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The COOLEST is a portable party disguised as a cooler, bringing blended drinks, music and fun to any outdoor occasion. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on August 29, 2014.

The COOLEST is a portable party disguised as a cooler, bringing blended drinks, music and fun to any outdoor occasion.

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    1. Creator Sean Griffith about 2 hours ago

      @Janae Castell you need to send a email to telling them your issue. They will recheck your reward classification to see if you ordered the 2nd battery before the end of the pledge period. The 2nd battery was $40 before the end of the pledge period, but it is $55 if you add it during the survey. If they determine you ordered it before the end of the pledge period they should send you a new survey with the corrected price.

    2. Creator Janae Castell about 4 hours ago

      Hi, wasn't thethe extra battery supposed toto be $40, not $55? I've had a lot of trouble with the survey (probably just my email server, not complaining) and am just now able to fill it out. The survey is saying the batt is $55. Anyone able to fill me in?

    3. Creator John Dowden about 6 hours ago

      It would be really great if you could guarantee delivery in time for July 4 BBQs! Perfect opportunity for us backers to show off our Coolest.

    4. Creator Jennifer Marquardt about 6 hours ago

      I'm still just as excited as I was from day one! Take as much time as you need Ryan Team!!:):):):)

    5. Creator Tiffany about 7 hours ago

      I am really sad that I funded this project.

    6. Creator Alkettory about 12 hours ago

      @Frank Cruz,

      Surely you aren't suggesting that people research their purchases and take responsibility for their own decisions. That's just crazy talk.

    7. Creator Frank Cruz about 15 hours ago

      People, seriously, the complaining needs to stop. Before deciding to post anymore negative comments about delays and refunds, please read through the the Kickstarter guidelines and FAQs. February was estimated, not guaranteed. July is estimated. Not guaranteed. You gave money to Ryan without knowing anything about Kickstarter. That is your fault. So all you can do now is wait. Just like the rest of us. Of course we all want the Coolest now. That goes with out saying. But we will get the Coolest when we get the Coolest. That could be this summer. It could be this winter. It might even be next year. Who knows. But that is Kickstarter. A simple read up of Kickstarters guidelines would have given a better idea of what you are getting into. Nobody is entitled to a refund. Ryan hasn't done anything to warrant one. He hasn't broken any rules and it seems as though he is correctly using the funds to manufacture and produce the Coolest. How can you expect a refund if the money that you pledged has already been spent in the process? This isn't a pre order site.

    8. Creator Frank Cruz about 16 hours ago

      Kara that is not how Kickstarter works. You cannot get a refund. Also, in August, you did not pay for a coolest. You invested money to Ryan so he can start his Coolest business and and were promised a Coolest as a reward or basically return on investment. So your money didn't go to just one coolest. Your money could have already been spent on other parts of this process. Who knows. But it's not anybody's fault but your own for thinking that you were buying a product that already existed.

    9. Creator Jennifer Francis 1 day ago

      @Kara, you're in luck. Scroll down a few comments and you'll see that user No More KS BS has offered to repay you right now for the right to receive your cooler down the road. Just send her a PM.

    10. Creator Kara Mills 1 day ago

      I have a problem with the delivery schedule. I ordered and PAID for a Coolest Cooler back in August. This is supposed to be a wedding gift for my granddaughter in June. I expected delivery this month, but now they say it won't be until July 2015. ALMOST A YEAR!! I'm not happy. I would like to cancel this order and get a total refund.

    11. Creator Daniel 2 days ago

      The new Pebble Time project is at $10.8M with 28 days left. It looks like it will grab the Top Funded KS spot from the Coolest Cooler. Of course, it also brought out the trolls (Al C.)

    12. Creator Christopher Iwan 3 days ago

      This comment has been removed by Kickstarter.

    13. Creator Not At This Time 4 days ago

      I have two questions about the Bluetooth speaker. If you ordered a second one when will I get billed for it & when will it ship?

    14. Creator Frank Cruz 4 days ago

      @Joseph...gotten what yet? The Coolest? Sorry to inform you that they are estimated to ship in July. So no, nobody has gotten their coolest yet. I would suggest going to "countdown" page at where you can keep track of the entire production process.

    15. Creator joseph bellantoni 4 days ago

      Has anyone gotten one yet??

