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58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65, Cooler Comparison Review

58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65
Orca Cooler Sizes vs Yeti Cooler Sizes

If you’re on the market for an ultra-durable roto molded cooler, Orcas and Tundras are both great choices. In the second part of our “Orca Cooler Sizes vs Yeti Cooler Sizes Series,” we’ll tackle the 58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler Comparison.

Overview & Navigation
58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65

At Chuggie, our mission is to give you all the information you need to make an informed decision. Because of that, our cooler reviews include important aspects such as:

58 Quart Orca vs Yeti 65 Tundra Cooler

True Capacity, Weight, and Dimensions
58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65

58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler Comparison
Orca Cooler Sizes vs Yeti Cooler Sizes

Of course, true capacity varies among different brands of high end ice chests. Another key point is that Yeti doesn’t use numbers to claim capacity. Instead, the numbers represent the “Series Number.”

Since the Orca 58 Quart and the Yeti Tundra 65 are closest in capacity, they’re a good fit for a side-by-side cooler comparison.

Actual Capacity, Weight, and Dimensions of the Yeti Tundra 65

Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler Review
True Capacity: 57.2 quarts
Exterior Dimensions: 16″  X 30.5″ X 17.5″
Interior Dimensions: 10 1/8″ X 23 3/8″ X 10 3/4″
Weight: 29 lbs

True Capacity, Weight, and Dimensions of the Orca 58 Quart

58 Quart Orca Cooler vs Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler Review
True Capacity: 58 quarts

Exterior Dimensions: L: 27.2″ x 19.57″ x 18.75″
Interior Dimensions: L: 18.5″ x 12.3″ x 13.375″
Weight: 32 lbs

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Construction
58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65

Both of these rugged molded coolers have fantastic construction. But in the 58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65 standoff, how do they compare? First, we’ll look at Yeti’s construction.

58 Quart Orca Cooler vs Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler Review
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Yeti Cooler Construction

1. Marine-grade rope handles (except the Yeti Roadie)
2. Rubber handle
3. Detachable drain plug; you can remove it completely to drain quickly or partially open it
halfway to control the flow

4. Removable dry goods basket included in the price of the cooler (except the Yeti Roadie)
5. Rail handles

6. “T-Rex” Rubber Latches
7. Slip-Resistant Feet
8. Rotomolded with integrated insulation
9. Riveted pin system
10. Rubber gasket

Orca Cooler Construction

58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65
Here, you can see the Orca’s mesh pocket. (Click for more Pictures)

1. Durable nylon cord handles with a rubber grip point (except the Orca 20 Quart)
2. “Whale Tail” rubber latches
3. Dry goods baskets are not included in the price
4. Molded in handles
5. Somewhat slippery feet (solve this with a slip resistant pad)
6. Roto molded with integrated insulation
7. Pin system for hinges
8. Built-in cargo pocket
9. Rubber gasket
10. Detachable drain plug
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3 Differences in Construction to Be Aware Of

As you can see, both of these mighty beasts are constructed in similar ways, with just a few slight differences. The differences include:

  • Orca Ice Chests have thicker insulation, which translates to better ice retention.
  • They also have more dry storage space with their cargo net pockets.
  • Yeti’s drain plugs have a hole in them, while the Orca’s do not.

2 Very Small Differences in Construction

    • Yeti’s “T-Rex” latches are almost exactly the same as the Orca’s “Whale Tail” latches. They’re both high quality and function the same way.
    • Lastly, their handles are made from different materials. However, they’re both tough cords with rubber grips. They work the same way to help two people distribute the weight evenly as they carry the ice chest.

Video #1: YETI Coolers vs Slingshot

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Durability
Orca Cooler Sizes vs Yeti Cooler Sizes

As the video demonstrates, the Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler will handle anything life throws at it! Now, to see how it compares to the Orca 58 Quart Cooler.

The 4 Ultra-Strong Characteristics of the 58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65

#1. The plastic that makes up their body and lid, which is called “polyethylene,” is their secret weapon.

#2. Also, the riveted pin system keeps their hinges right where they belong.

#3. Finally, rotomolded pieces of equipment are among the strongest in the world. For detailed information about the various types of plastic, go here

#4. Another similarity is that they’re both Certified Grizzly Bear proof.

Just take a look at the videos of Grizzly Bears attempting to open both Orca and Yeti Coolers. Spoiler alert: the bears fail miserably.

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The 58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65
Why They Both Have the Same Level of Usability

There are several similarities in how these coolers are user-friendly…and how they aren’t. First, here are the similarities:

58 Quart Orca Cooler vs Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler Comparison
Take this pink Orca Cooler, and you’ll liven up the place. (Click for Pictures)
  • Both coolers’ lids *may* snap shut unexpectedly, according to some owner reviews.
  • Another shared feature is their nylon rope handles; these make two-person carrying easier.
  • They both tend to be quite heavy compared to other high end ice chests.

Now for the differences:

  • Although both coolers have screw-on, detachable drain plugs, we prefer the Yeti’s plug.
  • A Yeti drain plug has a hole on the screw-on part, so you can partially unscrew it to slow down the water flow. 
  • It’s easier to store small items you want to keep dry in the Orca, since it has a side mesh pocket.
  • Lastly, Orca Cooler’s feet can be slippery on wet surfaces, like on a boat.

