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Re: YETI Tundra or Cabelas polar cap?
« Reply #25 on: September 06, 2017, 04:33:59 PM »
Coleman extreme at wall mart.

Six blocks of ice lasts two weeks.

 :yeah: on sale @1/8th the cost of Yeti.

But, not 1/8 of some of the Yeti competitors.

I have a Cabelas polar ice cap 80 and,  65 & 45 RTIC coolers.  I feel they are worth the extra money over time. I don't think I will ever need to replace them in my lifetime and that is worth something to me. Pre-cooling is important with any of them. I have used my RTIC 40 to prevent freezing in single digit temps for days on end for beverages in Eastern way during bird season.  They work well for that as well and it is hard to believe in those kind of temps they can prevent freezing. I personally am sold on them and have given away igloo and other coolers that have caused many a trip to a store for more ice in a couple or few days. 
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Re: YETI Tundra or Cabelas polar cap?
« Reply #26 on: September 06, 2017, 05:05:13 PM »
Sweet, I have thrown small day coolers in the freezer, never tried with the big one.  I think look into this.

I've thought about this and seen people mention putting their coolers in the freezer. Not sure I could have a whole freezer dedicated to cooling my coolers though.

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Re: YETI Tundra or Cabelas polar cap?
« Reply #27 on: September 06, 2017, 08:42:51 PM »
The gallon square milk jugs from Costco work awesome for ice. 4 of them laying down fit perfectly in my 65 quart Pelican.

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Re: YETI Tundra or Cabelas polar cap?
« Reply #28 on: September 06, 2017, 10:02:37 PM »
Thanks for all the advice everyone.  I pulled the trigger on a Cabelas 80qt.  This will mainly be used for early archery.  I take the whole season off.  This year I may miss one day.  Only time we come out is to get ice and whatever.  While we tent it we do not lack for much, especially food.  So I want something that will keep everything cold for a while.  Steak, smoked brisket, fresh baked apple pie and other wonderful delicacies are often found in our camp.  Some of the young ground pounders who make me think there is hope for hunters often find there way to our camp.  They say it is for advice from us old timers.  We are not fooled.  There timing is always around dinner or breakfast.  Our camp boss always feeds them.  We don't gripe they are more then willing to help the old guys pack an elk out.  If you know where to look you can actually see our camp on google earth.  The tent is a small home when we get through with it.  We have the Coleman extremes and they work good.  Even with care we never get a whole season out of ice.  So we will see.   If I am not happy I will take it back and blast it on here.  If it reduces trips to civilization by one it will pay for itself.
The down side of all this is you introduced me to brands I have never heard of.  That is not good for the wallet.

PS: if there is smoke coming from the smoker everyone will be back to camp early.

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Re: YETI Tundra or Cabelas polar cap?
« Reply #29 on: September 07, 2017, 05:43:52 AM »
They just put that Polar cap on sale for $349. If you didn't get it for that price or better they should make the adjustment for you. Also saw that a guy on Ifish has a brand new one hes selling for $300 if anybody is interested.

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Re: YETI Tundra or Cabelas polar cap?
« Reply #30 on: September 08, 2017, 12:22:49 AM »
I've been debating this for awhile. My issue is the weight of the cooler. The RTIC 65 (assume similar to other rotomolded) is 35#. Add the listed capacity of 70# ice, granted, maybe not the same as a cooler full of food, and your lifting a 105# cooler into the back of a 1-ton 4x truck. Pushing 50, I have to take this into consideration, as I often hunt alone due to schedules and weapon choices. These definitely have their place, especially if your 2 hours from additional ice, or have buddies for both onload and offload. Or, if bear-proof is necessary, as I have a 154Qt Igloo with bear tooth marks and yes he got it open the day before he died attempting round 2. Maybe the rotomold design offsets the necessary amount of ice, making up for the 12# weight of conventional design? Would appreciate any experienced thoughts on this, considering that even for myself on a 9 day hunt I usually gravitate to the capacity of 120 qt. cooler.
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Re: YETI Tundra or Cabelas polar cap?
« Reply #31 on: September 24, 2017, 10:51:22 AM »
Well I hate to admit it but, I have to give my approval of the Cabelas polar cap.
16 days since I put food in it and two block and two bags of cubed ice.  A few cubes left and both blocks are still about three quarters.  Kept every thing cold and my frozen stuff was the last to thaw.  Everyone in camp was impressed.  For those that mentioned extremes I own one and there are others in camp.  They do great also just not as long.  We only did one ice run and that was mostly for the beer coolers and the cook wanted flour so she could make more biscuits.  Note: the cooler was only opened every other days or so. I am emptying and cleaning today after it sat in the back of my truck in the sun yesterday.  The truth is it will not replace my extremes or other coolers.  It is heavy and takes up a lot of room.   It's purpose was for the long trips at a base camp were I want to avoid having to leave the woods.  It served that purpose.  I also managed to gain weight again.  It is the cooks fault.
My extreme only got ice added once.  It was holding beverages.  No ice left.  Water and beverages still cold. 


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