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Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Zipperless Review

A simple cooler that functions well without a high price tag
Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Zipperless
Photo: Arctic Zone
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Price:  $45 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Lightweight, lots of features, inexpensive
Cons:  Not rugged, not spillproof, noticeably inexpensive
Manufacturer:   Arctic Zone
By Maggie Brandenburg ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 30, 2020
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  • Insulation Value - 30% 6
  • Ease of Use - 25% 6
  • Portability - 25% 5
  • Durability - 20% 4

Our Verdict

The Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Zipperless is a simple, flip-top cooler that's made even easier to use by its total lack of zipper (for the main compartment). It combines that simplicity with a reasonable level of insulation and an impressively low price. Minimal thickness insulation gives it a large internal capacity, made even better by the addition of a full-width removable shelf. It offers reasonable insulation, but not amazing. However, it's clearly imperfect. When full, it's heavy, angular, and cumbersome to carry. Its thin, flimsy construction doesn't lend itself well to being something you can use and abuse for years. But if you only need it for occasional use, this soft cooler keeps money in your pocket and your beverages cold.

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Pros Lightweight, lots of features, inexpensiveWatertight fabric and zipper, good insulation value, great size to capacity ratio, convenient top handle, great valueSimple and easy to use, decent insulation, folds flat for storage, duffel handlesFlexible body is comfortable and convenient, folds flat, external pocket is large, easy to use, very lightweightLightweight, easy to use, compact, plenty of extra pockets, inexpensive
Cons Not rugged, not spillproof, noticeably inexpensiveNo external storage options, plastic D rings twist, doesn't come with zipper lubricantShoulder strap a little short, zipper and exterior fabric are not waterproof, less durable materialsLeaks easily, smaller than expected, unimpressive insulationSmaller than it looks, not very insulated, less durable, not leakproof
Bottom Line A simple cooler that functions well without a high price tagA watertight cooler that's convenient to use, with above-average insulation for a below-average priceA solid performer that's simple to use, easy to carry, and costs less than mostAn easily stored cooler that leaks readily but is comfortable and useful enough to be a good solution for casual and infrequent usageAlthough the design of this model is tried-and-true, it's not very insulated or durable
Rating Categories Titan Deep Freeze Z... Igloo Reactor Porta... 24 Pack Canvas Cooler REI Co-op Pack-Away 24 Coleman 16-Can
Insulation Value (30%)
6.0
7.0
7.0
4.0
4.0
Ease Of Use (25%)
6.0
7.0
8.0
5.0
4.0
Portability (25%)
5.0
7.0
6.0
7.0
6.0
Durability (20%)
4.0
8.0
6.0
5.0
3.0
Specs Titan Deep Freeze Z... Igloo Reactor Porta... 24 Pack Canvas Cooler REI Co-op Pack-Away 24 Coleman 16-Can
Measured Capacity (qt) 21 qt 26.5 qt 24 qt 19.5 qt (cube)
34 qt (flat)
9.5 qt
Measured Capacity (cans with no ice) 30 cans 30 cans 39 cans 32 cans (cube)
50 cans (flat)
16 cans
Carry Style Lunchbox Messenger Bag Duffel Bag Messenger Bag Lunchbox
Internal Maximum Height (in) 10.5" total
(3" above shelf)
9.5" 11" fully closed
12.5" max
12"(cube)/19" (flat) 8.5" bin
11" lid
Fits Standard Wine Bottle Standing Upright? No - will fit on side No - will fit on side Yes - some flex required, no zipper strain Yes No - can squeeze it in but too much zipper strain
Shelf Life of Food (Measured Hours Below 40ºF) 40 hr 51 hr 55 hr 26 hr 27 hr
Days of Cold Beverages (Measured Hours Below 50ºF) 48 hr 54 hr 63 hr 32 hr 31 hr
Measured Weight (lb) 3.4 lb 3.1 lb 2.7 lb 1.6 lb 1.7 lb
Exterior Fabric 840D polyester Unspecified water resistant polyester exterior, nylon interior 1000 x 1300D heavy duty polyester with vinyl coating Polyester Light nylon canvas
Closure Method No-zip flip top Zippered flip top, watertight zip Zippered top Zippered top Zippered flip top
Handles and Straps Shoulder strap, end handles Shoulder strap, end handles, top handle Shoulder strap, duffel handles Shoulder strap, duffel handles Shoulder strap
Additional Storage Yes, 2 zippered and insulated external pockets, 2 mesh pockets, top shock cord No Yes; 1 very large zippered exterior pocket Yes; 1 medium zippered exterior, 2 daisy chains Yes; exterior front pocket, 2 mesh pockets, top shock cord
Removable Liner? Yes No No No Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Arctic Titan Zipperless is a large, messenger cooler with an over-the-shoulder carry strap. It features a removable internal shelf, 2 exterior insulated, zippered pockets, two exterior mesh pockets, and an attached bottle opener (that's difficult to use). It comes in many colors and several other sizes, both smaller and larger than the 30 can model we tested.

