There’s no scarcity available in the market for high-end coolers. And with larger worth tags come larger shopper expectations that producers deal with with bigger claims. Some tout ice retention for days, or boast carrying load, whereas others flex advertising muscle groups in projecting how the cooler matches an energetic way of life. Within the greater stakes sport of premium coolers, YETI’s merchandise sit proper in the midst of these essential efficiency traits, as the unique creators of, name it, cooler covet.
And the now publicly traded, Austin, Texas-based big within the super-cooler area has upped the worth ante as soon as once more with its new YETI V-Sequence. This chrome steel, hard-sided cooler doubles down on aesthetics. The timeless, retro look channels the form-meets-function stability of different out of doors icons, someplace in between a steel workhorse thermos and a shimmering, state-of-the-art Airstream trailer. The model interprets that marriage as one between its Rambler drinkware line and wildly well-liked Tundra cooler. Upon our first look, we’d vouch for the accuracy of that fusion.
What It Is
It is a cooler designed to be enticing, firstly. It weighs 35 kilos (empty), so it’s not even making an attempt to compete within the extremely moveable/light-weight classes. Assume: sturdy cornerstone addition to your yard barbecue or tailgate social gathering, sitting fairly subsequent to the grill or pool. With sizable inner dimensions (18.5 inches × 13.25″ × 10.875″), the V-series is as succesful as most YETIs, holding 65 kilos of ice or 46 cans on ice (that’s, 12-ounce cans and at a 2:1 ice-to-can ratio). It boasts vacuum-insulated panels of kitchen-grade chrome steel on all sides (together with the lid) plus a stainless-steel, leak-proof recessed drain plug. The forged aluminum hinges and the single-center entrance latch add one other diploma of industrial quality, well-machined and smooth-operating end to a cooler that wants lifespan longevity to again up its price ticket.
Why We Like It
All of the efficiency options that you just’d count on from the taste-makers on the forefront of cooler cool, engineered with classic attract—with out compromising, and even bettering, operate. However the large distinction with the V-Sequence is that this cooler options vacuum insulation (the identical know-how utilized in YETI drinkware) together with a roto-molded plastic backside (the identical as YETI’s Tundra). That key design improve advantages the partitions and lid. The Tundra was totally made via conventional rotational molding with thick partitions that added insulation—and bulk. By combining a plastic backside with vacuum-insulated partitions (and lid), YETI manages the unimaginable of lowering wall thickness (by a pair inches) and upping ice retention. We discovered that out by stowing six frozen 12-ounce water bottles within the V-Sequence over a sunny 80-degree weekend. They retained ice for almost 60 hours, pushing a couple of half-day longer than the two-day benchmark customary for the all-plastic YETIs. On the outside, the V-Sequence contains a kitchen-grade chrome steel patina that’s set to age fantastically, making the V-Sequence an instantaneous basic addition to your own home entertaining arsenal, or no less than instantaneous dialog starter at your subsequent seashore cookout or full camp kitchen.
Once more, it weighs 35 kilos, empty. Few people will dare haul this type of heavy steel into the backcountry, and (missing wheels) it won’t cross greater than 100 yards of lugging from car to seashore, shoreline, or camp. However the thought is bodily—and visible—heft to carry down an out of doors gathering. And that’s a purpose achieved.
[$800 for single 55-quart model available; yeti.com]
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