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Okay…a while back when I discovered the plastic Cool Gear tumblers with a straw, I thought I was enjoying one of the greatest things ever.  That is…until my friend gave me my first Yeti Tumbler.  When I received it (as a Christmas gift), I thought “Hmmmm…whatever will I do with this giant metal cup?”  So…I thanked my friend, and put my Yeti on the counter.  Where it sat for about 2 weeks.

Then, one day I found myself without a clean Cool Gear plastic tumbler, so I decided I’d give this Yeti thing a try.  Wow!  There are no words to describe the greatness of the Yeti Tumbler!!

Yeti Tumbler

Here is my Yeti Tumbler. It follows me everywhere. As you can see, I’ve got some bling on mine – I have the handle and metal straw!! Both excellent purchases!!!

I first used it for water – I filled it with ice and water, and much to my surprise, several hours later, the cup was still filled with ice (that had not melted), and the water was freezing cold.  It was amazing.  So…I finished off that tumbler filled with water, and filled it up again – using the same ice I had put in it that morning.

And much to my surprise again later that day, the tumbler still had ice in it and the water was still freezing cold!  What in the world was this thing?  Well…I knew quickly that it was my new favorite tumbler!  If you do not have a Yeti Tumbler yet, you MUST get one.  Especially, if like me, you live in Texas and are experiencing this summer heat wave!

Would you believe that I can leave my Yeti Tumbler in the car during the day while I’m running errands, and when I come back to my car hours later, I have a Yeti Tumbler in my drink holder with cold water in it – yes…cold water – with ice!!!

Unbelievable!  I had to know what this tumbler was all about, so I checked it out on my computer…  I have the Yeti Rambler Tumbler.  Here is what I read on their website when learning about this tumbler…

The website said we over-engineered our Rambler Tumblers with kitchen-grade 18/8 stainless steel and double-wall vacuum insulation.  The result is a tough, hard-wearing personal drink cooler that maintains ice twice as long as plastic tumblers — and it works just as well for hot beverages. The lid that keeps your liquid in its place is easy to clean, shatter resistant and crystal clear so you know exactly how much of your drink you still have to look forward to. Dishwasher safe.  Impressive, right?

And I was even more impressed when I read about Roy and Ryan Seiders – the founders of Yeti Coolers.  As young boys, they were always going on outside adventures – hunting, fishing, and traveling with their father.  The coolers they used just weren’t sturdy enough to handle all of these crazy adventures.  Handles would break, latches wouldn’t latch properly, and soft lids would cave in.

In 2006, the brothers founded Yeti Coolers with a very simple mission.  That mission was to build the cooler that they could use every single day – one that was built for serious outdoor adventure types who would also use it every day, instead of something cheaply made for mass discount retailers.

Roy and Ryan wanted a cooler that could withstand the abuse that coolers often take on camping, hiking, and hunting trips.  And now, their perfect Yeti Cooler has turned into an entire business – they now offer a wide variety of products from all different sizes of  Yeti Coolers, to small tumblers, and even hats, shirts, and other accessories!

I really put my Yeti to the test a few weeks ago when we traveled to the beach.  My husband questioned me when he saw me pack it, and I said “Of course I’m packing my Yeti!  I need cold water to drink while I’m busy building sand castles and reading my books out on the beach!”  Great call on my part…  In fact, as he sipped his luke-warm water from his plastic water bottle, I could see him eyeing my Yeti.  I just know he was wishing he had one too…

yeti tumbler

As you can see from this picture – I was set at the beach! I had my Yeti Tumbler, my book, and my waterproof Panasonic Lumix camera!

As I browsed their website, I became more and more interested in their Yeti Coolers.  I was so excited to discover that I would be able to get one with a Texas Tech sticker on it.  Not sure my husband would support that purchase, but I’m sure he would be happy enough to get himself an Aggie cooler!  However, I don’t think I’d allow that in my garage…  But imagine this beautiful cooler below with a giant Texas Tech sticker on the top!  Nice, right?

The cooler I’m actually interested in is the Hopper Flip.  It seems to be the perfect cooler for me to take to the pool – it will hold juice bags, Gatorades, and some snacks!  And…since it’s by Yeti, it will be durable and last (and keep things cold)!  It will survive my kids sitting on it, tripping over it, and yanking the top open over and over again to get at their snacks and drinks…  This is one of their newer coolers!  Maybe I’ll be one of the first proud owners with one of these at the pool!

The Yeti Hopper Flip is described as a cooler that can withstand serious abuse in the field, even with everyday use. Its wide-mouth opening and tough HydroLok™ Zipper make for easy loading and access to your food and drinks without sacrificing on durability. Plus, its compact, cubed body, complete with the puncture-resistant DryHide™ Shell, allows for ultimate portability, never slowing you down — you can just throw it over your shoulder and head out for the next adventure. It’s the only personal cooler that’s game for full days in the tree stand, early mornings in the duck boat, or afternoons on the water.

Perfect for a trip to the pool, right?  However, I’ll probably end up with the Yeti Hopper 20 – similar in size to the Hopper Flip, but the Yeti Hopper 20 is a soft version – shaped more like a purse, and I’m thinking it might be easier to carry.

It is described as a personal, portable, anything but soft-sided cooler. Easily transport at least 18 icy cans to the links, the lake or your next tailgate using the sturdy handles or carrying strap. Unlike other soft-sided coolers, it’s puncture-resistant, leakproof and sports an anti-microbial liner that resists mildew. Plus it keeps your beverages cold for days thanks to an inch of closed-cell foam insulation on the sides and 1.5 inches on the bottom.  

I think even the kiddos could lug this one back and forth from the car to the pool!  Or…even better, from a condo in Florida down to the beach!  What do you think??  Do you have a cooler that you love that isn’t a Yeti?  If so, let me know.  If you end up with a Yeti, let me know what you think.  Chances are, I’ll be reading your message you send me sitting poolside with my Yeti Tumbler!  Until next time…