Outdoor enthusiasts know the name YETI most commonly as the company that pioneered roto-molded coolers. But, YETI’s innovation also has continued to churn out a variety of versatile, “grizzly-proof” products over the past few years, and 2020 is no different.
Here is a quick rundown of some of the highlights we tested out this spring.
OK, so if you’ve ever partaken in a beverage from one of YETI’s double-walled, vacuum-insulated tumblers, you already know how the bottles work. They’ll keep cold things cold and hot things hot. But the lid was simply just a quick-twist screw-on cap. Now you have options to upgrade your bottle with a 5-ounce cup cap, effectively turning your bottle into a thermos, or add a straw cap that allows for ease of drinking without removing the cap or having to tip it up to pour.
I got the chance to test the 5-ounce cup cap on a couple morning jaunts to the turkey woods. Both times, I had hot coffee awaiting me on my return to the truck.
The straw cap has gotten use amid prep for fall hunting seasons. I’ve hit the trails a couple times with a pack loaded down with weights and my Rambler Bottle firmly holstered in my pack’s water bottle pocket.
Still, the ability to shuffle back and forth between the accessories is probably my favorite aspect of these setups.
12-ounce Colster Slim Can Insulator
Nowadays, beverage cans seem to come in a variety of sizes. Thanks to YETI, if your beverage of choice comes in the 12-ounce-tall skinny cans, you have an option for keeping your can colder longer. The vacuum, double-walled design isn’t bulky at all, and it is dishwasher safe, making maintenance a breeze. At a recent cookout, I had a friend try it out on her hard seltzer can. She commented on her beverage staying cooler longer but also said she appreciated the stylish look.
Hopper M30 Soft Cooler – Navy
As a traveling outdoorsman, I think soft coolers have changed how people transport game from the field back home. Freeze game meat before flying home, and the Hopper will easily keep it frozen while sitting in overhead storage.
Though COVID-19 has kept me from testing this particular model on the road, I have used it for several kayaking excursions to local fishing ponds. All my food and beverages have all stayed cold. I’ll also add, the magnetized storage seals are easier to operate than the older style zippers.[MS1]
I have one of the original Roadie coolers emblazoned with the NWTF logo on the lid, but that cooler may very well collect dust from here on out. This updated version of the YETI favorite is lighter and has an increased capacity, all with a smaller footprint. (While not something I’ll take advantage of often, this Roadie will hold upright bottles of wine.)
Additionally, the Roadie’s redesigned latch and handle systems are something I’ve received numerous positive comments about the few times the cooler has hit the road with me. My only complaint, and it isn’t a big one, is there is no longer a drain plug on the cooler.
I haven’t yet had the opportunity to test out any of the Roadie accessories — basket or seat cushion — but I am surely intrigued.
As for keeping ice, this Roadie does the job. During a recent trip to the coast for blue crabs and reds, I used this cooler to keep drinks ice cold until I had the need to ice down some redfish. And per usual YETI style, there was little worry on if the ice would last.