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Otterbox Venture Coolers: Modular with Ice for Weeks

Modular, American-made, bear-resistant, and of course ultra-durable, Otterbox’s Venture Coolers are here to usurp the frozen throne.

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The Otterbox Venture Lineup begins at 25L/$230/16.79 pounds, whereas YETI jumps right from 20L/$200/15 pounds to a 35L. This is also the space Pelican’s Elite 20 which I’m a big fan of occupies.

Otterbox directly clashes with YETI at 45L/$300/26.37 pounds vs. 45L/$350/23 pounds, and again at 65L/$350/32.95 pounds compared to 65L/$400/29 pounds. In short, YETI has a slight weight advantage while Otterbox has a $50 price advantage. For needs beyond 65L, all the way up to an insane 350L, it’s all YETI.

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Yet another option for simpler 45L use is the YETI TANK 45.

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Those were a lot of specs to get out of the way, but what we’re (always) here to talk about is usability. The Otterbox Venture Coolers abandon the now-standard toggle closures and rope handles, which no one liked, in favor of ergonomic, molded handles and easy to operate clamps- big upgrades to carrying and operation respectively.

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As I mentioned above, the Venture Coolers also feature modular mounting points for everything from dry boxes and locks to side tables and cupholders, and even a game-changing but very expensive set of wheels.

Be realistic about your needs when approaching the very in vogue high-end cooler market, but if your needs do indeed line up with Otterbox’s sizes and prices, they’re far more enjoyable to use than anything else out there.

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Shane Roberts

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