Review: RTIC 65 Quart Cooler (Tan)

Last fall and into early winter I got it into my head that I needed a new fancy cooler. Perhaps "need" is a bit strong because I own a bunch of coolers already and absolutely under no circumstances did I "need" a new cooler but I just wanted one.

It seemed like everywhere I looked someone was rockin' a Yeti. For a brief moment I think I maybe even became a little obsessed about it. My wife even went out and bought me a Yeti hat for my birthday. This made it worse because I would be out and people would say "Yeti - cool - what size do you have"? Um - well I only have the hat.

After a few trips to Gander Mountain and even Scheels to go look at them I made the decision I was going to buy one. Yup - 100% going to buy one until I took a look at the price tag! You have got to be kidding me....$400+ for a cooler!

I thought $100 jeans was stupid when I was in high school and I think $400+ coolers are stupid as an adult. Maybe it wasn't in my destiny to be a cool kid.

One day I seen an ad in Facebook advertising RTIC coolers and they were being sold via Amazon. RTIC coolers that look almost identical to the Yeti 65 qt Tundra were being sold for $165. How could this be? Who cares - I bought 2 of them!

Full Disclosure: I gave one to a family friend for Christmas.

We have all seen the commercials that show ice after a bunch of days. For my personal use they are great coolers. If we fill it full I know that I can get a full weekend or even a 3 day weekend out of it with no issue. By day 3 or 4 I am either emptying it out because the fun is over or I am going back to the store to get more beverages so I automatically buy a $.99 bag of ice to add to it. My friend has taken his to Wisconsin on charter fishing trips (would be nice to get invited on one of those) and while they are out on the boat someone is cleaning the fish and they are just adding it right over ice. After a few days on the water and a day travel home if he gets home and doesn't want to deal with it right then and there he can wait a day and still have no issue. For us what more do we need?

I think we both agree that our biggest complaint is the weight. Now this isn't an RTIC issue but any molded cooler is going to have some weight to it. Empty these are around 35-40 lbs. Now fill it full of fish or cans of beverages and ice and you have some serious weight.

Would I recommend an RTIC cooler? Yes, I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one. In fact the next cooler I buy will probably be a smaller one, maybe even a soft sided one. I'll admit that I am a little weird like that, once I buy a brand of whatever I will usually only buy that brand until someone gives me a real reason to go another route. My wife must feel the same way because since I bought these coolers she went out and got me a Yeti shirt. I don't understand it either.

Have a great day! 
Review: RTIC 65 Quart Cooler (Tan) Review: RTIC 65 Quart Cooler (Tan) Reviewed by Shawn on July 17, 2017 Rating: 5