These coolers are designed to withstand the rigors of ATV and UTV riding
With the summer months just around the corner, it’s time to get things ready for your riding adventures. Having a good cooler is important for those epic rides. You want to have cool drinks and good food for the stops along the trail. The hot trend these days are the rotomolded, rugged coolers. These ice chests start out with the same molding process used to make kayaks. They are then filled with dense foam, and they have a thick rubber seal around the lid to keep cold in. You’ll often see boasts of being “bear proof” and this means that the lid can withstand a hungry bear – and yes, they do test them. Here are five of the best coolers you can get for your off-road adventures.
Yeti Tundra 75
Yeti started the cooler revolution with the first commercially successful rotomolded cooler. It has two inches of polyurethane foam insulation in the sides and three inches in the lid. The 75-quart model will hold 50 cans, enough for everyone on the trail to have a cold drink. They have built-in slots for tie downs to secure the cooler in the bed of your UTV and Yeti makes several brackets and locks to secure the expensive cooler in your machine.
Canyon Coolers 74 Qt. Outfitter
Canyon Coolers are one of the newer companies on the market and it came out swinging. Canyon Coolers originally designed its products for river rafters, so you know how tough the cooler is. The company is so confident in its products that it offers a lifetime warranty with the coolers. Ice retention is amazing – between 7 and 16 days. The latches are recessed, so they won’t snag on anything and hold the lid securely.
Polaris Northstar Coolers
You just knew Polaris would get in the cooler game. Its Northstar coolers have all the features you’d expect from a rotomolded cooler, with the addition of being designed for off-road use. If you’re driving a RZR, General or Ranger, there’s no doubt the Northstar cooler will fit in the back. And if you’re buying a new ride, maybe get the cooler as an accessory?
Pelican Elite Cooler
Pelican makes many of the gun cases and other containers for the U.S. Military, so while it doesn’t go around saying its coolers are “military grade,” they really are. With a 360-degree freezer-tight seal and 10-day ice retention, the Pelican has a ton to offer. What’s better, the cooler is up to 30% lighter than competitors’ coolers and still just as durable if not more.
When there are so many cooler companies out there, you have to do something to stand out. Orion did so by adding metal bottle openers on the four corners and including a padded, non-slip surface to the lid so the cooler can be stood upon. Ice retention is 7+ days and the Orions come with a light for inside the cooler. These are big, tough over-built coolers that will last for years.