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Sub Z Cooler

The Last Guide You Will Ever Need

If you are fancying a picnic outdoors, or the time seems right to start on that much-planned hike up your favorite mountain range, you would have to think about the right gear to take with you.

One of the most important things to do on a trip outdoors is to stay hydrated. Camping under the hot sun in the desert or hiking across mountainous terrain will drain you of fluids. What better way to replenish your fluids than with a cooler. If you take a cooler along with you, you can enjoy chilled beverages on the go. You can even take along food without worrying about it going bad as it will stay fresh as long as you keep it in the cooler. Fancy some hot dogs, burgers or ready-to-go meals while on your trip? A cooler will help you fulfill those desires.

With that in mind, the next question is which cooler to choose. There are many coolers available on the market. Many people opt for a soft cooler that comes placed inside a carryall if you do not want to lug a hard cooler around. You can go for cheaply constructed coolers with thinner walls if you do not want to shell out for a superior cooler. You can even buy a cooler that comes in a backpack and which you can carry around on as you travel.

But if you are looking for a superior cooler that is cheaper than most other coolers of its standard, and one worth its price, look no further than the Sub Z cooler. Built by the Nash brand, the Sub Z cooler comes in two sizes – 23 and 48 quarts – and incorporates an array of features and accessories.

Convenient sizes

At 23 quarts, the smallest Sub Z cooler packs a punch. It can hold 24 12-ounce cans along with eight pounds of ice to chill them in. The outside of the cooler is 18.5 inches wide, 15.5 inches tall and 12.75 inches deep. The inside of the cooler is 13.75 inches wide, 11.25 inches tall and 8.9 inches deep. When empty, the 23-quart cooler is 15.5 pounds heavy, while the handle is 20 inches wide.

The larger 48-quart Sub Z cooler is 21 inches wide, 12.5 inches tall and 11.25 inches deep inside. The outside of the cooler is 28 inches wide, 16 inches tall and 16 inches deep. When empty, the 48-quart cooler is 24.5 pounds heavy and it can accommodate up to 48 cans with as much ice packed around them as needed.

Both cooler sizes can carry an economical number of cans when compared with their sizes and the competition.

Ice Retention

The Sub Z coolers can store ice for a good amount of time when compared with the competition. The 23-quart cooler has been recorded to keep ice for 3-4 days, which means the 48-quart cooler will keep going for several more days.

Rotationally molded

In order to build a strong cooler, Nash used rotational molding to construct the Sub Z cooler. In this technique, polyethylene is poured into a hollow mold, which is then slowly rotated in an oven to make the polyethylene melt and coat the inside the mold. Through this, Nash created a cooler that is just one piece.

The advantage of having a one-piece, a seamless cooler is that it is very hard and able to stand up to rough handling. This means that no matter what kind of trip you are going on, you need not worry about your Sub Z cooler being able to withstand the climate conditions. Going on a deep sea fishing trip? The Sub Z can take the waves of salt water. Camping in the woods? The Sub Z can take any rain it gets.

Another benefit of having a cooler that is made of one piece is that air has fewer vents through which to escape. Thus cool air will stay within the cooler while warm air from outside will have fewer vents to seep into the cooler. The result is ice that lasts longer!

Made of polyethylene

The Sub Z coolers are made of polyethylene, a thermoplastic polymer that can be molded into high-strength materials. This adds to the durability of the Sub Z cooler. Polyethylene is also resistant to chemicals, which means you can use it transport food items with no worries.

Easy portability

You can opt for your Sub Z cooler to come with wheels so you can transport it across level surfaces. If you are bogged down with a lot of items that you need to carry on your outdoor trip, the fact that you can wheel your cooler behind you and not have to lug it also around is a major plus point. This lifts the Sub Z cooler above most of its competition.

Dry exterior

The Sub Z cooler is built in such a way that the exterior of the cooler is always free of moisture. This ensures the cooler will not slip out of a person's grasp due to it being wet. It will also not slide away when placed on any surface. This increases its safety value. You can place it on a boat that is rocking around in the sea or in a truck bouncing across the road with no qualms.

Double locking lid

The Sub Z cooler has a double locking lid that ensures the cooler will not open and spill its contents. A double locking lid also ensures wild animals cannot get to the contents of the cooler. In addition, the double locking lid could keep your buddies out of your cooler so you can enjoy those sodas on your own.

Double walls

Nash has designed the Sub Z cooler to have a double-walled interior, with insulation foam packed within these walls. This ensures the outside temperature, which could reach high levels, depending on which part of the country you are adventuring in, does not affect the chilled interior of the cooler. So you could be camping in the desert with your Sub Z cooler under the blazing sun and the ice would not melt within the cooler due to the double-walled exterior.

The Sub Z cooler features up to 2.5 inches of R-Value insulation foam within its walls. This ensures that the chilled air within the cooler remains inside. R-Value is a measure of the resistance to heat flow through a material. The higher the R-Value, the greater the resistance. Therefore the insulation foam used within the walls of the Sub Z cooler has a high thermal performance. Therefore the cooler can keep ice for several days.

Pressure seal

The Sub Z cooler features a glacier rubber gasket between the lid and the rest of the cooler, which creates a strong pressure seal. This ensures that chilled air remains within the cooler. Without this gasket, warm air could seep into the cooler thus compromising the life of the ice within.

Flexible hinge

The Sub Z cooler has a double rear hinge, which is fully enclosed and interlocking. The hinge is integrated into the cooler's body and features stainless steel pins, which will hold up in the most trying to weather conditions. Also, the hinge ensures the cooler lid tightly locks in when closed.

Rubber latches

The Sub Z cooler has rubber latches used to seal the lid shut once it is closed. The rubber latches ensure the integrity of the pressure seal created by the rubber gasket, thus ensuring the chilled air within the cooler stays inside.

Easy handle

The 23-quart Sub Z cooler features a single stainless steel handle that can lock in place on top or stay folded for better portability. This makes it easier and safer for the person carrying it around. The handle also has rubber in the middle to make the cooler more comfortable to carry around.

The 48-quart Sub Z cooler has rope handles that have been engineered for easier portability and are extremely durable. They also allow for two people to share the load of carrying the cooler.

Drainage plug

The 1-inch drainage plug on the Sub Z cooler allows water from melted ice to drain out even if you twist it open a little bit. This helps ensure ice and other materials do not drain out of the cooler when the plug is opened, which is a useful feature for a cooler to have.

Efficient Drainage

Nash has designed the Sub Z cooler with a V-shaped drainage channel, which helps to ensure water from melted ice is directed away from drinks and food within the cooler. So you do not have to worry about your food and beverages soaking in inches of water while you are busy on your trip.

Light-Weight Design

For all its features, the Sub Z cooler is reputed to be lighter than most other coolers in its class, which makes it handy for outdoor trips. Who would not opt for a cooler that has so many features and is light to boot?

Color Pattern

The Sub Z cooler caters to many people, whether you are of a more serious mindset and prefer regular, ordinary colors such as white and beige, or whether you are of a more playful type and prefer bright colors such as green and orange. However, the cooler sizes differ between colors they are offered in.

Inbuilt Seat

The most striking feature of the Sub Z cooler is the cushioned lid that can double as a seat for you while you are outdoors. This feature is optional, but it can come in handy as it eliminates the need for you to carry an extra chair along on your trip. The seat even comes with a backrest thus making you more comfortable.

Anti-skid design

The Sub Z coolers come with four integrated, rubberized feet on the bottom that are anti-skid. They ensure the cooler stays where it is placed, so even if you are on a fishing trip and you place the cooler down, it will stay in place although the seas may be rough. You could even use the cooler as a platform from which to cast your fishing line because you can trust the anti-skid feet.

