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Pelican Elite Coolers: Bear-Proof and Travel Ready

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This is not your average department store cooler by any means. Pelican, a proven leader in rugged equipment has done it again with their Elite Cooler products. Delivering on their well-earned reputation, Pelican brought their long history of building high-quality rugged gear into the design. This cooler is a game changer.

Inside the sturdy exterior of the Elite Coolers is a two-inch thick polyurethane insulation layer that features a freezer-grade gasket, which has been tested to retain ice for up to ten days (more on this later). Imagine how nice this would be on your next camping, fishing or hunting adventure.

One of the nicest, most-thought-out features that I found in this series (among many) was the design of its sloped drain system with a threaded and tethered cap—which can be easily connected to a standard garden hose. I’ve owned good coolers in the past with drains and caps, and it’s a great feature. This, in my opinion, takes this product line to the next level.

Pelican Elite Cooler

Noteworthy to mention are the interior dimensions of the Pelican Elite Coolers in comparison with those of its competitors in the same size rating. I think you’ll find that you're getting more for your hard-earned money, as they're rated at true capacity, not just general class size.

How durable are the Elite Coolers? Well, if Pelican’s reputation for rugged cases wasn't enough, this series of coolers is actually certified by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee. For an example of why these coolers were able to pass "the bear test," check out the video below.

Here are some other notable features:

  • Dual-handle system, both molded in and hinged to accommodate ease of transportation
  • Wide press-and-pull latches for easy use, even when wearing gloves
  • Molded-in tie down points to aid in securing to a boat, truck, four wheeler, etc.
  • Non-skid and non-marking raised feet
  • Molded-in lock clasps with stainless steel plate for security
  • Stainless steel hardware
  • An integrated fish scale on the lid
  • And last but not least: Pelican’s Lifetime Warranty

How is it possible for ice to last ten days?

This particular claim certainly got my attention, so here's the scoop. Pelican tested their cooler by placing it in a room with continuously circulated forced air, heated to 90° F. They filled the cooler with commercial cubed ice and let the test run. After ten days of this, the cooler retained ice inside. Now, I know what you're thinking, and you’re right that this was a controlled test—actual real world use is going to vary. But I, for one, feel very confident that these coolers will outperform most of their competitors with little effort.

When you’re ready for your next great outdoor adventure, these rugged coolers will not let you down. The Pelican Elite Coolers are available in six sizes (35, 45, 65, 95, 150 and 250 quart) and two color options (Tan or White). Whether you need a smaller size for short excursions, or a mega-cooler for the back of your truck, there's an Elite Cooler that's just right for you.