    16. Creator Brent Roberts 5 days ago

      @David - "I think that the Coolest coolers will be of marginal quality (based on limited testing in the real world) and backers will have trouble with customer service issues since there is not much of a corporate infrastructure to handle the demand for replacement parts that will get damaged through normal use and abuse."
      After I read "I think" I stopped bc this is all based on your perception of the situation and since you are not privy to the internal facts of the company, all you have is meritless speculation that amounts to nothing of worth.

      Backers will have trouble? Through what crystal ball were you basing this claim? Do you know how their entire company is structured? Do you know their corporate policies and methods? Do you have any first hand experience working for this company that grants you access to make such speculation a reality?? The answer is no you don't. Now that we've effectively established that you have no direct knowledge and everything you say IS speculation that means nothing (since none of us can foresee the future, including you), why not just take a deep breath, calm down, and relax. Your cooler will arrive after its shipped (just like all of us).

    17. Creator No More KS BS 6 days ago

      Compared to Combat Kitchenware (which was supposed to ship December 2013 and has yet to ship a single thing to anyone) this is miles ahead and so transparent it could be Waterford crystal.

      Most of the 47 projects I have backed have missed their original estimated ship date. How much they miss it by is consistently proportionate to how far beyond their funding goal enthusiastic backer take them. There are production challenges that increase exponentially and most project designers are not experienced mass manufacturers. They are generally tinkers who have a creative idea that they offer the world.

      Anyone who wants their money back on this one can send me a private message and I'll buy your's for exactly what you paid for it.

    18. Creator Frank Cruz 7 days ago

      And really, all this back and forth is getting old. Fast.

    19. Creator Frank Cruz 7 days ago

      @David, please stop what? You made a comment to me and I defended my comments. You saying Kickstarter doesn't set the laws means nothing. This is Kickstarter correct? Aren't we here in Kickstarter currently? Didn't we choose to back a project on Kickstarter? Yes, obviously. So yes, Kickstarter sets the guidelines, rules, and regulations of their own site. I know that's just crazy right? The people who don't agree with crowdfunding are the kind of people who choose to blame others for their own costly mistakes instead of taking responsibility. But guess what, if they don't agree with it, then they do not have to come to or support anything on Kickstarter. It's really not that difficult. Also that link you provided, are they going after Kickstarter, or going after the creator of a project that didn't deliver? All over Kickstarter it explains how crowdfunding works, as well as the risks involved. It states how it's up to us to research and ask questions before deciding to back a project. We are putting our faith in the creator of these projects that we decide to back. Kickstarter sets the guidelines, rules, and regulations that need to be followed. I'm not sure where the difficulty in understanding this is coming from. Hopefully it starts to make sense. Also to your comment, how can any new product have any kind of significant "real world testing". Here's a example, what kind of "real world testing" did the iphone have before it's release in 2007? Just because something doesn't have any "real world testing" doesn't mean that it will be a poor quality product.

    20. Creator Phil Gardner on February 21

      new update dropped on

      Last week, I asked if anyone had specific questions I could answer about the Coolest, and apparently one that hasn’t been addressed in a while was around insulation. We’ve designed the Coolest to have more foam in more of the critical areas where coolers typically lose heat. Also, our unique shape allows for more of the cooler body to be in the shade during the hottest times of the day, and we elevated the bottom of the Coolest off the ground to minimize direct heat transfer.

      As confident as we are with our ability to stay cool, we won’t have any concrete data for comparison until after EP1. That’s when we’ll actually make and foam the Coolest from the exact materials as the final version. As soon as that data is available, we’ll be sharing it with everyone.

      There's also a link for people who didn't finish their survey, as well as a place to sign up your email address to receive all the weekly updates

    21. Creator Phil Gardner on February 21

      The state’s top lawyer, Bob Ferguson, said Thursday his office has filed the first consumer-protection complaint in the U.S. to target a Kickstarter fraud
      “Consumers need to be aware that crowdfunding is not without risk,” Ferguson said in a statement
      Even the lead prosecutor acknowledges the risks with kickstarter.

    22. Creator David Landes on February 21

      @frank, please stop. Kickstarter doesn't set laws.

      Also, the Attorney General of the State of Washington is testing the bounds of consumer protection and Crowdfunding.

      I don't anticipate that there will be any major issues with this campaign an have every confidence that the backers of The Coolest will get a cooler as promised, probably in late 2015-early 2016. I think that the Coolest coolers will be of marginal quality (based on limited testing in the real world) and backers will have trouble with customer service issues since there is not much of a corporate infrastructure to handle the demand for replacement parts that will get damaged through normal use and abuse.

