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Old 04-23-2019, 07:39 PM
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I'm looking for a higher end cooler that can hold ice for two days in the Florida sun. Don't care to overpay for name brand or to be trendy, I'm more interested in a good quality cooler that will last years if taken care of properly and hold ice for 2 days...something in the 98 quart size or larger. Don't need a coffin box sized one....what quality, upper end manufacturers are out there? Cooler will not see commercial or heavy duty use, but will be used a couple of days a month and be stored in the garage between useage.
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Not Pelican. Buy a white Igloo.
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Is this a serious thread..?
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It’s petty if it ain’t a Yeti.
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Originally Posted by swaptrex View Post
Is this a serious thread..?

Yes, this is a serious thread....I know some will say Yeti is the best, and it may be, but that's not what I need. I want a good, quality cooler that will hold ice for 2 days and have some durability. I know there are other brands out there than Yeti that may provide a better economical solution for my intended use. If I had a Freeman or Yellowfin, I may feel the need for a Yeti, but I don't have one, so I don't. I don't mind being looked down upon by the holier than thou crowd if I can find a cooler that does what I want and save a few dollars in the process.
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No question, Yetis are great coolers. That said, I can't see paying 50% more for (being generous here) 5% more efficiency. The math just doesn't work for me. I'm partial to the Cabela's Polar Cap cooler, which is some tests outperforms the Yeti for significantly smaller coin.
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Ok, so far I have found Frigid Rigid, Orca, Yeti, Engel, RTIC, Pelican and Grizzly. Pelican did not fair so well in the reviews and got a thumbs down from Skibum. Anyone have experience with the others? Orca, RTIC and Grizzly seem to fair ok when it comes to ratings.
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I have an Artic/Rtic/WTFever it is...works as advertised and it didn't even complain when I drug my bay boat over the top of it in the driveway yesterday...even better the wife didn't see
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Just went through this same search last month and spent several hours watching videos and reading reviews. After all was said and done, ended up with a Siberian Cooler. They sell a variety of sizes, one of which I'm sure will fit your needs.
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I am not in Florida however I do run a guiding business in SW Alberta. I took the plunge and bought a couple Engels last season thinking that they may save on my ice bills over a season. Well, I may have saved about 15%. They did not save me ice as I had hoped. To be honest though due to the fact that the coolers are open and closed numerous times a day I have come to the realization no cooler will do what I had hoped. Now on the subject of robust and durable? I'm quite pleased. Stand on em, sit on em, slide em around, in and out of the trucks and rafts, they perform much better than a standard Coleman I had been using. The biggest ironic gripe is they are heavy. Once full of ice and supplies they are two person carry type heavy. However, I guess the weight comes with the nature of being built to last longer.. Oh ya, on the Engel I wish the drain plug has a tether. Going to fabricate something for this season.
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Walmart
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Best by far for the money.
Might even catch them on sale
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If a yeti is to expensive don’t even look at frigid rigid. Best cooler made IMO but close to double a yeti
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Originally Posted by H2OBUG View Post
Walmart
ozark trail
Best by far for the money.
Might even catch them on sale
I bought one, 73 qt, liked it so much I bought another one, 52 qt.
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I love my Rtics. I had been a Coleman and Igloo guy all my life until I got these last year. These just totally blew my expectations away.
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Back in 2017 I wanted to take my boat to the Dry Tortugas. My boat is a 22 footer so that meant going there in July. We camped there for 3 days. I found a Yetti knock off here called South Jetty coolers. We call it the South Yetti. I am here to say that we are pleased with it. It held ice and kept our food cold. It's durable and last year we took a trip out west and spent a week at Zion National Park and did not have power to the camper. Our camper fridge works on gas and we also used the South Jetty to take with us in the car. Again, it worked well.

I think Yetti makes a great cooler but no way would that purchase make my wife happy. She is practical and for her Yetti is not a practical purchase. I was going to buy an RTIC but my window for my trip was inside the window for delivery. The guys at South Jetty got it to me within 3 days of purchase. I checked their website and they are still in business. They are a fraction of the cost as a yeti. Back in the day they gave THTers a discount to boot. Maybe you could ask if they still do?
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Rotomolded plastic is what it is. There is no special secret inside the plastic, just PUF. It’s just like a stainless steel tumbler - name is superfluous and doesn’t mean much except to those that care. It’s how it’s built and the quality of the fittings that matter. Kinda like boats if you get my drift. All float (well most ), and some are just better than others.
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Cabela's has Yeti knock offs that look pretty good... but if it's not a Yeti you're not cooling !
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Bought my Igloo Sportsman (Yeti style cooler) from Sam's Club and have been happy with it. I can't remember how much I paid, but I know I was happy enough with the price as well.
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check out Frosty brand, I did....

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