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Smallmouth (Team Ozark)

Missouri

With 106 degree index temps today and all weekend, I was thinking about best brands of coolers for everything from boating, camping, fishing, hunting, bbq's and so on.

I own a Yeti and find it to be a great product that holds ice for days, but overpriced compared to some of the new competition in premium coolers. Yeti also tends to be bulkier inside with a low 12 oz can to over all volume ratio compared to other brands (Engel 35 holds 42 cans Vs. Yeti Tundra 35 at 21 cans).

Some of the other competitors like RTIC, Grizzly and Engel offer a cheaper molded cooler with more space on the inside to hold food, drinks, fish or whatever. Some of the other brands like Orca, Pelican, K2 and Canyon claim to hold ice just as well, but I don't know much about them.

What do you own or want to own? I'm looking to add another in the 40-50 quart range and don't want another Yeti. Right now I am leaning RTIC 45 or Grizzly Kenai 45 and at half the cost of a Yeti.

6/15/2018 3:45:32 PM

North Shore Boyz

Mill Bay, British Columbia

Cans of what Luke?

We’ve just always been old school and use Coleman coolers, but in the back country use bear proof Pelican Coolers.

6/15/2018 5:54:33 PM

Smallmouth (Team Ozark)

Missouri

Soda, water, beer, food whatever. When temps have a heat index we’ll over 100, Coleman’s will last 6 hours if getting in and out of especially with kids. Coleman’s are water after 8 hours on a river here in July. On camping trips I need something that’ll last 48-72 hours. It’s a different world down here in the summer than up there. Im not buying for bears.

6/15/2018 6:29:35 PM

North Shore Boyz

Mill Bay, British Columbia

The Pelican is the one we use when we can’t restock on ice, or if we go out on the boat for days. Seems to last the longest and is the most reliable for a multi day trip...tough as nails too, but pretty pricey.

6/15/2018 7:51:50 PM

Porkchop(team sLamMer)

Mohawk valley ny

Love our yeti....has paid for itself a few times over in ice savings...they must have comparison videos on utube...keep us posted...need one I can lift myself..never heard of pelican

6/15/2018 8:36:39 PM

Smallmouth (Team Ozark)

Missouri

There are a ton of cooler challenge articles out there testing durability and ice retention. Results are all over, but consistent brands are Yeti, Orca, Pelican, K2, Canyon, Engel, RTIC, Grizzly and maybe a couple others. Our yeti is great as it survives the back of our truck down to Florida and holds up for the beach another day without changing ice. That plays out well when river camping multiple days or being on a hot lake boat all day.

I wonder if challenge results might have to do with bias of the authors. Most of the brands look like yeti with that molded thick plastic, but for the size and weight, the yeti interior space is small meaning thicker wall insulation.

Pork, check out the Grizzly Kenai, cheaper but almost looks identical to Tundra 45 and holds more inside.

6/15/2018 8:48:17 PM

Wolfpack83

central Nc

Good post. I swear by pelican. Used it in Iraq in 120 degree days. It's just a dry heat though, har har. I'll look up the grizzly, need another one not so expensive.

6/15/2018 9:00:53 PM

Iowegian

Anamosa, IA BPIowegian@aol.com

My son won a big Yeti cooler, donated as a door prize at the last Anamosa Pumpkinfest. We will see how well it works this weekend. We used it to keep deer meat cold while we were processing it last fall and it worked great then. That was cool weather, we will be in the mid 90's ttomorrow.

6/16/2018 12:46:28 AM

Smallmouth (Team Ozark)

Missouri

I've stocked our Yeti with ice and beer in the Fall and it held ice a solid 10 days sitting outside by our firepit. All these rotomold, premium cooler companies claim they do that when it's 90 but I don't see that.

Iowa, Grizzly is a company out of Iowa with everything built in state too.

6/16/2018 8:23:24 AM

Orange Lives Matter

Chesapeake City, MD

I have a Cabela's Polar Cap. Been more than happy with it and wouldn't trade it for a Yeti.

6/16/2018 9:12:21 AM

Smallmouth (Team Ozark)

Missouri

Orange lives, the Polar Cap won this particular test beating all the premium brands listed above. I’ve seen other results completely different which is why I’m asking for personal preference.

https://www.fieldandstream.com/articles/fishing/2016/03/ice-chest-throwdown-12-top-end-coolers-ranked-and-reviewed#page-8

6/16/2018 9:45:37 AM

Wolfpack83

central Nc

http://www.pelican.com/us/en/product/coolers/wheeled-cooler/elite/45qw

This is the current equivalent to what I used. 4 days ice retention in hell on earth.

6/16/2018 10:08:09 AM

Smallmouth (Team Ozark)

Missouri

That’s 2 for Pelican. Thanks

6/16/2018 10:41:51 AM

Porkchop(team sLamMer)

Mohawk valley ny

The Pelican has too many nooks and kranny’s for me...harder to clean...did you see the hopper 30?...reviews look good ...

6/16/2018 2:27:54 PM

SmallTownUSA

Alexandria, Indiana

I have a bison brand cooler. Kept ice in it for 2 weeks in 80 degree weather... Of course you can't open it all the time. But I rather enjoy it. Made in the USA!

6/16/2018 5:33:38 PM

Smallmouth (Team Ozark)

Missouri

Pork, my buddy had a Hopper 30 or 40 down in Florida. It lasted days at the beach and then fishing the bay in the hot evenings. Zero leaks on the zipper. I personally don't like the bag part though even though it's easier to lug around.

Smalltown, another brand I will check out. Thanks

6/16/2018 5:40:13 PM

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