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A versatile cooler for any adventure.

Produced by Jackson Kayak here in the USA, the Orion 45 Cooler utilizes the same materials used in Jackson's whitewater kayaks, resulting in an extremely rugged and durable cooler for everything from weekend river trips to week-long hunting expeditions. Probably the most versatile cooler in the Orion line, the 45-quart capacity is well-suited for quick trips and extended stays in the wilderness. However, where the Orion 45 really stands apart is with its unique looks and plethora of included accessories.

In addition to its bear proof, roto-molded polyethylene shell, the Orion 45 is fitted with two inches of insulation to keep your food cold. Yakattack gear tracks on either side of the cooler allow you to accessorize it with everything from rod holders to fish finders, cup holders, or GPS mounts through the RAM accessory integration system. Six aluminum tie down points allow you to secure the cooler in the bottom of a drift boat, whitewater raft, truck bed, or motor boat, and with four of the tie points doubling as bottle openers, you can crack a cold one open from any corner of the cooler. When camping in bear country, the cooler can be locked down via padlocks making the cooler completely bear proof according to the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC). Inside the cooler is a plastic tray to keep your grub organized.

  • Roto-molded polyethylene shell
  • Two inches of insulation
  • YakAttack gear tracks
  • Six tie down points (four with bottle openers)
  • Low-profile camming latches
  • Rope carry handles
  • Standing pad
  • Lockable
  • Internal plastic tray
  • Bear proof
  • Made in USA

Tech Specs

45 qt
camming latches, padlocks
18.5 x 26.5 x 16.75
32.25 lb
Recommended Use:
hunting, fishing, camping
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years

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Slightly Disapointed

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I camp mostly in the desert during the summer and was looking for something to keep food and/or drinks cold for a good amount of time--in the past I've frequently ran into the issue of having to drive into a near by town for an ice refill in the middle of my camping trip. While this cooler has 'cool' features, for the price point I was expecting to avoid the ice refill all together.

Leaky seal

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love Jackson Kayaks (I own a Coosa and a Cuda) and all their products so I anticipated loving this cooler. The features are great but ice retention is abysmal. My experience was very similar to a previous reviewer's. I was dismissive of his poor review based on other things I had read, but as it turns out he was spot on.

On our three-week vacation I was putting fresh ice into the cooler every other day...and this is in a cooler that never left the van. We were in the PNW where temperatures were ranging from 50-70. It's really surprising considering how thick the walls of this cooler are.

I did notice that the cooler would be cool to the touch, which indicates it didn't insulate well. Did they forget the foam insulation? I finally pulled it out of the van and turned it upside down and water leaked from the lid on three sides. This wasn't too surprising because there didn't seem to be any tension on the latches which would indicate a strong seal. But I'm not sure a leaky seal would account for how poorly it retained ice.

I left two messages with Jackson Kayak to see if the issue could be resolved but never received a return call. This was most disappointing of all. This cooler is certainly not worth $500. I sent it back and will look for something better.

One side note: If you look at YouTube reviews you will notice people talk about a Princeton-Tec light that comes mounted to the tray. It's no longer included but can be purchased for $30. While the product description doesn't say it's included, one would be led to believe it is after reading many of the reviews people have posted. (Including a review by Drew Gregory who is a Jackson Kayak employee. It's never mentioned that it's a limited-time feature on the first run of coolers...which is what the backcountry rep told me on the phone.)

Two stars because I think it has cool features...just not "cool" enough.

Expected Much More

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I received my Orion 45 and was really excited to take it on my next camping trip. Three days prior to leaving for our trip I "seasoned" the cooler to get it to a nice cold temperature by placing three 10lb bags of ice inside the cooler and leaving the cooler inside our home at a constant 75 degrees. After the three days half of the ice was water but I must admit the cooler was around 110 degrees when I received it from the UPS guy after being in his truck all day long here in Las Vegas.
So it's camping time. I place all of my frozen foods and cold drinks from the refrigerator into the seasoned cooler with two new fresh 10 lb bags of ice. Sealed up with the very nice aluminum latches and we were off. 240 miles to the camp site in Utah we setup camp. I could not wait to get my Orion out of the back of the Yukon and show it off to my friends. With camp setup and the the cooler looking good under the fantastic Utah trees and mountains we start to enjoy the company of friends. It's about 10:30am when we arrive and at about 7:00pm I notice that the top standing pad/sitting surface on the lid is starting to peel up on all of the edges. WTF!! The outside temperature was right at about 82 degrees and the sunlight coming through the trees and hitting the top of the cooler was very minimal. So what the hell is going on here? I see the glue has pulled back with the pad so I press the pad back down and it sticks. Have I had to many beers already? Am I seeing things? 7:30 the next morning time for breakfast and sure enough the pad is curling up on all of the edges again. At this point I wish I would have had more beer! The pad is crap.
Now for the bad. After 4 days of camping with day tempurtures of 82-85 degrees and night tempurtures down to 41 degrees, most of the ice was water. Cold water but water none the less. All of the frozen food and drinks were still cool but not anywhere near cold. Now I checked the seal and turned the cooler upside down with no water leak. So it was sealing just fine. Maybe I received a dud maybe I need to return it but I just can not recommend this cooler to anyone. I'm heading over to Orca for all my cooler needs.

You are a lifesaver. After reading about all the "features" this has over the other big brands, I was questioning whether or not they were substituting quality for gimmicks. Sounds like that's the case.

45 Qt. "AWESOME"

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not only does this cooler look so awesome, the performance is outstanding from any other cooler out there.

It came to our surprise to find ice and cold drinks in our cooler after a few days in our hot garage as we packed up for another weekend to the lake! The size is great as it fit perfect in our back seat of our truck. The grip handles really make this cooler so easy to carry

The bottle openers are such a awesome feature as well, no more misplacing them! The light/flashlight inside the cooler is so handy as well.

Thanks to our Orion Cooler we all had ice and cold drinks all weekend long even Dexter our dog was happy to have his cooled treats too! Who wants hot treats when it is in the high 90's?!

We still had cold drinks all week as well!

This is the best !!

45 Qt. "AWESOME"