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Which Pelican Cooler Should I Buy?


Pelican Coolers are Built for Life! 

Keeping your beverage or food cold when camping or going to a party is essential. Having the right Pelican cooler will accomplish just that.

Pelican was founded in 1976 by Dave Parker and his wife Arline in their Torrance, California garage. Dave is an avid scuba diver who recognized the need for quality leak-proof cases and flashlights. He got his first patent for the Pelican Float, then the SabreLite flashlight and Protector cases followed. In 2012 Pelican branched out and started creating tough, durable, and reliable coolers and backpacks.

Hard-sided Coolers


When it comes to durability, performance, and ergonomic design, just “good enough” doesn’t cut it. As a result, Pelican™ Elite Coolers perform to higher standards — better than any cold locker, tougher than any icebox. Pelican™ Elite Coolers are true next-generation innovations, created to last a lifetime.

  • EZ-pull Latches
  • Built-in Cupholders
  • Bottle Opener
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Made in the USA
  • Rubber Feet
70-Qt. Cooler

Elite 70-Qt. Cooler

Great for a 4-person, 2-day trip
Internal: 24.75" x 12” x 14.3"
External: 36" x 20.3" x 21"

Extra Features:
  • 9 Full Days Ice Retention
  • Certified Grizzly Proof
  • Corrosion Resistant Stainless Steel
50 Qt. Cooler

Elite 50-Qt. Cooler

Great for a 4-person, 2-day trip
Internal: 14.6" x 10.2” x 11"
External: 25.3" x 19" x 18.4”

Extra Features:
  • 8 Full Days Ice Retention
  • Freezer-grade Seal
30 Qt. Cooler

Elite 30-Qt. Cooler

Great for a 2-person, 2-day trip
Internal: 17.5" x 11” x 13.7"
External: 30" x 20.3" x 20.4”

Extra Features:
  • Molded-In Lock Hasp
  • 7 Days of Ice Retention
20 Qt. Cooler

Elite 20-Qt. Cooler

Perfect for a weekend road-trip
Internal: 12" x 6.7" x 14.1"
External: 18.8" x 12.6" x 17.7”

Extra Features:
  • Molded-In Tie Downs
  • 2 Days of Ice Retention

Soft-side Coolers

Soft-side Coolers

Offering a convenient and lightweight alternative to hard coolers, soft-sided coolers are durable, easy to carry, waterproof, leakproof, and keep ice cold!

  • Leak-resistant Zipper
  • Padded Shoulder Strap
  • Compressed Molded Base
Backpack Cooler

Backpack cooler

Exterior: 22" x 13" x 8"

Extra Features:
  • Six Pack of Cans
  • Puncture-resistant Material
  • Insulated Inner Walls
  • Wide Roll-top Opening
  • External Storage
Sling Cooler

Sling Cooler

Interior :14.6" x 5.9" x 5.9"
Exterior: 18.3" x 7.5" x 7.5"

Extra Features:
  • Twelve Cans or Four Wine Bottles with Ice
  • Wide Opening for Easy Access
  • Water-resistant, Tear-proof Outer Shell
Soft-side Cooler

Soft-side Cooler

Interior: 12" x 6" x 7"
Exterior: 14" x 7.5" x 12"

Extra Features:
  • 840 Durable, Double Coated Fabric
  • Dual-Lock Buckle System
  • Twelve Can Capacity
  • Food-grade Liner
  • Stainless Steel Tie-downs

Wheeled Coolers

Dog with Wheeled Cooler

Pelican wheeled coolers are certified bear-resistant from the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee. These coolers are specifically designed to reduce bear-human interactions and encounters. Perfect for fishing, tailgating, a weekend camping trip, backyard cookouts, beach trips, summer festivals, boating, small game, food transportation, and the job site.

Wheeled Cooler

Elite 45-Qt. Wheeled cooler

Interior: 19" x 12" x 12" Exterior: 29.66" x 20" x 19.25"

  • Press & Pull Latches
  • Built-in Bottle Opener
  • Non-skid, Non-marking and Raised Rubber Feet
  • Heavy-duty Wheels
  • Drain Plug
  • Trolley Handle

Travel Bottles & Tumblers


On-the-go? No problem, Pelican has a new line of Traveler tumblers and bottles that are sleek and designed with the highest standards in mind. They are guaranteed to keep hot beverages hot and keep cold beverages cold. 

  • Stays hot up to 12 hours
  • Stays cold up to 24 hours
  • Easy to carry
  • 18/8 Prograde Stainless Steel, BPA Free


Size: 22-Oz. & 32-Oz.

Extra Features:
  • Copper Plated Inner Wall
  • Double-wall Vacuum Insulation
  • Easy Screw-in Lid with Slide Closure
  • Powder-coated Finishes


Size: 32-Oz. & 64-Oz.

Extra Features: 
  • Non-slip Rubber Base
  • Sweat-proof Powder-coated
  • Guaranteed for Life

Whether you need a large cooler or small, easily transportable or bulky, there's a Pelican cooler for you. Made from the toughest material to tackle the toughest adventures, with ice retention for days! Created to last a lifetime, Pelican Coolers have the right cooler for the right occasion.