- Joined Sep 15, 2016
Anyone have a yeti cooler? Are they worth the money or are the knock offs just as good. Also, I've never rested brisket in a cooler but seems many do?
This is exactly correct. A friend and I have done a side by side comparison of my RTIC to his Yeti and there are no differences in quality or performance. We did the comparison because he was looking for another cooler and didn't want to buy the RTIC, if it didn't perform or wasn't as rugged as the Yeti. He ordered the RTIC 45.
I have a RTIC 65, my neighbor has the big Yeti, we have not seen a deference in performance between them, both are built like a brick shit house, only real deference is I can buy two RTIC for what a yeti costs.
We don't need to buy ice now that we use the RTIC. I use either frozen food that I take, or one small, ice pack if not packing frozen food. We only open the food cooler when we need food out of it, which is 2-3 times a day. With the small ice pack all is good for 5 days. With the frozen food option up to 10 days.
I worked at Cabela's and talked people out of yeti. The first problem is try lifting a large one empty, then fill it and try to lift it! Not many people camp where they cannot get to ice for 8 or 9 days. Also to make the ice last that long you have to keep the cooler closed. Opening and closing the cooler often, like done when camping cuts WAY DOWN on the time that it keeps things cold. For the cost of the yeti tundra 75 at 450 dollars you could get 1500 lbs of ice at 3 bucks a bag. (I get it cheaper)
When I ordered my RTIC, the shipping was 2 months out. However I received it 4 days later. That was a nice surprise!
Looks like the fun is just beginning with Yeti and the Clones...they've filed suit against RTIC, Wal-Mart (Ozark Trail), and Mammoth Coolers for various forms of trademark infringement/patent theft/etc. RTIC has counter-sued, claiming attempted monopolization by Yeti as of May. Supposedly, RTIC was legally held up in order shipments until certain hurdles were cleared and they could start filling orders again, but I don't see where there's been any definitive, final resolutions to any of this. Apparently, nothing precluded RTIC from still accepting orders during this time frame, shoving ship dates farther and farther out, creating a bad experience for the customer, and a bad service rap for RTIC.
Perhaps one of our esteemed legal minds could weigh in with any current updates, as these briefs are beyond my pay grade. I'm not an attorney, but I did sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night....