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YETI Tundra or Cabelas polar cap?
« on: September 05, 2017, 07:28:36 PM »
Last minute cooler issue.  Thinking of making  a mad dash to buy a new cooler.  Wondering if I should pull the trigger on one of the expensive ones.  Spend the whole season at camp with maybe one trip out for ice and other.  If I can get 10 days out of one of these it will be worth it.  Thoughts?

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Re: YETI Tundra or Cabelas polar cap?
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2017, 07:39:34 PM »
I'm going to go with the Ozark trail when I go to s rotomolded cooler, if I was going nicer it would be an rtic.

How big are you going? Some of the Coleman and igloo coolers hold ice just as long as the rotomded ones do

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Re: YETI Tundra or Cabelas polar cap?
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2017, 07:44:43 PM »
100qt plus or minus a few.  Was wondering about the Coleman.

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Re: YETI Tundra or Cabelas polar cap?
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2017, 07:49:32 PM »
Coleman extreme at wall mart.

Six blocks of ice lasts two weeks.
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Re: YETI Tundra or Cabelas polar cap?
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2017, 07:57:03 PM »
I use a 70qt Coleman extreme and if you're not worried about bears getting at it your dollar goes a lot further with size and ice retention vs premium brands.

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Re: YETI Tundra or Cabelas polar cap?
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2017, 08:08:27 PM »
Which ever is cheaper? Name brand isn't always the best. :tup:
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Re: YETI Tundra or Cabelas polar cap?
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2017, 08:24:54 PM »
You don't need to spend the extra cash for a yeti, lot of other brands out there that offer the same type cooler.  I went with a Kong, made in the us and much cheaper.. They don't have 100 qt coolers though, 70 is the biggest.  Check some of the other brands.

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Re: YETI Tundra or Cabelas polar cap?
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2017, 08:41:26 PM »
What season?

If you're rifle hunting in November in 40F temps, it really doesn't matter and go for a cheap cooler.  Whatever brand.  Just put frozen jugs of water (2/3 full before you freeze them) in the cooler the day before you plan to leave to regulate it's temp down.   Then fill with your preferred chilling method (frozen ice, cooler packs, etc.) and you're good for a week or more.   

The challenge is if you're an August bear or September archery hunter, and that is really when the higher technology coolers shine.  If on a 10 day hunt in 90F temps, frozen blocks in a Yeti will outperform an Igloo or Coleman.  The insulation is indeed better. 

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Re: YETI Tundra or Cabelas polar cap?
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2017, 08:46:37 PM »
If it must be now, and in person, spend the money once and get the Yeti.  If you have some time, get the Rtic.  They are little more than 1/2 the price, but have the same results.  I've gone the inexpensive route in my younger days because I just couldn't justify the higher end gear, but you will be happy you did it.

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Re: YETI Tundra or Cabelas polar cap?
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2017, 09:19:57 PM »
I've been looking at Kong, Cordova, Orca, Yeti or Ozark brands & have friends or family with various 1's...Cordova coolers are locally owned outta eastern Wa...

Just gotta budget for a large 1 as I cant justify buying the smaller sizes...

The large igloo I have now does fine for 5 days in summer with 6 ice blocks or I use the costco milk jugs which fit great & few bags of ice on top...
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Re: YETI Tundra or Cabelas polar cap?
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2017, 09:22:07 PM »
Coleman extreme at wall mart.

Six blocks of ice lasts two weeks.

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Re: YETI Tundra or Cabelas polar cap?
« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2017, 09:47:21 PM »
Ive got a Coleman extreme, and an igloo that is simmiliar, couldn't imagine needing more then what they offer.
I'm going to get a 72qt Ozark trail rotomolded cooler for shorter trips when I just need to pack food, not animals.

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Re: YETI Tundra or Cabelas polar cap?
« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2017, 09:49:06 PM »
$500 bucks for a cooler?No way.2 Colemans.One with food and ice.One full of ice and 20 lbs of dry ice.Bring an ice pick .

