Yeti Coolers

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  1. Topstoy

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    We have used our Coleman Extreme for years for week long trips to our cabin. It has been fantastic and the Ice lasts about a week. Yes it may not be the cadilac of coolers but we don't see the need of tumbling it down a hillside or worring about someone stealing it from us. Woold rather use the money saved for fishing equipment.
     
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    This is a good thread lots of info. I am getting a small pick-up camper and need additional cold storage for when we are out for a week or more. A good cooler to use for storage and then transfer stuff to the camper fridge will be a purchase we will make.
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  3. I was debating the same thing but opted to not pull the trigger. For what it's worth Igloo is making a comparable rotomolded cooler with built in handles. It's the Yukon series. My major complaint was the weight of the coolers. I didn't want more than I needed in the salt water boat. For me the 120 qt igloos do for for day trips. If I could take weeks off at a time the Yeti or Yukon might be a good purchase. If probably opt for the Yukon as I could run a cable around the handle to lock it down so theft wouldn't be an issue for those with Yeti Envy...
     
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    Yeti coolers are awesome and well worth the money....for me engal coolers are just as good if not better...in price and quality
    Just an opinion.
     
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    As someone who has run a ton of gear tests, including cooler tests, over the past two decades, I believe the review cited above is fatality flawed. There are huge problems with the review's testing procedures and protocols. Specifically, the field test process in this review rewards coolers for having subpar insulation.

    Since insulation works both ways, a well-insulated cooler will hold its warmth better than a poorly insulated cooler. So, because the test team only loaded a small amount of ice into each cooler, and the testers measured cooler's functionality by measuring the melt-water from that minimum amount of ice, the least-insulated should automatically perform better than the rest.

    If you don't full load the coolers, the better insulated will retain internal heat so if only a small (i.e. far less than full) amount of ice is loaded into the box, the better insulated coolers will melt out faster than the poorly insulated one since the better insulation retains the initial heat inside while the poorly insulated allow that heat to bleed off before it melts the ice inside. Since the better insulation will hold the initial heat longer, letting it more quickly melt the small amount of ice added, the actual results of this test should probably be inverted to identify the best insulated box.
     
  7. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Interesting Jeff, thanks. Odd that the industry has not developed a standard test through independent labs...seems to be one for almost everything else. Looks like Coleman get's the best buy nod, particularly for the more casual user...no wonder Bob Triggs sleeps so well :D.
     
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    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    Could probably build your own with a little thin plywood, stitch and glue, and insulation. Bingo, you just beat out Yeti!
     
  9. joellirot

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    I agree. But, by the time you built it, bought the super insulation (it's available - look for folks that build iceboxes on sailboats), got a good seal, latches, hinges, epoxy, fiberglass, paint (don't forget good marine grade paint at 50+ bucks a quart! and that's just the top coat!!) - ---- ummmmm, it woulda been cheaper to buy the expensive cooler.

    But, gotta admit. It's still tempting.

    From the guy who has an igloo (that's supposed to keep ice for five days - but does a pretty good job of keeping it for around 2 - a huge improvement over the ones that were supposed to keep it for a day and it lasted about an hour....

    So take it all with a grain of salt.