Back in the spring of 2023. A new cool company has emerged It is a cooler that does not require ice, called “the first vacuum insulation cooler in history”. The brand behind this groundbreaking development explained that the cooler’s vacuum insulation process, which took six years to develop, reduces the need for ice.similar to you Yeti or Hydro Flask insulated water bottle, The new cooler keeps things cool without the need to refill frozen water.
Oyster Tempo is novel, but not kitschy. It’s certainly sophisticated, and it gets the job done. Tempo’s success is attributed to several factors, one of which is also his biggest shortcoming. After a month of testing, both in the real world and in the lab, he was able to analyze exactly what this cooler is best for, where it works and where it ends up lacking. rice field.
Oyster Tempo: What We Think
The Oyster Tempo is the ideal cooler for the luxury conscious set that wants the best and latest of all. Are you the type to line up outside the nearest Apple Store to get your first item? iphone In 2007? Then here it is in your alley. Beautiful, lightweight, and effective.
However, Tempo has some pretty serious drawbacks. The same lightweight aluminum material that enables vacuum insulation and weighs less than 15 pounds, heats up very quickly, and he denies claims that he only needs one ice pack to keep the ice pack’s contents cold for long periods of time. To do. Over a few days. If you don’t mind a little extra maintenance to maintain this beauty and plan to use it on more docile outdoor adventures, it’s hard to find a simpler (and more beautiful) product in this area.
Oyster says he doesn’t need ice, but he probably does
What first got me interested in the Tempo was its claim to not need ice. Technically true and you can You can get away with just using an ice pack, but I wouldn’t recommend that tactic for multi-day trips or missions on hotter than average days.
I tested the cooler in both real and controlled settings to see how well the cooler performed with both the included ice pack and a standard 5-pound ice bag. With a full cooler and a super-frozen ice pack, the ice pack stays cool for about 12 hours. This was much less time than Oyster promises.
In a phone call with the brand’s founder, I asked how well it kept cold compared to its rotomolded competitors, and was told that it would depend on how the cooler was tested. (This is true for all cooler tests.) However, I’ve heard that the heat loss is about half that of conventional coolers, 30-40 percent better. I didn’t experience anything like that in my testing. None of the items in my cooler got hot, but they did get warm enough to make it uncomfortable to store perishables in tempo without the guarantee of ice pack replacement.
When I took the Tempo camping in the Sierra Nevada, it was 79 degrees Fahrenheit outside. The cooler was packed full of chilled food, with its own ice pack inside, and even a small ice pack inside. We opened the oyster minimally and kept it inside his covered GoFast camper shell or in the shade of the campsite. I had a Dometic freezer hooked up to a nearby power source, so every morning I had to replace the oyster ice pack with a new one. I did it for 3 days. The oysters certainly stayed cold inside, but the ice packs thawed regularly.
In my next experiment, I put the leftover ice from my Orca cooler into an oyster without any food or drink at a backyard barbecue. We kept Tempo out of direct sunlight. The temperature outside was in the low 80’s. Without opening the tempo, the ice lasted 24 hours with no food inside, but there was half an inch of melted water in the cooler by the time the ice finished.
In a third experiment, we tracked oysters over two consecutive 6-hour blocks. He started the cooler empty and the internal temperature he had was 58°F. In the first block, we added oyster ice packs and various foods and drinks to the cooler and tracked the temperature every 30 minutes. Overall, the internal aluminum wall temperature increased by 3 degrees for him, while the tracked wine can was 10 degrees Fahrenheit warmer. I then took out all the contents, returned the cooler to 58°F, and repeated the experiment with a 5-pound bag of ice and the same food and drink. After 6 hours, Tempo’s internal temperature had dropped by 8 degrees his, and the can was completely cooled his 14 degrees.
Overall, the Tempo works very well with ice inside, even if it’s slightly frozen. Even with ice, I was still able to put a lot of food and drink inside the Oyster and it performed much better than with just an ice pack.
Tempo disassembles for easy cleaning.
The Oyster is supposed to work without ice and relies on vacuum insulation so there is no drain at the bottom of the cooler. If you end up using ice like I did, this is not the end of the world, albeit a bit of an annoyance. The cooler is very lightweight, so it’s easy to turn over and drain the water completely. Plus, Tempo’s lid is completely removable, making it easy to disassemble, clean, and reassemble the hinge.
Tempo is easy to carry
Tempo weighs just 12 pounds, so it’s easy to carry, even with a 5-pound ice bag. The rotomolded cooler could quickly reach twice the weight of his Tempo, making the weight reduction a very attractive option if it’s just for going out for the day. Tempo comes with both a fabric strap and an aluminum handle that are easy to replace whenever you want.
Tempo cools down quickly, but can heat up quickly
Aluminum is lightweight, strong, and efficient, making it the perfect material for coolers. However, aluminum also has a high thermal conductivity, so it heats up quickly and transfers heat to other objects just as quickly. He didn’t like picking up a cooler that was in the sun even for half an hour. I measured the temperature of the outer lid and it was well over 100°F. very It’s uncomfortable to carry around (especially if you’re wearing shorts and the cooler hits you). While the Tempo inside he never heated to nearly three orders of magnitude, we recommend keeping it in the shade as much as possible to avoid erroneous heat transfer.
The Oyster Tempo is sleek, small enough to take on any adventure, and great on ice. I felt that the ice pack arena lacked coolers, but with proper cooling and storage, I believe the food and drinks could be kept cold enough to enjoy all day long. However, unless you have a way to bring frozen spare ice packs, keep them at home for multi-day adventures.
Alternatives to Oyster Tempo
No other aluminum cooler is exactly like the Tempo, but we recommend some proven options with other materials that can serve your purpose. A few pounds heavier than the Tempo, but Yeti’s Roadie 24 Hard Cooler Holds approximately the same number of cans and ice for up to 2 days (depending on conditions). If you want something a little lighter that’s also great for everyday use, Camelback Chillback 30 Our top pick for punchy soft backpack coolers. Chillbak has a built-in 6 liter water tank so your group can stay hydrated and nourished.
https://www.gearpatrol.com/outdoors/a44507759/oyster-tempo-review/ A high-end cooler that (almost) delivers on its promises