Yeti coolers lead the industry, No wheels in yeti coolers. But up-and-coming RovR rolling cooler builds high capacity insulated wheeled cooler.
It’s coming on the warmer seasons, which are cooler season. There are as many different kinds of coolers and ice chests. Yeti coolers are the market leader, though RovR has revolutionized the former box. There are different needs for coolers and ice chests. From insulated bags and styrofoam ice boxes to high end rotomolded high capacity insulated coolers. We’re going to look at Yeti coolers, and at wheeled coolers from RovR. We’ll look at what to consider when choosing one, and which features will serve you best.
There are six main factors you should consider when choosing a Yeti coolers or rolling cooler: the handle you’ll be toting it with, the wheels it rolls on, the size of the cooler you need, and the durability of the cooler’s construction.
Why Your Wheeled Cooler’s Handle is Important
Your rolling cooler can get pretty heavy. Not any wheels in yeti coolers. RovR’s RollR 80 line of coolers can carry up to 120 cans and 20 pounds of ice, all leveraged on the joint that links the cooler to the handle, then pulled across varied terrain. That’s a lot of tension, and a lot of weight. You need a solid handle: plastic, and nylon rope won’t do. And you need the right leverage, to save your back. RovR’s coolers feature sturdy, aluminum-constructed dual handles for two-person hauls. RovR’s padded handlebars provide greater comfort and a better grip. Twenty pounds of ice and 120 cans of icy cold beverage knocking into your heels is no picnic at all, so RovR RollR 80 coolers’ handles are offset: the cooler tracks just a little to your left or your right, clear of your heels and calves.
Consider Also: Your height, or the height of the user: some cooler manufacturers offer telescoping handles, adjustable to your angle and leverage. These will lack the offset design of RovR’s coolers and perhaps some of the durability.
Why the Size of Your Wheeled Cooler is Important
The RovR coolers carry up to eighty quarts. Much more than that is going to be difficult to maneuver even for two travelers. Also, the dimensions of the wheels, the construction and fixture of the joints, and the size and quality of the handle’s construction stay the same across most lines of coolers. Too large, and certain trips will become impossible: transporting a very large rolling cooler uphill, on winding mountainsides, or along inconsistent trails while hiking, hunting, fishing, or camping can result in too much load to pull, in tips and topples that could damage the cooler and its ice-cold cargo.
A cooler that’s too small but still equipped with wheels will possess less ballast and be even less stable on that kind of terrain. Choose a cooler that suits your needs: consider what you’ll store in it, how much ice you’ll need, and for how long; consider where you’ll be using it most frequently.
Consider Also: In the event that you find, mid-transport, that your rolling cooler just has too much weight for your trek, you can always find a spot to stop, catch your breath, and transfer some of that weight into your belly. It works.
Why the Durability of Your Wheeled Cooler is Important
There are few rolling styrofoam coolers, and they are small, ineffective, and largely disposable. There’s a reason for that. Wheels and other rolling systems are not fixed to styrofoam coolers and ice chests because the styrofoam won’t hold up to the tension and stress. The same goes for cheaply constructed coolers. Choose a rotomolded cooler with sturdy walls and at least two inches of foam insulation, as well as refrigerator-grade gaskets and sturdy closures to keep the outside outside no matter what kind of terrain you encounter. Your rolling cooler is going to take a lot of abuse, if you’re doing it right. The RovR RollR 80 coolers are rotomolded for durability and bear-resistance, and assembled in the U.S. Their walls feature two inches of insulation. The RovR RollR 80 features airtight refrigerator grade gaskets, as well as lock points that fit two-inch padlocks.
Consider Also: RovR offers a five-year, limited warranty and will send you replacement parts free of charge. So bang it up. For five years.
Why Dry-Bins, Dividers, and Additional Storage for Your Wheeled Cooler are Important
Dry-bins and dividers are important for your wheeled cooler. The tricky trails of hunting, camping, hiking, and fishing trips can cause a lot of jostling inside a rolling cooler. You don’t want your bag of beignets soaked by the ice and condensation keeping your beer and water cold. Some cooler manufacturers offer extra dividers that can be fixed inside the cooler to separate ice and dry goods. The RovR RollR 80 features a standard full-height divided dry bin insert, keeping your dry goods good and dry.
Additional storage, such as RovR’s surface-mounted wagon bin, is useful because if both of you are carrying a loaded cooler, who’s carrying the tent? The chairs? The blankets? The solar-powered record player?
Consider Also: The RovR RollR 80 comes with other storage options that might be handy on the trail: Anchor Points, for attaching accessories; dual cup holders, because lugging a cooler is thirsty work.
Why the Insulation Performance of Your Wheeled Cooler is Important
All that jostling is going to cause friction in the cooler. Friction means heat. You want to choose a cooler that will keep your ice ice-like for as long as possible. Choose a rolling cooler with at least two inches of foam insulation, with tight gaskets around the lid, and a fast, easy plug system that moves water out of the cooler quickly. The RovR RollR 80 offers up to ten days of ice retention thanks to its elevated body, rotomolded construction, airtight, refrigerator-grade gasket, and thick foam insulation. It also features a hollow-hole fast-flow drain plug for when some of the ice is all done being ice.
Consider Also: The RovR RollR 80’s wagon bin storage feature collapses into a seat cushion which serves a seat cushion as well as a little extra insulation.
Why the Wheels on Your Wheeled Cooler are Important
Well, the cooler won’t roll without wheels. Large, rugged tires, prepared for any kind of terrain, are preferred on your rolling cooler. Plastic wheels that wear and eventually crack won’t do, nor will small wheels on a big cooler. The RovR RollR 80 series of coolers features pneumatic tires that are tough enough for the job and versatile enough for when the job changes. RovR’s high-performance, puncture-resistant all-terrain tires are eight full inches in diameter and ride on brawny nylon hubs.
Consider Also: The RovR RollR 80 series of wheeled coolers are the only brand of cooler to offer a bicycle towbar. It fixes easily to the cooler and your rolling horse to get where you’re going a little quicker, or just to have snacks along for your bike ride.
A good wheeled cooler will maximize its portability with smart, functional features throughout. A sturdy, offset handle will provide easy, comfortable hauling. The right size will mitigate damage to your and your cooler. A good, durable construction will give you confidence transporting your cooler on all kinds of terrain. Dry bins, dividers, and effective insulation will ensure that your cargo stays in perfect shape during your trek. But that’s all not much without top quality wheels that are prepared for any terrain and prepared to last.