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Yeti Coolers and Cups

Postby Sam » Sat Jul 09, 2016 1:32 pm

Yeti - great products, high price. Found a 20 oz Rambler at Walmart, Ozark Trail is the brand name. Oh, and the Koozie. $8.00 for each vs $30 for the Yeti 20 oz Rambler and $15 for a Koozie. Out of stock for the 30 oz. So I read up that the people that made Yeti sold out and a covenant not to compete expired and they started RTIC, and since the technology is not patented, they make the exact same product. The 30 oz Rambler is $20, shipped free, vs. $40 and tax for the Yeti version

I wanted a soft sided cooler and their version is square, not like the $400 Hopper by Yeti, but is $124.99. Oh well, overkill for what I need but still, I may get it in the future

Hope this helps some of you who wanted a Yeti but did not want to pay the price. Oh, and RTIC sells the hard coolers as well.

If one reads on the net, it is said that one plant makes the Yeti and then after hours, makes production runs for these other companies. The technology is the same. if they put Yeti markings on my Walmart-brand cup, you would not know. Now for coolers, i did not read up on that. I wanted something for a beach, or to take to take to outdoor concerts, ballgames, picnics - room for maybe 18 cans, bottle of wine, ice and some cheese, fruit, etc. The Yeti Hopper is great for cans and wine, but is more like a shopping bag. And at $399. The RTIC 30 can cooler is what I wanted, at $124, but I will use the thing maybe 3, 4 times a year. So I got a NorChill 24 can one off ebay for $49.
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Re: Yeti Coolers and Cups

Postby Kyle76 » Sun Jul 10, 2016 9:29 am

RTIC looks good, Sam, although I'm not sure about any connection to Yeti, either manufacturing or personnel. Could you cite a source? Yeti is a tremendous case study in establishing itself as a superior product and a lifestyle brand. When hundreds of thousands of people voluntarily sport your logo on shirts, hats, trucks, boats, etc., you have created a powerful brand.
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Re: Yeti Coolers and Cups

Postby Sam » Sun Jul 10, 2016 10:34 am

I came across some post somewhere. Can't recall. But a lot of links to forums have seen that the RTIC one appears to be a replica of the Yeti cups. My Walmart one seems to be too
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Re: Yeti Coolers and Cups

Postby jww » Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:12 am

I stumbled across Yeti products quite by accident back in May while my wife and I were spending a week on Cape Cod. I had come across the Cape Cod Beach Chair Company Store, and while I became enthralled with their high-end beach chairs (which we'll be ordering a couple prior to our annual end-of-summer trip to Maine later next month). Then I saw these Yeti products, glanced at the prices and just about gagged. Are they really all that good? Seriously?
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Re: Yeti Coolers and Cups

Postby Sam » Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:23 am

Read up on them. High priced, yes, but work. We took a cooler, and filled it with drinks and ice. Left it on a pontoon boat from Friday afternoon to Monday afternoon. Still had ice, and cold water. And we were opening and closing it during the day to get beer and stuff
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Re: Yeti Coolers and Cups

Postby jww » Tue Jul 12, 2016 1:25 pm

Sam wrote:Read up on them. High priced, yes, but work. We took a cooler, and filled it with drinks and ice. Left it on a pontoon boat from Friday afternoon to Monday afternoon. Still had ice, and cold water. And we were opening and closing it during the day to get beer and stuff

That is some good performance out of a cooler, I admit. Now -- the challenge is getting outside to actually use one ....
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Re: Yeti Coolers and Cups

Postby Sam » Tue Jul 12, 2016 1:33 pm

Wendell they do work. But the technology is not new. Coleman makes one also. And going to the beach, I want to keep the drinks cold for 10, 12 hours, and I am good. I think the one I got from Norchill at $49 will do just that. I can always get the RTIC one.

Now, on my honeymoon, at the all inclusive, you saw guys with Yetis. Very few Tervis (double-walled, plastic). They would get their 30 oz of whatever and be able to stay away from the bar awhile, lol
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Re: Yeti Coolers and Cups

Postby Kyle76 » Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:53 pm

Wendell, they are quite heavy and thick with a rubber gasket around the lid opening to seal in the cold. I have a 75-quart model that we use at the beach to free up refrigerator space. It's pretty heavy when empty. One person can't lift it when loaded up. The founders invented it because they wanted a cooler they could stand on while fishing from a boat. The insulated cups will keep coffee warm for several hours. I've left ice in a cup at work overnight, and it wasn't totally melted when I came in the next morning. The soft coolers have a unique waterproof zipper that will not leak even held upside down. That said, they are expensive. But, my kids will inherit mine and probably get many more years of use from it long after I'm gone.
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Re: Yeti Coolers and Cups

Postby jww » Thu Jul 21, 2016 6:02 pm

Huh --- thanks gents. Too rich for my blood -- besides, we'd never use it. Like I said in a previous post, we don't get outside enough to be using our cheap (by Yetti standards) Rubbermaid on wheels unit.
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Re: Yeti Coolers and Cups

Postby Sam » Thu Jul 21, 2016 6:19 pm

I got the 30 ounce cup today and what I like to do is fill it up with ice tea in the morning and I can leave it in the cup holder of my car and come back 8 hours later and I have half the ice remaining and my ice tea still cold for the afternoon commute home. I did not get the yeti version but get the rtic version.
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Re: Yeti Coolers and Cups

Postby brothers » Thu Jul 21, 2016 6:46 pm

I received one of the 16 (?) ounce YETI tumblers for fathers' day. I mainly drink hot coffee and I do like the fact that it stays hot for as long as it might take me to empty it. My wife read an article about how someone tested clones against the Yeti. Seems the only difference between them is price.
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Re: Yeti Coolers and Cups

Postby Kyle76 » Fri Jul 22, 2016 4:36 pm

Gary, they're making some very cheap lookalikes these days. I'm sure there are some comparables, like RTIC, but I doubt the $10 Wal-Mart version measures up.
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Re: Yeti Coolers and Cups

Postby Sam » Fri Jul 22, 2016 6:04 pm

Jim it does. I have the 20 ounce tumbler. Top gasket is just a little different. 7.94 for it vs. 30 foe yeti.
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Re: Yeti Coolers and Cups

Postby brothers » Fri Jul 22, 2016 6:55 pm

The comparison included the WalMart cup, and they tested the same.
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Re: Yeti Coolers and Cups

Postby Kyle76 » Sat Jul 23, 2016 10:20 pm

Hmmmmm. Interesting.
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Re: Yeti Coolers and Cups

Postby GA Russell » Sun Jul 24, 2016 4:13 pm

What is the brand of the Walmart cup?
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Re: Yeti Coolers and Cups

Postby Sam » Sun Jul 24, 2016 4:21 pm

Ozark trail. House brand
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Re: Yeti Coolers and Cups

Postby Kyle76 » Mon Jul 25, 2016 6:43 pm

Yeti is suing these companies for patent infringement. Here is a story on the Wal-Mart suit:
http://magazine.promomarketing.com/arti ... ringement/
I have read that the Ozarks aren't easy to find. Your experience may be different, Sam.
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Re: Yeti Coolers and Cups

Postby Sam » Mon Jul 25, 2016 6:48 pm

The 30 is always sold out. I got a 20 and the colster. Got the 30 from RTIC
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Re: Yeti Coolers and Cups

Postby brothers » Mon Jul 25, 2016 7:51 pm

I have been told that Walmart receives hundreds if not thousands of lawsuits every day. :D
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