The Science Behind A YETI

Ever since YETI has made its debut it has secured a cult-like following amongst outdoorsman and beverage drinkers alike. At first glance they may seem like just another cooler, but the second you begin using one you know it is anything but ordinary. They look and feel sturdy, they are mega strong, and do an amazing  job of keeping your food and drinks ice cold – for a very long time. You may be wondering, “What kind of magic is behind this?” Look no further, we present the science behind a YETI. 

bear vs yeti

Built For The Wild

So what’s the big deal and just what makes a YETI cooler so strong? It all starts with the manufacturing process of the shell itself. Just like your kayak, YETI coolers are roto-molded rendering a product that has no seams, is impact resistant, offers long-term durability and can take a serious beating. Go ahead and drop it, kick it, stand on it or sit on it- a Yeti will not fall apart at the seams. However, it doesn’t stop there. Latches, hinges and handles are usually the first things to fail on most coolers but the guys at YETI didn’t skimp on the details. The T-Rex™ lid latches are the same latches used to secure hatches on ATVs and the YETI NeverFail™ hinge system consists of a full-length, rust-proof aluminum rod integrated into hinge stops which are molded into the lid. The handles themselves are virtually indestructible and the plug itself has a story of it’s own because we all know one of the worst things that can happen is a busted latch.

You are probably thinking “Just how strong are these things?” Check out this 500lb man try to break it.

yeti kayakKeep ice longer!

While durability has sky-rocketed YETI to fame, it’s the ability to do what coolers are meant to do that has pushed these products into the limelight — keeping your food and drinks cold and fresh. YETI Coolers use up to 3″ of pressure-injected commercial grade polyurethane foam in the walls and lid to make sure your ice stays ice all day long. Lets just say if your ice isn’t cold, your ice is broken.

Lock it up!

Ever come back to your cooler after thinking you closed it to find that it in fact, has been open for hours leaving all your drinks warm and food mushy? Fear no longer! The YETI cooler doesn’t just close- it seals. The full frame, freezer-quality gasket circles keep your lid shut tight and the cold sealed in so you don’t have to worry about warm beer ever again.

Already have a YETI cooler?YETI Rambler

Check out the brand new Rambler. This tumbler is there to solve the age old annoyance of less than frosty beverages when working away from a freezer all day. YETI over-engineered their Rambler tumblers with kitchen grade 18/8 stainless steel and double-wall vacuum insulation to ensure that you never come back to a less than amazing beverage again. These will keep ice 2x longer than your average plastic tumbler and will keep those hot beverages scolding for you in the cold winter months. What more could you want?

We invite you to browse our complete line of YETI coolers and accessories. Don’t need one yourself? They make awesome gifts. Who wouldn’t want a bear proof cooler?

The ACK Guide To: Tailgating Like a Professional

It’s football season, which means one thing for the weekends… well, aside from football and paddling. That’s right, you guessed it — tailgating! Everyone’s favorite pre-game ritual is back and that means you won’t look so lonely smoking brisket in the parking lot near the stadium now that football season is in full swing. Being a company based in Texas, not only do we have a pedigree in paddlesports but we also know a thing or two about how to tailgate and we offer plenty of products that would help make you parking lot royalty.

First things first: you gotta stay protected from the sun. If you’re a die-hard fan (of either the sport itself or the act of tailgating) you’re probably outside the stadium in your spot hours before kickoff. You don’t want to get zapped by the sun before the first touchdown so here are a few things to help:

Your main line of defense against the sun should be sunscreen. Hands down, no questions asked! We’d recommend the Aloe Gator All Natural SPF 30 sunscreen. It’ll help your skin stay protected from the sun’s rays, it is water resistant and all natural. You can’t really go wrong there. The next essential item is a sunshade and Kelty’s Hula Shadehouse couldn’t be better for the job. Not only is the design eye-catching and stylish but it is very deliberate in its protection from the sun, angling down in the back to give you that added protection, helping you keep your team cool and securing your place on the tailgating throne.

Aside from protection from the sun, you also need be comfortable when you’re lounging around before the game. Whether you’ve got an ENO Doublenest Hammock (made for two!), the Eureka Director’s Chair (with its own side table for your chow or drinks), or a Crazy Creek Camp Chair which could be used inside the stadium as well, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be a comfortable creature in the asphalt wilderness.

