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Review: Speedbox Cooler-65

Speedbox Coolers may be new to the market but they come with an already proven pedigree. You are likely already familiar with the Speedbox line of bomb-proof, rolling totes that make carrying and palletizing gear easy. It is already in use by countless sportsmen but also the military which was its original intended market. So, when Speedbox’s manufacturing partner was looking to push their already proven coolers into potential military markets, it made sense to collaborate.

Speedbox’s manufacturing partner is also the group behind other well known, best in class, roto-molded products like Jackson Kayaks and Orion Coolers. In fact, the Speedbox Coolers are basically Orion Coolers with Speedbox branding and exclusive colors… and, if you know coolers, you know that is a good thing.


The Speedbox Cooler-65 is the subject of this review. It is their mid-sized cooler with a 65-quart capacity. It should be said that it has an ACTUAL 65-quart capacity (actually just over 65 quarts) which is notable because many coolers on the market fall short of their named capacity.

The cooler is roto-molded from the same plastics used in kayaks (which we put to the test in a very fitting way). It features a minimum of 2″ of insulation on all sides which is a major aid to its performance (which we also tested). It also includes a drain plug, lift points molded into the sides, additional removable handles, bottle openers at each corner, multiple tie-down points, aluminum and rubber cam latches, and a lockable lid.

All of the above makes it sound like a typical Orion Coolers Core model but it is all the extras (and exclusive color options) that set the Speedbox Coolers apart. They include the excellent slip-resistant foam stand/sit pad for the top of the lid, a sliding internal organization tray that is removable, and Gear Track channels for attaching other compatible gear. These are all included with every cooler.

Finally, the Speedbox Coolers are certified to be bear-resistant Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee when used with locks on the lid (not included).


When it comes to high-end coolers, I am looking for two things: performance and useful features. In my experience, this cooler has both in spades. I’ll cover the performance testing first.

Ideal Conditions Ice Test

In order to test performance, I did an ice test. There are already ice tests for Orion Coolers out there on the web but they are often conducted in summer heat and direct sun to get the point across. It’s winter in Idaho where I am located so that kind of test is out of the question. Instead, I executed the test in a way that I have never seen done before – more of an ideal situation test.

I started by pre-chilling the cooler outside in the cold with some ice packs in it. This is a hunter’s trick to help a cooler keep ice longer. There is a lot of ice lost initially to cooling the interior of the cooler so pre-chilling ensures you keep more of your ice. Once the cooler was chilled, I added 6 bags of ice, moved the cooler to an interior space that would be kept between 62F and 65F for the duration of the test, and noted the time. The test plan was to open the cooler to check the status of the ice and move the ice around 3 times daily to simulate use.

2 Weeks – The remaining ice was gone sometime after midday on the 23rd.

During this time, I checked the exterior of the cooler with an infrared thermometer and found the exterior was the same temperature as the exterior of a cabinet that was next to the cooler – in other words, room temperature – on all surfaces. The slim gap where the lid sits on the body of the cooler was less than a degree cooler than the rest of the cooler indicating that the gasket works very well. The drain plug was the only part of the cooler that was appreciably cooler than room temperature at 10-11 degrees cooler than ambient temperature. Even the bottom of the cooler and the floor beneath it registered at room temperature.

The Speedbox-65 held ice for more than 14 days, with the last bit of ice melting a few hours short of a full 15 days. This cooler held ice for more than 2 weeks! That is an amazing performance but do keep in mind that this cooler was given the very best chance of this kind of performance and you can count on seeing different results in different conditions.

Durability Test

We decided to test the durability in a spectacular but totally appropriate way given the kayaking pedigree of this cooler. We floated it down a creek that was filled with snowmelt, fast-moving, and very rocky. This creek has enough water moving quickly enough that it is difficult to stand up in but it is also full of glacial bulders making almost all of it impassible to boats. It is 3-4 feet deeps in spots but rushing over and around boulders in others.

The creek did its worst. It rolled the cooler and dragged it across rocks. It flipped it on its side and spun it around, over and over again, until it reached the point where I was waiting with a large stick to catch it (the stick was so I didn’t have to wade into the freezing cold water above the height of my boots). In all, it bobbed, tumbled, and bashed its way down about 200 yards of creek.

We took the cooler out of the water and inspected it. Various surfaces of the coolers were scraped from rock impacts though not deeply. Given that is made the same way premium roto-molded kayaks are made, I wasn’t surprised that it shrugged this off.

