RTIC 52-Quart Ultra-Light Hard CoolerGET IT
Nothing facilitates a day spent outdoors like a solid cooler. Keeping your food and beverages fresh and cold is vital in making that weekend afternoon run smooth and pleasant. But where to even begin when it comes to the high-end cooler selection these days? While some people are loyal to certain brands, we think diversifying one’s kit is key in finding just the right piece of gear for every situation. And we just got our hands on one of the best hard coolers we’ve ever used, at a price point we can feel really great about. We’re talking about the 52-Quart Ultra-Light Hard Cooler from RTIC.
At currently under $200, this badboy punches way above its weight class in performance, is far more lightweight than other hard coolers of this size, and simply looks like something we’re proud to have adorning our campsite or backyard BBQ ensemble. This cooler is over 30-percent lighter than other roto-molded coolers with the same capacity, but it lacks no performance specs when it comes to keeping ice, impeccable durability, and well-rounded capability—Wins across the board.
It also boasts 3 inches of closed-cell foam insulation so you can be sure that your perishables are gonna stay cold. Not to mention that the handles are ultra-sturdy and the ergonomics are as good as any cooler we’ve ever used (your back will thank you as you hoist this thing into your tailgate). We’re big fans of the Blue/Gray colorway (pictured), but they also come in Light Gray and Dark Gray. This is a purchase that won’t break the bank, and it’ll most likely last you years to come. This cooler is a no-brainer addition to your outdoor kit if you ask us.—Jon Perino, senior editor
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