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Re: YETI Tundra or Cabelas polar cap?
« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2017, 11:07:13 PM »
I've had Coleman extremes and igloo coolers for a long time.  I finally bought an RTIC 2 years ago.  Let me tell you there is absolutely ZERO comparison between the cheap ones and the RTIC.  Me and a buddy also did a side by side, my RTIC, vs his YETI.   After 2 weeks with the same exact amount of ice in them and opening each one twice a day for the same amount of time, the RTIC had 4 1/2 cups more ice left than the YETI.  He bought an RTIC for a 2nd cooler after that.  They were both 70's.   The only down side is the weight.

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Re: YETI Tundra or Cabelas polar cap?
« Reply #14 on: September 06, 2017, 04:51:09 AM »
MALUNA is new to the roto molded market but they are by far the best I believe, I own Yeti and 2 Maluna coolers, they are quite a bit less expensive than Yeti also  :tup:
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Re: YETI Tundra or Cabelas polar cap?
« Reply #15 on: September 06, 2017, 09:11:09 AM »
MALUNA is new to the roto molded market but they are by far the best I believe, I own Yeti and 2 Maluna coolers, they are quite a bit less expensive than Yeti also  :tup:
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Re: YETI Tundra or Cabelas polar cap?
« Reply #16 on: September 06, 2017, 09:38:54 AM »
I have a couple RTIC's. I've learned that if you don't take the extra day to cool them down ahead of time, you're basically going to get the same results as a less expensive cooler. Once they're cool, they hold ice a lot longer. If they're not cooled down, there's no point in spending the money.
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Also the roto-molded coolers are heavy as heck!!
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Re: YETI Tundra or Cabelas polar cap?
« Reply #17 on: September 06, 2017, 09:46:12 AM »
I just did a pile of research on this issue. I went with the cabelas polar cap 100 quart. 

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Re: YETI Tundra or Cabelas polar cap?
« Reply #18 on: September 06, 2017, 09:48:35 AM »
I have a couple RTIC's. I've learned that if you don't take the extra day to cool them down ahead of time, you're basically going to get the same results as a less expensive cooler. Once they're cool, they hold ice a lot longer. If they're not cooled down, there's no point in spending the money.
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Also the roto-molded coolers are heavy as heck!!

Cool them down with ice?  Or put them in a freezer?

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Re: YETI Tundra or Cabelas polar cap?
« Reply #19 on: September 06, 2017, 09:55:42 AM »
I think he means from storage or any place where they were at room temp or above? :dunno: 

I usually turn hose on and let it run cold then spray spray mine down and let some water build up inside then drain, wide down and start stuffing it with food/drinks and ice. :tup:
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Re: YETI Tundra or Cabelas polar cap?
« Reply #20 on: September 06, 2017, 09:58:25 AM »
I have a couple RTIC's. I've learned that if you don't take the extra day to cool them down ahead of time, you're basically going to get the same results as a less expensive cooler. Once they're cool, they hold ice a lot longer. If they're not cooled down, there's no point in spending the money.
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Also the roto-molded coolers are heavy as heck!!

Cool them down with ice?  Or put them in a freezer?

Either or.

I have a RTIC 65. WE took it to the fair a few weeks ago. We used it for beverages and lunches and left it in the car the whole time we were there.  It was anywhere from 50-90 degrees the whole time we were there so it got really hot inside the car. I put a 20 pound bag of ice in the first morning. It lasted about a day and a half before it was maybe half gone. At that point I bought another 20# bag of ice cubes. That one lasted the remaining 3 days we were there and there was a lot left at the end. Enough that I took it out and put it back in my garage freezer to be used later. Those last 3 days were the hottest too. My conclusion was that the cooler had the ice in it initially and that cooled it down. The 2nd bag of ice lasted a lot longer in significantly hotter temps(inside the car 80-90 degrees outside) because the cooler was cold from the previous bag.

