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Review: Yeti Tundra Haul

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MSRP: $400.

Despite Yeti’s reputation for insulating power, I doubted the Tundra Haul would suffice for our four-day trip to Golden Gate State Park, Colorado, as in our haste we packed the cooler wrong. To optimize cooling potential, it’s best to chill the cooler beforehand (e.g., by adding “sacrificial” ice pre-trip); use block ice instead of cubed; and fill up air spaces. Alas, we did none of these, and the cooler sat in the sun most days, so I was expecting slush by day 2. But when I cracked open the lid at trip’s end, the ice was still ¾ solid! This amazing temp-control comes from 2-inch PermaFrost Insulation walls and a sealing gasket.

The Tundra is Yeti’s first cooler with wheels (made with solid polyurethane and paired with a foldable handle), and the durability is standout. This impregnable icebox bounced down stairs and rolled over rocks without a snap, crack, or loosening. Add to this heavy-duty rubber latches, a convenient twist-plug drain, and a “bear-resistant” rating (when secured with Master locks) from the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee. Just beware that dirt clings tenaciously to the textured exterior, sometimes requiring diluted bleach to scrub clean.

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