Gear Review: Yeti Coolers Tundra 50

I’ve finally had a chance to really put this cooler to work. To say the least, it performs flawlessly. So far this piece of equipment has been used as a thermal camera case in subzero temps up in the Colorado Rockies, beverage cooler while 5′ – 8′ seas in the Gulf Stream and a casting platform while searching out Redfish on the flats.

I’m not a small guy, so I had a little doubt about standing on this cooler all day while sight fishing the flats. Well, with a solid 10 hours of me standing on the cooler, I haven’t felt a budge, creak or crack. The Yeti Tundra Sea Deck keeps you on the cooler and provides quite a bit of comfort as well. Not to mention it looks pretty cool as well.

As for ice retention, on a recent Gulf Stream fishing trip, I loaded 20lb of ice, drinks and food into the cooler late Thursday night. When I got back home on Sunday afternoon, the majority of the ice was still there and that is after 3 days of opening the cooler a couple times per hour. Certainly excellent ice retention in the Miami heat.

Size wise, this cooler is perfect for drinks with a group of 3 – 4 people over a couple days. I was able to store some sandwiches in the rack and laid on the ice. If I needed a long days worth of beverages for a small group, this cooler works perfectly.It’s a bit on the heavy side, but that is great when it’s laid on the bow of a boat bouncing along chop going from spot to spot. The rubber grips did a good job of keeping the cooler in place, even as we pounded through some short 1′ chop.

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Overall, I’m a big fan of the Yeti cooler series. In fact I just picked up a Yeti Roadie 20 for the Hobie Kayak. A review on that cooler will be coming soon!

Capt. Ross

Owner of The Intrepid Angler, Captain Ross hails from the historic waters along the Caloosahatchee River. He has a been a fishing guide and outdoor professional working the waters of Florida and Alaska over his career. He now permanently resides in Cape Coral offering anglers exciting opportunities to target trophy gamefish around Southwest Florida on a custom Pathfinder 2500 Hybrid Bay Boat.

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