That's my un-scientific experiment.
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Re: YETI Tundra or Cabelas polar cap?
« Reply #21 on: September 06, 2017, 10:12:08 AM »
I have a couple RTIC's. I've learned that if you don't take the extra day to cool them down ahead of time, you're basically going to get the same results as a less expensive cooler. Once they're cool, they hold ice a lot longer. If they're not cooled down, there's no point in spending the money.
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Also the roto-molded coolers are heavy as heck!!

Cool them down with ice?  Or put them in a freezer?

Either or.

I have a RTIC 65. WE took it to the fair a few weeks ago. We used it for beverages and lunches and left it in the car the whole time we were there.  It was anywhere from 50-90 degrees the whole time we were there so it got really hot inside the car. I put a 20 pound bag of ice in the first morning. It lasted about a day and a half before it was maybe half gone. At that point I bought another 20# bag of ice cubes. That one lasted the remaining 3 days we were there and there was a lot left at the end. Enough that I took it out and put it back in my garage freezer to be used later. Those last 3 days were the hottest too. My conclusion was that the cooler had the ice in it initially and that cooled it down. The 2nd bag of ice lasted a lot longer in significantly hotter temps(inside the car 80-90 degrees outside) because the cooler was cold from the previous bag.

That's my un-scientific experiment.

I learned the same thing recently with my RTIC.

Throw a bag or a frozen milk jug in the night before (Milk jug is re-usable) then fill it the next day with the intended items and ice.
Even once cooled down, I didn't need ice for a day trip, kept everything that was already cold, cold.  It wasn't very warm out that day.

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Re: YETI Tundra or Cabelas polar cap?
« Reply #22 on: September 06, 2017, 10:20:26 AM »
Coleman extreme at wall mart.

Six blocks of ice lasts two weeks.

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Re: YETI Tundra or Cabelas polar cap?
« Reply #23 on: September 06, 2017, 10:21:50 AM »
I have a couple RTIC's. I've learned that if you don't take the extra day to cool them down ahead of time, you're basically going to get the same results as a less expensive cooler. Once they're cool, they hold ice a lot longer. If they're not cooled down, there's no point in spending the money.
 :twocents:

Also the roto-molded coolers are heavy as heck!!

Cool them down with ice?  Or put them in a freezer?

Either or.

I have a RTIC 65. WE took it to the fair a few weeks ago. We used it for beverages and lunches and left it in the car the whole time we were there.  It was anywhere from 50-90 degrees the whole time we were there so it got really hot inside the car. I put a 20 pound bag of ice in the first morning. It lasted about a day and a half before it was maybe half gone. At that point I bought another 20# bag of ice cubes. That one lasted the remaining 3 days we were there and there was a lot left at the end. Enough that I took it out and put it back in my garage freezer to be used later. Those last 3 days were the hottest too. My conclusion was that the cooler had the ice in it initially and that cooled it down. The 2nd bag of ice lasted a lot longer in significantly hotter temps(inside the car 80-90 degrees outside) because the cooler was cold from the previous bag.

That's my un-scientific experiment.

I learned the same thing recently with my RTIC.

Throw a bag or a frozen milk jug in the night before (Milk jug is re-usable) then fill it the next day with the intended items and ice.
Even once cooled down, I didn't need ice for a day trip, kept everything that was already cold, cold.  It wasn't very warm out that day.

 :yeah:  Been pre-cooling my coolers for a long time. I started doing it with my old Igloos a long time ago because it was the only way to keep stuff cold longer. Now that I do it with my RTIC's, it keeps stuff cold for a long time. Frozen milk jugs work awesome.
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Re: YETI Tundra or Cabelas polar cap?
« Reply #24 on: September 06, 2017, 11:28:35 AM »
Sweet, I have thrown small day coolers in the freezer, never tried with the big one.  I think look into this.