This was actually a bigger test for the gasket because as the cooler bumps down the creek and stops on rocks, it has the full force of the creek pressing on it… especially when it flips on its side. There was some water ingress but it was minimal at about 2 tablespoons. That gasket is designed more to keep cold in (or more accurately to keep heat out) and maybe prevent sloshing meltwater from leaving the cooler. This was test went way beyond that and yet it did surprisingly well.

The interior of the cooler was remarkably dry after this test.

Observations from Use

This cooler comes loaded with some solid features which I will try to summarize, starting with the excellent handles, since this review is already longer than usual. I thought I would remove the accessory handles in favor of the integral lift points… That would have been a mistake. The integral lift points are fine but the accessory handles are extremely comfortable to use as they allow your hand to be up above the cooler and make it much easier for two people to carry the cooler. These comfortable and grippy rubber handles make this cooler much easier to transport than coolers with just fixed lift points.

The Speedbox Cooler-65 has several tie-down points which make it easy to find a way to secure this cooler. It can be locked to a boat or truck fairly easily with a cable lock. If you are like me, you probably already have cable locks laying around from trail cams or bikes. A cable lock can also be used to lock the lid closed though, if you need the bear-proof rating, you may want to pick up a pair of long shackle locks.

The cam latches for the lid are excellent. My daughters can use them easily which is not the case with some cooler latches. They also sit fully flush with the exterior of the cooler when latched which means there is nothing to snag or catch.

The included foam pad turned out to be one of my favorite features on this cooler because of how it enhances the usefulness of the cooler. Most people don’t buy these coolers just to store food. They’re going to use it as a casting stand, use it as a stool to reach their roof rack, and use it as a chair in camp. The foam pad ensures that the cooler is comfortable and slip-resistant when used in this way. My daughters used it as a stage which may or may not be useful to you.

The included organization tray is a GREAT feature. It keeps the interior of the cooler organized and lets you store items out of the ice water which can be nice for some types of packaging. It features a drain hole so that if meltwater does manage to slosh into it, it will end up back in the main well below.

There are a lot of reasons to own a cooler like this. The most obvious are for use on a boat, camping, or for transporting meat when hunting. However, I think there are preparedness and convenience reasons too. For instance, it can be used to store food in a power outage that lasts more than 24 hours, allowing you to keep your main refrigerator closed. It is also a great way to store food for road trips… even really long road trips.

Finally, I want to point out that there is a great benefit to this cooler’s pedigree. Orion Coolers already has a huge ecosystem of available accessories for their coolers and the Speedbox Coolers are compatible with all of them. They have everything from dividers that double as cutting boards, wheel sets to turn this into a cart, and even a seat back that turns this cooler into a comfortable seat with back support.

Wrap Up

The Speedbox Cooler-65 is not inexpensive but it is loaded with features and offers excellent ice holding performance to justify its price. It is also made in the USA. This is a rugged cooler may be new to the market but it comes with a proven pedigree.

You can learn more about the Speedbox Cooler line at their website: Speedbox.us.

Speedbox Launches Endurance-70

Speedbox has released their new Endurance-70, an updated replacement for the Voyager-70. The new Endurance-70 makes the improved, updated features of the Endurance-40 available in a larger, 70 gallon size.

The new Endurance-70 has large, no-flat tires and a milled aluminum handle to allow easy transport. The handle is attached to the body via steel plates to ensure it never stresses the rotomolded polymer construction. It also has two steel locking plates for use with padlocks (padlocks not included).

The lid is secured via two side-mounted cam locks that help pull the lid against a large water-resistant gasket. The Endurance-40 that I own and reviewed has the same camming lid and gasket setup and it survived a trip down a creek without water ingress.

Speedbox containers photographed on Sunday, July 26, 2020.

The Endurance-70 is optimized for the same 463-L pallet as the original Voyager-70. However, the Endurance-70 features improved stacking and locking functionality and more lift points.

You can learn more at the Speedbox website: Speedbox.US

Review: Speedbox Endurance-40

Speedbox is known for their “modular container systems for palletized cargo” which is a fancy way of saying they make rugged cases that stack together easily and are sized perfectly for various pallets in use by the military and other groups. The palletization features are very cool and very useful for some people… but not me. I have no military background and no need to palletize gear but a rugged, water resistant box that I can roll pretty much anywhere? Well, that I can use.

