TUNDRA FAQ

What is a YETI® Tundra® Cooler?

The YETI Tundra was created to solve the age-old problem of subpar coolers failing in the field. Tired of busted latches, bowed-in lids, and melted ice, brothers Roy and Ryan Seiders set out to make a superior hunting and fishing cooler — and YETI was born.

Tundra and Roadie® coolers are rotomolded, which is the same process used to create whitewater kayaks. And we designed the coolers to keep ice longer — a lot longer — by pumping them with over twice the insulation compared to most ordinary ice chests. The result is a cooler family with a dramatic durability and ice retention advantage over most any other cooler on the market.

Tundras are great for hunting, sport-fishing, camping, boating, rafting, tailgating, paddling, and barbecuing. Oh, and beer drinking, too. There’s even the Tundra 250 and 350 for commercial uses, like oil & gas, construction, and medical industries. The Roadie is BYOB’s new best friend. Roadie and select Tundra sizes are available in color ways including classic white, desert tan, ice blue, and seasonal limited edition colors.

 

What does rotomolded mean?

The rotational molding (also known as rotomold) process is a high-temperature, low-pressure plastic forming process that uses heat and biaxial rotation (i.e., rotation on two axes) to produce hollow, one-piece parts. The YETI cooler mold is loaded with polyethylene in powder form. The mold is then placed in a large oven while it rotates on two axes at different speeds, which helps prevent powder from accumulating in one spot. The polyethylene melts and adheres evenly to the wall of the mold. Once the polyethylene is melted, the molds are pulled out of the oven to cool. And once cool, the ice chest is then removed from the mold. It’s kind of like a huge, spinning Easy-Bake Oven that cranks out coolers instead of cakes.

The process has inherent design strengths, such as consistent wall thickness and strong outside corners that are virtually stress-free. The rotational molding process gives the coolers one-piece construction and unmatched durability.

 

How strong are Tundra coolers?

Our coolers are stronger than this grizzly and this guy. They also survived battles with fireworks, a slingshot, and a stuntman excursion. So we’d say pretty damn strong.

 

What does “Grizzly-Resistant” Mean?

Our hard-sided coolers were tested by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC), a U.S. Forest Service Department of Agriculture Committee that works in both controlled and wild settings with grizzly bears.

The IGBC publishes minimum design and structural standards, inspection and testing methodology for bear-resistant containers. YETI Tundra met the IGBC requirement both in the engineered test and the live bear test. The IGBC officially approved the YETI Tundra and Roadie for use on public lands and national parks occupied by grizzlies.

 

How long will YETI Tundra hold ice?

There are many variables that will affect ice retention, so this is a difficult question for us to answer. Variables that can affect ice retention include the ice quality, ice quantity, type of ice (crushed, block, cube, dry), outside environment, exposure to direct sunlight, etc. Which is to say there’s a lot you can do to affect the longevity of your ice.

Over the years, we’ve received many different reports from YETI users in the field regarding ice retention. Some customers have reported having ice after their two-week trip on the river while others have said that their “crappy brand X cooler will hold ice better.”

Because of the large number of variables, as well as the lack of an industry standard for measuring ice retention, claims that place a definite time (5, 10, 14 days) are often based on testing conditions and not real-life situations.

In the end, the Tundra offers up to 3 inches of polyurethane foam insulation, combined with a freezer-style sealing gasket. Beyond that, everything else is out of our control. But if you can minimize the negative variables that affect ice retention, YETI coolers can’t be beat. And we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of tips and tricks to maximize ice retention.

 

Can I use dry ice in my Tundra?

Absolutely! The thickness of the walls, coupled with the amount of insulation make Tundra dry ice–compatible. See our instructions on how to use dry ice with your Tundra.

 

When I threw a bag of ice in my Tundra and my cheap cooler, the ice lasted longer in my cheap cooler. Why?

A small amount of ice is not a good indicator of how well your ice chest can retain ice due to excess air space within the cooler. Excess air space hurts ice retention. To maximize ice retention, fill your cooler to the top with ice and products. In addition, if the ice chest starts out warm, a small amount of ice could initially melt faster in a YETI cooler than a thinner-walled cooler.

