ORCA Walker Tote ($240)

From light and portable designs to burly options for days on the water, we break down the best soft-sided coolers
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18 cans (with ice)

3 lbs. 9.6 oz.

Easy to access, highly durable, and versatile size.

Relatively limited feature set.

ORCA’s Walker Tote is a perfect spot in the market for soft coolers it’s lighter, smaller and more manageable than larger models like that of the RTIC Soft Pack and YETI Hopper M30 above, while also offering greater ice retention and structure than the more minimalist and compact models such as that of Hydro Flask Insulated Tote and the REI Pack-Away. While testing the ORCA We were awed by its well-rounded and functional construction: The portability is fantastic through the cushioned shoulder strap or the sturdy handle (the one with magnets that keep both sides) The inside is well-insulated to keep the contents cool throughout the day The exterior is stylish and sturdy with a solid construction, strong materials, and a sturdy base which keeps the bottom safe. We also appreciate the large zippered opening which creates an excellent seal and allows easy get inside.

Why aren’t we putting ORCA’s Walker Tote higher? ORCA Walker Tote higher? The reason lies in the basic features set, which has one front pocket. The pocket is water-proof and well can hold items such as our larger smartphones keys, keys, and other smaller items however we would have liked ORCA would have added more connections on the outside. It’s worth noting that the standard Walker collection has daisy chain webbing as well as D rings on the front to hold extra items and accessories, but it’s a significant increase in cost ($260 to buy the 20-can version) and adds an open-top zipper that is harder to open. If you’re okay with the limited capacity The Walker Tote is one of the most adaptable alternatives on our list. It’s is the current choice of this author for trips of a short duration.

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