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The Pelican Elite 50 Quart Cooler Rated And Reviewed

If you’re in the market for a heavy duty cooler, this might be the one for you.

The Pelican Elite 50 Quart Cooler‘s “Press and Pull” latches are easy to use by young and old, strong and weak alike, and I think the most secure latches of all the coolers we tested.

Pelican’s rotomolded polypropylene coolers are BPA-free, feature 360 degree freezer-grade gaskets, 2 inch thick polyurethane insulators in the inner lid, have a built-in aluminum bottle opener, non-skid and non-marking raised feet, a molded-in lock hasp with a stainless steel plate, four molded-in tie downs, and integrated cup holders with drainage channels so liquid doesn’t pool in them. The lid also features both metric and US rulers. Coolers are IGBC (Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee) certified against destruction by grizzly bears. Popular Mechanics tested these coolers with a Grizzly bear, and the Pelican was the only cooler capable of preventing a 450-pound Grizzly bear from getting in.

Test Details:

Ice retention. Final cubes of ice melted after 13 days

Heat retention. It took 4.3 hrs. for a ham to drop to 145˚F.

Leakage/Dropped Damage. Did not leak when turned over on its side or top or when dropped from pickup truck. Only suffered minor abrasions on the corners from the test.

Hinges, latches and lid. Sturdy hidden hinge, easy-to-use unique two-stage and low-profile latches, and the lid is comfortable and safe to either sit on or stand on.

Drain efficiency and speed. Sloped channels drained 100% of the water in 49 seconds, the 2nd fastest of all the coolers we tested. Drain plug has an attached plastic lanyard and is threaded to connect to a garden hose.

Handles. Molded polypropylene fixed handles

Dimensions. 30”L x 20”W x 20”H

Weight. 26.39 lbs.

Extras. Available in 9 colorful designs: white/grey, brown/tan, tan/orange, seafoam/grey, dark grey/white, Realtree Extra/OD Green, light blue/grey.

Cost. Approx. $299

Warranty. Lifetime Guarantee, 90 days on gasket.

Country of Origin. Torrance, CA, USA.

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Published On: 11/2/2018 Last Modified: 1/25/2021

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