used a couple of frozen two liter Coke bottles for ice. The two liter bottles were more than half frozen when I unpacked the cooler on Sunday night.

If you can hook up with someone who receives frozen commercial products they may part with a couple.
Good to know. I have 3 or 4 laying around from deliveries. Think it was the “Honey baked ham” for Xmas. Seemed worthwhile to keep them for something----- if I could only fabricate a sturdy exterior
 
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