Yeti 65-Quart Tundra Cooler - Product SpotlightPosted in Product Reviews on June 6, 2014
We have always been impressed when someone takes a product that has seemingly been ignored or reached the end of its development cycle and then somehow completely reinvents it—much to everyone’s surprise. Such is the case with Yeti Coolers and its line of Tundra coolers. Most of us think of coolers as mostly disposable items that we are lucky to get a couple years use from. But that is not the case with Yeti and its bombproof Tundra coolers.
Picking up our Yeti Tundra 65-quart cooler, the first thing we noticed was its weight. This thing is seriously stout. When we put it on a scale, it topped out at just less than 32 pounds. For comparison sake, a similarly sized more conventional cooler weighed in at only 21 pounds. Much of the weight is due to its FatWall design, which features loads of PermaFrost insulation and keeps its contents cool and ice unmelted much longer than conventional coolers.
To compare the Yeti cooler to a typical cooler, we dumped a single bag of ice (much less than recommended) into our Yeti Tundra 65-quart and one into our similarly sized conventional cooler on an 85-degree Southern California day at our super top-secret testing facility. Eight hours into our experiment, half of the ice had already melted in the regular cooler, while none had melted in the Yeti. By hour 19, all had melted in our basic cooler, while it took 70 hours before all the ice disappeared in our Yeti Tundra.
Beyond the super-thick construction, Yeti’s Tundra cooler features a cool design element that is so simplistic, yet so effective, you wonder why someone else hasn’t already thought of it. Instead of just closing, the Yeti seals with a huge ColdLock gasket that runs the entire length of the lid. This effectively seals the Yeti Tundra, unlike a conventional loose-fitting lid that allows cold air out.
The rest of the Yeti Tundra is just as well designed and extremely rugged. A NeverFail Hinge system incorporates a full-length aluminum rod to connect the lid to the body and built-in hinge stops to eliminate broken hinges. The DoubleHaul handles use marine-grade nylon rope to stand up to tons of abuse. Even AnchorPoint tie-down slots are molded directly into the one-piece cooler body, allowing the Tundra to be easily secured to a truck bed or anywhere else. The attention to detail even goes to the bottom of the cooler, where non-slip BearFoot feet prevent the Tundra from sliding around.
Yeti says its Tundra is the last cooler you will ever need. Usually statements like this are simply marketing ploys, but we definitely agree. The Tundra is built like no other cooler we have ever seen. In fact, it is so rugged Yeti Coolers are even certified bear-proof by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee. Not too many bears are roaming around the Dirt SportsNation, but its bombproof construction and ability to retain ice for extended periods make it perfect for anyone heading out for a long weekend of fun.