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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
Ice Coolers are an integral part of any camping trip or fishing expedition. They are life saviors which keep the drinks and food cool on a hot summer day while on a long road trip! They are the perfect travel partners for the adventurous at heart.
The market offers different varieties of coolers and it's sometimes difficult to choose the best one to buy. The coolers come in different colors and shapes, there are different capacities or quarts to choose from and variation in insulation capability and durability. Its best cooler should have the longest ice retention capacity, should be durable and priced right.
The main market leaders in ice coolers are Yeti, ORCA, K2, Grizzly, and Mammoth. But it was Yeti’s high performing and ultra durable coolers which started the revolution in ice-coolers. Yeti, like other premium ice-coolers, uses the rotomolding technology to manufacture their coolers. This ensures that the insulation in the cooler is uniform and leads to better ice-retention capacity.
The rotomolding technology, as the name suggests, pours the insulating liquid in the mold of the ice cooler while rotating it continuously at a specific speed. With this method, the insulation is uniform throughout the cooler, even in the corners and joints. This is the technology which is most popular for manufacturing ice coolers now and all premium coolers are rotomolded. The rotomolded coolers are heavy as compared to other ice coolers but are most durable and come with a lifetime warranty.
Both Mammoth and Yeti produce rotomolded ice coolers and are based in the USA. Although Yeti was the pioneer in premium ice coolers, many brands have come up with similar products giving stiff competition to Yeti. Mammoth coolers are one of the biggest competitors for Yeti., Yeti has even filed a lawsuit against Mammoth coolers alleging that their products are uncannily similar to Yeti and they are infringing on patented technology. The lawsuit’s verdict was kept very hushed but Mammoth’s declining market presence is an indicator of what the verdict would have been.
Even though Yeti and Mammoth are similar in many aspects, there are a few areas where one outshines the other.
Our review today will try to highlight the features of both Yeti and Mammoth ice-coolers and help you choose the best cooler for your requirements and budget.
Yeti’s products are highly priced compared to any other premium segment coolers. The price is high owing to Yeti’s brand name and amazing manufacturing quality. Owning a Yeti Cooler is more of a status symbol nowadays and thus the high price. Something like owning an apple phone! Mammoth Coolers are priced in the medium range and offer almost similar features like Yeti. The question which needs to be answered now is do you want to shell out a lot more dollars for a brand that is widely recognized and is more of a status symbol or would you rather buy a reasonably affordable cooler which serves your requirements equally well? If your answer is yes to the first question, then Yeti is the right choice for you, else Mammoth would be a better buy.
Mammoth and Yeti coolers are neck-to-neck in terms of insulation and ice retention capacity. The Mammoth coolers have double-sided rotomolded walls along with thick rubber gasket and T-latch which keep the cold air inside and give 5 to 6 days of ice retention. The Yeti coolers are also manufactured with the “Fatwall” design and have walls with 2” thickness filled with Permafrost insulation. This ensures good insulation along with keeping the weight of the cooler in check. Both the coolers need to be prepped before use and this is true for any rotomolded cooler. They need to be cooled by first keeping an ice bag in the cooler before filling it up with drinks and food and taking it away on a trip. In terms of insulation, it is difficult to choose between Yeti and Mammoth and it all comes down to which cooler appeals more to you.
Mammoth coolers take pride in their double-sided walls and high-quality stainless steel hardware which produces durable coolers. The Mammoth coolers provide a lifetime warranty on their products but it’s hardly ever required! Yeti coolers also come with rotomolded technology and boast of the Yeti NEVERFAIL Hinge System which makes the coolers durable. The Yeti coolers come with a 5-year limited warranty. Some earlier versions of Yeti coolers had bent due to use and if someone sat on them, but the latest Yeti coolers are sturdy enough and can take the weight of people sitting on them. In fact, both the Yeti and Mammoth coolers can be used as an extra seat or table while out on a camping trip.
The International Grizzly Bear Committee has certified both Yeti and Mammoth coolers as bear attack resistant and thus both can be taken on a camping trip. In terms of durability, it's difficult to make a choice between Yeti and Mammoth coolers. They both have their own strengths in their technology and manufacturing.
The Mammoth cooler comes in the small and big variants and both are easy to move around despite their heavy duty build. The smaller Mammoth coolers come with an overhead handle while the bigger versions come with nylon rope handles on the side. Both the overhead handle and the nylon rope handles provide super grip and easy mobility. They can be packed in the back of a car trunk or a pick-up truck., Yeti also provides overhead handles for its smaller coolers and nylon ropes on the sides for the bigger coolers. Both the overhead handle and nylon ropes have a rubber grip which is easy to use.
