Dometic was once a small operation that specialized in making refrigerators for RVs and hotels. Fast forward 20 years, and they have expanded into every aspect of mobile living. With the Dometic GO collection, Dometic is making moves to make car camping more comfortable and easy.
I’ve been using the Dometic GO 10- and 20-liter soft storage cubes for the past month. With the insulated inserts, they served as coolers for food and drinks on a trip across Colorado to Moab. I’ve also used them without the insulated inserts but prefer the cubes with the inserts for rigidity and insulation.
The cubes are built with a semi-rigid TPU-coated 840-denier polyester. All seams are welded, except where the carry handles are sewn onto pieces of the TPU-coated material. Those pieces are welded to the main body fabric, though. They also have waterproof zippers. This construction results in a very waterproof storage container. I filled one of the cubes with water, and it didn’t leak at all.
However, these soft-sided storage cubes are even better when you add the insulated inserts. Without the inserts, the cubes don’t feel as solid. They have a heavy, semi-rigid lid and base, but the sides aren’t reinforced as much to make the cubes collapsible. This makes the cube look like it’s on the verge of collapse and makes it more difficult to pack with the sides folding in.
The insulated inserts are built in the same way as the soft cubes. They have two layers of the same 840-denier TPU-coated polyester with welded seams. They also have handles, which make them easier to fit into the soft cubes. Between these layers of fabric is an insulating material. The inner material and coating are food-grade, too, as you would expect in a cooler.
These soft-sided storage cubes turn into a sturdy cooler by adding the insulated inserts. The inserts are thick due to the insulation, so they reduce the internal volume of the storage cubes. For reference, the 10-liter storage cube with an insulated insert can hold a six-pack. The 20-liter cube and insert can hold 18 cans. This insulated insert kept the 20-liter cube cold for a late summer weekend outside of Moab with a single cold pack.
Just like the soft cubes, the insulated inserts are waterproof. So as the ice slowly melts in these coolers, it won’t leak all over the back of your vehicle.
These cubes work better with the insulated inserts, and I don’t think I’d have been as impressed without using them in tandem. I wouldn’t necessarily store dirty gear in the same container in which I store food or drinks, but I wish the storage cubes had slightly thicker material on the sides to keep them from sagging.
The soft-sided cubes and insulated inserts are available from Dometic but sold separately. They should be considered almost essential to use together, though.
$100 (20-liter soft storage)
$50 (20-liter insert)
$60 (10-liter soft storage)
$40 (10-liter insert)
For further details or to see the rest of the Dometic GO collection, visit Dometic.com.
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