Added features

The 48-quart Sub Z cooler offers more features such as wheels, baskets, cutting boards, etc. This adds to the cooler's appeal and lifts it above its competition. Nash's Sub Z cooler is attractive enough with its great ice retention capability, its cheap price, its hardy build and its light-weight nature when compared with its competition. But when you consider its other features, such as its inbuilt seat and wheels for portability, these make the Sub Z cooler a must-buy for people who love the outdoors. So if you are planning a trip any time soon and you need a cooler to take along, give the Sub Z cooler a try.

Igloo Sportsman 70

Igloo Sportsman 70
The last Cooler you will ever need!

What’s your first thought when you hear the word Igloo? It reminds you of those blocks of snow that Eskimos convert into a shelter- Well, the Igloo Sportsman 70 is a high-end cooler that (shelters) food and drinks keeping them fresh and cool. Igloo Sportsman comes in 4 models 20, 40, 55 and 70-quart options and the Sportsman 70 is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts- the serious sportsman, hunters, hikers, campers and even tailgaters.

With so many coolers doing the rounds, it’s hard to find one you can really count on. Sportsman 70 appears to be a tough customer and is being bracketed along with the likes of YETI. Surprisingly, on the face of it, the Igloo Sportsman 70 and Yeti coolers appear to be identical- the difference is discernible only if you look closely.

Before looking at the Igloo Sportsman 70, let’s look at what coolers should have.General Features you look for in a cooler durability.

  • Durability-  if you're going to take your cooler on extended trips, it should be able to weather extreme conditions, make its way through rough terrain, take bumps and falls- so the cooler should have a tough exterior and  be IGBC certified
  • Insulation- A cooler keeps food and drinks cool and fresh- that is why insulation is important. A denser, thicker insulating material (walls and lid) favors good ice-retention
  • Size-Two important factors determine this- the capacity of the cooler and the quantity of food and drinks you want to cool
  • Materials used- Hard-shell coolers use hard and thick materials that help in better insulation
  • Portability- Coolers come with straps, handles, wheels- decide on what works best for you
  • Added features- Locking mechanisms for safety and drain plugs should be simple and effective

How does Sportsman 70 hold up?

Igloo’s Sportsman ice chests are tough and the dimensions of the 70 QT version makes it an easy cooler to carry. An empty cooler weighs just 30 pounds, so any hassles you have will depend on how and to what extent you fill the cooler. A 70-quart cooler is just the right size as it’s easy to lift and move around- it isn’t very big and neither too small. It has a capacity of 66 liters and its dimensions are 33.25" L x 18" W x 18.25" H. However when filled to the brim, it may well weigh a ton.


Igloo never wanted to be left out in the cooler race and upped the ante on its products through its Sportsman cooler series. It used premium quality materials, added more features and went with better construction. Although the prices of these coolers are a little higher than the usual Igloo coolers, the prices remain competitive regarding other coolers.


Igloo’s Sportsman coolers were subjected to an ice test in winter and in summer (when the temp was in the mid 90s F), the results showed that Igloo passed the test honorably. The igloo Sportsman 70 maintains ice for 5 days or more, which is identical to the ice maintenance of the Yeti. Hence, there’s not much to choose between the two on this front. In appearance, both look alike, especially the Sportsman 70 white and Yeti white. Blocks of ice remain intact for many days, but if you open the cooler often, then you may have to replenish the ice cubes to ensure that the food at the top remains fresh and cold. Sportsman 70 users noted that the cooler kept ice for “days on end” and it worked just like a Yeti despite being cheaper. Even after two years of constant use, there appears to be no difference in the performance of the cooler.


The Igloo Sportsman 70 is a big cooler that’s ideal for an outing or while going camping. The heart of this IGBC certified cooler lies in its roto-molded construction- a one-piece design with thick walls. It 1.5 to 2” thick body foam and 2” thick foam in the gasket lid ensures that the ice chest keeps the ice in. The thick roto-molded walls and the strong T-latches keep the cooler tight and secure when it’s shut. Also, the thick rubber used in the latches when stretched to close the cooler, keeps the lid closed tightly. The freezer grade gasket also helps to ensure that the cooler has an airtight fit. A self-stopping integrated lid hinge helps keep the lid open when you are taking out food and drinks from the cooler. Hinge rods and latch pins are made from aluminum, which is rust-resistant. The cover hooks are very secure when they are closed, so you need never worry about things dropping out of the cooler. There is a ruler on the lid of the cooler and a cutting board zone in the interior.

A Rapidflo Drain plug has a gasket that prevents leaks from happening. The huge, stainless steel tethered chain together with the tether screw ensures that the plug can be easily removed and replaced. Sweating is eliminated because of the insulated core. The tether ensures that no ice is unnecessarily lost. The threads ensure that the plug doesn’t come undone when it is in use. This drain plug makes it easy to empty the water. Natural factors like wind or rain don’t have an effect on the roto-molded cooler, which is almost indestructible. UV inhibitors do their job by protecting the exterior from damage because of sunlight. Regardless of whether it is the tan colored sportsman 70 or the white, the insulation is so good that the interior ice it does not affect chest even when the coolers are kept in the sun.

Sturdy model

If you’re tempted to test the actual strength of the cooler, try dropping it and see what happens for yourself. You’ll be surprised to find that the cooler remains unscathed with not even a scratch on it. It’s so strong that you can sit on some models. The Sportsman 70 looks tough and has a high-quality appearance and though it doesn’t have as many additional features as Yeti and Orca do, it holds its own very well amidst the top tier coolers.


Size and weight are factors that will decide how easy or how hard it is to carry the cooler. Another factor that plays a great role while transporting the cooler is the grip you get. Many coolers use rope handles with rubber grips but Sportsman 70 has impressive heavy-duty handles that not only provide a great grip but ensure good stability. The Igloo Sportsman 70 sports robust swing up handles having rubber grips. These handles, which are located at the side of the cooler, fold flat. Using the swing-up handles, a light cooler can be carried by a single person. By ensuring that the side handles stay flat while carrying, the contents of the ice chest remain steady and in position. When the handles fold, they reduce storage space. To look at, the handles don’t appear very strong, if the cooler is fully loaded, but apparently, they are. There have been no issues with them. When the cooler is loaded, it requires two persons to pull the cooler out of the trunk and convey it to where you want. The Sportsman 70 is equipped with non-slip pads at the bottom, but with the cooler being so heavy, there is no chance of it slipping or sliding, when it is full. It is provided with tie-down cords and these do a good job when the cooler is being transported from one place to another.


Molded into the lid is a fish-measuring rule. In addition, the cooler comes with anti-skid feet, which helps keep the cooler in an upright position. Although there are no bottle-openers or internal dividers that some coolers have, you can buy seat cushions and wire-baskets. The baskets are coated with steel to prevent corrosion- thus the water, liquids, and ice in the chest do not corrode the wire baskets. The steel, corrosion resistant coating helps to ensure that the ice, water, and other liquids in cold lockers don’t affect your drinks and food. Its grid pattern has a dual benefit- none of the small items are at risk of falling through the gaps in the basket and its contents remain cool because of the air that’s circulated through the rack.

Igloo has many color options for its coolers but the Sportsman 70 comes in White and Tan while the 20 quart comes in pink and purple granite and 55 quart is available in Realtree Xtra.Warranty

The Sportsman 70 is very sporting- it gives users a five-year warranty from the date of purchase and promises to attend to manufacturing or material defects. Many of the high-end coolers like Yeti and Pelican make the same promise.RTIC and K2 Summit coolers are keeping Igloo’s Sportsman on its toes with their ability to equal it in terms of roto-molded construction, ice-retention, toughness, and indestructibility.Location

Igloo coolers made by Igloo Products Corp, which is in the USA. The American manufacturer not only produces ice chests but also supporting accessories. The company is headquartered in Katy Waller County, Texas, United States.

