If you have $300 burning a hole in your pocket and you just can’t live without owning one of the best coolers money can buy, then boy do we have a treat for you. This summer, we tested three radically different coolers that all happen to fall in the same price range. They did cooling duty in off-road situations, beach and boat trips, at soccer and lacrosse tournaments, and at summertime parties. These coolers got equal doses of mud, sand, sun, and water. At one point, a high-quality cooler was hard to find. Nowadays, they’re plentiful. That being said, the three we’ve chosen to highlight deserve an extra nod if you find yourself in the market.
If owning a large cooler capable of swallowing a weekend’s worth of food and drinks is your desire, the Orca 58-quart is an excellent choice. Besides having the ability to swallow up to 72 cans, this baby has some other great features as well! The lid has an internal gasket that keeps the cool in and the nasty out. It also has a cargo net cable of holding objects like bottle openers or knives, that typically accompany coolers on an adventure.
A Cooler for Life
When you are on a camping trip or going for a weekend ride in the UTV you want food and drinks to be preserved and kept cool, but you also want quick access to said delicacies. That’s where a zipperless lid comes in handy and this cooler from Arctic Zone has it. You can also keep your food intact with the hard liner and shelf. No more pancaked sandwiches. Its leak-proof, easy-to-clean liner and abrasion- and puncture-resistant exterior make it a durable cooler as well.
The Versatile Option
If large, portable storage is your jam, then the IceMule Boss will be an amazing addition to your camping stash. The backpack design means the ultimate in portability, especially if hiking a portion of the adventure is in order. The Tri-Fold DriTop makes opening and closing the cooler simple, even with wet, muddy hands. Gone are the days of fumbling with a zipper to get to the grub and frosty beverages. The proprietary IM AirValve gives owners the ability to add air to the cooler, which helps with the insulation effectiveness. The Boss also has three large pockets, designed to keep sensitive electronics and other delicate items both secure and dry! We’ve loaded our Boss with more than 50 pounds of weight, and it handled the job with ease.