Speedbox Endurance-40 in FDE


The Speedbox Endurance-40 is the second similar product from Speedbox (the first being the larger Voyager-70). It is a 40 gallon capacity container (33.40”L x 19.95”W x 26.00”D) with a footprint that is sized to maximize the capacity of the ISU 90 and 463-L pallets. It has features that allow it to be locked together with adjacent Endurance-40s and to be stacked on other Endurance-40s.

It features durable rotomolded polymer construction with steel and aluminum parts. The interior of the case is sprayed with a textured liner used in marine applications. It has both a drain plug and breather vent to help equalize the interior atmosphere with the exterior.

The lid is secured with rubber cam locks that serve to compress a large gasket that keeps the Endurance-40 water-tight. The hinge for the lid is beefy and pivots on a solid rod.

The Endurance-40 rolls on large, no-flat tires that are mounted on a 5/8″ thick through axle. It can be rolled on those wheels with it’s “Never-Fail Handle System” that is constructed with solid aluminum square stock with steel reinforcement plates.

Who Might Want One

I am not the original military market for the Endurance-40 but it is versatile enough and unique enough to have broad crossover appeal to anyone who spends time outdoors. Gear and the outdoors go hand in hand so having a way to haul that gear is handy.

I have used the Endurance-40 to cart my family’s gear down to our favorite swimming hole. That involves a quarter mile hike on the trails on our property to get to a creek that is dominated by glacial granite boulders of various sizes. It takes everything we need in one trip and rolls over everything along the way.

I’ve used it to access shooting spots on public land where there are no sidewalks. It can hold multiple Defense Targets RSTs (think B-C sized silhouettes), short 2×4 target uprights, my shooting bag, lunch, and still have room to spare. Best of all, I can throw my rifle bag over my shoulder and get everything from my truck to the shooting line in one trip. Once I arrive, it makes a decent shooting table.

Ivan at KitBadger.com shared with me that his gear often had to be palletized when he was serving as a security contractor. He thought something like this would offer a lot of peace of mind for someone who’s gear was sitting out on a hot or rainy tarmac for hours at a time.

It could provide rolling, semi-secure storage for a hunting camp. It could store extra gear at a camp site or vacation spot. It could be used to pack for a carbine course. A firearm instructor could keep all their course supplies packed and ready to roll. You can even use it as a cooler in a pinch!

If you need to carry a lot of gear into a rugged place, you can probably put something like this to use.

Observations from Use

Is it possible to fall in love with tires? Because, I think I am in love with these tires. There are other wheeled boxes out in the marketplace but they are usually geared more toward photography equipment or tools and their wheels range from tiny rollerblade wheels to hard plastic wheels that look like they came off of push-mower. The Endurance-40’s wheels are one of the keys to its usefulness and what sets it apart. This thing is purpose-built to go to rough places. I have rolled the Endurance-40 on interior surfaces, gravel driveways, sidewalks, hiking trails, glacial granite rock, and grassy fields. It rolls over all them with varying degrees of effort. I am not talking about dragging the case. It actually rolls.

40 gallons of internal capacity can hold a lot of stuff! I fit 3 steel targets including their uprights and stands along with a large range bag, a lunch bag, 2 water bottles, a belt rig, and still had room left! I can fit my full overnight hiking pack into it with about 2/3rds of the interior space to spare.

A word to those who plan to carry this in a pickup truck. It is a BIG case and it may not fit under a bed cover upright. I just lay mine on its side in my F-150.

Shown: Handle, Valve, and Plug

I appreciate the build quality of this Endurance-40. When you look at it, you initially see a lot of polymer. When you really start paying attention, there are some absolutely over-built design details. The wheels ride on a 5/8″ solid axle and the area between the wheels has been angled so that when you lift the front to roll the case, additional ground-clearance is created. The handle is built extremely well from solid aluminum square stock and reinforced with steel plates so that there is never metal bearing on polymer under load.

Steel Reinforced Handle Interface

The handle is not only solid but comfortable to use. The handle itself is large enough to grip comfortably and spins freely so that you never have to reposition your hand as the angle of the Endurance-40 changes when lifting or rolling over uneven terrain. I do wish there was some way of securing the handle when it wasn’t in use like a friction lock or something along those lines. It hangs freely and can stick out when the Speedbox is tilted.

I think Speedbox may have also missed some opportunities for internal organization with the Endurance-40. If there were something like like molded in ledges that could hold a tray used to organize cargo or maybe molded slots that accepted partitions, that could be useful. The military market might not have need for an internal trays or partitions but the guy who buys this for personal use might and he would likely pay extra for the parts!

The Endurance-40’s gasket is huge.