Final Analysis

The Igloo Sportsman and other coolers were assessed for price, capacity, and ice retention ability, durability, draining rate, warranty and place of manufacture. It was found that it came with an unbeatable price, did an excellent job at keeping things cold and drained water fast. Unlike other top coolers, it didn’t use a single-pin-design but used a two-pin design. Whether you’re taking a day-trip to the beach, having a weekend adventure camping, or an afternoon out, you can count on Igloo to have a cooler or ice chest to fit your every need. They are bound to keep the cold in and keep you cool too!!

Best Cooler for Camping

What are The Best Coolers for Camping?

It’s summer! The time to party, picnic and camp among the trees and under the stars. It’s all done. The fun is about to begin. You’re looking forward to that well deserved cold drink and the fresh sandwiches you had packed in the cooler. You get the shock of your life when you open the cooler and see no ice- only water. Your drink is warm and the sandwiches soggy. Your cooler has let you down- so if you don’t want that to happen to you, get the best cooler for camping.

What to look for in a cooler?

A good cooler is a must when you’re camping so you can enjoy your long trip with no mishaps.

  • 1
    The cooler must be well insulated, so it keeps the ice and keeps food fresh for long spells
  • 2
    Your cooler should withstand the ardors of rough terrain, must be portable and be well protected from animals and nosy human beings
  • 3
    The cooler you choose should be the correct size for your outing
  • 4
    Do research when you are looking at cooler prices- the most expensive one is not always the best

Let’s look at a few coolers that are up to the mark to be the best cooler for camping

Coolest Cooler

With a name like that, it’s bound to be a great cooler, catering to all your needs. It has cool features that will go down well with campers. It has a Bluetooth outdoor speaker that’s good for hours and hours of music and song. Surprise, it’s fitted with a waterproof USB device charger, LED lighting built-in to the lid and even a built-in blender and a bottle opener with a magnetic cap catcher.

It includes a lithium battery and this powers the blender and the USB charger. We can then use the charger  to charge the Bluetooth speaker.It’s available in three colors- green, blue and classic orange and with 55 quarts of storage space, there’s lots of room for food and drink. It has a removable divider that can serve as a cutting board and also has a tie-down cord. With a full cooler, it’s bound to be a little heavy, but that’s countered with the wheels and the telescopic handle.

It may not be the best camping cooler to keep ice but it’s a smart one and the coolest cooler around. There are lots of optional add-ons that are exciting, but be careful that you don’t go overboard. Dragging the cooler along won’t be easy.


  •  smart technology
  • Easy to roll along even when heavy
  • Added accessories to making camping fun
  • Can listen to music


  • Ice-retention can be better

The Coleman Xtreme Cooler For Camping

Coleman lives up to its reputation for outdoor equipment and delivers on all the promises it makes. This 70-quart ice chest can hold almost 100 cans and keep ice for about 5 days in 90 degrees F. Also, it can double up as a seat and can support you provided you don’t weigh over 250 pounds! It’s a great cooler for camping and comes with 4 built-in drink holders. Insulation is free from CFC, HFC and HCFC and hence is environmentally friendly. This helps to reduce carbon emissions. The no-crush handle affords a comfortable grip. The lid has an EZ-clean top that makes for easy cleaning of the surface. It also has a leak-resistant drain that facilitates easy draining.


  • Doubles up as a seat
  • Good ice-retention
  • Environmentally friendly insulation
  • Easy to clean


  • There have been a few reports of sweating

Igloo Maxcold Ultra Roller Cooler

Voted as the best camp cooler for transporting, this one is bound to cause a stir amongst campers. It features riser technology so the cooler will have little contact with the ground when it is rolling. The durable wheels are built solid coupled with the telescopic handle at the back of the cooler makes it easy to roll- very much like a suitcase with wheels and a handle. This is one great cooler for those that are always on the go.Maxcold foam insulation offers have 25 percent extra foam and that extra insulation ensures that contents remain as cold as possible. This cooler comes in three sizes- 40, 50 and 60-Quart. Campers found this to their liking because of its ice-retention and easy maneuverability. This fits the best cooler for camping tag.


  • Easy to move and roll- sturdy wheels
  • Extra insulation keeps contents cold


  • Long-term ice retention is suspect

Orca ORCW020 Cooler

This cooler is great when you want to camp for a few days and store food and drinks for that period. It has great insulation and can keep ice for a week and if it is packed with food, they can maintain refrigerator temperatures for even a longer period. This is great news for campers and anyone who wants to take extended trips. It is sturdy and durable and has comfortable handles. It is heavy when filled and will require two persons to carry it. Though it is easy to close and has rubber pull-tabs to lock the lid in place, the lid appears to close with a snap even before you know it. It’s stylish, available in several colors and also has some catchy exterior designs.


  • Good ice-retention
  • Great insulation
  • Durable and sturdy


  • Lid falls down and snaps close

Pelican Elite Cooler 70

It looks and is a rugged camping cooler and though on the heavy side, it’s one of the easiest coolers to carry because of the unique way in which the handle is designed. Made of molded plastic, the handles are built into the cooler frame and not attached to the exterior. It is easy to carry and is gentle on the hands. It is latched and locked by using a push-button. This ensures that it secures the contents. The tie downs are made from stainless steel hardware and the chances of rusting are nil. A sloped drain helps easy drainage of the water that collects in the chest if all the ice has melted.The cooler can keep ice frozen for over a week and food and drink remains cold and fresh for more than a week. It matches the Yeti Tundra when it comes to ice-retention. The lid gasket isn’t as tight as one would like and splashes water out when the cooler is full.


  • Cooler built for camping
  • Superior ice-retention
  • Easy latching and locking


  • Lid gasket is not tight

Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Zipperless Cooler

Looking for a cooler you can take on your camping trip? Eschew the hard-sided coolers and opt for the Arctic Zone. The cooler is small and portable because of the comfortable shoulder straps. It comes with a few accessories too. It has a zipper pocket where you can store napkins and cutlery and an interior shelf that isolates your drinks and sandwiches. With a Velcro lid design, it’s easy to close and open. This can be good or bad because when it’s closed, it seals the cold in but if you stuff bottles that head towards the lid; it puts pressure on it and causes a small leak. On the whole, it’s a great cooler to have when you’re camping out for a few days.


  • Light and portable
  • Easy to carry
  • Zipper pocket for accessories


  • Leaks cold air if Velcro designed lid is under pressure

K2 Summit Cooler

K2 Summit is a quality cooler that uses K2’s patented “ICE vault” gasket design to keep the ice in the chest. The superior insulation and premium sealing ensure that the ice remains that way for over 6 days. Every K2 cooler uses 3 inches of K2’s premium grade high-density polyurethane foam in between the walls and the lid. Because of the pockets that are created, heat transfer is reduced and the coolers ice-retention capacity increases. The high-density foam adds to the strength and rigidity of the walls. An anti-delaminating grip adds to the life of the cooler.

UV resistant material keeps the heat out and the cooler damage free. A simple rotatable plug helps to drain out all the water. This roto-molded cooler is just made from one-piece with no seams at the sides or bottom. Hence they are durable. The insulating material used has high tensile strength, and this makes it puncture resistant.