Due to its rotomolded built, the Yeti coolers are heavy to be moved around especially by a single person. They are great to be carried around in a vehicle but are difficult to be included on a hiking trip, etc. Both the Yeti and Mammoth coolers have rubber grips at the bottom which act as supports and avoid slippage. The coolers do not move around much in the vehicle thanks to the rubber grip and thus there are lesser chances of the cooler bouncing in the car trunk.
The Mammoth coolers come with a high-flow drain port for draining out excess ice-water but the drain cap is not attached to the cooler body and thus there are high chances that the cap gets lost while in the process of draining the water. Also, the cooler would be required to be tilted or moved around for all the water to drain. The Yeti cooler also claims to have a high-flow drain pipe for easy release of the melted ice-water, though in reality, the drainage system leaves a lot of mess on the floor because of water spillage while draining. Thus, both Yeti and Mammoth coolers provide ease of mobility and use.
The place where Mammoth coolers fall short as compared to the Yeti coolers is in the variety and options available. While the Yeti Coolers come in various sizes and colors, the Mammoth coolers have only 2-3 varieties with limited color options. The Yeti Coolers are used worldwide and enjoy global success. The Yeti coolers come in various sizes, to suit everyone’s requirement and also have a wide range of colors to choose from. There is no match for Yeti’s product offerings.
Apart from selling world-class coolers, Yeti also manufactures other accessories like drinking cups, soft-molded coolers etc. Mammoth doesn’t have a wide range of products and offers only a limited number of coolers with more-or-less standard features. Mammoth believes in providing quality products while Yeti propagates the principle of variety in life. Yeti gives its customers a wider array of products to suit every budget and requirement. Thus, Yeti is the clear winner among the two when it comes to product variety and features.
Above, we have reviewed both Yeti and Mammoth ice coolers and the decision to choose one over the other is difficult. Both the coolers boast of amazing performance and durability along with ease of use and mobility. The only area where the two have a marked difference is in their price and additional features.
If you are looking for a cooler which comes in various sizes and colors and are not shy of shelling out a lot more money, then Yeti coolers are perfect for you. But if you are looking for quality and durability at an affordable price, then Mammoth coolers are a perfect choice. It all boils down to price and features!
The cooler market is flooded with products which make it harder, if not impossible, to pick a product which fulfills all the requirements of a buyer. It would be unfair to have any discussion about coolers and not include Kysek and Yeti. The cooler industry stalwarts are pushing limits and not shying away from leaving any stone unturned to include innovative features into their products.
The name Kysek is almost taken as synonymous for innovation. After winning the award for offering the best insulation in its thermodynamic DuroCold model, Kysek has established the fact loud and clear. Their recent launches in development of sensors which works with the mobile app have been revolutionary. It is one of the most audacious and premium brands which has labeled its products as being the The Ultimate Ice Chests. It becomes mandatory for someone that makes such a bold claim to live up to the expectations.
It would not be wrong to say ‘Yeti’ is the most popular name in the cooler market. This is the reputation they have acquired by providing value for money, exceptional services and by building loyal customers. Yeti has the longest range of products on offer as opposed to all its competitors. Most known for its Yeti Tundra Series, Yeti Roadie, Yeti Tank Series, and Yeti Silo Series, it has a major dominance in the cooler market.
The competition between both the brands is stiff. Owing to its innovative product line and by offering quality products over the years Kysek and Yeti,, have enjoyed their share of market dominance to a great extent. But, let’s see, which one fares out on all turfs when pitted against each other as per their features and other offerings.
Kysek and Yeti coolers, both adopt the rotomolded technique for manufacturing their hard-chest coolers. Rotomolding can be defined as a process where high temperature and low pressure applies to make hollow plastic. It is durable as they often come out in a single piece rather than joining multiple plastic parts. Then Polyurethane is filled in the walls, bottom, lid and any other crevices which maintain the cooling in the product, for both the brands.
But Kysek has the thickest walls amongst all the brands present in the market. Given the choice of model, the walls can range from somewhere between 3 to 4 inches. Along with that, Kysek coolers are strong. The brand has often been seen advertising it as a product that can a cutting board.
Kysek coolers have a simple line of sizes which are easier to remember and recall. Their major models are 25L, 35L, 50L, 75L, 100L, and 150L. Remembering the sizes available in the Yeti coolers case is a little difficult. Their Tundra Series alone has 13 sizes along with 1 in Roadie series (18.5 quarts), 2 in Tank lineup (45 quarts and 85 quarts) and 1 in Silo lineup (6 gallons).
As a customer, it is easy to remember what Kysek offers. Matching the requirements with what Yeti coolers have to offer and then finding the right series which fits the bill and ensuring it is of the right size is a bit of a daunting task.
