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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nothing beats the old standard Bought this cooler as a replacement of our old steel belted that got lost during a move and glad to say its still the best out there. On a recent camping trip we brought this along with a Rubbermaid and saw a real difference. The Coleman kept ice for about 4 days in 90 degree day / 60 degree night temps while the Rubbermaid was going through ice every day and a half. Still miss the old Coleman screw drain plug but other than that, this is the same cooler you grew up with and loved.
Date published: 2011-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost as good as the original Am I the only one that misses the bottle opener on the side? How did Coleman overlook that? This gets close but its not as good as the original. Slight reduction in quality (plastic lid handle and drain plug are examples...old ones had a metal lid handle over the latch and screw in plugs that never leaked). Other than that, seems to keep things just as cold and the vintage style is still a timeless look that keeps this classic a favorite today.
Date published: 2013-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great cooler! My father had an old cooler like this, has had it longer than I have been alive, but it gave out aafter years and sits in the garage holding old tools. Saw him looking at this one in a catalog and talking about how he missed his older one. So I got on REI and bought it for his birthday. Great for camping and or fishing in hot weather, like hot Idaho Summers. Holds its temperature better than your run of the mill cooler that you get most places now days. It is also a great price for what it is. Very durrable.
Date published: 2013-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You get what you pay for It's not cheap, but in 102 degrees in the back of my canopy/truck in Utah, I had 4lbs of dry ice and about 8lbs of ice and there was still ice at the end of my 2 day backpack trip when parked in the sun. Used it solid for 3 weeks and am glad I spent the money. Stopped for ice every 2 days. Sometimes 3. Keep it out of the sun if possible, the metal does heat up quick which will affect performance.
Date published: 2012-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Solid cooler with character, but.. Have had the green 54 Qt. for about five years now. The body of the cooler is very robust and the construction and ergonomic angle / action of the side toting handles is also very solid. Some have mentioned issues with the drain plug, and while it's not the original screw design, mine has held up just fine. There are a few shortcomings, unfortunately. One, as also previously mentioned, is the omission of the bottle openers on the original models that were stationed on the sides with the handles. Maybe they've since been deemed dangerous for children or something; who knows? The bottle openers were a great feature on the original Coleman steel belt coolers and they are sorely missed now. Two, and even more critical of a deficiency is the latching mechanism. It simply does not steadfastly fasten down the lid like the old versions did. I can fasten the lid down with the **plastic** latch, and then still manage the lid open with just an upward tug, bypassing the still closed position latch. The latch merely holds the cooler lid in the closed position but doesn't really clamp it down firmly (again, like the old ones). This has been an issue from the beginning and necessarily due to eventual wear and tear. One final gripe: When the lid is in the open position and is tilted back, the hinge connection points seemingly receive unintended stress and has caused a bit of 'sagging separation' from the external steel of the lid; to the point where the internal foam insulation material is slightly exposed. I will look to include a pic soon to better describe this issue. FWIW, the Coleman logo plastic sticker/badge on the front side peeled off after only a few uses; not a big deal though and the cooler looks a bit sharper and vintage without it I suppose. Despite the listed gripes, this very much remains my go-to cooler on a wide variety of road trips. You can load a ton of beverages into this thing and keep them nice and chilly for longer than your comparably sized cooler. (Plus it looks really cool and rustic too.) I would recommend the Coleman 54 Qt. Steel Belt cooler (I think the price has gone down since they first came out too), with the hope that issues with the slipping latch fastener and stressed-when-hanging-open hinges issues have since been improved upon by the manufacturer in more recent models.
Date published: 2014-06-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great cooler, bad latches I'll cut to the chase on this. I returned it after its first use. Loaded it up, carried it to a park day and it kept everything Ice cold, even after leaving it in the trunk on an 80 degree night, the problem was the latch. The latch, when full, easily allowed the cooler to be open even when it was latched. In fact, no one realized that it was ever latched until I was messing around with it. The latch, when full, makes it about 10% more difficult to open than it would if it were unlatched. I can't recommend it, despite being an amazing cooler in its cooling potential.
Date published: 2014-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Back to the 70's Ever since I was a boy growing up with this cooler I have wanted one. Our first use was for a pre Cinco de Mayo party and we took it right into he hosts kitchen. We hade single serving margaritas in canning jars and lemonade for kids. Very retro and 6 days later it still has ice in it and some cold beer for the patio.
Date published: 2013-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great cooler! I bought a plastic cooler and came home with buyer's remorse. So I went back to REI and exchanged for the Steel belted cooler and am pleased with my purchase! This is a sturdy unit, confirmed after catching 3-4 year olds jumping off the cooler onto a mattress pad! Retains internal termperature extremely well. A bit heavier, but that is directly attributed to the quality of the exterior. Handles are sturdy and the unit is easy to drain/clean.
Date published: 2012-07-05
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Questions & Answers

What is the ice retention rating on this cooler?

Asked by: Camper
​According to Coleman, this cooler keeps ice for up to 4 days at temperatures up to 90 °F.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-11

Is this cooler "bear-proof" by National Park standards? Thinking of mounting it on my teardrop trailer.

Asked by: masaprit
This cooler is not bear proof.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-03

Why are the black and green different specs? LxWxH Weight? is it a different cooler or just a different color?

Asked by: EdTidd
Both coolers measure 24 x 16 x 16.5 inches and weigh 15 lbs. 11 oz. Thank you for calling this inaccuracy to our attention, we will have our website updated shortly.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-26

This is more of a statement then question. Folks need to understand this cooler has a childproof latch. It was required by the Feds, just as you will not find any latching refrigerators. Don't blame Coleman.

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