Yeti Limited Edition Breast Cancer Awareness Coolers

With October fast approaching, the color pink  has been blossoming all around us as we near Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  After first appearing in the fall of 1992, the pink ribbon yeti special editionhas become synonymous with breast cancer research and the importance of regular check ups for men and women alike. As the cause has seen its following grow exponentially (and thankfully) in the past few years, that pink color has found its way into our lives every October, from sports uniforms, to clothing and now, even Yeti Coolers.

This month Yeti began distributing their industry leading Roadie 20 and Tundra 45 coolers in that unmistakable shade of pink. Here at ACK we happily jumped at the chance to help show our support for breast cancer research and as such have pledged to donate 5% of the purchase price from each Pink Limited Edition cooler we sell to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Continue reading Yeti Limited Edition Breast Cancer Awareness Coolers

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 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

Feel the Chill!

Editor’s Note: Amy’s (ACK’s Office Manager) 5th grade Daughter was recently assigned a science fair experiment and came up with the bright idea of measuring the effectiveness of a variety of ice chests or “coolers”. Below is her written report detailing the final results with pictures and a spreadsheet with data that backs her findings. We thought it would be a great idea to feature her experiment here on the ACK blog.

My Experiment “Feel the Chill” – by Isabel

Supplies:
3 coolers (Yeti 35qt., Engel 35qt. and an Igloo Max Cold 70qt)
140 quarts (qts) of ice
3 thermometers

Purpose: To find which cooler will keep the ice at the lowest temperature over a 5 day period.

Hypothesis: I believe that the Yeti will keep the ice the coldest because of the higher level of insulation.

Procedure:

  1. fill the coolers to the rim with ice
  2. calibrate and place a thermometer (you must calibrate the thermometers upon taking them out of the package) in each cooler
  3. check each cooler every day twice a day and record the results
  4. gather all the data into a chart (click to view data sheet)

My initial research found that the Yeti cooler has the most insulation with 3” on the lid and 1.6″ in the walls. The Engel cooler has 2″ of insulation throughout but does not have extra insulation on the lid like Yeti’s coolers. I didn’t find published specifications for the Igloo cooler but it appears to have some extra insulation in the corners. Igloo claims that ice will last, in any weather, at least 5 days.

Daily testing.

Final Results: I conclude that the Yeti kept the ice coldest for the entire 5 days. The Engel had the most consistent temperature readings with the best sealing action — so much that it caused suction when draining. The Igloo scored the lowest in all categories even though it had started with the most ice.