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Old 11-27-2019, 08:51 AM   #1
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I am treating myself to a Christmas gift and want to buy a high quality soft sided cooler something like a Yeti, RTIC, or something else. Those are the only two I know of. I know they are pretty expensive so what cooler do you recommend for the money.

By the way the only one I am trying to impress are the beers.
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Old 11-27-2019, 09:04 AM   #2
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Old 11-27-2019, 09:18 AM   #3
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I’ve got a Yeti hopper(the older version top zipper) and picked up a couple of the Rtic flip lids. I prefer the flip lids, just easier to load and ice down and clean up. The Rtic zippers did mess up on both coolers though and I haven’t reached out to see if their customer service is worth anything.
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Old 11-27-2019, 09:46 AM   #4
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I've got two yeti hoppers and a Bison.

One of the Yeti's is the original top zipper big bag version and it is great other than the zipper which is terrible. We ended up using it for transporting food since the zipper is no fun to use repeatedly. I've used the newer version with the zipper on the side and it's great so i just wish it was a newer version.

The Smaller Yeti is the cube looking one and it's great, same with the Bison which is their small bag version. I use one and the wife uses the other almost daily. No complaints.
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Old 11-27-2019, 09:51 AM   #5
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Old 11-27-2019, 09:52 AM   #6
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RITC check out the black Friday sale you won't be disappointed. I got one for Christmas 2 years ago it has been very good for a soft side.
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Old 11-27-2019, 09:57 AM   #7
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I bought the yeti backpack cooler a few months ago. It's all I use anymore,seems like.

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Old 11-27-2019, 10:05 AM   #8
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My rtic has held up well. I bought my dad an AO cooler off amazon. Itís held up well and holds ice just like the others.


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Old 11-27-2019, 10:20 AM   #9
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Has anyone seen a Black Friday deal on any of these soft sides?
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Old 11-27-2019, 10:35 AM   #10
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The newest Yeti bag is great. Did away with the zipper and is now a magnetized opening which is great...
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Old 11-27-2019, 10:58 AM   #11
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I bought the Costco one, I think its called Coho.

Seems to work just fine and I paid around $70.
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Old 11-27-2019, 11:00 AM   #12
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I have this one and really like it:
https://www.amazon.com/Grizzly-Drift...s%2C162&sr=8-4
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Old 11-27-2019, 11:08 AM   #13
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Old 11-27-2019, 11:09 AM   #14
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Yeti M30. New magnetic top is awesome
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Old 11-27-2019, 11:37 AM   #15
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Old 11-27-2019, 12:13 PM   #16
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AO cooler is the best IMO.
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Old 11-27-2019, 12:16 PM   #17
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Wow I didn't know there were so many options. It looks like Yeti is not the clear cut choice.

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Old 11-27-2019, 12:20 PM   #18
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Yeti is your only choice if you want it to last a while.
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Old 11-27-2019, 12:48 PM   #19
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The RTIC's are cheap and look good but man they are a POS. Every one i have has fallen apart.
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Old 11-27-2019, 12:52 PM   #20
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The RTIC's are cheap and look good but man they are a POS. Every one i have has fallen apart.
I agree. I bought one for my golf cart and it didnít make it thru the summer. Should of just bought the Yeti.
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Old 11-27-2019, 01:20 PM   #21
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The RTIC's are cheap and look good but man they are a POS. Every one i have has fallen apart.
Same! Wont ever get another rtic soft side. Mine came apart and rtic wouldn't warranty it because it was a gift. I would by walmarts ozark trail before buying another rtic.
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Old 11-27-2019, 01:42 PM   #22
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The buccees soft sided bag for $20 is a great value IMO. It doesnt leak at all and is insulated pretty well.

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Old 11-27-2019, 02:05 PM   #23
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I had a Yeti hopper, the zipper broke when i accidentally zipped over an ice bag. I sent it in and they sent me a newer model and let me get a new color too. Still have the newer model and enjoy it.
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Old 11-27-2019, 02:39 PM   #24
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I have an Rtic 40 that has held up so far. Not as nice as Yeti but 1/3 the price.
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Old 11-27-2019, 02:55 PM   #25
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Yeti is your only choice if you want it to last a while.
This for sure I have a yeti 20 top zip and a 30 side zip.I use the 20 everyday in my work truck for a couple years now,I use the yeti supplied zipper wax about once a month and never a problem.Its even been ran over twice.
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Old 11-27-2019, 07:37 PM   #26
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The buccees soft sided bag for $20 is a great value IMO. It doesnt leak at all and is insulated pretty well.

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^^^ this^^^
Cant beat them for the money and keep ice pretty dang good!
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Old 11-27-2019, 07:46 PM   #27
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My Rtic took a crap pretty quick, I wouldn’t buy another one. I had to super glue the sides, they were falling apart within months. It doesn’t hold ice for more than 12-18 hours.
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Old 11-27-2019, 07:58 PM   #28
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I have the one from Atwood’s picked it up cheap a couple years ago it has been great so far
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Old 11-27-2019, 08:05 PM   #29
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I like the Bucee's bag as well. Seems to work as well as the Polar Bear I have.
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Old 11-27-2019, 08:39 PM   #30
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The RTIC's are cheap and look good but man they are a POS. Every one i have has fallen apart.


Are you standing on the soft side cooler as a step stool?

Iíve had mine for years but it just get brought to the blind in the back of the buggy 10 times a year.


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Old 11-27-2019, 09:38 PM   #31
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Polar Bear backpack is legit.


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Old 11-27-2019, 09:46 PM   #32
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Yeti is the only way to go on soft sides. They have a warranty and will stand by it. Rtic not so much. Had a rtic for work and it tore up in a few weeks. Got a yeti flip 18 i think now i found at a pawn shop and its held up. No complaints on any of my yeti stuff.
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Old 11-27-2019, 09:48 PM   #33
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My vote is for RTIC
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Old 11-27-2019, 09:54 PM   #34
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Are you standing on the soft side cooler as a step stool?

Iíve had mine for years but it just get brought to the blind in the back of the buggy 10 times a year.


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Iíve had 2 of them for years. They are junk. They wonít address the zipper issue. The tops come apart. Finally I added a couple pieces of Velcro to close the one I use for a lunch bag. Iíll never buy another rtic product.
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Old 11-27-2019, 10:08 PM   #35
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I have the rtic 40 and the seems started coming unglued right after the warranty ran out. I can't find a glue or an epoxy that will hold it. I won't buy another soft cooler from them
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Old 11-28-2019, 07:29 AM   #36
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Cool info guys many thanks
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Old 11-28-2019, 07:52 AM   #37
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I bought a Columbia from Academy earlier this year, $40. We use it in the boat, so it doesn't see rough usage, but no complaints so far.
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Old 11-28-2019, 08:17 AM   #38
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Has anyone seen a Black Friday deal on any of these soft sides?
I have a Yeti Hopper 20 that I used 1 time. I donít use it enough to justify keeping it. Iíll make a deal on it if you are interested. They are $199 new
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Old 11-28-2019, 10:12 AM   #39
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go here look around , search these guys on youtube, by far the best cooler reviews out there

https://www.coolersonsale.com/how-to...-sided-cooler/
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Old 11-28-2019, 10:18 AM   #40
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Old 11-28-2019, 11:50 AM   #41
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Just got an email from Atwoods, 40% off all Yeti.

https://www.atwoods.com/brand/yeti
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