Titan Rolltop Tote 12 Can Cooler – Great for all types of adventure
The past few weeks I have had the privilege to give the 12 can Titan Cooler by Articzone ($30) a try. I must admit that I have always been a “hard cooler” guy. I was always skeptical of the soft-sided coolers as the cheaper ones always seemed to remind me of my 3rd grad lunch box.
I also figured that you needed to spend a couple of hundred bucks to get a soft-sided cooler that looked good and actually worked. However, the Titan Coolers have changed my mind! Not only does this cooler look awesome but it works fantastic and is reasonably priced.
Titan Rolltop Tote 12 Can Cooler Function
The true test for any cooler should be its ability to keep stuff cold for the duration of the desired activity. In my testing of this product, I did my best to mimic some real-life scenarios that I felt this cooler was likely to encounter.
These could be things like garage beers (home rock wall beers in my case) with your friends, overnight paddle trips, all day scorching hot blacktop classic car shows, all-day fishing trips, or just a quick picnic with the kids. Over the past couple of weeks, I have done my best to beat the crap out of this thing.
I took it on an all-day paddle booze cruise around the sandy islands of the Chesapeake Bay. I packed it to the gills with 7 beers, 4 seltzers, and as much ice as I could fit. I then strapped it to the deck rigging of my dark-colored paddleboard and let it bake in the sun as I paddled to a local island beach.
Throughout the day it was often opened, rummaged through to find the good beers I packed for myself (PBR😊), and stayed strapped to the board in the sun. By the end of the day when it was time to dump out the cooler, I still had a large amount of ice intact.
Truth be told it only went up to around 80 degrees that day which was well under the 90 degrees Articzone used for testing. I then decided to find a way to create a test that involved higher temps. The next day I filled the cooler with 5 warm cans of beer and 1 warm plastic water bottle. I then put a small kitchen thermometer in the water bottle. I filled ice up to the top of the bottle and just enough to cover the cans.
After that, I zipped and rolled the top down and placed the cooler on my porch on a large dark storage box in direct sunlight. I placed a sensor for a wireless weather station on top of the cooler at 12pm. When I placed the warm items in the cooler the product temp was 78 degrees and the air temp outside was 85.
When I checked on it five hours later the sensor read 100.5 degrees on the outside of the cooler as it baked in the sunlight. Inside the temp was down to 37 degrees in the bottle. I checked it again 3 hours later as the sun began to set and the temp inside the water bottle was at 38 degrees and there was plenty of Ice.
I came back to the cooler the next day which was now twenty-eight hours after starting the test and found that the outside temp of the cooler had reached 102degrees. Overnight the temps only went down to 75degrees and had been well over 95 throughout most of the day in the sunlight. I opened up the cooler and found that the ice had melted but the product temp was only at 60 degrees.
This is the kind of performance that I would expect from a high-priced cooler, not one that retails for under thirty bucks.
Titan Rolltop Tote 12 Can Cooler Durability
While I have not had this cooler for a ton of time, I have exposed it to some very harsh factors and it has held up well. This thing has been completely covered in salt water and is not showing any build-up. It has also been out in the sun for almost the entire time I have used it and is not showing any fading or cracking.
Finally, the Antimicrobial Product Protection system was put to the test when our cat decided to pee on the cooler. This was not a planned test or a good surprise when I thought it was a spilled beer puddle on top…..it wasn’t. Turns out our poor cat had a slight infection but that’s a story for another time. I took the cooler outside, applied dish soap, and hosed it off. The next day I checked on it and there was zero smell. Amazing!
Andrew is a trail runner, climber, paddler, snowboarder, marketer, and most importantly a dog dad. Andrew grew up in suburban Philadelphia and now lives on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
While he lives pretty far from the mountains, he puts a heavy focus on preparing for them and inspiring others to do the same. He first fell in love with the mountains on family trips to the White Mountains and the Adirondacks. He spent the majority of his early life competitively running and leisurely paddling, however after college he began focusing on learning to climb, snowboard, and backpack.
Over the past ten years since then, he has been fortunate enough to gain some amazing experiences exploring North America. Some of the most memorable thus far are alpine climbing in the Sierra, trail running in Alberta, learning to splitboard in NH, countless days hiking in the Catskills, or a plethora of mellow days paddling the Chesapeake Bay with friends.
When he can’t be in the mountains Andrew is often running or hiking with his favorite training partners, his two rescue dogs Calvin and Enzo. Andrew is also a self-proclaimed gear junkie and confessed that his gear loft is the most organized place in his home.