4 New Coolers for 2019

The new OtterBox Trooper 12 in Hazy Harbor is one of several premium coolers released you'll want to get your hands on. (Jessyca Sortillon photo)

Gear up for your next outdoor adventure with one of these new coolers – beer and fish not included

From chilling beer to keeping fresh fish on ice to storing quartered game, a portable ice chest is a must-have on any outdoorsman’s gear list.


OtterBox Trooper 12: Compact, Lightweight and Durable

You wouldn’t take an extra-large cooler kayaking, would you? Of course not. When packing for an adventure, it is important to gear up accordingly. If you need a cooler for short outings or are limited on space for gear, the new Trooper 12 soft cooler from Otterbox is a great option.

The Trooper 12 is the ultimate lunch box cooler for anglers and ideal for anyone needing a personal size cooler. It’s compact (small enough to fit in a kayak!), lightweight, and durable. I took the Trooper 12 along on a recent fishing trip with my son and it was the perfect size to fill up with lunch, snacks and drinks for two! Everything inside the cooler stayed cold the entire day and would have easily kept cold another couple of days.

Even with all our other gear, I had no issues carrying the cooler fully-loaded. The padded strap fit comfortably over my shoulder. Loading and unloading the Trooper 12 is a breeze thanks to the easy-to-use latch on the lid and wide opening on top.


The water-resistant pocket on the front of the cooler fit my phone, keys and SPF lip balm. If you need additional storage, get the separate Drybox Clip accessory and Drybox 3250. The Drybox attaches directly to the Trooper 12 using the clip – keeping all your stuff together and easily accessible.

OtterBox Trooper 12 specs/features:

  • Premium insulation keeps ice up to 3 days
  • Leakproof seal
  • Solid, durable base protects from punctures
  • Built-in handle and shoulder strap
  • Water-resistant exterior pocket
  • Dimensions: 11 x 14.25 x 12.5 inches
  • Available accessories: Bottle Opener (included), Collapsible Storage Container, Otter Ice, and Drybox Clip

MSRP: $199.99 | Contact: OtterBox



Big Frig 10-Quart Denali Cooler: Portable, Great Value

Big Frig 10-Quart Denali Cooler
Big Frig 10-Quart Denali Cooler (Photo courtesy of Big Frig)

If you’ve been on the lookout for a small cooler that’s rugged enough for the outdoors, the new Big Frig 10-Quart Denali is the way to go. This rotomolded cooler is as tough as the larger Denali models, but practical for daily use. Its size and stainless-steel bar handle for easy carry make the 10-Quart Denali ultraportable.

The 10-quart Denali may be the smallest in the Denali line, but Big Frig didn’t skimp out when it comes to features. This cooler comes with all the bells and whistles! The cooler’s strong T-latches keep the lid tightly closed, and the freezer-grade gasket prevents leaks and seals out warm air. It has molded-in cup holders on the lid, two stainless-steel bottle openers, tie-down anchors, and non-slip feet. With a price tag just under $120, you are getting an amazing value with this cooler!

In case you missed it, Game & Fish's Dr. Todd Kuhn discussed some of the unique features offered on Big Frig coolers with Nate Hall at this year’s ATA Show in Louisville:

Big Frig 10-Quart Denali specs/features:

  • Holds ice 3+ days
  • Non-slip feet keep cooler in place
  • Stainless steel lock plate bottle openers
  • Customizable (add your brand’s logo/graphics)
  • Weight: 10 pounds
  • Dimensions: 11.5 x 6.75 x 9 inches (inside), 15.5 x 10.5 x 12.5 inches (outside)

MSRP: $119.99 | Contact: Big Frig


Cordova 20 Extra Small Cooler: Small Package, Big Possibilities

Cordova 20 Extra Small Cooler
Cordova 20 Extra Small Cooler (Photo courtesy of Cordova Coolers)

Planning a fishing trip and need a good way to keep your lunch and drinks cold for the day? Get yourself a Cordova 20 Extra Small Cooler, load it up, and head out! Don’t let the size and name of the cooler fool you, it’s conveniently sized for easy transporting, yet built strong like larger Cordova coolers.

This 20-quart cooler not only gets the job done but can also haul more than similar sized coolers. Seriously, you won’t believe how much this little cooler can hold. I’m talking 15 cans and a 2:1 ice-to-content ratio! Unlike traditional rotomolded coolers with thick insulation, the Cordova 20 is insulated with a high-efficiency and eco-friendly foam that is slimmer and more compact. The thinner walls allow more space inside the cooler, which means more room for beer!

Cordova 20 Extra Small Cooler specs/features:

  • Dimensions: 14.00 x 9.25 x 8.875 inches (inside), 21.75 x 14.25 x 13.5 inches (outside)
  • Weight: 18 pounds
  • "No-fall" lid hinge system to prevent lid from closing when open
  • Molded-in handles and adjustable shoulder strap
  • Anti-slip feet keep cooler from sliding
  • Colors: Aqua, Gray, Orange, Pink, Sand, Sandstone Granite, White
  • Made in the U.S.A.

MSRP: $199.99 | Contact: Cordova

>> Have you ever cooked a turkey in a cooler? Scott Leysath, host of “The Sporting Chef” on Sportsman Channel, uses a cooler to ensure his holiday turkeys are extra juicy, flavorful and delicious. If you buy one of the new Cordova 20 Extra Small Coolers, you might just give his recipe a try: “Best Turkey Ever” Recipe


Glacier Coolers Realtree EDGE Camo and Realtree Fishing Pattern Models: Pick a Pattern, Pick a Size

Glacier Coolers Realtree EDGE Camo
Glacier IceBox Soft-Sided Cooler in Realtree EDGE Camo (Photo courtesy of GLACIER Coolers)

Love showing off your passion for the outdoors? Glacier Coolers released four soft coolers in Realtree EDGE Camo and Realtree Fishing Blue patterns. If hunting or fishing is your gig, you’ll want to grab one of these new portable and lightweight coolers.

With four sizes and two patterns available, you are bound to find the right one for your adventure. Each cooler size features a strong fabric outer shell, mold and mildew resistant inside liner, external webbing with attachment points, padded shoulder strap, and 1 ¼-inch-thick polyurethane foam insulation for incredible ice retention.

Realtree IceChip 15-quart Lunchbox Cooler:

  • 12 x 10 x 12 inches
  • Realtree Fishing Blue or Realtree EDGE

Realtree IceCube 18-quart Lunchbox Cooler:

  • 15 x 8 x 12 inches
  • Realtree Fishing Blue or Realtree EDGE

Realtree IceBox Jr. 19-quart Soft Sided Cooler:

  • 16 x 10 x 10 inches
  • Detachable bottle opener inside
  • Zippered outer storage pocket
  • Heavy-duty D-ring tie-down points
  • Heavy-duty zipper
  • Realtree Fishing Blue

Realtree IceBox Series 35-quart Soft Sided Cooler:

  • 20 x 12 x 12 inches
  • Detachable bottle opener inside
  • Zippered outer storage pocket
  • Heavy duty D-ring tie-down points
  • Heavy-duty zipper
  • Realtree Fishing Blue

MSRP: $39.95-119.95 | Contact: Glacier Coolers

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