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Old 02-27-2017, 07:02 PM   #29
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I have a yeti Roadie 20 and two Pelican 45s. They work as advertised if you keep the lid closed. They are incredibly heavy and I have sometimes used Igloo Extremes to avoid carrying them. Functionally, I don't think there is a significant difference among the premium coolers.

My advice is to match the cooler to the need. For day trips, I use a fabric cooler and throw away leftover ice.

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Old 02-28-2017, 06:34 AM   #30
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We have a Pelican purchased at Costco. Works very well. The only thing I don't like is it is heavy! I am guessing the density has a connection with the exceptional insulation.

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Old 02-28-2017, 07:02 AM   #31
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I saw an article about using silver foil/bubble wrap insulation to make either a liner or an outside "box" for your cooler, holding it together with silver duct tape.
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Old 02-28-2017, 07:27 AM   #32
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I purchase a Pelican cooler last year for several reasons:
1) Quality
2) Cheaper than Yeti but same quality
3) Bear proof & lockable!!!!
4) Ice retention

I fill my old hydration bladders (3 L) and freeze them, this will last a week camping in over 30 degree heat. This also will not cause the melting water to create any issues with your meat contaminating your other foods.

Heavy yes but the quality is fantastic
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Old 02-28-2017, 07:36 AM   #33
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Our cooler is used mostly for beverages, with most food going in the fridge. Nice to have the beer in a cooler where it is handier. We have the Igloo Sportsman STX 54 Cooler. It is reasonably priced, very tough, great handles, good seal and a metal latch. No problem keeping our drinks cold during a long weekend, and this is with restocking with warm drinks.

It would even do food for a long weekend too, all depending on how hot it is out.

If I was needing to rely on a cooler to keep food safe for more than a weekend without adding more ice, I would look at one of the super-insulated ones, but this one is more than adequate.

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Old 02-28-2017, 08:21 AM   #34
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We bought a 120 quart Yeti because of the extreme durability. We go on multi-day whitewater rafting trips every year, tent camping in wilderness areas with bears. There are cheaper coolers that will probably hold ice as long, but won't hold up to the beating we inflict on them. We used to use Gott/Rubbermaid products before rotomolded coolers were invented. I still have one in my garage that was shredded by a grizzly. I had really strong buckle straps on it at the time, so the bear just ripped the side of the cooler open. For car camping, Coleman and Igloo make coolers that are plenty adequate and affordable. I keep those around for less extreme adventures. But I notice that there are a lot of rotomolded coolers on the market recently that cost less than Yeti and might be worth checking out. We saw some in Cabelas recently that appears nearly identical to Yeti.
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Old 02-28-2017, 08:35 AM   #35
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That Expedition Portal article goes along with what I had heard a few years back. Yeah, the high end coolers keep ice a bit longer, but the only significant difference between coolers like Yeti and a Coleman Xtreme is the build quality. You can't drop a coleman off a tailgate, and the hinges and other things like that aren't as durable.

But as far as any typical person using a cooler for a weekend...coleman and igloo work 99% as well as coolers that cost over $200. And they're less likely to get stolen. Which is not to say I don't want a Yeti-style cooler some day, but it's a good reality check on what to spend your hard earned money on, if you don't have a lot to spare.
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Old 02-28-2017, 09:00 AM   #36
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Rtic - is my choice


I think the Rtic is going to be my cooler of choice.

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Old 02-28-2017, 09:50 AM   #37
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I think the Rtic is going to be my cooler of choice.

There have been several threads on various message boards about Yeti 'winning' their legal battle with Rtic but a quick check on the Rtic site this AM shows all three cooler sizes in stock with ship dates of 3/01/17. Rtic has announced it will be coming out with 'new' products by 5/01/17.

I'm not sure what's actually happening but the only negative I've seen on these folks is their warranty has dropped from seven years when they were introduced (I think Yeti is five years) to thirty days now.

I'd also suggest looking at the Ozark Trail line at your local Walmart. These are priced slightly less than a comparable Rtic and you can inspect the cooler before making a purchase.

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Old 02-28-2017, 06:54 PM   #38
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This thread has been educational. I never was aware of the different manufacturing process of roto molding, versus injection molding. Having "the best" type of cooler seems appealing, but when I compare the price (3x to 6x as much) and the weight (3x as heavy), the roto molded coolers lose much of that appeal with me. Hopefully my two big coolers' hinges will hold out for many years, saving me from any remaining temptation to own a really "cool" cooler.
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Walmart also has a cooler in the class.
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Old 03-01-2017, 03:33 AM   #40
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I've seen posting on pintrest where ice, in containers placed under bakers cooling racks. food put on top of racks, to stay out of melted least things that should swim in the melted ice water.
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Old 03-01-2017, 03:46 AM   #41
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There is a Coleman outlet store in Queensbury N.Y. (there must be others across the country). That's where I bought replacement hinges for my Extreme. Last fall I stopped in to buy a spare set and they had stainless steel hinges for a few bucks more. The salesman said the had other parts like handles as well. I mention this for those that own a Coleman Extreme and want to get a few more years out of it.
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Old 03-01-2017, 07:34 AM   #42
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I think the Rtic is going to be my cooler of choice.

Rtic is the only roto molded cooler that we have owned, so I can't compare it to others, but it does a great job of keeping ice for a long time. We use the baskets to keep items out of the ice/water. I really like the idea of freezing the 3L hydration bladder.

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