With Memorial Day weekend upon us, hopefully all of you are getting a little outside time.  Not all pools are open, but there are a few swimming holes that should accommodate.  It’s the first three day weekend we’ve had in a while, and it’ll be nice to disconnect for a while.  We’re planning on doing a lot of outside stuff: playgrounds, walks, the pool, cooking out, the Tiger/Phil/Peyton/Brady match, the lake.  Lots of moving around.  With two kids and some heat, we always have a cooler with us.  I like the softies, but today let’s get into the hard coolers.  I like these because they give me a place to sit.

Here’s what I’ve got my eye on:

From top left:

1. Yeti 24 Roadie: The new release from Yeti is really awesome.  It’s lighter than the predecessor, and is shaped so that it’ll fit on the floorboard in the back seat.  Brilliant.  And the Navy blue is great.
2. Orca Liddup 35 Cooler: I’m a big fan of the 35 qt size.  Just big enough, but not TOO big.  A packed 45+ cooler is tough to move around, but the 35 is manageable.  And it’s made in the USA!
3. Stanley Adventure 16qt Cooler: A great size for a long day of fishing (lunch and a few beers) or as a surf fishing set up for bait.
4. Onitis 45 Cooler: A new entry to the cooler game, but pretty innovative.  More to come on these guys…
5. Igloo 7qt Playmate Cooler:  Grateful Dead themed.  Sold.
6. Igloo Retro 25 Picnic Cooler: We used to have one of these growing up, and my brother and I used to sit on it together.  Perfect seating for two kiddos.
7. Pelican Elite 50 Cooler: Top shelf.  Built like a tank.
8. Coleman 54 Quart Steel Belted Cooler: Personally, I love the retro look.  We’ve got an old Coca Cola cooler that we use for parties, but it sucks at keeping ice.  This one has a retro shell with modern technology.  Check and mate.

What cooler are you sporting these days?



  1. Will
    05/21/2020 / 6:52 AM

    Nice to see the Roadie has lighter design. Yeti always appealed to me for being tough way more than keeping ice for days. I’d argue most of the time I need my cooler cold 3-6 hours not 3/6 days. Not to mention there’s nothing like pulling a cold one from ice WATER, not just ice. Yeti- if you are listening— make a “Yeti Light” maybe not bear proof— just with your hinges and latches than I can carry without putting on BenGay and might be able to hold an extra six pack or two for a day on the water. I promise it would sell like wildfire.

    • HL
      05/22/2020 / 8:10 AM

      I agree with all your points. I use the flip 12 and flip 18 (bought 12/18 was a gift) and they let the ice melt just enough and are not bricks to carry.

  2. JMR
    05/21/2020 / 1:30 PM

    Red Igloo – I think it’s the legacy. Serves double duty of keeping drinks cold or resting smoked brisket.

  3. Kyle
    05/21/2020 / 2:56 PM

    Orca coolers. I have multiple. Living in Nashville I like supporting the local guys and I have no complaints on the coolers.

  4. B. Scott Robinson
    05/21/2020 / 4:33 PM

    I bought a vintage’70s Coleman steel cooler from the rear of the restaurant vintage selection at Homegrown on Memorial. It looks great, keeps stuff cool, and stands apart from the Yeti clones.

    There are boatloads of them on eBay.


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