What We Like About It

  • Roto molded, one-piece construction
  • High-grade insulation and premium ice-retention
  • Durable

Yeti Tundra 45 Cooler

All camping enthusiasts are familiar with this one- in fact, Yeti is a recognized brand and its Tundra series are rugged enough for camping and outdoor trips. This one has many features that campers will like. It has a dry goods rack, non-skid feet, rope handles for easy handling. It’s roto-molded, UV resistant and special T-Rex latches make it grizzly proof. Also it uses pressure injected Permafrost insulation, and that helps to resist outside temperatures no matter how hot it is.

 You can ensure that your food remains bacteria free and cool. Its ColdLock sealing maintains the cold within and prevents food from warming up. The commercial-grade polyurethane foam used in the walls and lid ensures that your ice stays ice. The freezer-quality gasket that fits along the entire lid prevents hot air entering the cooler and cool air moving out. It’s dry goods rack isolates your snacks and treats from the water in case all the ice should melt. That means campers are assured of fresh food all the time.


  • Sturdy and roto-molded
  • Dry goods rack
  • T-Rex heavy duty rubber latches


  • Pricey
  • heavy when filled to the brim

Orca 40-Quart

Orca is a good pick for camping outdoors and serious campers love it as it can hold ice for a long time. It comes with a lifetime warranty and is easy to carry. The padded and easy-to-grip handles can be extended, and this makes it easily portable. It has a cargo net attachment at the back and you can store all your miscellaneous items in it.

Storage is just not a problem. Non-Slip, heavy duty pads at the bottom prevent the cooler from slipping and sliding on wet surfaces or on vehicles. Its insulation is superior, and it holds ice well. The lid gasket also provides an extra layer of insulation and keeps the cold in. It’s strong and causes no  worries while being transported.


  • Lifetime warranty
  • Good insulation and a tight lid gasket
  • Lid gasket provides a reliable seal
  • Made in the united states


  • Mesh pocket at the back is sometimes not easily accessible

Igloo Marine Ultra Cooler 28QT

Camping out for a couple of days? Well, this one keeps food fresh for two days in summer and qualifies to be in the list as a best cooler for camping. It uses Cool Riser Technology that contributes to improved cooling performance. It has an insulated lid also helps in ice retention and the infrared technology and UV inhibitors protect the cooler from being damaged by the sun. The triple-snap drain plug facilitates easy draining of melted ice. Also the cooler has a telescopic handle that makes it easier to pull your food-filled cooler. Gear hangers to hold miscellaneous items are a welcome feature. It has self-draining cup holders built into the lid to ensure that your drinks are at hand and secure against spilling. Lockable lid loops ensure maximum security. Most importantly, it is equipped with soft side rally wheels that augur for a smooth ride and easy transport.


  • Superior technology ensures ice retention
  • Gear hangers to hold bags and totes
  • Drain plug for easy drainage
  • Soft wheels for an easy ride


  • Not ideal for camping for a long time

RTIC 45 Qt Cooler

The latest brand of camping coolers in the market is the RTIC 45 Qt Cooler. It looks strong and sturdy and are built so well that’s a very durable cooler. The walls have 3” insulation that keeps the cold well. The roto-molded construction is of equal thickness throughout and it’s more of a portable freezer as it can keep ice in well. Its freezer gasket around the lid ensures that the ice chest remains cold, but in warm surroundings, this may not be so effective. However, the  interlocking hinges only make the cooler better. It v-drain system ensures an easy and complete drainage. Non-skid feet prevent sliding. This cooler can hold 36 cans at a time.


  • High-Performance cooler in normal surroundings
  • Roto-mold construction makes the cooler strong and sturdy
  • Better than many high-end coolers


  • Ideal for short trips only
  • Outside temperatures may affect performance

Grizzly 75 Quart Cooler

The grizzly 75-quart cooler suggests that it’s great for a family outing and camping. The ice chest has two-inch thick insulating foam and a rubber seal that prevents cold air escaping from the interior. An airtight gasket around the lid further enhances cold retention. It is sturdy and can take beatings in tough terrain. A 3-latch system locks the cooler firmly. A 2” drain and a cap make it easy to drain away water collected in the cooler if the ice melts. Non-skid feet keep it standing upright.


  • Good ice retention
  • has a lifetime warranty


  • No built-in cup holders on the lid

What to watch out for while buying a cooler for camping

So when you buy a camping cooler- you need to know there are three basic types- one that comes with wheels, ones that come with shoulder straps and others that have handles using which you can lift them

Watch the weight- you don’t want it to be too heavy

Size is important- 25 quarts will be enough for a single night for one person (food and drinks), 40 quarts for one person for a full weekend or for two persons for two nights. 70 quarts will be sufficient for a family for the whole weekend or a weeklong trip for a couple.

Aesthetic appeal matters to some- so choose the colors you like

Check out the modes if available- some have a cool mode that keeps drinks cool and a warm mode that keeps food warm.With the right sized cooler, your camping trip is sure to be fun. So do your homework before you plunge to get the best cooler for camping!

Otterbox Cooler Review

Otterbox Cooler Review

What’s the common denominator between waterproof cell phone cases and outdoor coolers? Well, OtterBox makes both and their products are awesome. If you’ve not been in the cooler game long enough, the only cooler that would come to your mind is the Invincible, expensive Yeti, the one that gets rave reviews all around. Hey! Hold on though! You haven’t got round to seeing the  OtterBox Venture Coolers- the tough guy that can hold its own against the Yetis and Orcas when it comes to price, durability, and ice-retention.

OtterBox has it....

There are coolers and coolers- shopping aisles are full of and you’re dazed at the daunting choice you have to make. OtterBox comes in different sizes and has all its boxes ticked when it comes to durability, utility, portability, ice-retention- it’s tough as they come. What more do you want- a cooler that can weather storms, a cooler that keeps its contents cool for a long time and takes all the bashings it gets, unfazed. If you’re still not convinced, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of the OtterBox and its Venture coolers.

Size and capacity:

First things first- it’s a cooler that’s made in the United States- a point that will make those buyers that want to support American products, happy. The venture comes in three colors and three sizes, 25 qt, 45 qt, and 65 qt. What’s great about the Venture series is ‘what you see is what you get’. Unlike many other coolers, all Venture coolers are true to their respective quart capacity.


The weight of a cooler is because they are filled with ice. So long as the frozen state lasts, the cooler will be heavy to pick up and carry. That’s why the cooler has to be transported by boat or a vehicle. In stark contrast- OtterBox Venture 65, the company’s biggest cooler, can be carried. The Venture 65 weighs 32.95 pounds, Venture 45- 26.37 pounds and the smallest cooler- Venture 25, weighs 16.79 pounds. In case you don’t want to lug it along, seat it on the roller cart and drag your Venture cooler around more. You need never worry about hills and trails- the all-terrain wheels makes it easy to transport.

Ice Retention

Nothing is more annoying than a warm beer or soda- OtterBox ensures that food and drinks stay cold and fresh for a long time- for 10-16 days (depending on which version you buy). That’s great news for those taking a two-week outdoor break from the humdrum routine of every day. Tests showed that even when exposed to 100 degrees F in summer, the ice held out pretty well for, after a couple of days, there was still a lot of ice left.