With great space comes great weight. The more the chest cooler has to offer the heavier it will become which hinders the easy movement of the coolers. The special feature called HeavyHaulers Inset Wheels present in all models of Kysek coolers, except 25 quarts, is great. Wheels, which were mostly reserved for higher-end premium models as an industry norm has been broken by it and included in all models except one. They also come with Heavy Duty Easy Grip Handles’. The ropes are attached to the rubber base for easier grip in all weather conditions.
Yeti coolers again have an elaborate structure when it comes to its different models. While the Tundra model comes with double hauled handles with rubber grips, the Roadie has got an overhead carrying handle again with a grip to provide better control and anti-slip characteristics. The Tundra Haul model do away with rope or overhead handle rather it comes with never flat wheels’ and to tow it around it has a STRONGARM handle which is movable. The Silo model comes with side rope handle and Steadysteel handle.
Kysek coolers have sometimes been seen to over-test the ice life. In certain claims, it mentioned ice life ranging from 10 to 22 days which is a little far-fetched promise. But yes, the ice life offered by Kysek coolers is on a higher side as against those offered in the market. Packed with ‘Optimal Density Insulation’, Kysek offers ice retention for up to 2 weeks in normal conditions and up to 10 days or 240 hours in a harsher climate, which is decent.
Yeti coolers have claims of providing ‘unmatched ice retention’. Yeti has dominated the market for a long, long time by offering what is promised. The larger coolers offer a longer ice life, given the amount of ice that can be put in use and once the temperature gets stabilized inside the cooler, the heat takes time to cause any effect.
The customers are always looking for more. Once the functional requirements are fulfilled, the obvious choice becomes the product which is visually appealing as well and which resonates with them. In this domain, Kysek coolers adopt a more traditional approach towards its design and do not have a lot of aggressive curves which is becoming a signature in upcoming designs of other premium brands. It can be said the Kysek strategy to design is more simplistic. It has, however, experimented with the color of the models, offering seven colors for smaller ones and up to 4 for its bigger models, marine blue, camo hunter, marine white and hunter green. One thing which would work in the favor of Kysek coolers is to make the option of color customization to its customers.
The aesthetic features offered by Yeti is a little doubtful considering its traditional design and basic colors. As with Kysek, they are also missing the sharp edges and attractive color scheme from their catalog. Yeti Tundra comes in 4 basic colors coral, desert tan, ice blue and white. The bigger models come in sheer white color. This is one area of concern from customer’s point of view, given they might want to add an attractive accessory to their travel plan which Yeti does not offer on so many grounds. Also, the light color makes them more susceptible to get dirty as the terrains are not always favorable and could be wet and slushy.
The other features which play a huge role in the overall performance of any product hold a very prominent position in the entire discussion. Talking about features, Kysek coolers are loaded with them. The Posilatch system ensures an airtight seal making the longer ice-retention a possibility. Supporting the latch is the freezer-grade rubber gasket. Its thick gasket provides the required squeeze to maintain and keep the ice for an extended period. Kysek coolers also comes with an in-built bottle opener which cuts down the need of carrying more equipment. The other exciting features further down the list are Non-skid base, a 2-inches drain plug, Kysek Code Blue- a sensor to detect the temperature inside the ice-chest and uses Bluetooth to send the notifications.
Yeti offers a wide variety of accessories along with the essential features. The food grade thick coldlock gasket, T-Rex lid latches trap the cold inside preventing escape when the ice-chest is shut. Yeti has a huge selection of other accessories which can be bought and used to enhance the user experience. Things like a seat cushion, dividers, ice packs, etc. are easily available in the market.
Quality can never come in cheap and Kysek coolers are a perfect example of the same. There is a reason they fall under the range of premium coolers and the features offered are not the only reason. The price justifies its presence in the top charts. But longer ice retention and the overall quality of the product is worth the money spent.
Yeti coolers, on the other hand, are full-blown expensive. Yes, they have one of the best ice chests the market has to offer backed by excellent performance and a completely new set of avenues to explore in the accessories domain but still it is out of bounds of a lot of customers. Because of the availability of uncountable choices in the market in an acceptable price range, Yeti is not the first choice of the middle-class customers. Analyzing the situation, Yeti has begun to cut down the prices of its products. It would be nice to see how the market reacts to the upcoming arrangement.
Kysek coolers win this battle by a small margin. Though Yeti has a glorious past and a huge base of loyal customers, but Kysek beats it in the ice retention area in the present scenario. The presence of wheels in almost all its models is another positive point in this review because carrying the bigger size coolers becomes a huge task once filled with ice and items. Also, as compared to the Yeti coolers, Kysek coolers are budget-friendly and offer almost similar benefits.
Coolers come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be selected based on the trip you are embarking on.
Hard coolers are more durable and can be taken along on fishing trips and hikes across rough terrain as they can take the wear and tear that rough climatic conditions cause. Soft coolers are easier to carry around as they are lighter, and can be taken along on camping trips and picnics at the park.
