Why Our Travel Editor Says You Need This Cooler for Summer
From Father’s Day to tailgate time, Yeti’s newest addition is your solution.
There is an art form to cooler packing. From the layering of ice to the stacking of bottles and zip-top bags, it’s easy to get caught up in perfecting the Tetris-like game of it all and then, oooph. All those cubes, cans, and cold snacks create a cooler too heavy to carry unless you happen to have the body-type of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
I am so loyal to my Yeti that I have a dedicated space for it in the trunk of my station wagon, especially for impromptu purchases of shrimp and crawfish during my frequent trips to New Orleans. But still, hauling a full load of crustaceans and ice on my own was a bit of a struggle, considering that rotomolded coolers like Yeti’s weigh more than regular ones due to the extra-thick walls that keep contents cool for a truly ridiculous amount of a time. For serious tailgaters, lifting one of the larger models to their spot can be a two-person job or require a wagon.
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Thankfully, the Austin, Texas-based Yeti has answered the call to make a more portable cooler. Available in July, the Tundra Haul has all the features we’ve come to count on like keeping ground beef at health department recommended coolness and the proverbial mountains very blue even when temperatures outside seem more like those found in a YMCA steam room. But, this full-size cooler, with enough room for 45 cans and tall enough for a wine bottle, has two built in solid-piece tires and a aluminum T-bar handle so one person can easily wheel it into the party, or if you’re like me, across the linoleum floor of a Rouse’s grocery store. And with the drainage hole at the opposite end, all you have to do is lift the handle to remove extra water or liquid in the bottom.
Although the price tag might give you the vapors, it should be noted that this is not the kind of milk carton-top cooler than sits neglected in your basement or one where you will find cans and sandwich bags bobbing up and down in a pool of water like so many fishing lures after a couple hours in the car. This kind of cooler that has home appliance-level purpose from keeping a large family’s worth of snacks and food edible on a long road trip to saving the contents of your fridge during a power outage (even acting as another temporary fridge during parties or holiday meals).
Sign up for Yeti’s newsletter to be notified when it goes on sale. While it may not be available to gift in person on Father’s Day, we’re pretty sure your dad won’t mind the short wait.