YETI coolers


originally posted to Pro Angler’s Journal

Coolers… We have all owned some in the past, currently own some and will probably buy more in the future.  Most of us know that most coolers last two to three years at best.  So when do you say that is good enough?  When you find a cooler that out lasts the rest! That’s when.  I have found the cooler that will change everything you think you know about coolers. It’s the YETI cooler.

I, being a full time fishing guide, have found that ice is an important tool and it can be very costly tool when the weather gets hot.  As you know it has been a very hot summer for most of the South and Mid-Atlantic.  A cooler that can hold ice for several days during hot weather and also last for many years  is a great cooler in my book.  The YETI cooler will do that and some. Trust me!

Here are some of the key points about just how good a YETI Cooler is built:

– One-piece, roto-molded UV polyethylene construction is extremely durable
– Constructed of food-grade material that is dry-ice compatible
– At least two inches (3” in the lid) of Yeti’s polyurethane foam provides superior insulation (the same stuff used to make Kayaks)
– Freezer-style sealing gasket locks in the cold
– T-latch keepers are molded in to the cooler body
– Padlock holes are molded into cooler body and lid
– Full-length, self-stopping hinge can’t hyper-extend and break
– Non-slip, non-marking rubber feet help keep the cooler where you put it
– Replaceable nylon rope and textured grip handles make carrying easier
– Drain plug and rubber washer guarantees leak-proof reliability
– Tie-down points are molded into the cooler body for solid mounting
– Easy upgrade—outer dimensions are similar to other marine coolers

YETI Coolers come in two different series; the Tundra and the Roadie series.  The Tundra comes in eight sizes; 35qt, 45qt, 65qt, 85qt, 105qt, 120qt, 155qt, and 250qt.  The Roadie size comes in two sizes; 15qt and 25qt.  YETI Roadie coolers have the same hard-wearing features and insulating qualities as our top-of-the line Tundra coolers as well as a stainless steel handle made for tossing it around. There’s no better choice to keep food and drinks cold in a campsite, job site, pickup bed or over your favorite fishing hole.

YETI Tundra coolers are built so strong they are certified as “Bear Resistant Containers” by the Inter-agency Grizzly Bear Committee (a division of the U.S. Forest Service).  This is just one of the many keys points to how well YETI coolers are built.  If they are bear Resistant then it is likely you are going to have a hard time beating up this cooler yourself.

YETI coolers have many accessories that you can add to help you get the most out of your YETI cooler.

– Tie down kit: Secure your YETI cooler in a boat, truck bed, trailer, or Barbeque rig with the Yeti cooler tie-down kit.
– Corner chock set: Secure your cooler with heavy duty rubber corner chocks. Rubber provides excellent, non-abrasive support and can withstand years of wear and sun.
– Cooler cushion: Your YETI can do double-duty. The YETI cooler seat cushion is two inches thick and made of tough, white, UV marine vinyl.
– SeaDek® lid grip: The higher you are off the water, the further you can see down into it. This durable, slip-resistant SeaDek grip pad gives your cooler lid excellent traction when using it as a standing/casting platform.
– Cooler Slide:  Perfect for mounting coolers under leaning posts, etc.
– Cooler Lock: Fits all Tundra and Roadie models. Protects your contents and certifies your YETI as a bear-resistant container.

The main reason I am using a YETI cooler is because of how well they hold ice.  I go through a lot of ice as a full time fishing guide and the expense does add up fast during the hot mouths!  For example, I would regularly use three bags of ice on a half day fishing trip with my old cooler during the summer months.  Now that I’m using a YETI I have dropped down to two bags for a half day trip.  Put that with one month worth of fishing trips with ice costing about $2.25 a bag and that equals to a savings of $67.50 for the month. When you look at the savings for the whole summer it’s easy to see that the cooler will pay for itself in short order.   Remember most things in life are a “you get what you pay for” type of deal.  A YETI cooler is not a cheap investment but it will out perform and outlast the competition as well as pay for it self in the mean time.  Take a look at YETI’s entire fine line of coolers and accessories at

Thanks and if you have any questions, please let me know.
Capt. Jot Owens