When it comes to soft coolers, the Rtic line of coolers has proven to be successful. With competitive pricing and loads of features, Rtic soft coolers are a must buy if you are planning to go on a trip outdoors.
Rtic's motto, which is 'Overbuilt, not overpriced', is a strong indicator of what the brand's coolers are all about. Packed with features and a lower price, Rtic soft coolers are one of the most efficient coolers available in the market.
Rtic offers its soft coolers in four sizes – Softpak 8, Softpak 20, Softpak 30 and Softpak 40. The coolers are named after the number of cans and pounds of ice they can accommodate. For example, the Rtic Softpak 20 can carry 20 cans and 20 pounds of ice.
In this review, we will look at the Rtic Softpak 20 and 30 and compare them to see which the better buy is. First, let us look at the features these coolers offer.
The Rtic Softpak 20 can accommodate 20 cans, 20 pounds of ice, or 15 quarts of water. The Rtic Softpak 30 can carry 30 cans, 30 pounds of ice, or 22 quarts of water. You should go with the Rtic Softpak 30 if you want to carry more cans.
The Rtic Softpak 30 can retain ice longer since it can carry a larger amount of ice. The more the ice, the longer it will last. So if you are planning to go on a longer trip, you could think about taking the Rtic Softpak 30 along with you.
The Rtic Softpak 20 weighs in at 3 pounds when empty while the Rtic Softpak 30 weighs in at 4 pounds. So if you are looking for a cooler that is lighter to carry around, you could go for the Rtic Softpak 20.
The exterior material that both the Rtic Softpak 20 and 30 are made of is 100% waterproof. You do not have to worry about the fabric getting wet while you are on the trip. The fabric's waterproof nature also makes it easier to clean, which means you do not have to worry about your cooler getting mold or stains on it.
The Rtic Softpak 20 and 30 come with a heavy-duty zipper that has been engineered, so that once zipped, it does not allow liquids to leak out of the cooler. Even if you tip the cooler upside down, the zipper will ensure that no moisture seeps out. Both Rtic coolers come with a zipper lubrication pack that can be used if you have any trouble unzipping the cooler.
Both the Rtic Softpak 20 and 30 come with an easy-to-open cooler lid that allows ample access to the contents within. The lid is also tight-fitting, so you do not have to keep zipping the cooler shut every time you open it. This means easier access for you as you can just open the lid, take your drink out and close the lid back again, and you will not have to worry about chilled air escaping from the cooler.
The inside of the Rtic Softpak 20 and 30 are lined with an anti-microbial material. This ensures that mold does not grow within the cooler and contaminate the contents within.
The Rtic Softpak 20 and 30 come encased in hard nylon, which is resistant to punctures and tears. This adds to the durability of the coolers.
When you open the lids of both the Rtic Softpak 20 and 30, you notice how thick the insulation is. In fact, both coolers come with 2 inches of closed-cell insulation foam on the lid and 1 inch of the insulation foam on the cooler walls. This acts to secure the chilled air within the cooler and works to keep warm air from entering the cooler.
In addition, the closed-cell nature of the insulation foam adds density, which increases the structural strength of the cooler's walls. Closed-cell insulation is the type that is used for wetsuits, which goes to show how useful it is in repelling water and keeping cold air within the cooler.
The Rtic Softpak 20, and 30, come with handles on each side as well as a shoulder strap, which means you can choose which way you want to carry the cooler.
While the Rtic Softpak 20 and 30 coolers are tough on the outside, they are still light-weight. The fabric that encapsulates both coolers is tough and laminated, and the seams are welded to ensure both durability and portability.
The Rtic Softpak 20 and 30 both come in a variety of colors, with the Rtic Softpak 20 gaining the edge over the Rtic Softpak 30 when it comes to the number of colors offered.
Also, the Rtic Softpak 20 comes in pink camouflage, pink, tan, blue with grey, blue with white texturing, brown with white texturing, viper brown, viper white, and brown camouflage.
The Rtic Softpak 30 comes in pink camouflage, pink, tan, blue with white texturing, seafoam green, and brown camouflage.
So if you want a greater variety of colors to choose from for your cooler, the Rtic Softpak 20 is your best bet.
To sum it up, both the Rtic Softpak 20 and 30 offer the same great benefits such as a leak-proof, puncture-resistant, durable exterior. They differ in their capacity, weight and ice retention times.
So if you are looking for a cooler that is light and if you do not mind being limited to being able to carry only 20 cans, choose the Rtic Softpak 20. But if you want a cooler that can store more and keep ice for longer, and you do not mind a little extra weight, choose the Rtic Softpak 30. Either way, you are getting a high-quality cooler.