I have officially killed an RTIC cooler and with their less than desirable warranty, I will not be buying another product from them. In case you are wondering, they have a one year guarantee. ONE YEAR! I had the RTIC Softpack 30 which retails for $134.99. On mine, the zipper stopped working. It just won’t stay closed anymore, which is unfortunate because the rest of the cooler is fine.
Now, I will say that there is a good chance I use it more than most people. During my heavy guide season, which is April through November, I use it just about everyday. It lasted 15 months under these conditions.
After some research, I found a replacement and one that I am very happy with. It is Canyon Coolers Quest Backpack Soft Cooler. It retails for $139.99 and has a lifetime, unconditional, no questions asked warranty. They also make hard side, foam insulated coolers as well.
There are several reasons I went with this cooler. One, the company is in Flagstaff. I like supporting a local company. Two, I like that the cooler holds a little more that the RTIC did and that I can stow it in the floorboard behind the front seat of my truck. Three, a softside cooler is easier on my wooden drift boat. And four, It doesn’t have a zipper. The top folds down like a dry bag. It can also double as a dry bag. Multi-functional.
This cooler has a 25 quart capacity and it is 12″ wide, 10″ deep and 20″ tall (closed). Here are the details, as stated on their website: The latest hands free addition to the Adventure Series by Canyon Coolers is the newly redesigned Quest backpack soft-sided cooler. The 25 qt. soft-sided backpack cooler with tough-as-nails, raft grade 800 denier RF welded PVC shell, closed cell AirCore insulation and lined with a newly upgraded, closed-cell IceSkin, provides days of ice retention in an easy to transport, comfortable backpack. The thickly padded shoulder straps, and back support pads make for comfortable hiking even on tough terrain, and a cold (or hot!) lunch wherever your trail takes you.
The Quest backpack cooler is perfect as a dry-bag for river rafting and rainy expeditions as well as keeping your cocktail ice separated from the cooler. The padded walls can protect and store electronics, optics and other sensitive equipment. A water resistant zippered pouch provides safe protection for your cell phone, keys or bottle tops. The drawstring can accommodate your spare clothing, towels, toys, or that all important fly rod. A drawstring netted pocket adds the perfect spot for koozies, utensils, fly box, even a small first-aid kit.
The Quest backpack soft-sided cooler is self-standing due to its thick insulation, making it easy to pack with your day trip essentials. When you need hands-free cold transportation, or a safe and dry storage spot for river expeditions,
I can’t wait to put this cooler to the test.