Let’s see what contributes to this remarkable ice-retention period- The interior and exterior of the OtterBox cooler consist of polypropylene shells and besides being a superior insulator, the shells are well known for their anti-rusting properties. In addition, the two-part polyurethane also contributes to superior insulation and ensures cold air in the ice-chest. The two-inch refrigeration grade insulation foam contributed to keeping ice frozen for a couple of weeks. A silicon seal seals the ice in while the tightly sealed lid keeps the temperature low and food fresh inside the coolers. The latches made from silicone keeps the cold air in. Polycarbonate and Let’s see what contributes to this remarkable ice-retention period- The interior and exterior of the OtterBox cooler consist of polypropylene shells and besides being a superior insulator, the shells are well known for their anti-rusting properties. In addition, the two-part polyurethane also contributes to superior insulation and ensures cold air in the ice-chest. The two-inch refrigeration grade insulation foam contributed to keeping ice frozen for a couple of weeks. A silicon seal seals the ice in while the tightly sealed lid keeps the temperature low and food fresh inside the coolers. The latches made from silicone keeps the cold air in. Polycarbonate and

Design and Construction

OtterBox coolers are not roto-molded but injection molded. The company has carried over its injection molding expertise it acquired in dry-boxes and cases to its coolers. That’s why these coolers are tougher, stronger and guarantee a longer life than the other coolers. The insulation is also the best- After all the heart of a cooler is the ice-chest and OtterBox has made this its focal point. Including air-tight latches ensures that the contents of the ice-chest remain contained in their allotted spaces. The add-on latch cover and lock ensures that the cooler is bear-resistant.

Additional Accessories

The nesting grooves within the ice-chest enables users to customize the cooler according to their needs by adding dry boxes, cutting boards, cup-holders, and other additional features. It’s a very flexible little cooler. The dry storage tray allows users to keep contents dry and cold. For instance, if you want to keep vegetables firm and fresh, then this tray is ideal to do so. The separator does just what it says- you can store condiments on one side and ice and drinks on the other. Thus food and drink can be separated. By being able to create partitions in the cooler, you can organize things within the ice-chest and by using the three slots provided, you can optimize storage. We can now store all those extra snacks you stuffed into your pockets within with no hassle.

What is also included, is the ubiquitous and rugged bottle opener that all of us seem to want but never seem to have. With the OtterBox cooler, you never have to be at a loss again when you want to open that beer bottle of yours.To hold miscellaneous items such as your keys, wallet, knife, matches or other tools, there is a waterproof box that can attach to the exterior of the cooler. Cup-holders are also on the cards to hold drinks and prevent spilling. Use the side table for various things- play cards, use it to cut veggies and also eating. This table sits over the side handles and is an ingenious addition.Integrated handles

While rope handles are sometimes affixed to coolers to port it around, OtterBox provides the more comfortable integrated handles that make it easier to handle and carry around. With its anti-skid rubber feet, the cooler stays where you left it without sliding and turning around. Even a downpour will not make a difference. The OtterBox Venture series is stubborn as they come. The bottom of the interior is sloping and hence extra water can drain away through the drain plug at the end of each day. A modular mounting system makes it easy to include all these accessories which you intend to add to your cooler. You don’t have to fit them in your pockets or carry them in an extra bag.While Venture 25 comes with a free cup holder, Venture 45 and 65 comes with a cup holder and a dry storage tray.

Multipurpose cooler

Coming in different sizes, the OtterBox Venture coolers can be used in a versatile way. This solid and tough looking cooler comes in handy sizes- the small one is useful when you’re holding small lunches, small parties while the big sizes can store game when you’re fishing. It’s so ideal and reliable it can be used a birthday celebration or during a soccer game and also on other occasions. It’s a great cooler to have around and promises to give everyone- be it sports lovers, hunters or ordinary users the best performance.The Venture 25 cooler can be considered to be a personal cooler that comes along with you wherever you go. As it weighs only 17 pounds, it’s a great cooler for outdoor enthusiasts that either want to go alone or with a couple of friends.Venture 45 qt gives you more storage capacity and allows you to carry snacks and food for over two people for several days.Weighing about 33 pounds, Venture 65 allows you to take a long vacation or a longer camping trip.


The OtterBox scores high on affordability when compared to the other coolers of the same size. Even after paying for all the features and accessories, its price is well below that of the other high-end coolers. You can have your fun without it pinching your pocket.

OtterBox soft-sided coolers

Apart from the hard-sided Venture coolers, OtterBox also is noted for its soft-sided options available in Trooper 20 and 30 quarts. These coolers don’t have the same ice-retention capabilities of its harder counterparts but they are portable. These OtterBox coolers don’t use a zip like the Yeti Hopper does but closes with a latch. This enables the coolers to have wider openings at the top and this makes it easy to see what is inside so you can pull out whatever you want. Those used to a zipper system may feel it strange to close the cooler with a latch but on constant usage, they get used to it.The OtterBox Trooper comes with two accessories- a dry box to protect contents against elements and a bottle opener that’s a very handy implement to have around. A large zippered pouch is useful to prevent your snacks and treats from mixing with ice, to store your phone and wallet. This is not waterproof but just water resistant- so be careful when you transport the cooler over water.

That the Trooper may be worn and carried as a backpack is a huge advantage. Although at first sight, it looks rather awkward to carry that way, once you put it on to your pack and adjust the straps, it feels comfortable. As the straps are padded, they don’t hurt the shoulders. The best part is that your back feels cool because of the ice within and it’s a great way to transport it.Talking about the heart of the cooler- its ice-chest- it was found that the cooler kept ice for 3 or more days. In temperatures ranging from 40 to 70 degrees F, it was found that ice stayed that way till the 5th day. This might change with the outside temperature, but 3 days is a good bet for ice to remain frozen!

OtterBox lightweight coolers are rugged, sturdy and versatile and have two options for carrying and is equipped with 2 mounts to which accessories can be attached. The Trooper is leak-proof, has duraflex tie-downs and adapts to the outing you are looking for- that’s why it’s perfect for fishing, road trips, sports, picnics, and short outings.

The Trooper has a nylon exterior that’s coated and is water and puncture resistant. It has a heavy-duty base ensuring the cooler doesn’t suffer from abrasion. It’s a regular veteran when it comes to functionality and offers different carrying options- backpack and across one shoulder.Warranty

The Venture cooler is a good and reliable cooler to have as is the Trooper. There is a limited lifetime warranty on all its coolers that covers manufacturing issues that may arise.OtterBox coolers – hard-sided or soft-sided are functional and together they cater to all the needs that the outdoor people look for. As they come in different sizes and accessories can be attached to them, you can just about customize them however you want. This freedom to do almost anything to your cooler is about the coolest thing that can happen.You need never worry about your picnic or camping trip going awry, not when you have an OtterBox cooler with you. Enjoy your trip and your cooler too- it will keep you cool and allow you to have a cool time. Venture or Trooper- both are veterans to the core.

Canyon Coolers Review

Canyon Cooler Review

Every outfitter remains in the search of a cooler which can take the harsh and adverse climatic conditions head-on and can still survive to serve its actual purpose of keeping the beverages or item inside them cold for ideal consumption.

 But when it comes to picking a product which fits the bill, it is a difficult proposition. The towering choices and deafening promises make it difficult to locate the one product which is the answer to all the questions.

 That is why, today, we bring you a product which might be the ‘cooler’ you have been looking for all along.

What Is So Special about Canyon Coolers?

Canyon coolers are the youngest entry into the outfitter cooler market. Started in 2010 in Flagstaff, Arizona, by a few local adventure sports enthusiasts, started the quest to build a product ready to face the challenges of harsh weather conditions.

The brand offers two variants, known as Outfitter Series & Adventure Series to suit the needs of the different segments of the customers. We will dig a little deeper about these two products in the sections below.

The Outfitter Series

Outfitter is the lower cost version of the coolers but they should not be mistaken to be of cheaper and compromised quality. They come with their own set of merits which qualifies them to be put in a race with the existing best in the range of products. 

Special attention has been paid to build it with the best of the material making them robust with a sturdy ice chest. Its outer walls are thinner compared to its higher-end counterpart which contributes to its lighter weight but the customers may have to compromise on the ice life, which is still more than the other products in the same price range.

