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Calcutta Cooler

The 20-liter Renegade from Calcutta Coolers pleasantly surprised us with its capabilities and ingenuity.

There’s little reason to settle for a cheap styrofoam cooler these days. Those of us who know we’re going to be outside for extended periods have all but given up trying to pinch pennies. Paying a respectable amount for an effective cooler is something we’ve long since accepted.

But where do you direct your attention, and eventually your money? The high-performance cooler class has become a crowded marketplace, and every brand strives to boast about their capabilities and bang for your buck.

To help diversify our own experience and relay what we learn to you, we gave the Renegade from Calcutta a thorough test, and feel like we’ve stumbled on one of the bright spots in the battle for cooler supremacy.

Calcutta Renegade Coolers

We got a chance to use the Calcutta Renegade 20-Liter cooler over the course of the last few months, and the verdict is already a positive one. Through the hottest portions of the year so far, in a state known for high temps and outdoor rec, the Renegade has held its own (and a lot of drinks).

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It has a lower price than nearly every other similar-sized cooler in its class, and so far has held up as well or better than the coolers we’ve gotten experience with in the past.

The super-tough, roto-molded Renegade would be great not just for the angler or camper who needs a reliable cooler, but also for tailgaters, hunters, boaters, and backyard BBQ throwers.

Flood of Features

Of course, the ice retention is going to be the primary need-to-know spec, and from what I’ve found so far, the Renegade stacks up to any YETI or Pelican. It operates in much the same way, it doesn’t have any tricky closing or opening steps, and it keeps my stuff cold as long as I need it to. No, I haven’t given it a rigorous comparison test with four other competing coolers, but it’s performed as perfectly as expected for me thus far.

The non-slip feet do what they’re designed to do, and the stainless steel hinge pins seem as heavy duty as can be. Everyone knows that’s where ice chests first break down: the hinges. Calcutta went above and beyond.

Calcutta Cooler

The Anchorlok rubber latches are easy to latch, but not easy enough to pry open in transport or while being bumped around. It’s good to know it’s not going to come unlatched without someone really trying.

Size options vary, as you can pick from 20, 35, 55, 100, or 125 liters, and the prices range from $149 for the smallest, to $549 for the largest. There’s a collection of hard-sided hydration jugs, plus a slew of soft cooler options available from Calcutta.

The soft-sided coolers have more color options, but as far as aesthetics go, the Renegade is pretty basic. I got the white cooler, and they also offer gray, tan, and a blaze orange/tan combo. That being said, Calcutta’s pirate-inspired logo is about as cool as it gets, and felt extra fitting when I took the cooler to the beach.

But really, it’s the lighted drain plug that really makes the cooler stand out among the competition.

Light It Up

The oversized drain plug that Calcutta has devised doesn’t just fill its obvious role, but it’s also an LED light, operated from the outside, that shines through the bottom and gives you a good view of the contents, even in the darkest of nights.

Calcutta Cooler

And that’s the whole point, right? Unplugging from the grid and getting to places where darkness actually means something is what Calcutta’s encouraging. Living life without some adventure just isn’t really worth it, and I get the feeling it’s a company that cares about its legacy. It’s a hardworking brand, and therefore the gear works hard.

And it’s got a few surprises, like the innovation of the LED drain plug light. Who would have thought?

It isn’t a huge cooler, but the 20-Liter Calcutta Renegade is pretty much ideal for the uses I’m getting out of it. It doesn’t have a large footprint, meaning I can take it most anywhere without the need of a truck bed or massive cargo space.

The opportunity to test out the cooler has been great, and I’d fully recommend trying one yourself if you’re considering spending the money on a quality piece of gear.

So far, Calcutta’s been nothing short of quality.

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Strategies in duck hunting are ever changing. Ducks are switching up their routines, patterns, and feeding tendencies. Blame it on the weather, farming practices, or pressure, there’s not denying a difference in ducks behavior as the years progress. In order to be successful hunting ducks, we have to “adapt” with them.