    23. Creator Frank Cruz on February 21

      "6. Backing a project is more than just giving someone money.It’s supporting their dream to create something that they want to see exist in the world. People rally around their friends’ projects, fans support people they admire, and others simply come to Kickstarter to be inspired by new ideas. Some projects take longer than anticipated, but creators who are transparent about issues and delays usually find their backers to be understanding"
      "The Estimated Delivery Date is the creator’s estimate. The date listed on each reward is the creator’s estimate of when they will provide the reward — not a guarantee to fulfill by that date. The schedule may change as the creator works on the project"
      "backers must understand that when they back a project, they’re helping to create something new — not ordering something that already exists. There may be changes or delays, and there’s a chance something could happen that prevents the creator from being able to finish the project as promised".

    24. Creator Frank Cruz on February 21

      @david why don't you read up on kickstarters guidelines and then get back to me. That is my point. Its people who decide to back a project without knowing what Kickstarter is all about. Regardless of what it says on a project page, this is still Kickstarter. And the rules, regulations, and guidelines for Kickstarter do not change. That copy and paste of the Coolest FAQs means nothing. All that is true. So what? That doesn't mean that somehow that for this Project it's the same as buying a ice chest on Amazon. The more you think that this is retail store the more you will be disappointed. Just like all the other people complaining about things. Every project says things similar to what you posted. So what? So if the project doesn't get funded then what? Are you going to complain and say "but I was promised the coolest in the FAQ". I would hope not. Or what about the projects that were funded and then failed and the backers were out their money and their reward. Then what? Like I said, regardless of what the FAQs say for a project, this is still Kickstarter. Not retail.

    25. Creator Stanley Zreinike on February 20

      in my opinion as a veteran kickstarter backer, there is no reason to believe that this will be less than a stellar product and worth the wait - complain if you must as you are free to do so

    26. Creator Phil Gardner on February 20

      in order to back this project, people had to create an account on kickstarter. If people were unsure what exactly kickstarter was, they could have read the FAQ of kickstarter which has the following:

      Why do people back projects?

      Many backers are rallying around their friends' projects. Some are supporting a new effort from someone they've long admired. Some are just inspired by a new idea, while others are motivated to pledge by a project's rewards — a copy of what's being produced, a limited edition, or a custom experience related to the project.

      Backing a project is more than just pledging funds to a creator. It's pledging your support to a creative idea that you want to see exist in the world.

    27. Creator Dleec19 on February 20

      I've backed 19 of these campaigns thus far and will probably back more. I like the new and upcoming thing or a novice of the product.
      I can tell you this, most of these campaigns are delayed due to product designs, material defects, manufacturing problems, under estimating the amount of backers or the whole process of bringing an product to us. But I've always gotten them all. Most of them shortly after the due date, some of them on time but there have been a few of them that were way off the timelines. Just the same, I was patience and I did received the product. So all of you who are complaining, that article said 75 percent of the campaigns on Kickstarter are delayed. You should of done your homework. But really people, this is an awesome product, it's worth the wait. So wait! I am!

    28. Creator David Landes on February 20

      Can you stop saying that Kickstarter and other crowdfunding sites are not retail stores? In the FAQ of this campaign, it clearly says:

      How can I order a Coolest?

      The only way to get one is through our Kickstarter page here! People who back the project on Kickstarter get to have the very first Coolest coolers and save a bunch over the future retail price of $299. Just click on the ‘Back This Project’ button on the right hand side of the campaign page.

      Last updated: Mon, Aug 18 2014 9:16 AM PST

      No where in that statement does it say that the contributors are funding an "idea" or a "concept" or a "dream".

    29. Creator Maresa Edwards on February 20

      This happens all the time, it's not specific to KickStarter by any means...Destiny was supposed to launch almost a year before it was actually released... July will be "A-OK"! Though, I am How do I change my address?

    30. Creator Mike on February 20

      July now??? *&%^$ #@%$^*!!! I'm sure that will be pushed back as well. So much for using it this summer. In Canada winters' just around the corner in July.

    31. Creator Frank Cruz on February 20


    32. Creator Frank Cruz on February 20

      No matter how much it is said on here, some people will just never get it. They will never understand that Kickstarter is not a retail store. I guess they just enjoy blindly giving their money away to something they don't know anything about and then blaming other people rather than themselves when it doesn't go the way they expected it to. Oh well. Want can you do.

