It doesn’t happen very often that a product exponentially out performs expectations, but that’s exactly what the Yeti Tundra Cooler does for a living. Yeti was founded in 2006 by 2 brothers that were frustrated with the current line of mass-produced, under performing coolers on the market. These guys are outdoorsman and they understand what that segment is craving in an ice chest based on their personal experience. One that will withstand the rigors of everyday use in a rugged environment without the common failures and shortcomings. A cooler that will keep ice and its contents cold for far longer than the ones found in the mass discount retailers. A cooler thats lid will not cave in under the load of a fisherman casting atop it. With these basic requirements, Yeti was born.

Yeti Tundra Cooler Design:

The Yeti Tundra Cooler is designed with the serious outdoor enthusiast in mind. Yeti uses a seamless roto-molded plastic for its outer shell similar to the material whitewater kayaks are constructed of. This type of construction eliminates seam failures which is common among cheaper coolers and will withstand endless amounts of abuse without issue. Yeti Tundra Coolers are even certified by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) to be “bear resistant containers” when used with their pad locks on the corners. Unlike the inferior coolers that only provide air as an insulator, the Yeti Tundra Cooler uses up to 3″ of pressure injected commercial grade polyurethane foam to insulate the walls and lid. Couple that with the full frame Cold-lock Gasket and you’ll have no trouble sealing the cold air inside from the ambient heat.

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Other common failure points on mainstream coolers are the hinges and latches. I think we’ve all seen or experienced a cooler with a broken latch or hinge. To ensure that the Yeti Tundra Cooler keeps the cold in and heat out, they’ve eliminated hinge and latch failures completely. The hinges are integrated into the coolers mold rather than screwed on and utilize a full length rust-proof aluminum rod. In addition, the T-Rex Lid Latches are made from a heavy duty rubber that provide just the right amount of tension to ensure the lid is sealed. Rubber feet prevent the Yeti Tundra Cooler from sliding on the deck of your boat or bed of your truck. And if that’s not enough, Yeti integrated Anchorpoint Tie-Down Slots to secure your cooler in the roughest of conditions. At the end of the day, you can drain the Yeti Tundra Cooler through the leakproof Vortex Drain System. The drain plug only needs to be loosened rather than completely removed to work as the water will drain through the pair of holes located within the plug.

Pimp your Yeti:

With a wide assortment of accessories, Yeti has provided the ability to customize your cooler to suit your style or specific needs. From Yeti apparel to Grizzly Bear locks for your cooler, you’re sure to find what you’ll need to pimp your Yeti in the accessory department. I chose a few items that I thought were a necessity. The Yeti Cooler Dividers are available for most cooler sizes and can be purchased to divide the interior space vertically (short length) or horizontally (long length). I chose the shorter vertical divider for my Yeti Tundra Cooler 105. This allows me to separate food and drinks or alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages when the kids are present. The vertical divider also allows you to keep the wire basket in the cooler which is not possible with the longer horizontal divider. The wire basket is a great way to keep sandwiches or any type of food cool but not wet. The Yeti dividers also double as a cutting board for cleaning your fresh catch of the day or slicing cheese to go with a bottle of wine.