Best ice retention results are achieved by filling the ice chest completely with high-quality ice, which means using block ice that’s well below freezing temperature. In addition, maximum ice retention can be attained by pre-chilling your cooler. This will sufficiently cool the insulation and inside of the cooler, which helps the thick polyurethane walls work for you, not against you.

YETI Tundras have up to 3 inches of polyurethane foam insulation, which is significantly more than most common ice chests. If you use enough ice to chill the walls, YETI will most definitely outperform the competition.

 

Will my YETI keep my hot items hot?

You might be surprised to read this, but YES. The same insulation and thick walls that keep the cooler cold also keep the heat.

 

What size Tundra should I buy?

For a full size breakdown, please see our dimension chart for measurements and capacity.

The Tundra series matches closely (usually within an inch) with many popular coolers that have been on the market for years. However, the quart size of the Tundra will be a bit lower due to the thickness of the walls and amount of insulation. Another thing to consider when choosing a size is that you want to fill the cooler with as much ice as possible, minimizing air space to achieve maximum ice retention. So if you only have a small number of items to keep cool, you would want to choose a smaller ice chest and vice versa. Pretty simple idea, but check out our rough guidelines for finding the appropriate size coolers for your needs.

  • Roadie

    • Personal, portable cooler for the truck or car

    • Great for jobsite or construction lunch box

    • Compatible for canoe, kayak, or paddleboard

  • Tundra 35

    • Portable and easy to carry fully loaded

    • Great backseat companion in truck, car, SUV, or 4-wheeler

    • Easily fits in larger kayaks and is ideal for SUPs

    • Can be used as casting platform for smaller boats

  • Tundra 45

    • Our all-purpose cooler, ideal for overnight camping trips

    • Can be carried by one person

    • Fits great on off-road vehicles

    • Easily used as casting platform

  • Tundra 65

    • Great for small gatherings and weekend events

    • Versatile use options, like tailgating, fishing, and hunting

    • Can hold keeper redfish or a quartered whitetail deer

    • Easily carried by one person

    • Works as a bay boat casting platform

  • Tundra 75

    • Perfect boat or marine cooler and is designed to fit under most leaning posts

    • Can be used as seat in front of center console

    • Also good for tailgates, family barbecues, or a day at the beach

  • Tundra 105

    • Good for extended hunting or fishing trips

    • Taller design allows for stackable layers of cold contents and extended ice retention for longer trips

    • Can be used as a seat in front of center console

    • Takes two people to carry

    • Sits in bed of pickup with clearance for bed cover

  • Tundra 110

    • Specifically designed for rafting community and fits all standard raft frames

    • Built to hold food and drink supplies for multi-day expeditions on the river

    • Great marine or hunting cooler as well

  • Tundra 125

    • Fits a quartered deer or several limits of redfish, snapper, trout

    • Great for extended family vacations or camping trips

  • Tundra 160

    • Ideal for larger offshore species (tuna, wahoo, mackerel)

    • Great for extended hunting or fishing trips

  • Tundra 210

    • Holds 140 cans with recommended 2:1 ice-to-contents ratio by volume

    • Perfect for extended hunting or fishing trips

    • Taller body makes for higher capacity while still maintaining small footprint

  • Tundra 250

    • Works as an offshore fishing cooler or big game cooler

    • Can be a large beer trough for big party or tailgate

    • Also stands in as an athlete ice bath

  • Tundra 350

    • Works as an offshore fishing cooler or big game cooler for giant hauls

    • Great for loading and transporting whole hogs

    • Largest Tundra in the series

How many cans will fit in my Tundra?

Using 12 oz. cans as the measurement, you can see how each of the Tundras stack up in terms of carrying capacity, using the recommended 2:1 ice-to-contents ratio by volume.

  • Roadie 20 – 14 cans
  • Tundra 35 – 20 cans
  • Tundra 45 – 26 cans
  • Tundra 65 – 39 cans
  • Tundra Haul – 45 cans
  • Tundra 75 – 50 cans
  • Tundra 105 – 59 cans
  • Tundra 110 – 65 cans
  • Tundra 125 – 81 cans
  • Tundra 160 – 100 cans
  • Tundra 210 – 140 cans
  • Tundra 250 – 155 cans
  • Tundra 350 – 222 cans
 

How do I clean my Tundra?

