First Take: YETI V-Series Cooler

There’s no scarcity out there for high-end coolers. And with better worth tags come better client expectations that producers deal with with bigger claims. Some tout ice retention for days, or boast carrying load, whereas others flex advertising muscle tissues in projecting how the cooler matches an energetic life-style. In the upper stakes sport of premium coolers, YETI’s merchandise sit proper in the midst of these important efficiency traits, as the unique creators of, name it, cooler covet.

And the now publicly traded, Austin, Texas-based big within the super-cooler house has upped the value ante as soon as once more with its new YETI V-Series. This stainless-steel, hard-sided cooler doubles down on aesthetics. The timeless, retro look channels the form-meets-function stability of different outside 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 common Tundra cooler. Upon our first look, we’d vouch for the accuracy of that fusion.

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What It Is

This is a cooler designed to be engaging, at first. It weighs 35 kilos (empty), so it’s not even attempting to compete within the extremely transportable/light-weight classes. Think: strong cornerstone addition to your yard barbecue or tailgate celebration, sitting fairly subsequent to the grill or pool. With sizable inside 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 stainless-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 professional quality, well-machined and smooth-operating end to a cooler that wants lifespan longevity to again up its price ticket.

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Why We Like It

All the efficiency options that you simply’d anticipate from the taste-makers on the forefront of cooler cool, engineered with classic attract—with out compromising, and even bettering, perform. But the massive distinction with the V-Series is that this cooler options vacuum insulation (the identical expertise 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-Series over a sunny 80-degree weekend. They retained ice for practically 60 hours, pushing a couple of half-day longer than the two-day benchmark commonplace for the all-plastic YETIs. On the outside, the V-Series encompasses a kitchen-grade stainless-steel patina that’s set to age fantastically, making the V-Series an immediate traditional addition to your private home entertaining arsenal, or at the very least immediate dialog starter at your subsequent seaside cookout or full camp kitchen.

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Nitpick

Again, 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 seaside, shoreline, or camp. But the thought is bodily—and visible—heft to carry down an out of doors gathering. And that’s a purpose achieved.

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[$800 for single 55-quart model available; yeti.com]

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