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Its almost amusing how polarizing Yeti and Yellowfin threads are...

but I couldn't resist posting my experience:

My GF surprised me with a Rambler earlier this summer. Think they are around $250ish. I honestly don't think I would have spent that money on myself.


Bottom line: Yes, much better than a regular cooler. IMHO not worth the $$ though.


They are heavy and bulky. Very strong- Yes. Kept ice two days and overnight in direct sun on my boat Sunday morning through Monday evening. It kicked my regular cheapo coleman's butt. In fact, when I drained water when we got home the water coming out was so cold it hurt. The drinks were fantastically cold.


I would love to do a side by side with knock-offs or a coleman extreme. And Unless I was going offshore for days or Bahamas, etc I don't think they are worth it. I can concede that if I had a large Yeti and went offshore or long trip I could see where it could save you from buying $50 of extra ice. So, MAYBE you could justify the price with ice savings over a period of time. I don't know?

Awesome little cooler. Glad I didn't pay for it.

Basically, my beers were super cold and I didn't have to make extra ice runs to the house over the weekend- about 200 foot walk.


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A must have for camping or traveling 6+ hours with frozen fish; did it yesterday from Destin to Tampa; Redfish/Snapper filets were rock frozen solid.
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Originally Posted by rocksandblues View Post
Its almost amusing how polarizing Yeti and Yellowfin threads are...

but I couldn't resist posting my experience:

My GF surprised me with a Rambler earlier this summer. Think they are around $250ish. I honestly don't think I would have spent that money on myself.


Bottom line: Yes, much better than a regular cooler. IMHO not worth the $$ though.


They are heavy and bulky. Very strong- Yes. Kept ice two days and overnight in direct sun on my boat Sunday morning through Monday evening. It kicked my regular cheapo coleman's butt. In fact, when I drained water when we got home the water coming out was so cold it hurt. The drinks were fantastically cold.


I would love to do a side by side with knock-offs or a coleman extreme. And Unless I was going offshore for days or Bahamas, etc I don't think they are worth it. I can concede that if I had a large Yeti and went offshore or long trip I could see where it could save you from buying $50 of extra ice. So, MAYBE you could justify the price with ice savings over a period of time. I don't know?

Awesome little cooler. Glad I didn't pay for it.

Basically, my beers were super cold and I didn't have to make extra ice runs to the house over the weekend- about 200 foot walk.


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I thought someone here did that or posted a video of a guy that compared the two and the results were about the same.
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I bought a knockoff (Ice-Locker) and my normally frugal wife said it was a great purchase.

Side by side with Yeti for a week in the keys and it held ice the same. Latches a little different...that's about it. The yeti drain plugs and all accessories work on it.

I'm a big fan of the Coolster.
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Originally Posted by rocksandblues View Post
I would love to do a side by side with knock-offs or a coleman extreme. And Unless I was going offshore for days or Bahamas, etc I don't think they are worth it. I can concede that if I had a large Yeti and went offshore or long trip I could see where it could save you from buying $50 of extra ice. So, MAYBE you could justify the price with ice savings over a period of time. I don't know?

Done it. Buddy and I went camping for weekend, him with his brand new yeti and me with my Coleman extreme. We went to same general store and each got a case of beer, two bags of ice and similar amount of food for sandwiches and dinner. We plopped em side by side and used em like you are supposed to. Sunday morning we had same amount of ice.

Scientific? No. Realistic? Yup.

Now, If we had kept em closed all weekend, I'm sure his woulda had much more ice than mine. But what fun would at have been?
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One aspect of Yeti coolers I don't see mentioned often is the weight. If I am fishing for the day, especially if I am solo, I will go for the old Igloo which I can put on the boat myself without risking back injury.

The Yeti is great if I'm loading the boat with my son or other guys, and it definitely keeps ice a lot longer than the Igloo Marine.
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Originally Posted by rocksandblues View Post
Bottom line: Yes, much better than a regular cooler. IMHO not worth the $$ though.
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I would love to do a side by side with knock-offs or a coleman extreme.
Most of the tests that have been done show the Coleman Extreme nearly keeping up with the Yeti. The Yeti advantage over a Coleman-esk cooler is its long term durability in harsh conditions and sturdiness to be used as a platform. If a person baby's their gear and doesn't use the cooler as a platform, the price difference between the coolers will likely never be justified.

If you want one of the best, Frigid Rigid would be my vote but that makes Yeti look cheap.
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its about durability for me more than keeping ice
truck to boat to camp and back again over and over again destroys the cheap ones

some friends had a couple pelican coolers at the camp this weekend and they are really well made, huge thick handles/latches/hinges that look indestructable
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i followed the instructions, to PRE-COOL my Yeti for a day b4 needed

packed my frozen shrimp & sausage in it and headed out across WEST TEXAS...

3 days later, my shrimp had to be thawed out for cooking

on the 4th day i had to thaw the sausage, for cooking

when DAY TRIPPIN, i use the IGLOO

when i need my food to be preserved for several days, i use the YETI

almost any good/name brand cooler is suitable for day use or even an overnighter

factor in extra days & TEXAS HEAT, i'll use the YETI w/o hesitation or worry about spoiled food

and i wont be sorry for spending the extra bucks, which i don't have too many of...
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So far YETI has lived in the back of the SUV

Lid was WARPED From the Factory !!! :-(
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I haven't gotten to the point where I've needed to keep ice that long.
I also like that I can keep my banged out igloo with it's hinges made of seat belt strap laying around pretty much anywhere without worrying about it growing legs.

Big thing for me now is that it's become so Salt Life to own a yeti, I just can't.
I refuse to.
But I also still fish in beat up khaki shorts and ratty cotton t-shirts.
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Originally Posted by nicecast View Post
One aspect of Yeti coolers I don't see mentioned often is the weight. If I am fishing for the day, especially if I am solo, I will go for the old Igloo which I can put on the boat myself without risking back injury.

The Yeti is great if I'm loading the boat with my son or other guys, and it definitely keeps ice a lot longer than the Igloo Marine.
Neighbors in Nags Head showed up one day on the beach with their new 12 pack Yeti size cooler. This lasted about two weekends and I have not seen it the rest of the summer. When I asked they said it weighed to much to carry back and forth to the beach.
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Originally Posted by Tommysmicroskiff View Post
So far YETI has lived in the back of the SUV

Lid was WARPED From the Factory !!! :-(
don't own a cooler but they would have replaced it I feel sure.
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Originally Posted by cgrand View Post
its about durability for me more than keeping ice
truck to boat to camp and back again over and over again destroys the cheap ones

some friends had a couple pelican coolers at the camp this weekend and they are really well made, huge thick handles/latches/hinges that look indestructable
Same here. Got tired of fixing/replacing stuff on the cheap coolers. I don't think Yeti's hold ice worth a shit but they don't break. I have a 35 that stays outside all day everyday. Been outside a few years and it still looks like the day I got it.
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IRP is the best cooler but, it is heavy but keeps ice longer than Yeti, Engel, or Coleman extreme.

Have no idea how much they cost and I don't see myself ever buying a Yeti. It's my personal rebellion against status symbols.
We have people around us here that can't pay their truck payments on time but by God they got them a Yeti cooler. Sad day for first world problems.
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Originally Posted by cgrand View Post
its about durability for me more than keeping ice
truck to boat to camp and back again over and over again destroys the cheap ones

some friends had a couple pelican coolers at the camp this weekend and they are really well made, huge thick handles/latches/hinges that look indestructable
x2, durability is key. The igloos fall apart with hard use.

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