The Outfitter series comes in wide size varieties to choose from- 25 quarts, 35 quarts, 55 quarts, 75 quarts, and 125 quarts.With more sizes in the medium size, categories facilitate the customers to choose the ideal size for themselves without bearing the hassle of picking up a size too small or too big.

What Canyon Coolers’ Outfitter Series has in store

While talking about the features of the product, they can be fairly divided based on functionalities, opportunity cost, and emotional cost. We will look at each of the features in detail:


As mentioned earlier, the 5 major offerings cover a large variety of needs which might arise for a different set of customers. The spread is beneficial as it does not limit the customers to small, medium & large sizes and does not burden or deprive them of their suitable requirements. The size variants are 25, 35, 55, 75, and 125 quarts.

Locking Mechanism

The Outfitter coolers come with EZCAM latches, 3 for 25, 35 & 55 quarts and 3 for 75 & 125 quarts. The EZCAM latches are known to improve the squeeze on the lid which elongates the ice retention period.

Outfitter Cooler Material

The coolers are built with the best in the class material to deliver the best result in the price range when compared with others in similar territory. The cooler also comes with HUNKTX foam to enhance the insulation which all the walls, bottom, and lid are covered. There are skid plates, robust handles to support the weight of the cooler, and no-loss drain plug.

Ice Retention

The HUNTX foam coating which is accepted in the industry for its heat insulation qualities is used in the product to ensure the longevity of the ice. However, the ice life promised is still higher than what it offers. The evaluation is done based on a perfect scenario far from real. Yet, the buyers can expect better performance. Potential buyers would also like to note that the ice life may differ based on the severity of the weather conditions.

Ease of Mobility

Given the range of sizes, the smaller ones can fit into the back space of your pickup truck. They are also convenient to carry for short distances. Whereas, the higher the capacity, the more difficult it would be to move them from one place to another. But because of its thinner walls, it should be easier to carry than other coolers.

Is It Pleasing To The Eyes?

Well, being the younger brother of the Adventure Series (which we will look at next), it lacks the good looks and assumes a more modest outlook. They are available in two colors, White Marble & Sandstone.


The Outfitter series still falls under the umbrella of premium coolers owing to the price at which it is available. But I would still call it cheaper when compared with the other brands which are running the same race. The reduction in ice life and use of lighter insulation material has made it more affordable.

The Adventure Series

The premium line of cooler offering from Canyon coolers steals the spotlight with its various designs.They are also gaining popularity for possessing all the qualities which are looked forward in any premium cooler. From modern engineering which equipped it with the ability to tackle the severest of climate to thickest insulation to ensure you always get the perfect ice, to robust handles to support its weight.

What Canyon Coolers’ Adventure Series has in store:

Adventure Series is much talked about for its material and performance in extreme conditions. Let’s delve a little deeper into the quest of understanding its features a little better.


Adventure comes in 4-different choices namely Scout 22, Mule 30, Prospector 103 and 222 Long (numbers in the name representing the size in quarts). Each of them comes in different designs breaking the monotony of the similar shape models.

Material Used

As the product range is quite varied the material used in each of them is also different. Let’s look at them-

Scout 22: Being the smallest and cheapest of the lot, the insulation walls, though being of HUNTX foam (which is better than any cooler on any day) are thinner. They have roto-molded construction helping maintain consistent wall thickness and an ability to create thick corners which prevent damages in cases on accidental fall.

Mule 30 & Protector 103: Even though the size difference is vast, one can still notice the indications of belonging to the same family by looking at the design. The first thing the buyer would notice is the addition of wheels in both these and plus one models. These wheels make the mobility of the coolers easy. The Mule 30 comes along with a Nylon carrying strap which enables the user to carry them around on their shoulder. Whereas the Protector 103 offers rope handle and molded lips for added easy mobility. Both the models boast of the HUNTX foam insulation for longer ice retention and latches 2 and 3 for Mule 30 and Protector 103, respectively.

222 Long: The biggest brother of the series is loaded with features too. Built keeping in mind the people working or exposed to the extreme environmental conditions, this huge cooler lives up to its expectations. Loaded with the Huntsman High-Density PU foam insulation in place of the regular HUNTX foam, effective ice chest, 4 EZCAM latches, internal dividers, marine-grade hinges, and two drain plugs holds a promise of exceptional ice life. Along with the respective features, all adventure series coolers come with an anti-skid base, food-grade gasket, and anti-leak lids.

Ice Retention

The ice retention varies from model to model. The smallest, Scout 22 offers ice retention of 40-50 hours whereas other bigger models Rule 30 and Protector 103 offers the ice life of 100 hours and 160 to 200 hours. The best and biggest in the range, 222 Long, offers 240 to 360 hours of ice retention. Enter your text here...

Ease of Mobility

Though the walls of the coolers of this series are thicker than the Outfitters, the weight is not heavy. The added accouterments to facilitate the movement such as Nylon strap for smaller models and regular rope handles for bigger variants are also in place. The wheels in Mule 30 are an added charm. Overall, mobility is not a problem with this set of coolers.

Is It Pleasing To The Eyes?     

The functional features assume a higher position than the aesthetic features in this series. As in the Outfitter series, the coolers in the Adventure series also come in two colors. One difference which this range sports, is the availability of customized images, logos, etc.


Given the number of features the Adventure series has to offer, the cost is on the decent side. It is cheaper than the other premium cooler brands. Due to its wide range of advantages, it would be a good choice for people who value quality and something which lasts long.That then is the canyon coolers review and you have a comprehensive comparison between the two series- outfitter and adventure. You may choose either, depending on your preference!

Orca Vs Yeti Coolers

Orca Vs Yeti Coolers


The cooler battleground is heating up with Yeti and Orca fighting for the top spot. In fact, most coolers seem at loggerheads with Yeti and are trying to grab a large slice in the cooler workspace.

There’s no getting away from the fact that most of us have heard of YETI but few of us may have heard of ORCA, although it’s a good cooler. ORCA users that have searched for a YETI alternative are satisfied with ORCA’s cooler performance. However, the fact remains that ORCA has been dominated by the acclaimed market leader with ORCA refusing to yield ground. Orca Vs Yeti Coolers has always been a battle royale.

How Yeti and Orca Coolers Compare

YETI has a cool background and is developed by the Seiders brothers- Roy and Ryan, two avid outdoor enthusiasts who were frustrated with the second-rate coolers in the market. Their efforts to produce a cooler that was almost nonpareil succeeded and the first roto-molded cooler was introduced way back in 2006. The YETI cooler soon became a staple piece in hiking, trekking and fishing trips and it created immense brand value. It soon became a household name and for some time exercised a monopoly of sorts in the cooler market.

ORCA (Outdoor Recreation Company of America) CEO Cliff Walker, while drinking a beer from a YETI cooler, brought high-end coolers just as good as YETI but with a difference. They should be exclusively  American-made. The ORCA cooler was born in 2012 and YETI now had competition

Both companies are vying with each other to be the best and are doing their best to come up with technology that gives them the edge in terms of design and functionality.

Where Yeti and Orca meet

Yeti’s roto-molded construction makes it bear resistant and almost indestructible. Orca’s exterior is also certified as bear proof and its thick roto-molded walls keep the outer shell durable.