What’s a tailgate without the food and drinks? Well, not a tailgate I’d attend. We offer several products that can help you feel a little bit closer to your own kitchen like the Primus 2-Burner Stove-Grill Combo which folds up into its own nice little case and can help you cook up the meanest links in the lot. The stove-grill combo makes this a versatile, portable option for your outdoor kitchen setup and doesn’t have a large footprint. If you’re a charcoal guy or gal, Sandbar makes a great charcoal chimney called the FlatFire which folds up nicely for storage, is made of sturdy stainless steel and will get you cooking in no time. Now you can’t forget about the drinks and for them we offer a wide array of coolers like the Yeti Tundra 45 if you’re bringing cold ones for everyone or the NRS Dura Soft Cooler which has just enough room to hold a six-pack and has an extra-wide strap so you can sling it over your shoulder to tote it around.

Entertainment is also a must at a tailgate and you can quickly turn the parking lot into your own playground with some toys like the OgoDisk. These soft, bouncy “hand trampolines” come with a ball and can be used for a variety of fun activities like volleyball, baseball, and tennis-type games and can be tossed on their own like a Frisbee, adding to the fun. They can launch the ball up to 150 feet (!) and they’ll even float if you should happen to land them in some water. The Zing Z-Curve Bow could also make for some interesting parking lot games. It comes with three super-soft arrows (safety first, y’all!), two for the long-range shooting (up to 125 feet) and one with a suction cup end and the bow is easy to use for both right and left-handed folks. Everyone appreciates some tunes, whether its background music for conversation or jams to get you pumped for the game, Grace Digital’s Eco Terra Waterproof Audio System is just what you need. This boombox-style music player will fit your iPhone, Android, Blackberry or any MP3 player so you know you’re covered on that front. It holds your device behind a 100% waterproof, clear shell so if and when spills happen, you’re in the clear and it even floats!

Hopefully this has sparked some ideas for your adventures in tailgating. Remember, many camping supplies are great for your pre-game asphalt excursions so browse our online inventory and let your imagination go wild. Pretty soon they’ll have to build a tailgating hall-of-fame just to enshrine your pre-game ingenuity for generations to come.

Trent @ ACK

The Story of YETI Coolers

Every once in a while a brand emerges from a sea of products, one which develops what you might consider a cult following — YETI is one of them. Sure, they’re just coolers but the moment you set your eyes on them you can tell something is different and even more so once you begin using one. They look strong and feel strong, and most importantly they are strong and yes, they do one hell of a job keeping your food and drinks cold — for a long time.

Certified bear-proof by the Interagency Grizzly Gear Committee

Wildly stronger!
So what’s the big deal and just what makes a YETI cooler so strong? It all starts with the manufacturing process of the shell itself. Just like your kayak, YETI coolers are roto-molded rendering a product that has no seams, is impact resistance, offers long-term durability and is ready to take a beating. However, it doesn’t stop there. Latches, hinges and handles are usually the first things to fail on most coolers but the folks at YETI didn’t spare the details. The T-Rex™ lid latches are the same latches used to secure hatches on ATVs and the YETI NeverFail™ hinge system consists of a full-length, rust-proof aluminum rod integrated into hinge stops which are molded into the lid. The handles themselves are virtually indestructible and the plug itself has a story of it’s own.

You probably get the point now but we invite you to watch this entertaining video of a bear having fun with a YETI Tundra.

Keep ice longer!

Up to 3″ of insulation.

While durability has helped YETI earn its claim to fame, it’s the ability to do what coolers are meant to do that has pushed these products into the limelight — keeping your food and drinks cold. They say it themselves, “it’s not rocket science”. More insulation means better insulation. While many coolers have less than 1/2” of insulation, YETI uses up to two inches of insulation in the side walls and  gives you a whopping 3” of it on the lid, which works together with an integrated freezer-quality rubber gasket to keep the cold in and the heat out.

Whether paddling, camping, hunting, fishing, long road trips or any other activity involving a need to keep your food from perishing and your drinks ice cold, YETI coolers should be a staple in your arsenal of gear. They’ve not only built a reputable product but have certainly claimed their stake as a leader within the outdoor adventure industry which is not an easy feat for anyone.

We invite you to browse our complete line of YETI coolers and accessories. Don’t need one yourself? They also make great Christmas gifts too. I’ve got the Roadie 20 on my list!

Do you own a YETI? What’s your experience been like?

Roland @ACK