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Yeti Tundra 35

After many months of indecision, I finally found the one thing that, in and of itself, makes it imperative to buy the Yeti Tundra 35.

This review:

Review of the Yeti Tundra 35 (source: REI.com)

If the Tundra 35 works for this biologist, it works for me, and for you. There's no debate and no questions asked.

Roadie 20 no more

Initially, I was after the Yeti Roadie 20, per Erik Gauger's suggestion:

"Get the best cooler you can get. The Yeti Roadie 20 Cooler, for example, has extreme thermal qualities, with thick 2 inch insulated walls. A good cooler is the first step to keep your ice from melting significantly the entire weekend."

But the Roadie 20 has been replaced by the Roadie 24, and unfortunately it looks like in the genetic variation step (i.e., mutation), it lost the drain plug, an important feature. I learned about this in another review.

use cases

Most likely use cases in 2024:

  • local expeditions to the Southern California beaches (Malibu and to the north)
  • day trips to the mountains or deserts (national forests, state parks)
  • camping (no more than one night)
  • longer expeditions (multi-day visits to national parks)

An Igloo cooler sells for $14.99, and the Yeti Tundra for $275. For most people's use cases, the Igloo is sufficient.

But it will never be used to transport fish from Africa to the USA.