The pros and cons of each brand of ice chest weigh each other out. Therefore, it makes the most sense to call it a tie.
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Ice Retention
58 Quart Orca Cooler vs Yeti Tundra 65

On average, the Orca 58 Quart will hold ice for at least two days longer than a Yeti Tundra 65. No matter which cooler you choose to buy, it ultimately depends on many factors. (Such as pre-cooling, ice packs vs ice, ambient temperature, etc.)

Although the “20 Quart Orca vs Yeti Roadie Cooler Comparison Video” below is between different Orca and Yeti cooler sizes, it does a great job of showing how well Orca Coolers hold ice. 

*A key point in this ice test challenge is that the Yeti Roadie had an advantage of being pre-cooled longer. But it still lost the ice chest challenge.

 

>>Read the Utimate Review of the Best, Long Lasting Ice Packs<<

Accessories
58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65

Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler’s Accessories

Yeti Coolers accessory collection is as wide and varied as Orca Cooler accessories:

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And of course, Yeti Ice.

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Orca 58 Quart’s Accessories

Although each of these high end cooler brands offer fantastic accessories, Orca blows Yeti out of the water with their molle wrap system.

Overall, it’s the Orca Gear Molle System that reigns supreme. This molle system will securely hold:

Orca Molle Attachment
This is a MUST for outdoors people.
  • Cell phone
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight Holder
  • Pistol Holder
  • Hybrid System Solar Panel
  • Shot Shell Holder
  • Quad Mag Holder
  • Mini tac-vest koozie

Dry Ice Compatibility
58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler Comparison

Using Dry Ice in 58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65

Both of these high end rotomolded coolers are 100% dry ice compatible! In fact, they’re two of the best ice chests for using with dry ice.

Using dry ice will keep your contents frozen, which is great fishing and hunting weekends. For tips and more info about using dry ice in your cooler, check out “How Long Does Dry Ice Last in a Cooler?”

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Plus using dry ice for camping, tips, and when to use.

Where Are They Made?
58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65

Where are Yeti Coolers made?

where are yeti coolers made

It’s a myth that Yeti Coolers are 100% American-made. Sure, their head quarters are in Texas. And Yeti manufactures some of their coolers in Wisconsin and Iowa. But they also have large factories in the Philippines where most of the manufacturing occurs.

You can give Yeti a call and request a 100% American-made product. (Contact Yeti Customer Service at 512.394.9384 to request a Yeti made only on USA soil.)

Where are Orca Coolers made?

In contrast, Orca Ice Chests are made, produced, and manufactured in the good ol’ USA. (Orca Podsters and Orca Chasers are not.)

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Price
58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65

58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler Comparison
The Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler is well worth the price. (Click to check Discounts)

Each cooler costs about the same.

Usually, you can find an Orca 58 Quart Cooler for a little less than a Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler. However, the differences in price are small.

So, in the “58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65 Review,” this is a tie. These are two of the best high end rotomolded coolers.

They’re both worth the investment!

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Warranty
58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65

  • Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler Warranty: 5 Years
  • Orca 58 Quart Cooler Warranty: Lifetime

Colors, Patterns, & Collegiate Designs
Orca Cooler Sizes vs Yeti Cooler Sizes

#1. 58 Quart Orca Cooler vs Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler “Classic Colors” 

First, each brand offers a “classic” color selection.

Yeti Tunda’s 3 Classic Colors

The Yeti Tundra 35 comes in 3 classic colors: Desert Tan, White, and Ice Blue.

Orca’s 8 Classic Colors

In contrast, the Orca 58 Quart has 8 colors to choose from: Pink, Green, Navy, Black, Pink, Light Blue, Seafoam, and White.

Orca Cooler sizes vs Yeti cooler sizes
Orca Coolers 8 “Classic” colors.

#2. 58 Quart Orca Cooler vs Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler “Collegiate Coolers”

Orca 58 Quart’s Collegiate Coolers & Tumblers

In Orca’s collection of high end rotomolded coolers, there are 17 Collegiate Coolers. If you visit Orca’s website, you’ll find them.

58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65
Yeti also has a Rambler Tumbler Cup Collegiate Series. (U of Texas shown here)

Yeti Tundra 65’s Collegiate Coolers & Tumblers

Now it’s Yeti’s time to shine, since they offer a whopping 64 different Collegiate Coolers!

Additionally, they offer their Rambler Tumbler Cups with a selection of 64 college’s symbols on the front side.

Unlike the Collegiate Coolers, you’ll need to buy these direction from Yeti’s website.

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So, which cooler is right for you?

If you’re willing to make an investment, we believe the 58 qt Orca is the best cooler for the money.

It has the same great features as the Yeti Tundra 65, but also has better qualities:

  1. Lifetime Warranty
  2. Better Ice Retention
  3. Color Availability
  4. Made 100% in the U.S.

However, we also think you’d be happy purchasing a Yeti Tundra. It isn’t as though you’d buy a Yeti Cooler and find yourself shaking your head thinking, “I sure am disappointed in my Yeti.”

We just think the Orca is better. Happy Trails!

>>Watch Grizzly Bear Fails against the Orca and Yeti!<<

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