WildSnow Weekend — Yeti Sighting At Field HQ

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | November 1, 2015      
Yeti beats the heat.

Keeping the brewskis on ice, Yeti beats the heat.

We’ve been testing a Yeti 50 cooler for a while now and we’re impressed with how superior it is to our thick-walled Coleman Xtreme.

Yeti coolers are expensive, but you get what you pay for. Durable and said to be bear resistant, we take that to mean a bear could roll it around and bite it without popping the top, giving you enough time to shoo(t) it away. The thick plastic shell is like something you’d use for storing ammunition or high-end electronics. It could even be considered overkill for an ice cooler, but our Coleman seemed to flake off plastic at the slightest opportunity and the lid never stayed shut. Yeti lids strap down with a couple of beefy rubber hooks that are super secure, and the shell of our tester is showing zero signs of wear, even after ballasting it with rocks to keep it upright in the hot tub.

Before the Yeti, we thought about getting an electric 12 volt cooler but that would have involved upgrading the PV system at WildSnow HQ. So using the Yeti is actually saving us quite a bit of money.

The lid seals tight and ice takes days to melt. This past fall the Colorado Rockies had a long period of hot weather. We’d leave the cooler packed with goods at the cabin and come back a week later to find the contents still cold with some of the ice intact.

We like the flat top. It is such a better design than the coolers with mickey mouse cupholder lids that collect grime. The lid has a grippy finish which keeps things from sliding off, but also makes it a little hard to clean: irksome if you’re a neatnic.

Downside: the Yeti is heavy and hard to drag across the floor because of the rubber plugs on the bottom. But the rubber feet are good for keeping it from sliding around your pickup bed (or your bass boat), and they’re removable.

We’re thinking the Yeti will be equally at home in keeping our goods from freezing solid when we leave it outside at night, during winter at 9,000 feet. Of equal importance is this; if you ski tour in cold weather the cooler in your truck needs to keep your sandwich from freezing solid. Yeti will do the trick.

In sum, we like it. A useful tool for the cabin and camping lifestyle. Shop for Yeti coolers.

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4 Responses to “WildSnow Weekend — Yeti Sighting At Field HQ”

  1. Ben November 2nd, 2015 11:33 am

    I am hoping that picture was not from this weekend. I don’t see much snow.

  2. Brian November 2nd, 2015 11:42 am

    Hot tub looks great. Wondering how you maintain it in such a remote place. I thought I read that you all were planning on trucking in the water when you went up there and draining it down when you leave. Is that what you still do?

    Just wondering as I was scheming of doing the same type of project.

  3. Lou Dawson 2 November 2nd, 2015 1:36 pm

    Hi Brian, we do truck water in, but we use it for a few cycles before draining. By using filter hooked to PV and some mellow spa chemicals we’ve been getting plenty of use out of the same tank of water. It’s quite easy for us to haul the water, we have a big truck and a big tank. In summer we can drive near the tub, uphill a little ways for good water flow. In winter we have a chunk of black irrigation hose installed that gets us water down from the winter maintained road where we can park.

    It’ll go for a week or 10 days in winter without freezing, depending on ambient temps. It’s risky to let it freeze as it can ruin the snorkel stove, so in winter we’re more careful about draining and refilling.

    Latest addition is a wireless spa thermometer with display in cabin. We’ve discovered that constant monitoring of temperature is key to heating it with wood, otherwise it ends up too hot or cold and is difficult to adjust.

    See our other hot tub posts.

  4. Brian November 3rd, 2015 8:36 am

    Thanks Lou
    the wireless thermo is a great idea for wood heating!

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