Yeti Coolers

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by freestoneangler, Aug 19, 2013.

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Are Yeti Coolers Worth the $$

Yes 18 vote(s) 60.0%
No 12 vote(s) 40.0%
  1. Dan Nelson Hiker, Fisher, Writer, Bum

    Posts: 822
    Puyallup, WA
    Ratings: +349 / 5

    As someone who has run a ton of gear tests, including cooler tests, over the past two decades, I believe the review cited above is fatality flawed. There are huge problems with the review's testing procedures and protocols. Specifically, the field test process in this review rewards coolers for having subpar insulation.

    Since insulation works both ways, a well-insulated cooler will hold its warmth better than a poorly insulated cooler. So, because the test team only loaded a small amount of ice into each cooler, and the testers measured cooler's functionality by measuring the melt-water from that minimum amount of ice, the least-insulated should automatically perform better than the rest.

    If you don't full load the coolers, the better insulated will retain internal heat so if only a small (i.e. far less than full) amount of ice is loaded into the box, the better insulated coolers will melt out faster than the poorly insulated one since the better insulation retains the initial heat inside while the poorly insulated allow that heat to bleed off before it melts the ice inside. Since the better insulation will hold the initial heat longer, letting it more quickly melt the small amount of ice added, the actual results of this test should probably be inverted to identify the best insulated box.
  2. freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

    Posts: 4,163
    Edgewood, WA
    Ratings: +798 / 1
    Interesting Jeff, thanks. Odd that the industry has not developed a standard test through independent labs...seems to be one for almost everything else. Looks like Coleman get's the best buy nod, particularly for the more casual user...no wonder Bob Triggs sleeps so well :D.
  3. dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

    Posts: 4,104
    Near the Fjord
    Ratings: +570 / 0
    Could probably build your own with a little thin plywood, stitch and glue, and insulation. Bingo, you just beat out Yeti!
  4. joellirot Member

    Posts: 124
    vancouver,bc
    Ratings: +4 / 0
    I agree. But, by the time you built it, bought the super insulation (it's available - look for folks that build iceboxes on sailboats), got a good seal, latches, hinges, epoxy, fiberglass, paint (don't forget good marine grade paint at 50+ bucks a quart! and that's just the top coat!!) - ---- ummmmm, it woulda been cheaper to buy the expensive cooler.

    But, gotta admit. It's still tempting.

    From the guy who has an igloo (that's supposed to keep ice for five days - but does a pretty good job of keeping it for around 2 - a huge improvement over the ones that were supposed to keep it for a day and it lasted about an hour....

    So take it all with a grain of salt.