Though we love old-school rigs, we embrace the modern technologies that make our current 4x4 rides fun to drive.
And much like power steering or automatic locking hubs on our rides, the advances in the Deluxe Cooler Cube set it generations apart from the picnic basket of yesteryear.
This lightweight cooler is brilliantly engineered to perform multiple functions with maximum convenience - so we can focus on the next cliff edge, instead of on what rations are melting in the back.
Mountainsmith Deluxe Cooler Cube
Volume: 1,600 ci
Size: 15x15x7.5 in
Weight: 2 lb 6 oz
Retail Price: $30
✔ Ain't No Picnic Basket
Its 1,600-cubic-inch volume means it can hold all sorts of drinks or food for any half-day excursion. Plus, the seam-sealed vinyl lining is waterproof, and there's a divider to increase your packing convenience.
✔ Pocket Protection
The mesh pockets - ideal for holding water bottles - increase hauling capacity and accessibility.
✔ Zip Your Lid
Even the lid has a mesh compartment on its underside, perfect storage space for plastic utensils and napkins. And, did I mention it comes with an attached bottle opener?
✔ Back Issues
Its handiness factor increases by a factor with its backside magazine sleeve. Now, there's no excuse for not bringing the latest 4WD&SU issue on the trail.
✔ Drop It Like It's Cold
Does your CJ-7 lack a cup holder? Hate water rings on your fender during trailside water breaks? Not a problem with the drop-down beverage tray, one of the coolest (pun totally intended) features we've seen on any portable cooler.
✗ Going Strapless
If we're to nitpick, the only flaw we found was that the shoulder strap is sold separately. (There is a padded Velcro handle for hand carrying, though.)
If you're looking for a small, affordable cooler with the most convenience, you won't find many that are better than Mountainsmith's Deluxe Cooler Cube.