Visit your local Academy Sports + Outdoors store — or check out Academy.com— and it’s easy to see this is undoubtedly the golden age of coolers.
Thanks to the revolution that began several years ago with YETI and other companies producing today’s super coolers, many of these products are as tough as nails, able to retain ice for days on end, and moderately priced, too.
With plenty of sizes, colors, and features, there are plenty of cooler options available if you’ve got a fall’s worth of hunting, fishing, and outdoors adventure planned on the calendar.
What’s more, thanks to Academy’s selection from a variety of well-known manufacturers, you can take home a cooler at a price checking in under $200!
YETI Roadie 20 Cooler ($199.99)
From a day at the beach to the back of a Major League Fishing competition boat, there aren't many places the YETI Roadie 20 cooler doesn’t fit right in.
As a long-running staple in the YETI lineup, the Roadie 20 can hold 14 cans of your favorite beverages plus the ice to keep them cold. It's all thanks to 2 inches of polyurethane foam, a depth of 13.88 inches, and a width of 9.25 inches.
Constructed of one-piece rotomolded UV polyethylene, the Roadie comes in several different color options, an unloaded weight of 16 pounds, a freezer-style gasket, T-latch keepers molded into the body, padlock holes built into the body and lid, and a recessed drain plug complete with a rubber washer that keeps unwanted leakage at bay in the back of your vehicle.
And in a pinch, should you find yourself needing a duck blind seat or even a poling platform on a small flat’s skiff, the Roadie 20 is a good option for plenty of big-time outdoor adventures!
Magellan Outdoors Ice Box 75 ($199.99)
If you've got a day-trip planned, a smaller cooler can do the job. But if you're stepping up with a trip to deer camp or hitting the water for a day of chasing big fish, you're going to need a cooler built for the job. If that’s the case, don't forget to pack the Magellan Outdoors Ice Box 75 before you leave home!
With rugged rotomolded construction, an airtight seal, and thick insulation, the Magellan Ice Box 75 features the ability for dry ice or regular ice to be used in the cooler (with up to 10 days of retention for the latter).
Thanks to the Ice Box 75's tie-down slats, stainless-steel locking plates, built-in bottle opener, nylon strap handles, removable drain plug, wire storage basket, and multi-position divider, this cooler is big on features needed for a multi-day trip or heavy payload – all while still being light on your wallet!
Igloo IMX 70 QT Cooler ($199.99)
Like the cooler mentioned above, the Igloo IMX 70 qt cooler is a step up for those needing gear designed for multi-day trips or an ocean-going angling adventure.
With the ability to keep up to 70 quarts of food or drink cold for long periods of time, the IMX 70 features Ultratherm insulation in the body and lid and Cool Riser Technology to lift the body away from hot surfaces. These two trademarked technologies work in conjunction with one another, along with marine-grade rubberized latches, to keep contents secure and cold while maximizing ice retention abilities.
If you need prolonged access to the interior of the cooler, self-stopping hinges on the lid can keep it propped open. With tie-down loops, anti-skid feet, and a steel cable handle, the IMX 70 will stay put no matter how saltwater-sprayed your boat becomes.
Easily wiped clean between outings, the cooler also features a built-in ruler for measuring fish, four built-in cup holders, a bottle opener, a threaded drain plug, and lid loops that allow for the secure tying of extra gear.
Magellan Outdoors Ice Box 50 ($149.99)
With big-time features at a moderate price, this Ice Box 50 cooler from Magellan Outdoors offers rotomolded construction, thick insulation, and an all-weather T-latch that gives users an airtight seal and optimal ice retention.
The Ice Box 50 is also big on space, featuring a depth of 30.2 inches and a width of 17.2 inches, a size that helps it keep up to 52.8 quarts of ice or dry ice cold for days on end.
With an oversized dual-drain plug, easy-to-clean smooth surfaces, reversible anti-skid feet, a lid lock, removable nylon strap handles, molded side handles, and built-in bottle openers, this cooler is big on outdoors performance at deer camp, on a boat, or in the back of a pick-up truck – all without breaking the bank.
Igloo BMX 52 Qt Cooler ($99.99)
Like its big brother above, the Igloo BMX 52-quart cooler is a heavy-duty piece of outdoor gear that keeps fish, food, and beverages ice-cold for up to five-days — even if outside temperatures push the 90-degree mark!
Using Cool Riser technology, the BMX 52 also utilizes HDPE construction, skid plates to protect the corners, oversized hinges on the lid, extra thick insulation in the walls and lid, a threaded drain plug, and a tethered drain cap to complete the package.
