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Does anyone have their coolers and what are your thoughts? Huge cost diff than Yeti.
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Funny you mention that as I am about to buy one just to see. However, when I went to order yesterday the ship date is June 30th. I am doing a 4 day ride in a couple of weeks, so I ended up buying a Yeti for the short term that I can also use in the bed of my RZR (Tundra 35), then I will buy an RTIC 65 I think just for ice to keep in the toy hauler. There is a guy on Youtube that did an ice test comparing the two, and the RTIC performed a bit better, so for half the price you really can"t beat that, plus you get an extra 2 years for warranty.
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I have learned in any cooler if you use small or regular ice with all the banging around from our rides it all turns into cold water. I have tried the Yeti and does the same. I think larger cubes or big squares are the way to go. I am sure there are plenty of guys on this forum that have discovered the best way to pack their coolers. I need some lessons. Lol
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They look interesting. I had a hard cooler on order, but got laid off, so canceled the order. Be interested to hear how you guys like them, as I plan to reorder once I get a job again.
Did Yeti not try to patent any of their designs? Or did they sell the license agreement to RTCI? I just bought a Yeti 35 for this past weekends ride and I love it. I also have two Yeti Rambler. But a buddy of mine just got a RTCI and claims it holds ice longer than the Yeti. I would be curious of the weight difference (if any) between the two. For the money though I think it"s a win. I"m kind of a Yeti fan though. They definitely cornered the market for a while and continue to have the broadest product offerings.
pkrider I learned this trick from my mom. If you have a freezer large enough pour enough water into the cooler to cover about two inches off the bottom and put it in the freezer overnight. A two inch layer covering the entire bottom keeps the cold ones cold.
I ordered one of the smaller ones, ship date of 6-11. I wanted the "35" size but that"s not offered yet. I thought for the $125 I"d give it a try. Its not for the rzr though, I use a AO, easier to pack full and get less smashed up stuff.
"Pre cooling" any cooler will help it to hold ice longer. For a cooler that I will be getting into often, such as a drink cooler, I see no reason to spend a couple hundred dollars on, as every time the lid is opened it lets the warm outside air in melting the ice. However, the higher end coolers are great for food and ice storage. I"ll be buying an RTIC when I"m ready, as they run true to size and have more insulation, plus a better warranty at half the cost. There are several "high end" cooler manufacturers on the market today and they"re all nearly the same IMO.
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pkrider I learned this trick from my mom. If you have a freezer large enough pour enough water into the cooler to cover about two inches off the bottom and put it in the freezer overnight. A two inch layer covering the entire bottom keeps the cold ones cold.
We rarely buy ice. Freeze water bottles. When you want water take the frozen bottles and put them in the cup holder, almost instant ice cold water.Another trick we learned from transporting fish from the East coast to Arizona. Buy some 1" thick foam and build a box inside your inexpensive cooler, bottom, top, and sides it does a great job insulating and will keep things frozen for several days.
I ordered a RTIC 45 the other night and it"s on backorder until June 15. I do believe they are a bit better then the yeti brand.

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I ordered a softpak 30 on April 21 and it arrived here on July 5. I wanted something that would be good for a day ride or long road trip. My other coolers are too big to fit in the floorboard of my truck. I had an AO cooler and it sucked. I only used it when I was going on a few hour ride and even with mostly ice and a 6 pack of beer and 4-6 waters, the ice be melted in a few hours.They claim 30 cans + Ice as the capacity, but that would probably only be a few pounds of ice. I think 20 cans and 10lbs of ice might be pushing it. I used a 12 pack and 12lbs for my "test". I highly doubt you would ever get 5 days of ice retention out of this thing for real world useAnyway, first test was in the house. I prechilled it with a couple of the big refreezable ice packs for about an hour, then put in 12 cold beers and 10lbs of ice. I then (for testing purposes) started drinking the beer. 8 beers down the first night, the other 4 the second night. Ice was completely melted after 47 hours.Second test was the same sequence, only outside. After 28 hours there was only a couple ice cubes left. This is in Vegas with 110*+ heat during the day and 100* for a good portion of the night. I had it in a location that was shaded most of the day.