Both the coolers have additional attachments that allow users to organize and stabilize their coolers while in transport. Yeti’s T-Rex lid latches are made from heavy-duty rubber secure the cooler from accidents while its tie-down points enable easy mounting of cooler on to the vehicle. Orca is not far behind with its whale tail type rubber latches that prevent coolers from being unexpectedly opened. The rubber used is thick and long-lasting. Orca coolers have tie down latches that secure them while being transported. Slipping and sliding is never a problem.Double haul and lip grip handles make for a strong grip and ease the burden of carrying and conveying Yeti coolers from one point to another. The handles feature is made from rubberized marine grade rope. Non-Slip feet at the bottom of the coolers prevent sliding. A vortex drain system that’s leak-proof facilitates swift draining. Orca’s functions include extendable handles that make it easy to carry. The handles feature durable and tough rubberized nylon that helps to get a good grip. The nylon also ensures that weight will not be a problem. Its drainage system is efficient and the spouts are constructed for quick draining. These coolers also include different baskets to organize items.

When it comes to cooler security both Yeti and Orca allow coolers to be locked up so that animals can’t get at them. Orca coolers have drilled out corners in the front- locks of your choice can be placed at each of these corners. Yeti’s Tundra line also has such a locking facility. Both place a great onus on safety and security.

How they score on Accessories

Orca has a large selection of accessories you can attach to your cooler. A cushion turns the cooler into a seat when you're outdoors, while the Molle Wrap webbing- a snap on water repellent cover- can house your phone, a knife, a first aid kit, and even a torch. The cooler also comes with solar panels that have built-in LED lights- the panels can be attached to the cooler. It has a cargo net too that allows you to store cutlery and other stuff. With over 18 accessories to choose, you’re spoilt for choice.

Yeti coolers to come with rod and drink holders, bottle openers, cutting board dividers an interior basket that helps keep sandwiches dry. However, it can’t beat Orca’s selection. Orca wins this round.

Price Points

Price is a huge consideration when it comes to comparing two brands that are equally good. If you’re in search of a quality ice chest, brand and reputation then the YETI is for you. These coolers might just need you to cough up a lot of dollars. Its high prices have made many people back off. ORCA coolers don’t come cheap, but when the same sized coolers are considered, they are more affordable. As far as quality and ice retention goes, ORCA can give YETI a tough fight.


Orca hard-sided coolers span a nice spectrum of sizes- Orca 20, Orca 26, Orca 40, Orca 58, Orca 75, and the Orca 140. It caters to small, medium and large-sized users but doesn’t forget those that are looking at large storage volumes.

YETI comes in different sizes and the range is just enormous.- the small Roadie 20, the Hopper 20, 30 and 40 with  30 being versatile, the YETI Tundra coming in various sizes- 35, 45, 50, 65, 75, 105, 110, 125, 160, 250 and even a 420. Although coolers between 20-75 quarts are likely to be more popular, that extra range of options gives people the choice of a bigger cooler when they need it. Orca’s smaller range though adequate cannot compete with Yeti’s enormous spectrum. This large span of coolers caters to almost every need and requirement.As far as cooler sizes go, Yeti emerges the winner. Coolers are generally measured in quarts, which indicates ice chest capacity- beware! The actual size of the cooler may differ from the capacity in quarts. Most coolers, including YETI, are not reflective of their size- The YETI 35 holds about 28-quarts and a Yeti 45 about 37-quarts.  Orca sizes though are ‘what you see is what you get’- an ORCA 20 will hold 20 quarts and an ORCA 58 holds 58 quarts.

Colors Choices

Yeti models come in White, Desert Tan, Charcoal, and Ice Blue. When you buy through Amazon, some Yeti sizes are available in sea foam green and LT Charcoal. These may cost a little more.Orca coolers are available in the basic green, tan, pink and green. When bought through Amazon, the color selection widens. The coolers are available in crimson, purple, blue, orange, burnt orange and more. The Orca website gives you a big selection of colors and patterns. Custom log colors are also possible with users being able to have their favorite print, color or logo on the cooler they buy. When it comes to color options, ORCA wins hands down.

Ice-Retention: How long will they hold ice?

By using roto-molded polyethylene, Orca has effectively maximized ice life. The thick-walled insulation coated with a seamless plastic layer and absence of seams make Orca’s ice chests very effective. The heavy duty gasket wedged between the walls and the lid keeps the cold in and ensures that warm air from outside doesn’t enter the cooler. It’s arrangement seals off the leak paths and makes the cooler impregnable. Its 3” thick walls and a similar thick roof provides an area of equal thickness throughout the cooler auguring improved ice-retention. No wonder Orca steals a march over Yeti when it comes to ice retention. It holds its own when it comes to premium coolers like YETI and its coolers are designed to retain ice for a long time.  

Using advanced insulating technologies keeps contents cold for a much longer period than any other branded cooler. Thick walls and no seams seem to be a feature that both coolers advocate. ORCA claims its coolers have 10 days of ice life if properly prepped and actual results show that its ice chest stayed at just below 40 degrees F even after four days. Orca coolers have incredible ice retention capacities and are likely to retain ice for a week during summer and a little longer in winter. The larger sized coolers hold the ice in longer.

YETI is not far behind when it comes to ice-retention- so long as the cooler remains closed, it retains ice even after 5 days. It uses Permafrost insulation, which is made of commercial-grade polyurethane foam that’s pressure injected. As the insulation is within the lids and the walls, it ensures that ice lasts longer. Three inches of Permafrost Insulation and use of the Fat Wall Design keeps the ice chest icy and the contents cold. Also, the coldlock gasket, which runs throughout the length of the lid, adds another layer of insulation to ensure that it retains the ice.

Insulating properties were tested when both the coolers were exposed to the 5-day challenge. Orca Cooler 58Q and Yeti Tundra 45 were completely filled with ice and 5 canned drinks were placed within. The coolers were left in sunlight for 5 days. At the end of the period, it was found that the Orca cooler held more ice than its Yeti counterpart. It showed that Orca scored over YETI when it came to ice-retention as it could preserve far more ice than the Yeti.

Restricted Product Lines- the good and bad

ORCA coolers are good! There’s no doubt that the company has been working hard at innovating and adapting. It’s easier for them to do that as they have to confine themselves to a single product line. Such a focus driven approach is sure to pay dividends. That’s why users are noticing its ice chest capabilities. This, though, has made them lose out on other big chunks of market share. That’s why ORCA is not a fully recognized brand like YETI.

YETI’s product lines are diversified and include small coolers for single users, easy carry coolers, tumblers and of course ice chest coolers. It has a finger in many pies, can appeal to a bigger audience and different audiences and also give users a wider variety of products to choose from. This translates into greater brand value and brand recognition.Should ORCA diversify? Maybe it's better it does. A premium product with multiple product lines will help to spread its name across a broader spectrum and become a recognized brand like YETI.

The ultimate analysis? Two great quality coolers that have proved themselves time and time again. Apart from minor differences and a small price difference, there’s nothing to make you choose one over the other. Unless brand name matters to you- then its YETI and if you want to save a few dollars then its ORCA. Whatever way you choose, you can’t go wrong!

The Yeti Alternatives

The Yeti Alternative

There’s no getting away from the fact that YETI is high-end, a reputed brand you will love to own. It’s a cooler that boasts of great capacity, superior ice-retention, strong enough to weather the toughest of conditions and suffer an onslaught at your hands without being unnerved. But, (there’s always one, isn’t there?) there are coolers that compare favorably with YETI in terms of capacity, durability, insulation, quality, and performance. A look at a few YETI-like coolers will iron out those creases of disappointment at not owning the most favored cooler in recent times.

Coolers that stand up to YETI

There are coolers in the market that challenge the market leader with an aplomb that is reassuring. Many competing brands have attempted to up performance and design to nudge past the YETI and give you features you want. Also, these are less expensive than a YETI cooler and worthy of consideration

1. Igloo Yukon Cold Locker

A cooler that’s great in terms of price and ice and yet similar to the YETI Tundra. The Yukon cooler is ahead of the YETI in the ‘alternative game’ and offers many features that the Yeti has and some that it doesn’t! It is an interesting option that lovers of the outdoors will appreciate. Yukon coolers have not disappointed users, who place a great onus on quality and performance.

