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Posted March 14 2016 - 07:49 PM
There are about a dozen different companies making roto molded coolers, and you can't tell the difference between most of them from more that 10' away. When I first found the brand, I thought they were just a Yeti clone, but now I think they are all the same crap, most cloning each other.
The fact that they are made in China doesn't bother me so much since it turns out Yeti only makes some of their Tundra coolers here, some in the Philippines. All the rest of their products like tumblers, soft coolers, and accessories are all made in China.
I have seen quite a few tests and comparisons online and it turns out Yeti actually kinda sucks compared to many of its competitors like Engle, Orca, etc.
All the reviews I have found from people receiving their RTIC products already have said they are just as good, and even better than the Yeti's. It was interesting enough when RTIC was publishing tests outperforming the Yeti's, but now it seems like the people agree.
So for the price of the Yeti 45 I returned, I ordered an RTIC 65 as my tailgate/camping cooler, the SoftPac 30 for normal use, and a 20 and 30 oz tumbler. I already received the tumblers and they are definitely just as nice as any of the competitors. Soft cooler should be here early May and the 65 should arrive in time for Memorial Day weekend.
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Posted March 14 2016 - 07:54 PM
Posted April 13 2016 - 11:44 AM
Have been meaning to look at the coolers.
Posted April 25 2016 - 08:24 PM
Posted May 31 2016 - 07:37 PM
I've had my RTIC 65 for a month now and I can say it is every bit as solid as any Yeti or Engel. It's big and heavy though, and since I don't own a boat, not sure how much use I am going to get out of it. It's too nice to use for BBQ's, and I don't camp as much as I used to. It's way nicer and more cooler than I really ever needed, which is why it's so great to have spent $200 on it instead of $400.
Edited by BillyBonds, May 31 2016 - 07:38 PM.
Posted May 31 2016 - 07:54 PM
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Posted May 31 2016 - 08:04 PM
Posted May 31 2016 - 08:20 PM
Is it really just as good as the yeti stuff? the prices are very good on it, Im liking the softpack 30 for my lunches and stuff
I got a hold of the Yeti wholesale price list and it is in line with RTIC pricing. From tests and reviews I have seen online, Yeti is more brand name than performance and underperforms a lot of the other roto molded cooler brands like Engel and Siberian. When I got the cooler, I dumped whatever ice I had in the freezer into it, which was not a lot, and I didn't get any melt for 2 days.
I'll update again next week after I get a chance to test the soft cooler. If I get it by the weekend, I have a vineyard ride and a horseshoe to go to this weekend, so it will get plenty of use.
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Posted June 07 2016 - 09:06 AM
An update on the RTIC 65, I contacted customer support about the little dimples in the plastic, not because I feel there was any risk to structural integrity, but because they were on the inside, I didnt want them to become a place for mold, mildew, or bacteria to build up that would not be so easy to clean. I only contacted them to ask for a product recommendation to fill the little poc marks, but they insist on replacing the entire cooler. Seems a bit ridiculous when a tiny bit of plastic epoxy would do the trick, but I got tired of arguing with them about it and will just take the replacement.
Posted June 11 2016 - 02:15 PM
Posted June 11 2016 - 02:34 PM
PS links to where you got it would be nice.
Posted June 22 2016 - 02:17 PM
As for the RTIC 65, I have already received my replacement, and it is flawless. Cant find an imperfection in the plastic anywhere. From the time I sent the original one back till the time I got the replacement, I believe it was 2 weeks on the button(despite the cooler having a 2 month lead time for new orders). I really thought replacing the original cooler for a few small cosmetic dimples in the plastic was overkill, but it makes me even more comfortable recommending their coolers.
As far as I know, you can only order their coolers directly from them, which is why their pricing is inline with the wholesale pricing of all the other manufacturers. https://www.rticcoolers.com/
I now own both their 20oz and 30oz tumblers, Softpak 30, and regular 65, and the $450 saved vs competitors was well worth the wait.
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Posted February 10 2020 - 03:09 AM
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