- Rugged and durable
- Keeps ice for a long time
- Latches are user-friendly
- Versatile w/ custom accessory options
The OtterBox Venture Coolers do not disappoint. One of the best coolers on the market…if you can afford it
We were super excited to get our hands on the new OtterBox Venture Cooler. Yes, OtterBox, you read that right. The company that is better known for its durable phone cases is now venturing (pun intended) into the premium, portable cooler market. Now usually when you think of premium coolers, your mind automatically gravitates toward YETI, the super popular but expensive outdoor lifestyle brand. And that’s exactly who OtterBox is going after here in almost every single way.
OtterBox Venture Cooler Sizes & Capacity
Before we get into some of the major features of the cooler, let’s cover some of the basics. The Venture Coolers come in three different sizes – 25, 45 and 65 – as well as three different colors. The numbers refer to the corresponding quarts of internal capacity. For those people who have trouble picturing what that means in reality, here’s what each cooler can hold:
- The OtterBox Venture 25 can hold 14 12oz cans at a 2:1 ice-to-beverage ratio
- The OtterBox Venture 45 can fit 25 12oz cans with that same 2:1 ratio
- The OtterBox Venture 65 will fit 36 12oz cans, which in our eyes equates to a 36 rack of Coors Light 🙂
Also, each cooler is backed by OtterBox’s limited lifetime warranty and is made in the USA.
OtterBox Venture Cooler Prices
As mentioned earlier, the Venture Coolers are competing with YETI Coolers and with that comes YETI like prices. OtterBox pretty much matched the exact price tag as their YETI counterparts. Here’s what the Venture Coolers retail for:
- Venture 25 Cooler: $250 – for reference the YETI Roadie 20 retails for $200 [see on Amazon]
- Venture 45 Cooler: $350 – for reference the YETI Tundra 45 retails for $350 [see on Amazon]
- Venture 65 Cooler: $400 – for reference the YETI Tundra 65 retails for $400 [see on Amazon]
So yes, very expensive. That’s a lot to spend on a cooler to simply keep your beverages cold. My gut tells me we probably won’t see an OtterBox Venture Cooler sale anytime soon either.
SEE ALSO: YETI Hopper Two Portable Cooler Review
Venture Cooler Design & Construction
Well, if you are okay with the price, I think you will be pleased with these outdoor coolers – they are pretty awesome. Since OtterBox has a lot of experience with manufacturing phone cases, they used injection molding rather than roto-molding like most other ice chest companies. Accordingly, since injection molding allows for more choices and options in overall shape and structure, the Venture Coolers have a multitude of various grooves, cuts and shapes that allow for customization – I’ll address that more in-depth in a little bit.
Still, these coolers are super rugged and durable. You won’t have any issues if you drop them or bang them around in your truck or boat. They’re just rock solid – Literally, the Venture 45 Cooler weighs 26 pounds by itself. Needless to say, these coolers can take a beating. They also have little rubber feet on the bottom to make sure they don’t slide around or move, which work pretty well. Once the cooler is set in place, it’s definitely hard to knock it over or move it. The latches are pretty user-friendly – the cooler is super easy to open and close. I had no issues with it popping open unexpectedly. Here’s a quick overview of the design of the Otterbox cooler.
The coolers also have handles on the side that stick out a little bit to make it easy to pickup and transport. What’s nice about the handles is that you can also use these to tie down the cooler if necessary. Lastly, we like that the bottom interior of the cooler is slightly slanted for easy drainage, which is convenient.
How Long Will The Venture Cooler Hold Ice For?
For its cooling technology, OtterBox uses 2″ refrigeration grade insulating foam throughout the cooler and they claim the coolers can keep ice for up to 14 DAYS! That’s a pretty bold statement. Of course, that claim has a big, fat asterisk next to it reading “at room temperature”.
Nevertheless, you won’t have to worry about your ice melting too fast with these coolers. While we didn’t want to wait 14 days to test this statement, we did fill the cooler with ice and put it outside in 100+ degree heat (summers in Sacramento can be brutal) to see how well it held up. After 48 hours there was still a good amount of ice left, which is definitely good enough for us.
Are Venture Coolers Truly Bear-Resistant?
That’s another claim that gets a big asterisk next to it. OtterBox likes to make a big deal about these coolers being bear-resistant but in reality the base model is not. 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.
OtterBox Offers a Variety of Cooler Accessories
There is a clever mounting system that lines the front and back of the coolers as well interior nesting grooves, which allow you to attach a bunch 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. Here’s all the Venture Cooler accessories available:
- Side Table ($70)
- Cooler Separator ($25)
- Double Cup Holder ($30)
- Cutting Board ($30)
- Drybox Clip ($5)
- Locks ($30)
- Dry Storage Tray ($20)
- Bottle Opener ($20)
- Tie-Down Kit ($40)
- Mounts (ranging from $47-$77)
So as you can see, if you want to bundle one of the coolers with a few accessories, it’s going to cost you a pretty penny. But the good news here is that when you buy a Venture 25 Cooler, OtterBox throws in a free cup holder or if you buy a Venture 45 or 65, they throw in a cup holder plus a dry storage try (always a good thing to have when it comes to coolers).
OtterBox vs YETI Coolers
Honestly, both of these coolers are awesome. They have the same price tag, they’re both rugged and durable and will keep ice for longer than you will most likely need it to. If you have the money to throw around, you won’t be disappointed by either of them. However, if you do want a little more of in-depth cooler comparison, check out our YETI Tundra vs OtterBox Venture review.
Overall Impressions and Recommendations
It’s hard not to like the Venture series. They’re durable as heck, keep ice for long periods of time and offer some cool, custom features to boot. Really the only downside we see to these coolers (and it’s a big downside) is the price tag. It’s hard to justify spending that much for any product, let alone a camping cooler to keep your beer cold. But if you don’t mind spending that much, we are pretty confident you will dig this cooler. It definitely belongs on the shortlist for Best Cooler 2017. Thanks for taking the time to read this OtterBox Venture Coolers review – hopefully we were able to provide some useful information for you to consider.