The dual locking lid keeps food and drinks secure and cool. Coupled with Yukon’s Cool Riser Technology, cooling performance is maximized and the contents of the cooler remain as fresh as ever. Also, the UV inhibitors ensure that the sun doesn’t play havoc. The cooler’s design and thickness is responsible for superior ice-retention. The body of the cooler has 2-inch thick polyurethane insulation and the lid 3-inches of polyurethane insulation. It’s not surprising then that the Yukon cooler can keep ice for periods ranging from a week to two weeks in 90 degrees Fahrenheit. That translates into a vacation that can last just as long.

These coolers are tough, can withstand the rigors of harsh environments, travel through rough terrain and stand up to tough beatings- the hauling and dragging that coolers are generally subjected to. Durability then is not a factor that will cause concern. Also, with a tethered drain plug, cleaning and draining the cooler is easy.

It scores over the YETI in that the Yukon coolers have a fish keeping scale that helps fishing enthusiasts to weigh their catch and a measuring tool on the lid that helps to record the size of the fish. In addition, the lids’ elevated textured surface is ideal for filleting or preparing food. If you’re prepared to ignore the status symbol that YETI has and focus on cost and performance, the Yukon Cold Locker is a great Yeti alternative.

2. RTIC Coolers

Cooler fans will recognize the name- YETI’s biggest competitor in terms of sales. They have lived up to their slogan “Half the price… Holds more ice.” There’s no doubt that these coolers are successful in attracting crowds that shy away from YETI’s atrocious prices

RTIC coolers hold more ice than its arch rival’s coolers and cost 50 percent less in the bargain. Also, they come in different sizes-20, 45, and 60 quarts, make them still more attractive.A hitch in the form of a design issue with YETI means that there has been a temporary setback. RTIC has been involved in a legal tangle over its design, settled a lawsuit with YETI and has had to stop production of its earlier models. But, RTIC is still ticking- it has changed the original design a little but kept the heavy duty latches, non-skid feet, bear resistance and the 3” insulated walls. Get hold of the new RTIC coolers- they’re likely to sell like hotcakes and is a true Yeti alternative.

3. ORCA Coolers

ORCA (Outdoor Recreation Company of America) coolers give YETI’s roto-molded coolers a run for their money. ORCA holds its own well when it comes to ice-retention and beats its counterparts hands down. These coolers perform much better than even YETI coolers and even after 5 days, the ice is not drained. Even in the middle of peak summer (when temperatures hit 100 plus), ORCA 58 defeated its rivals by keeping ice when all the other coolers ran out.Available in a variety of sizes- 20 quarts to 140 quarts and a horde of colors, they stand apart from the rest. If you’re keen on collegiate patterns and color schemes, then ORCA is for you. These coolers are as rugged and sturdy as they come- almost indestructible and able to hold up against nature’s onslaughts and extreme weather conditions. They come with a lifetime guarantee and are stated to be bear proof too. And while ORCA coolers are made in the USA, the bulk of Yeti coolers are made overseas- Philippines, China while some are made in the USA

4. Grizzly Cooler

With that kind of name, it’s obvious that Grizzly is bear proof and all of them come with the IGBC Bear resistance rating. They have been around for some time, but they became popular only when the YETI craze took off in a big way.The EPA- friendly polyurethane foam is not heavy but still affords great insulation. As the lid and entire shell have this foam, your food and drinks are protected more than adequately against the elements. With molded hinges that use stainless steel pins and user-friendly mold-in brass inserts for its latches, the Grizzly cooler lasts longer and performs better. Extra accessories such as jumbo molded handles alongside flexible rope handles offer a good grip. The large drain speeds up drainage- in fact, the Grizzly cooler seems to have thought of everything.Well known for their hard-sided coolers, Grizzly coolers use rotationally molded plastic- that means there’s just a single, seamless piece of plastic used during manufacturing. The thick rubber gasket seals the cold in. All this eliminates weak points and potential leak paths through which cold air can escape. The coolers come in rather stylish and eye-catching colors and the variety of size options give them an edge over their main rivals.With an ice chest that professes to be indestructible, a lifetime guarantee and a price that’s affordable and attractive, Grizzly coolers have a big following of outdoor enthusiasts.

5. ENGEL Cooler

The Engel cooler with the IGBC Bear Resistant Certification is just as good as a Yeti. It mimics the latter when it comes to offering UV resistance, appearance, and longer-lasting color. Its marine grade latches compare well with Yeti’s T-Rex lid latches auguring for an air-tight fit. The ice containers have 2” of insulation and the coolers themselves have a silicone gasket that minimizes the loss of cold air with the passage of time. Engel Coolers’ indestructible coolers are available in varied colors and sizes ranging from 13-quart and above. They offer an ice-retention period which is longer than that offered by a Yeti cooler and are cheaper too. These coolers can withstand the rough and tough that hikers and trekkers subject them to and remain loyal to their owners by keeping drinks and food fresh and cold. It comes with a 10-year warranty too.

6. Palm Coolers

Maybe you haven’t heard of them- you’re forgiven as they are not as popular as the top 5. These coolers have received rave reviews and they toe the RTIC line when it comes to price. They are stated to be about 50 percent less expensive than the biggies. Palm Coolers have 3” thick high-density foam for insulation (a little more than some others) and promises to keep ice for a week (though 5 days may be more realistic). Available in five sizes and three different colors, all of them are equipped with stainless steel hardware, a single piece hinge system, one-piece molded padlock for safe storage, a great gasket and strong rope handles. These coolers are amazing as far as durability and portability go. They stand up well to challenges and extreme weather conditions and strap well to moving vehicles. They come with a bottle opener, non-slip pads, a Palm Koozie and other accessories. With a 10 year warranty on its hard-sided coolers, this small time brand with its low profile is a great YETI alternative.

7. nICE Cooler

If you’re not looking at the top brand, then this one is to own. Side by side, the YETI, and nICE models look pretty much similar. They are not only affordable but reliable too with the double-walled insulation, negative pressure seal gasket, and a pressure-relief button to break the seal when the cooler has been closed for a long time. An integrated lockable lid with T-locks and reinforced hinges together ensure a tight close.These coolers are bear resistant have sturdy carrying handles with soft rubber grips for easy mobility. They are available in 3 sizes (20 quarts, 45 quarts, and 75 quarts) and five colors that are very pleasing. They come with built-in bottle openers and besides a built-in measuring ruler, the lid has built-in cup holders too. Anti-skid pads at the bottom ensure that the cooler remains in place even on wet surfaces.

8. Orion Coolers

These don’t need any validation and this top brand wallows in style, durability, and performance. They are pricey but you can crow over their ice retention abilities. In 6 sizes and a variety of colors, all of them are provided with four aluminum bottle openers and six tie-down points. This handsome cooler is bear resistant and can be locked tightly. A huge plus point is that the latches sit flush to the front making it easy to push the cooler into tight spaces. The cooler comes with a 5-year warranty, although the hinges have a lifetime warranty.Though none of these are YETIs, they are just as good- find one that works for you and you’ll forget the YETI.

Holidays are fun and they bring with it the whiff of the outdoors, the breath of the sea and the views of white beaches, sand, and surf. So, what makes an outing a success? Good company is a big part of it but so is the food and drink. That’s the cue for coolers- without them, your drinks and food will not be heaven. Chances are you will want to go in for the best cooler, but a look at the price could be a dampener. Whoa! Hold it though- it’s not the end of the world- you can always settle for an alternative that’s just as good. Does it matter if you can’t own the much-coveted YETI?