With all its features, the BMX 52 is perfect for a weekend trip, a deer camp visit, or a tailgate adventure at your local college of pro football stadium — at under $100!
Magellan Outdoors Ice Box 25 ($99.99)
Sometimes, smaller is better in the cooler world, both in terms of price and size. If that’s what you’re looking for this fall, the Magellan Outdoors Ice Box 25 has got you covered for less than a $100 bill – giving you big features, small size, and a great price.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that the Ice Box 25 is short on quality, because it’s not! Thanks to rotomolded construction, thick insulation, and an airtight D-Seal, ice retention is high in this cooler. Add in the product’s all-weather T-latch and you’ll keep this cooler’s cold locked in for days on end.
With its anti-skid feet, built-in cup holders, tie-down slats, and a removable aluminum handle, this cooler is perfect as a seat in a duck blind, at the big game, or in the back of your SUV as you head to a fall festival.
Igloo IMX 24-qt Cooler ($99.99)
Staying on the smaller side of things, the Igloo IMX 24 QT cooler is perfect for smaller trips, like a visit to a pumpkin patch or a saltwater beach for bull redfish or fall flounder, or even an overnight trip to check out the blazing colors of fall.
With Ultratherm insulation and Cool Riser technology, this smaller member of the Igloo family keeps food and drink cold for a long time. Only 16.1 inches high, this small footprint cooler can still come up big, holding 24 quarts of goods.
Add in an integrated fish ruler to see if your catch measures up, a stainless-steel handle and comfortable grip, four self-draining drink holders, and a rubberized lid latch to lock the cold and liquid in, and this cooler is a great choice no matter what your weekend needs!
Igloo Glide 110-qt. Marine Wheeled Cooler ($99.99)
Heading for the Eastern seaboard to do some fishing for autumn stripers? Maybe a visit to the Gulf Coast for bull redfish running the jetties? What about a trip to the Texas saltwater to fill up your freezer with limits of fall flounder?
Whatever your marine and fishing needs, the Igloo Glide 110 QT Marine Wheeled Cooler has got you covered — all for less than $100!
To start with, this cooler is big — offering an extra-large size to hold big fish, 150 cans, or 110 quarts of food. Thanks to Cool Riser Technology and Ultratherm Insulation in the body and lid, this cooler will keep ice for up to five days at 90 degrees!
And with a built-in fish-keeper scale, you'll always know if your catch is legal too!
Igloo Sportsman 152-qt. Cooler ($79.99)
Growing up in Texas, not to mention raising a family here, being outdoors is a part of the Lone Star State’s DNA — an adventurous way of living that anyone who shops at Academy Sports + Outdoors can readily understand.
And in many of those outdoor adventures, whether it’s an autumn visit to deer camp, a week-long summertime camping trip at the beach, a tailgate gathering of friends at your favorite college or pro football stadium, or even at a local booster club icing down hundreds of bottles of water for a high school cross country meet, you’re likely to see a few big coolers being put to good use in numerous corners of the outdoor world.
Odds are, one or more of those big coolers will be the iconic Igloo Sportsman 152-qt. cooler, a classic piece of outdoor gear that has gotten better and better over time.
Able to accommodate up to 248 beverage cans, this extra-large cooler checks in at only 24.5 pounds despite its generous 152-quart capacity, depth of 41.63 inches, and width of 18.69 inches. With a stain resistant liner, reinforced swing-up handles, a tie-down loop, and a dual snap-fit lid, this cooler remains a bargain years after it was first introduced by Igloo.
And with a general 1-year limited warranty and a price tag under $100, this classic cooler has not only stood the test of time, it will also stand up to the rugged tests that you and your family can dish out on your next outdoor adventure!
Igloo Latitude 50-qt Cooler ($24.99)
Like the other Igloo products listed here, the Igloo Latitude 50 QT cooler is big on features, small on price. In fact, the Latitude 50 checks in at less than $25!
Utilizing Cool Riser Technology to keep the interior of the cooler off hot surfaces like a boat's floor or asphalt at your local football venue, the Latitude 50 has grab-and-go handles, a safe place to store your mobile devices, secure tie-down points, four self-draining cup holders, a Deep Draw liner, and a pressure-fit lid.
It only weighs 10.7 pounds and has a general, 1-year limited warranty, all with a price tag that's almost impossible to beat!
Whether you're taking a week-long visit to deer camp or a fall saltwater fishing trip or a tailgating visit to the big game, Academy Sports + Outdoors has a cooler with the features and price tag you need.
Whatever your agenda is this fall, stop by your local Academy store and visit with a Team Member, or visit online at academy.com — because there’s little doubt you’ll walk away with the cooler you need … as well as a big smile on your face!