    33. Creator WC on February 20

      @Raynette Oyama- that may be the case as far as pre-orders go in the retail world but delays can happen especially with a project as big as this.

    34. Creator Raynette Oyama on February 20

      All do respect can we just get our cooler already. I was really looking forward to using the cooler in the summer. I like the one I backed, no more upgrades needed. Deadlines are not made to be broken, they are just that a deadline - a promise kind of-

    35. Creator Frank Cruz on February 19

      I'm pretty sure the design is already finalized with plastic wheels. They wideness of them will make them roll well on most surfaces I'm guessing. Although I have already found some rubber ones online that should fit if I decide I want to change them. Only a few bucks a piece. Not really a big deal.

    36. Creator Chris Dufort on February 18

      I realize I'm late to the game with suggestions, but the prototype looks to have plastic wheels. Are you considering a rubber wheel? My experience with hard plastic wheels is they are very loud especially when rolling on blacktop after sand & grit. Rubber provides a much nicer roll. I hope you will consider a rubberized wheel in your engineering/production. Thank you.

    37. Creator Frank Cruz on February 18

      @david, even with less funds the Coolest could still be produced. Just on a smaller, slower scale. Ryan is looking at the big picture. Which is fine, that is the whole point of Kickstarter. So Ryan spending 1.2 mil right now to increase manufacturing and production numbers makes sense. He obviously has the money to do so. All it means is that instead of purchasing just enough molds and tools to produce one Coolest's at a time, he was able to purchase enough molds and tools to produce multiple Coolest's at a time. So yes, it could have still be done with less backers and less funds. Ryan is just able to do things on a larger scale now.

    38. Creator Frank Cruz on February 18

      @wendy, I'm sure the iPhone 6 will fit just fine. Also, the size of the coolest hasn't changed. I'm not sure what you are referring to? Don't expect a refund. Ryan is obviously spending the money to manufacture and produce the Coolest. Some of your pledge could have been used in that 1.2 mil purchase. If not there, it will be used elsewhere. In other words, the money you pledged is probably already spent.

    39. Creator Frank Cruz on February 18

      @david, Making a single prototype is not the same as mass producing. You can hire a company to make a prototype. Ask ryan how much that Coolest proto cost to make. I'm sure it was at least a couple grand. When you want to start mass production to get the costs down, that's when you start with the purchasing of tools and molds.

    40. Creator Brian Watzig on February 18

      also, is your site not complete? or messed up, half the pages don't seem to work or display properly (im using newest version of firefox)

    41. Creator Brian Watzig on February 18

      I may have overlooked it, but I can't seem to find the area that talks about how we charge the battery pack?? like plug type. i just invested on this kickstarter, ( )
      and it would be nice if i could use it to charge the batter on my cooler

    42. Creator Valerie Martin on February 17

      6171 comments and 22 updates...and nothing about the insulation properties...or have I missed that...I hope with all the great bells and whistles, this feature did not get forgotten!

    43. Creator David Landes on February 17

      It is interesting that they are spending $1.2 million on the molds. At one point, there was a prototype, you can see it in the picture above. How was that made?

      Looking back, if the campaign had been "only: wildly successful and "only" earned $1 million (20 times the goal), how were they going to build these things? If it takes $1,2 million to make the molds, they would have been woefully short of capital for the other things (materials, labor, shipping, storage, etc).

    44. Creator Phil Gardner on February 17

      @Wendy, it's not actually bulkier. It's pretty much the same size, only with some cosmetic differences such as better side grip handles which - ironically enough - make it easier to tote to the beach and tailgate with.

    45. Creator wendy on February 17

      When we pledged this we had iphone5 and we're getting them in Feb for spring baseball season now we have iphone6 and getting them in summer and the cooler looks totally different. And is much bulkier and bigger than anticipated. It's getting too big to carry and tote to beach and tailgate with. Is it possible to get a refund since everything seems to be changing from design to date of completion?

    46. Creator Frank Cruz on February 17

      @Aaron, the current estimated shipping begins in July.

    47. Creator Aaron S. Hoffee on February 17

      When will my coolest ship???

    48. Creator WC on February 16

      @Joseph De Luca, Frank and Phil are keepin it real.

    49. Creator Frank Cruz on February 16

      @Joseph and Laura, I would send a email to I'm sure they will be able to help you out. Unless if somebody else on here can help. I am not sure how to add the 15$ or change the shipping address. Sorry.

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