I tried to come up with some tests that would simulate the kinds of rough treatment a box like this might experience in regular use. I wanted to see if the Speedbox was up to transporting and protecting gear in a variety of conditions.

The most important test in my estimation was loading it heavily and rolling it on very uneven surfaces. The best test of this was likely my shooting loadout. It was well over 150 pounds with 3 steel targets (nearly 40 pounds each), loaded magazines, spare ammo, and everything else I need on the range. It was rolled over completely unimproved footpaths, dirt road, and rocky hillside with no signs of damage to the axle or where the axle interfaces with polymer body. It has also been rolled for more than a mile hiking trails and small glacial boulder fields (golf ball up to basketball size round stone) on its way too and from our creek with zero detectable change in the wheels or axle.

The Enurance-40 lodged on the rocks during testing.

Speaking of the creek… The most fun testing that we completed was the float test. I sealed the empty Endurance-40 and let it roll down the same 50 yard section of the creek twice. At the end of the second float, it lodged on some rocks were it stuck with the full force of the creek behind it. This isn’t a dive case and getting stuck on the rocks with the pressure of a creek behind it is probably beyond what Speedbox intended but the gasket did its job. There was no water in the case though a few drops did force their way just under the gasket.

Finally, I pushed the Endurance-40 off the tailgate of my truck (which has a 3″ lift) 4 times. I did it twice empty and twice with a load of firewood in it. The LZ was my gravel driveway. Ouch! The box took some gouging, especially when full, but the lid remained sealed, the cam buckles didn’t break, the hinge is fine, and its integrity is completely intact.

I am impressed.


I rarely comment on price in reviews, preferring instead to let you make your own judgement on value. I am going to comment on price here because these boxes are not cheap but I believe the price should not be a surprise.

I’ll draw a few comparison to illustrate what I mean. Any and all high-end rugged, water-proof, rolling, polymer gear cases (usually geared toward firearm transport or camera equipment) are relatively expensive. You can also price similarly sized rotomolded items like high end coolers as a benchmark. The Endurance-40 is sort an amalgamation of both of those with other features thrown in like large rubber tires and an over-built handle. The Endurance-40 also happens to be larger than most high end cases.

Rocky hills? No problem.

Wrap Up

If you have seen Speedbox’s offerings online before and passed right by thinking they weren’t for you because you don’t need to palletize gear, you are missing out. I like to think I put the Endurance-40 through some realistic testing (maybe even some testing beyond realistic) and it proved to be extremely durable. It has a combination of features that make it useful in lot of situations.

I don’t know of another storage container that do what Speedbox does and, more importantly for me, go where Speedbox goes.


Disclosure: The Endurance-40 was sent to me by Speedbox free of charge for the purposes of writing a review.

Speedbox Endurance-40

The new Endurance-40 from Speedbox is a more compact, mobile storage solution than their original Voyager-70. If you deal with palletizing gear for deployment, the compact size is optimized for ISU 90 and 463-L pallet fit. If you are a regular guy like me, the compact size means Endurance-40 is easier to move and store while still handling up to 300 pounds of gear.

The new Endurance-40 shares many features with the larger Endurance-70. It is constructed from tough roto-molded plastic with lift points and stack/interlocking points molded into the exterior of the case. It is fitted with large, no-flat wheels for rolling on terrain. Speedbox uses beefy hardware for the cam latches, handle, and hinges to ensure a long service life.

The Endurance-40 seals air and water tight. It has a drain that enables it to be used as a cooler in a pinch. The drain and built in vent also ensure that the atmospheric conditions inside the Endurance-40 remain equal to those outside so the case is easy to open in all conditions.

These are obviously built for the military market but they have feature set that are interesting for the hunter or public land shooter. We are just scratching the surface of the features and functionality of these cases. Check out the new Endurance-40 at Speedbox.us for more details.

Speedbox at MTGTactical

Speedbox is a rugged, stackable, rolling trunk designed to make palletizing military gear fast and easy. Designed around the dimensions of the 463-L pallet, these roto-molded (think Yeti cooler) trunks are shatter-resistant, water-proof, and buoyant. They roll on no-flat tires that are offroad ready and feature a beefy handle for towing around the 300 pound capacity of gear.


The Speedbox is certainly aimed squarely at the military market but it could also be used as a way to store and transport gear for hunting camp, a multi-day carbine class, or whatever else you can think of that might need rugged, water-proof storage. You can read more about Speedbox at MTGTactical.com.

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