Performance Comparison


The Arctic Titan Zipperless isn't the most amazing cooler but it...
The Arctic Titan Zipperless isn't the most amazing cooler but it performs decently while sporting a low cost.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Insulation Value


Constructed of fairly thin walls, the Titan actually does a decent job insulating its contents. In our rigorous testing, it held temperatures below 40ºF for 40 hours and lasted 48 hours below 50ºF, which very impressive at this price range. Though that's not amazing enough for your four-day weekend camping trip, it certainly works well enough for a long day at the beach or park.

To achieve this level of insulation without the 2 inch thick walls of some of its competitors, the Titan is made of SuperFoam insulation inside a polyester exterior and lined with a reflective barrier to help turn away radiant heat. The floor of the cooler is also thicker than the walls, to help insulate against the hot summer ground you're likely to set it on.

The performance of large models (over 20L) in our insulation testing.
The performance of large models (over 20L) in our insulation testing.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Considering just how thin it is, we're actually rather impressed by its insulation performance. Though it comes in many colors, we tested the white one, which also helps partially dispel the heat from the sun. Beware though - this cooler lacks an airtight seal and will spill if tipped or sloshed.

Despite having very thin insulation, the Titan actually performs...
Despite having very thin insulation, the Titan actually performs about average when it comes to keeping things cold.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Ease of Use


In general, the Titan functions about how you'd expect a flip-top cooler to work. It's straightforward and covered in features to help you carry everything you need for your day out and about. The total lack of zipper makes opening and closing it a breeze - unlike the tough, watertight zippers of so many others, that require two hands to operate. We tested the 30 can size.

Additionally, it has two zippered front pockets and two mesh pockets on the ends can hold dry items. Bringing a blanket to sit on? Attach it right to the top of the cooler with the bungee cord. The removable shelf inside can hold smaller snacks or things you'd rather not get soggy from floating around in melted ice.

The included bottle opener has rounded edges and is not very easy to...
The included bottle opener has rounded edges and is not very easy to use.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

However, all these features ride very nearly on the edge of being too flimsy or ill-thought-out to be useful. The side mesh pockets can easily snag, the zippers are uninspiring in their construction, and the velcro tab holding the lid closed isn't in quite the right location for the two sides to match well. The bungee on the lid is almost too loose to be all that helpful. The bottle opener clipped to one side has smooth edges that make it very difficult to actually open a bottle with. The removable shelf sits on a minuscule lip inside the cooler body and can easily be knocked off until its resting half in the ice. And the interior of the cooler itself is lined with curving ridges that are the shape of cans - but are too large for standard 12 oz cans and actually detract from the overall capacity and ease of packing this cooler.

Many pockets adorn the outside of the Titan.
Many pockets adorn the outside of the Titan.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Portability


Completely empty, the Titan weighs 3.4 lb, which is on the lighter side of the models we tested. We measured its capacity at 21 quarts (20 liters) and a maximum of 30 cans with no ice, just like it claims. Filled to the brim with those 30 cans, this cooler is less than pleasant to carry, as expected. But, it still works to transport your cooler and its contents wherever you're heading, just with less finesse than more expensive models.

Even without being totally full of heavy liquids, it's not our top choice for carrying around. Its overly boxy shape with a hard exterior and angular edges aren't particularly pleasant to have bumped against your side. The shoulder strap is too short to work well as a crossbody option for most people. The "cushion" threaded onto it also isn't squishy at all, but rather a textured, rubbery patch. It doesn't have any duffel handles either, though it does have small handles on the ends that are cushioned and pleasant (and easily tuck away into the end mesh pockets when not in use).

The rubber "padding" on the strap of the Titan Zipperless is not...
The rubber "padding" on the strap of the Titan Zipperless is not particularly comfortable with a full load.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Durability


We didn't have anything break on the Titan during our several months of testing - just a few stains on the white exterior. However, we have reservations about its ability to withstand heavy use for years.

The internal removable plastic box is thin. And as that's the only part of the cooler keeping it from leaking ice water, we really would rather it not break. And in fact, we read online user reviews saying that's exactly what happened to their coolers - along with many other reports of ripped seams, broken handles, and busted zippers. In fact, the entirety of the Titan's construction doesn't leave us with much confidence that it will last through years of intense adventuring. Again, nothing actually broke during the testing of our model, but we're not convinced it will survive the test of time as well as other models we tester. We're actually pretty sure it won't, but then again, it's good enough and priced within more budgets than other models.

The plastic bin liner of the Titan is thin. We were a little more...
The plastic bin liner of the Titan is thin. We were a little more careful with this model than others we tested.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Value


The Titan Zipperless is one of the least expensive coolers we tested. We're not blown away by its longevity and think its features could be a little better designed. However, it brings solid insulation and easy usability to the table for a price that most can swallow. Just don't expect it to be a daily driver that will last the years.

Conclusion


The Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Zipperless is an average contender for insulation prowess and can certainly get the job done for a day in the sun. It's reasonably easy to use, though many features are more gimmicky than useful. It's not the most durable option, but it is one of the least expensive. It's a solid choice for day or overnight use—as long as you're not expecting it to be the last cooler you ever buy.

Though it's not the most amazing cooler we tested, it does offer...
Though it's not the most amazing cooler we tested, it does offer respectable insulation and a high degree of usability for an impressively low price.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Maggie Brandenburg