Since college, I’ve had an old Igloo ‘playmate’ cooler that I lovingly referred to as my ‘cowboy cooler’. This is because it is my cooler that I use to throw drinks, etc., in when I’m going somewhere. It has been to a lot of places and accumulated several stickers over the years that has given it a unique personality. Unfortunately, 20 years seems to have been enough. The liner is starting to separate from the shell, it no longer seals, and it doesn’t stay latched well. It’s also subject to spilling if it gets tipped over a bit, and does not keep ice for long.
Given that, I decided it’s time to retire the old cooler and get a NEW ‘cowboy cooler’ for the next 20 years of my life. If this one lasts ’til I’m 85, then I think I’m covered. This needed to be a relatively small cooler I could port about, throw in the back of the truck, a canoe, etc. I wanted something that was spill proof that would hold ice for a couple of days. My first choice was a YETI Roadie cooler?! Who wouldn’t want one of those? I sure would! But honestly, for $250, I can’t touch that. I mean, if I saved long enough I could, but even then I’m not sure I’d WANT to spend that much on a cooler. YETI is awesome, but I kinda feel like you’re paying a lot for the name.
Enter the RTIC 20 cooler (below)! Let’s be honest, these are 100% a YETI knockoff. Enough difference to not be a precise knockoff, but mostly the same. However, RTIC has built enough of a following that their products HAVE gotten decent reviews. And reviews on YouTube have shown them to be of a similar quality. Sure, the RTIC coolers might lack a little in finish (and warranty) from the YETI, but for less than half the price (MSRP $125), it’s well worth the difference. For this price, I was able to cash in some of my Humana ‘go365’ bucks and order one up (in tan color)! They are on sale right now, so I managed to get mine for $106 (@15% off) with free shipping! A good deal made great!
Now I just have to find some new stickers… Happy Friday everyone!
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