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Why Passing This 180-Inch Deer Was the Right Thing to Do

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Don Higgins passes a giant buck he named Smokey in 2016. You might think he’s insane, but not so fast.

It’s common knowledge in the deer hunting world: if you want to kill absolutely giant bucks, you’ll have to pass great bucks. And, as you’ve seen in another article of ours, Don Higgins recently tagged a buck he called Smokey during the 2017 Illinois archery season. Not just any buck, but the buck of a lifetime.

Many people don’t know the history Don has with this 200-plus Illinois giant. He passed this buck many times in 2016, and Smokey was no slouch. This deer was probably a 180-inch deer then, but Don knew the potential it had with another year of development.

Along with knowing its potential, Don had this buck dialed in. He knew its personality, its favorite bedding area and its favorite place to feed. Therefore, he was extremely confident he would be able to get another crack at him the next year.

Here’s a video of one of the hunts when Higgins passed Smokey. Would I be able to do it? Absolutely not at this point in my hunting career! But do I think he’s an idiot like most hunters screamed? Absolutely not! I admire the man for his discipline, as well as his knowledge and expertise in the woods. And if a hunter has the abilities to let a deer walk like that, more power to him.

Here is the video, check this out!

Passing Smokey

Posted by Don Higgins / Higgins Outdoors on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

As you can see, this is an incredible buck for any bowhunter. When Don posted this video on his social media pages, it was followed with mixed opinions. Some praised him and many said he was a fool because the deer was at full potential.

Don Higgins

But Don was able to silence the haters this year when he harvested Smokey just like he thought he would. A whopping 207 inches of Illinois bone later, Don had harvested his second 200-inch Illinois whitetail.

Well done, Don. I just can’t get over this video and also what Smokey turned into this hunting season.

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Don Higgins passes a giant buck he named Smokey in 2016. You might think he’s insane, but not so fast.

It’s common knowledge in the deer hunting world: if you want to kill absolutely giant bucks, you’ll have to pass great bucks. And, as you’ve seen in another article of ours, Don Higgins recently tagged a buck he called Smokey during the 2017 Illinois archery season. Not just any buck, but the buck of a lifetime.

Many people don’t know the history Don has with this 200-plus Illinois giant. He passed this buck many times in 2016, and Smokey was no slouch. This deer was probably a 180-inch deer then, but Don knew the potential it had with another year of development.

Along with knowing its potential, Don had this buck dialed in. He knew its personality, its favorite bedding area and its favorite place to feed. Therefore, he was extremely confident he would be able to get another crack at him the next year.

Here’s a video of one of the hunts when Higgins passed Smokey. Would I be able to do it? Absolutely not at this point in my hunting career! But do I think he’s an idiot like most hunters screamed? Absolutely not! I admire the man for his discipline, as well as his knowledge and expertise in the woods. And if a hunter has the abilities to let a deer walk like that, more power to him.

Here is the video, check this out!

Passing Smokey

Posted by Don Higgins / Higgins Outdoors on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

As you can see, this is an incredible buck for any bowhunter. When Don posted this video on his social media pages, it was followed with mixed opinions. Some praised him and many said he was a fool because the deer was at full potential.

Don Higgins

But Don was able to silence the haters this year when he harvested Smokey just like he thought he would. A whopping 207 inches of Illinois bone later, Don had harvested his second 200-inch Illinois whitetail.

Well done, Don. I just can’t get over this video and also what Smokey turned into this hunting season.

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Ruger Announces New Custom Shop 10/22 Rifle with Skeletonized Green Mountain Laminate Stock

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Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to introduce a new 10/22® Competition Rifle to the Ruger® Custom Shop line of firearms. This new variation boasts a skeletonized green mountain laminate stock and a stainless steel bull barrel. The 16-1/8″ stainless steel bull barrel features black Cerakote® accents and is fluted to reduce […]

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Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to introduce a new 10/22® Competition Rifle to the Ruger® Custom Shop line of firearms. This new variation boasts a skeletonized green mountain laminate stock and a stainless steel bull barrel. The 16-1/8″ stainless steel bull barrel features black Cerakote® accents and is fluted to reduce […]

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