It’s handy to have a go-to cooler you can grab and take with you on a trip to the beach, a campout, or walk through the woods. I took the Stanley Brand Adventure Cooler on a trip to Tryon Creek State Natural Area, a state park here in Portland to find out how well it’d work on a quick afternoon getaway.
The Adventure Cooler has more than double the insulation of a regular cooler, which means you don’t have to worry about your food and beverages staying cool. My drinks were frosty cold hours after I loaded them up. In fact, the cooler was still mostly full of ice when I checked it the next morning.
Part of the reason the Adventure Cooler kept everything so frosty is because of the leak resistant gasket around the top. It creates an airtight suction that keeps air out, ensuring everything stays cool. This means that the cooler isn’t the easiest thing ever to open, but that’s kind of the point. Once you put the latches in place, you won’t have to worry about this thing flying open on you at all.
Secure Your Thermos
The Stanley Brand Adventure Cooler sports adjustable tie-downs on the top, which let you bring a water bottle, extra food, a thermos, or just about anything else within reason along with you. I tried it with my Stanley thermos (and later a water bottle), and it stayed in place as I made my way through the woods.
More Than Meets The Eye
If you’re out in the lawn at a concert, or just don’t have anywhere to sit in the great outdoors, your Adventure Cooler can double as a seat. How does it work, you ask, as a seat for bigger folks like us? I put it to the test by sitting on it, and the cooler handled my weight without issue. It’s not quite as comfortable as a recliner, but it’ll get the job done in a pinch.
Were I heading out to camp, I could have broken out the Steel Cooker + Nesting Cups, but I didn’t need to cook anything. The included plastic cups did come in handy, though.
All in all, I felt like the Stanley Brand Adventure Cooler was a good option for a quick summer day out. The 16 quart version can be carried easily, and could have fit more than my 6 pack of tallboys inside it. Get one of your own for $65 at REI.