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Old 03-05-2013, 06:13 PM
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My sons gave me a new 60 Qt Yeti for my Birthday because they know that Ice retention is a big deal for us camping down in the Glades. Last trip I took the new Yeti and my old Coleman Xtreme, both prechilled and all contents prechilled, and placed a hard frozen 30 pound block of ice in each. They were both food storage coolers which means they were only opened three or four times a day. They were both in the shade in the campsite for the four day trip. upon returning home they were opened and the colman had retained 1.7 pounds more ice than the Yeti. colman Xtreme $48.00 Yeti $251.00 not much to think about. However had a Grizzly Bear found his way down here to SW Floriduh I'm sure the Coleman would have been history.
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The superiority of the Coleman has been proven several times.
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Lol. Thanks for the info. I have a Coleman too. Keeps ice great.
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Thanks for the test results. Very good to know for those that need long term ice


But some don't use coolers for that purpose. I'd like to test frequent openings (beer) for an 18-24 hour period and see what keeps more ice
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One thing the Yeti has going for it you can lock it and with a cable around a mangrove the beer thieves cannot apscond with your beverages while you are out there fishing. (curious Rangers cannot peek in either)
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I was going to post a similar thread Saturday about how I opened my igloo and most of the ice from the previous Sunday was still intact inside. 6 days in the south FL sun and it still held most of the ice.

If it's just ice retention you're after get the coolers shown to hold ice the best. If it's purely bling factor you're after and cold performance is secondary get the yeti. Ice whore-istas!
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Originally Posted by Black Water View Post
Thanks for the test results. Very good to know for those that need long term ice


But some don't use coolers for that purpose. I'd like to test frequent openings (beer) for an 18-24 hour period and see what keeps more ice
Best bet is to have a day cooler for the opening and closing during the day. Keep the ice and beer in another cooler ready for daily replenishment. As for the day cooler. Coleman Igloo anything. It really doesn't matter as when you open it up all the time the hot air gets in regardless of how good it is.
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I have a 160 coleman Marine cooler, $40 with coupon at Sam's. If I could go back I would get 10 of them. Best cooler I have ever had.
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Originally Posted by Hagar TH View Post
Best bet is to have a day cooler for the opening and closing during the day. Keep the ice and beer in another cooler ready for daily replenishment. As for the day cooler. Coleman Igloo anything. It really doesn't matter as when you open it up all the time the hot air gets in regardless of how good it is.
Good thought and common sense
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Yeti has some mighty nice commercials though.
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Damn I always thought Coleman was garbage...guess things change
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Originally Posted by nitro943 View Post
Damn I always thought Coleman was garbage...guess things change
Coleman hats don't pull near the trim that a Yeti hat and camo fishing shorts do!

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I have a Frigid Rigid, an Icey-Tek, and the Coleman Xtreme. Love them all. The Coleman is surely impressive, no doubt. If I was forced between that and a Yeti, Coleman would be coming home with me. My frigid rigid though...not giving that up.
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And I'd wear a Coleman hat before a yeti hat any day of the week.
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One of the biggest misnomers I hear repeated over and over......."you get what you pay for"....
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Try putting it in the sun for your test to simulate being on a boat. It may be different. Unless you're always in the shade.
I suspect you have a lot of melt just cooling off the plastic of the yeti first.

The results may have been the same but I would think measuring how long they keep the ice and temp is more important than how much ice is left early.
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You can use the Yeti as a seat on a boat, or as a casting platform on a boat, or as a step to get onto a boat on a trailer in a driveway ... for the rest of your life. The other brand couldn't do any of those for too long.
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Stop complaining the Yeti was free. Joke
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You can use the Yeti as a seat on a boat, or as a casting platform on a boat, or as a step to get onto a boat on a trailer in a driveway ... for the rest of your life. The other brand couldn't do any of those for too long.
you could do the same with the Coleman. let's say 4 or 5 Coleman's equal the price of one Yeti. When a Coleman finally shits the pot, you still have 3 or 4 more you can afford. That will surely last a LONG time.
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Originally Posted by SRQMynatt View Post
I have a 160 coleman Marine cooler, $40 with coupon at Sam's. If I could go back I would get 10 of them. Best cooler I have ever had.
Same one I have. Heavy little sucker when filled up. SAMs will have them again before summer. They usually do.

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