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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:05 am    Post subject: Rotomolded coolers Reply with quote

rotomolding is a nifty manufacturing process:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...al_molding

The big brand you are most likely familiar with is Yeti.. they basically brought the tech into homes as coolers that were cool.

One of the last times these coolers were discussed was here:
azfj.org/index.php?nam...550#178550

And recently Amazon threw their hats into the cooler cooler game.

smile.amazon.com/Super...B07N7T5VY1

smile.amazon.com/Super...B07N7V2TM9

With so many options.. who out there is using a rotomolded cooler, how do you use it, and what brand(s) are working for you.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:12 am    Post subject: Re: Rotomolded coolers Reply with quote

I have a big yeti that scored for 100....love it
I have a small artic that I found on the side of the freeway... love it.
I have plenty of friends that run canyon... they seem to love them
I think alot has to do with pre-cooling the cooling and packing it correctly. The technology is there, but its still hard to drop some serious coin on cooler. They are more rugged and last longer. I remember my dad buying a cooler almost every other year if not every year because the lids would break or it would crack.
THEY ARE HEAVY. I love hitting myself in the ankle with these heavy ass coolers.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2019 11:44 am    Post subject: Re: Rotomolded coolers Reply with quote

Still very happy with my
www.4xoverlandadventur...gefreezer/

But these Rotomolds are starting to come way down in price. Nice find. Still, you have to find ice and have soggy food.

Price on Amazon $670

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Rotomolded coolers Reply with quote

As discussed in the previous thread.. finding ice.. not a real big problem unless 5+ days away from a city. Most people now use reusable ice packs or gatorade bottles filled with water and frozen.

The simple / no maintenance / no electricity / use it as a seat or a stool / toss it in any vehicle / bring it on your boat / carry it to a picnic of a cooler definitely makes it more of a tool and less of an appliance.

and them prices...
www.walmart.com/ip/Oza...r/55703256

www.walmart.com/ip/Lif.../490384164

the enemy of all coolers is air.. the more often the coolers are open.. the more often the stored energy leaves. in the electric solutions.. that recovery is covered by electricity.. in standalone coolers.. there is no recovery only slowed decay of energy (unless more ice is added).
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Rotomolded coolers Reply with quote

Or this
c3customcoolers.com/

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 24, 2019 2:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Rotomolded coolers Reply with quote

Being from Flagstaff (they are from here) I have been on the Canyon Cooler brigade for years. Have two and they are super, banged up, and always stay cool, large chunks/blocks/plastic bottles of ice will keep stuff cool for days.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:56 am    Post subject: Re: Rotomolded coolers Reply with quote

a bit of extra idle time these days... so picking this conversation back up.

I collected all the brands I could find:
docs.google.com/spread...sp=sharing

Is your brand of choice listed?

*edit*

as of 4/17/2020 there are 108 brands listed!
yes MANY brands are simply direct ship Chinese models with a different sticker. It has definitely been eye opening the sheer amount of options out there.

*now with made in USA designation
*now with Chinese clone designation


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2020 1:36 am    Post subject: Re: Rotomolded coolers Reply with quote

ARB Fridge, DONE!

Small Canyon cooler for beer, DONE!
We stock both Canyon and Yeti at work, my employee discount is better on Canyon.


Yeti makes a better product though!!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2020 3:19 am    Post subject: Re: Rotomolded coolers Reply with quote

CeeFish wrote:
.....Yeti makes a better product though!!

How so? Build quality? Durability? It surely isn't real world ice retention.

This YouTube channel has done several cooler tests.. and Yeti hasn't stacked up against the competition in quite some time.

www.youtube.com/channe...v7PqV6oKyg

not the only ones

www.youtube.com/v/l-cNBKA75O8
www.youtube.com/v/mGULaq9H0mg
www.youtube.com/v/7Lp7sF_XhxY
www.youtube.com/v/8pVQAccwZVQ <-- direct comparison to Canyon Coolers

and SO many more.

honestly curious how in your assessment Yeti is "a better product" - is it just over Canyon Coolers -- or in general?

We need data!


Comparing an electric based cooler/fridge is like comparing your pedal bicycle with a motorcycle (or even a moped). Yes they both have two wheels but is it really a fair comparison?

yes HOW a person uses a cooler is a factor as well.

This conversation is about ROTOMOLD coolers - what brands are out there - who is using what and why.
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