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Coleman Xtreme 5-Day 70qt Review

Best Buy Award
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Pros:  Good insulation for price, easy to drain, inexpensive
Cons:  Uncomfortable handles
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Manufacturer:   Coleman

Our Verdict

If there is one word that describes the Coleman Xtreme 5-Day, it is value. For a relatively low price point the Xtreme provides performance that approaches that of some of the lower performing high-end models, and of all the models we tested it was the easiest to drain. While it can't compare to the better performing high-end models in durability or insulation, it still provides great performance for the price. It is the perfect choice for those on a tighter budget looking for a model that can handle weekend camping trips with ease, and provide the ability to venture out on some longer trips where ice can be replenished.

Looking for a Specific Size?
Coleman has you covered if you have a particular sized cooler you're looking for. The Xtreme line of coolers comes in a variety of sizes ranging from the 36qt all the way to the Coleman Xtreme 5-Day 120 qt. Make sure to take a look at all the available sizing options that Coleman has to offer.


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

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Performance Comparison


All loaded up for an adventure. we measured the Coleman's internal capacity at 64 quarts.
All loaded up for an adventure. we measured the Coleman's internal capacity at 64 quarts.

Insulation



The Best Buy Award winning Coleman performed better than the other traditional models in our insulation test  but still fell significantly behind the top performing ORCA.
The Best Buy Award winning Coleman performed better than the other traditional models in our insulation test, but still fell significantly behind the top performing ORCA.

The Xtreme just about hit the average mark in our insulation test with a score of 4. While this is quite far from the top performer, the ORCA, which received a 9, it is well ahead of its direct traditional competitor, the Rubbermaid Extreme, which scored a 2. This is an admirable performance from a traditional model in a field that was skewed with a larger number of high-end models. In our insulation test, it held ice for 5 days and maintained safe food storage temperatures for 3 full days. This is better than the other two traditional models we tested, and even bests one of the high-end models (Grizzly Hunting or Tailgating). Although the Xtreme and Grizzly reached 40˚F at approximately the same time, the Xtreme held colder temperatures up to that point and had better ice retention than the other 2, so we see it as the clear winner in that race. This means the Xtreme can easily handle keeping food fresh on a long weekend camping trip, and could keep beverages nice and chilly for even longer. It could also service longer trips where fresh ice could be bought halfway through.


People who will mostly partake in a couple of weekend camping trips per year, and the occasional longer trip, would probably be better served buying the Xtreme and dealing with restocking ice midway through that occasional longer trip, rather than ponying up the extra cash for a high-end model. In general, this is the best insulation performance per dollar that our testing revealed and is the major reason the Xtreme picked up our Best Buy Award.

The Xtreme still had an appreciable amount of ice left on day 5 of our insulation test.
The Xtreme still had an appreciable amount of ice left on day 5 of our insulation test.

Durability


The Xtreme again scored just about average in terms of durability, picking up a score of 4. This is appreciably less than the high-end models, which scored 7's and 8's, but it scored better than both of its traditional brethren that we tested, both of which scored a 3. This was mostly due to its stiffer lid and slightly more sturdy looking hinges. The hinges of the Xtreme have a bit more heft to them and look as if they could stand up to some decent use and abuse, while the looks of the hinges on the other traditional models we tested don't inspire such confidence. In fact, after inspecting the hinges on the other traditional models we found ourselves instinctively opening and closing their lids gingerly, but didn't feel the need to do so with the Xtreme.


Its lid did leak water in our slosh test, but not as much as the other traditional models. The Xtreme's lids and walls also felt just a bit sturdier than those of the other traditional models. This is particularly true compared to the lid of the Rubbermaid. We felt completely confident sitting on the Xtreme's lid, but sitting on the Rubbermaid's lid caused some noticeable bending. While it would be somewhat unrealistic to expect a traditional model to rival a high-end model in durability, the Xtreme again delivers high performance per dollar.

The hinges on the Xtreme have slightly more heft than those on the other traditional models we tested.
The hinges on the Xtreme have slightly more heft than those on the other traditional models we tested.

