I recently purchased a RTIC 45 Hard Cooler in anticipation of a camping trip we’re taking to Key Bahia Honda next month. We’ve done a few camping trips and have always relied on our friends coolers to keep food and drinks cold. I figured it was time to make the purchase ourselves.
What about accessories? Along with the cooler, I purchased the divider insert to separate food from drinks. It’s also nice that if you don’t need a separator, it can double as a cutting board.
I purchased two of RTIC’s small ice packs as well. I think the medium packs would have easily fit, but figured these would be better if we also wanted to use them in a lunch box.
The cooler has a drain on both sides. Several reviewers said they wished that it was attached to the cooler in some way. I don’t think it would be common to lose them, but it would be preferable to not have to worry about it. Replacements are a little pricey, but can be found on RTIC’s website.
OutdoorGearLab’s review said they thought the rubber T-latch was weaker than Yeti’s and might fail at some point. My first impression is that they seem pretty durable. If not they can also be replaced fairly easily.
I had considered paying $30 more for the RTIC 65. It offers a good bit more space for the money. I was concerned about needing someone else to help carry it. I’m glad I stuck with the RTIC 45. It’s obvious that cooler is going to be plenty for me to carry—especially when it’s full. The 65 might be a better choice for a family though.
All-in-all the I recently purchased a RTIC 45 leaves a good first impression. I’ll update this once it goes on a few trips with me.