Pelican 20QT Elite ($200)

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20 qts. (18.9L)

12 lbs. 8 oz.

14, 30, 50, 70, 80, 95, 150 qts.

Lighter and cheaper than the YETI Roadie above.

Also a step down in quality and performance.

For those who aren’t aware, Pelican is an industry top manufacturer of tough, durable cases for protecting and storing everything from camera equipment to laptops, to drones and guns. Thus, the switch to coolers with hard sides was an obvious step. Much like the venerable YETI roadie above, the Pelican 20QT Elite is a smaller capacity option for day trips to the lake and strapping onto on the rear of an ATV as well as other trips away from home. As compared to the Roadie and the Pelican is priced at $50 less (albeit having a bit less storage) however it comes with useful accessories like cup holders integrated with a more user-friendly latch, as well as an extra-strong carry handle. We also appreciate the distinct range of colors, including several colorful and lively three-tone designs.

How do we place the Roadie over the Pelican? The main reasons are the performance and quality. The Rotomolded Roadie is highly praised for its outstanding retention of ice and unquestionably top shelf design The inject-molded Pelican will be one step lower in terms of quality and cooling capabilities (ice retention is reported at just two days however that’s sufficient considering its small size). It’s also worth noting there’s no drain plug on either the Roadie or the Pelican have drain plugs and can make disposing of melting ice an effort. However, if you’re looking to find a mobile alternative for your day trips the Pelican’s small size and affordable price makes it an excellent alternative to YETI. For use at home and for those who work outdoors all day, such as rescue personnel and construction workers — Pelican sells the lighter and smaller 14QT Elite model for $110.