Ease of Use


Here again the Xtreme was the best in class for the traditional designs we tested, and even rivaled and outstripped some of the high end models. It scored a 7, putting it just below the three high-end models that all scored an 8, tying for the top spot. It also put it ahead of the remaining three high-end models and both of the other traditional models we tested. It's draining performance was the best we experienced. The drain plug is easy to remove and the resulting stream of water is predictable and mess free. It does require tipping the cooler to get the last bit of water to drain, but most of it will drain without coaxing. The majority of the high-end models we tested produced a lot of splashing when unscrewing the plug, or dripped water onto the underside of the cooler, or both. The Xtreme was able to avoid both of these issues, making draining refreshingly mess free.


However, It does lose some marks for the lid. The internal latch can be a bit temperamental and hard to open, specifically when it is empty and there is no weight to pull against. Often it required two hands to get free. This is an issue that was shared with Rubbermaid.

The Xtreme was our favorite model in terms of draining performance.
The Xtreme was our favorite model in terms of draining performance.

Portability


Our testers weren't particularly impressed with the Xtreme's handles during the carry test. Most found the handle design a bit too pinchy for their liking, but still found them preferable to the handles of the much pricier Yeti Tundra and Grizzly Hunting or Tailgating.


The Xtreme is the lightest model we tested, making it the easiest to move around when empty. After moving around the much heavier high-end models during our photoshoot, picking up the Xtreme was refreshing, and soothed our deflated egos. It is also one of the slimmer designs and is much friendlier to those with limited trunk space. This combination of attributes scored it a 6 in our portability testing. This works out to an average score in a top heavy test that saw scores ranging from 4 to 7.

While not our favorite model to carry  we did prefer the Xtreme's handles to those of some of the much more expensive high-end models.
While not our favorite model to carry, we did prefer the Xtreme's handles to those of some of the much more expensive high-end models.

Features


This model includes a drain plug leash, four cupholders molded into the lid, and a built in ruler. Unfortunately for you exaggerating fisherman out there, the ruler is accurate. These features earned it a score of 4 in our features test. This is a fairly low score in a field that ranged from 3 to 7. This is mostly due to the Xtreme lacking the added construction features of the high-end models.


Value


For you penny pinchers out there, the Xtreme delivers the best ratio cost to performance of all the models we tested, and was the winner of our Best Buy Award by an extreme amount. Listing for $80, it is the cheapest model we tested. In our insulation test the Xtreme held safe food temperatures for 3.7 days, while the top performer, the ORCA, held safe food temperatures for 6.5 days. The ORCA lists for $410, meaning the Xtreme performed a bit better than half as well as the top performer in our insulation test, while listing for less than a quarter of the price. We would recommend it to anyone on a tight budget looking to get every last bit of insulation performance that they can.


Conclusion


The Xtreme offers good insulating capacity and reliable construction in an easy to use package, all at a low price. Unless you will be demanding the greater than average insulation performance or durability of a high-end model, the Xtreme is the clear choice.
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   May 12, 2017 - 01:57pm
HighPlanesDrifter · Skier · Telluride, CO. USA
I REFUSE to pay hundreds of dollars for a plastic box with a lid! Over-priced coolers seem to be the newest "status symbol" in outdoor recreation these days. I'm not buying it.
Do you really plan to try to make one block of ice last all week?! Does it really need to be bear-proof and a target of theft?

But then again… I don't accept any of those empty-space-as-insulation "cheapo" coolers either!

This is a great value for the money at $70.
Good insulation, great interior room, not too heavy, and durable.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Jun 22, 2016 - 07:35pm
Teemo · Fisherman · Jacksonville, FL
The Xtreme is easily the best bang for the buck cooler. It keeps your stuff plenty cold for 3-4 days. -plenty of time for the average Joe camper/fisherman, It's much lighter than a yeti-style cooler. An extra bonus, you don't have to worry about someone stealing your cooler. These "high end" coolers are just for people trying to show off.. their cooler??

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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