$400 Cooler vs $50 Cooler

Discussion in 'The Duck Hunters Forum' started by MJ, Aug 26, 2019.

  1. fishnfool

    fishnfool Elite Refuge Member

    Jan 16, 2006
    New Hampshire
    And millennials are what happened when the Boomers bred....:h
  2. coachcornbread

    coachcornbread Elite Refuge Member

    Jan 5, 2003
    USA in this hoe
    Don't talk to me about Yeti coolers unless you live in the mid west and have a salt life sticker on your prius.
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  3. HaydenHunter

    HaydenHunter Elite Refuge Member

    Dec 4, 2000
    Hayden Lake, ID USA
    Well, I was in the sprayfoam business for 9 years (equipment manufacturer) and know a bit about it. Looking at the YETI vs. Coleman cross sections when sawed open, here are my observations:
    1) Thickness of the plastic on the outside and inside of coolers is immaterial to the issue of insulation. Durability, yes. Insulation, no.
    2) When the guys pushed their fingers into the foam it looks like the YETI did not deform as easily, meaning it is of higher density. The higher the density, the higher the R-Value, although the density looks close on the video.
    3) The major issue I see is the complete lack of foam on the lid of the Coleman vs. the thick foamed lid of the YETI. If you know anything about insulating houses, the ceiling (lid) is one of the most important areas to insulate well. A possible redneck fix would be to drill a couple of holes in the top of the Coleman, get some cans of Great Stuff from a home center and fill it up. Would probably improve the performance at a relatively minimal cost.

    Is this difference worth $350? I guess that depends on whether you need the best performance cooler out there or something that works decently at a fraction of the cost.

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