For general cleaning we recommend using soap and warm water.

For a more thorough cleansing and problems with strong odors, use a solution of warm water and bleach (6:1 ratio) with a sponge or mildly abrasive rag. Odors can easily get trapped in hard to reach areas such as around the gasket and drain plug, so be sure to thoroughly scrub those areas.

For tough stains and very foul odors we would recommend cleaning your YETI with a high pressure soap spray found at a local do-it yourself car wash.

 

How do I change out my Tundra gasket?

Call us at 1-512-394-9384 to order a new gasket.

 

How do I change out my Tundra T-Latches?

Call us at 1-512-394-9384 to order new T-Latches then watch the video below.

 

Can I get my Tundra customized?

We’re currently able to customize the Roadie 20, Tundra 35, Tundra 45, Tundra 65, Tundra Haul and Tank 85 on qualifying orders through our Corporate Sales program. Please contact us at (512) 402-5895, corporatesales@yeti.com or fill out this form for more details.

 

We also offer a variety of collegiate coolers. Click here to see the entire collection.

 

Are there replacement parts for my Haul?

Yes. While we engineer and test every product we make to be the most durable of its kind in the marketplace, sometimes things get really wild. We have dedicated replacement parts for the Haul wheels and handle. Contact our outfitter team here for more information.

 

Is it safe to use the Tundra Haul ties on any terrain?

Haul wheels are great for, and durable enough to take on rocky paths, gravel trails, and splintered marine docks. And, while the wheels can certainly stand up to sand, you may experience difficulty in rolling over or through this type of soft terrain.

 

How can I care for/clean my Haul?

For general cleaning we recommend using soap and warm water. For a more thorough cleansing and problems with strong odors, use a solution of warm water and bleach (6:1 ratio) with a sponge or mildly abrasive rag. Odors can easily get trapped in hard-to-reach areas such as around the gasket and drain plug, so be sure to thoroughly scrub those areas. For tough stains and very foul odors we would recommend cleaning your YETI with a high pressure soap spray found at a local do-it-yourself car wash.

 

Does YETI have accessories for my Haul?

Haul is compatible with the Security Cable Lock & Bracket, Locking Bracket, Tundra® Tie-Down Kit, Bear Proof Locks, Corner Chock Set, Beverage Holder, and Rod Holster.


The Haul is not compatible with the Divider, Seat Cushion, or SeaDek, and does not come with a basket.

 

How many YETI ICE are recommended for my Haul?

We recommend two 4lb YETI ICE in the bottom of the Haul. One front-facing, one sideways.

 

Can I stack other items on top of my Haul?

Although your Haul can certainly withstand the weight, because of the rolling/non-stationary nature of the product, we do not recommend stacking items or standing on the haul at any time.

 

Is the Tundra Haul dry ice compatible?

Absolutely. The Tundra gasket allows for carbon dioxide gas to escape, making it dry-ice compatible. Additionally, the thickness of the walls and superior insulation make Tundra ideal for dry ice use. See our instructions on how to use dry ice with your Tundra.

 

Is it normal to see condensation on my Tundra Haul?

Condensation is normal around the lid and drain plug but the body of the cooler should not sweat.

 

Will the cooler mark up my floors?

Our Bearfoot™ NonSlip Feet are designed to be non-marking with proper use.

 

Will rocks or gravel get caught in the tires of the Haul?

There are no grooves where rocks or gravel can get lodged.

 

Is the Haul easy to drain?

The drain plug is on the opposite end of the handle, so draining is as easy as loosening the drain plug and tilting the Haul using the handle.

 

Will the handle or wheels rust if exposed to moisture, water, or salt environments?

We selected materials that perform well in salt water and we have tested them extensively with all parts passing our tests for water, moisture, and salt water environments. A special coating and higher grade stainless steel help ensure your product doesn’t rust or weaken on account of the elements.

 

Can I get my Haul customized?

Yes. Visit our Custom Logo page and fill out your logo order form to get started.