ORCA (Outdoor Recreational Company of America) is another popular cooler maker that rivals Yeti and RTIC. Their designs are identified by the whale-fin shaped rubber T-locks on all of their coolers. Also based in the U.S., ORCA is a very wide selection of colors and schemes on all their coolers. Below are the best coolers on ORCA’s catalog.
ORCA’s most popular product by far is the Classic cooler and it comes in the following sizes-20, 26, 40, 58, and 70qt. The Classic’s design is not too dissimilar from Yeti or RTIC’s best-selling products, as it is roto-molded and has four small pegs at the bottom for stability wherever you place it. There is also a small cargo net on the backside for small items and foods.
The side handles are what separate the Classic from Yeti or RTIC coolers of similar construction. They are extendable rather than bolted into the side of the cooler, allowing one or more people to distribute the carrying load easier. Larger versions of the Classic cooler will be considerably expensive, but that’s to be expected.
The Classic and its selection of higher capacity versions are great for larger parties and gatherings. While its prices are greater than Yeti and RTIC in some cases, you’re still getting the high-quality roto-molded insulation. Click here to check current prices. You can find the 40-quart version of the Classic cooler here.
The ORCG020 is ORCA’s smallest cooler on the market and is only available in the 20qt size. Its size allows for an overarching stainless steel handle so the person carrying will have an easier time. Similar to the classic version, there is a cargo net on the back for smaller items or valuables.
The ORCG020 has the same construction as the classic (roto-molded), so its durability and insulation properties are assured for up to ten days. While it only comes in one capacity of 20qt, there are numerous designs and color schemes available to fit your liking. Click here to check current prices.
The LiddUp is Orca’s latest and most advanced design of cooler that combines aspects of the Classic. It comes with an additional middle lid gasket for an enhanced seal around the rim. The most noticeable upgrade is the inclusion of LED lights in the interior that light up whenever you open the lid. This can be extremely helpful especially at nighttime when you’re searching for particular foods or cans. Keep in mind that these lights run on 4 AA batteries that will need to be routinely replaced.
It has the same extended handles as the Classic, so two people can carry it with ease and avoid having their fingers crushed against the side of the cooler. Like its predecessors, the LiddUp has a cargo net on the back and an easy drainage plug.
Since the LiddUp is a new design, it is only available from the ORCA website. It is more expensive than the ORCG020 but less expensive than the highest capacities of the Classic cooler. In our minds, its extra gasket and LED lighting are well worth the price in an increase from the ORCG020. At the moment, it only comes in one size of 35qt, which again forms a sort of middle ground between the Classic and ORCG020. Click here to check current prices.