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Which Pelican Cooler Should I Buy?

A group of young adults tailgating for a football game and using Pelican coolers to keep the beverages cold

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

White Pelican cooler sitting on a rock in front of a lake

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

Soft-side Coolers

Pelican soft side cooler being carried on the shoulder on a man hiking

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

Wheeled Coolers

A dog sitting next to a Pelican Cooler in the truck of a hatchback car

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.

Travel Bottles & Tumblers

A Stainless steel Pelican tumbler

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

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.

While do-it-yourself projects can be fun and fulfilling, there is always a potential for personal injury or property damage. We strongly suggest that any project beyond your abilities be left to licensed professionals such as electricians, plumbers, and carpenters. Any action you take upon the information on this website is strictly at your own risk, and we assume no responsibility or liability for the contents of this article.