The New RTIC Cooler Line vs YETI Coolers (Summer 2019)
The New RTIC Cooler Line vs YETI Coolers
So what changed?
YETI sued RTIC over patent infringement and trade dress back in February of 2017.
RTIC settled because of the uncertainty in the outcome of the litigation, and decided they were going back to square 1 to redesign their coolers, and also put out some new products for summer 2017.
This is what RTIC’s new coolers look like for 2017.
- The New RTIC Cooler Line vs YETI Coolers
- New RTIC Products
- RTIC Water Bottles
- RTIC vs YETI Drinkware
- RTIC vs YETI 10 oz. Lowballs
- RTIC vs YETI Colster
- RTIC 17 oz. Water Bottle (New)
- RTIC 18 oz. Water Bottle vs. YETI 18 oz. Water Bottle
- RTIC 20 oz. Tumbler vs. YETI 20 oz. Tumbler
- RTIC 25 oz. Water Bottle (New)
- YETI 26 oz. Bottle
- RTIC 30 oz. Tumbler vs. RTIC 30 oz. Tumbler
- RTIC 36 oz. Bottle vs. YETI 36 oz. Bottle
- YETI 64oz Rambler Bottle
- YETI Half Gallon Jug
- YETI Gallon Jug
- New RTIC Duffel Bags
- RTIC vs YETI Summary
The only part of the RTIC Coolers that were different than the ones that they were sued for by YETI is the piece beneath the lid handle.
If you look here on the left (old RTIC cooler) you can see the that there is a lengthy piece that’s underneath the lid ‘lip’ so it creates a space for your hand to go into and open up the lid.
Now look at this. All RTIC did was take that piece out so they can say their cooler isn’t an exact match to YETI coolers anymore.
Plus…they made the font larger than before.
We covered RTIC vs YETI coolers previously, but we don’t want to waste our time here repeating ourselves.
Have a look at that post if you want to know about the difference in Rtic vs Yeti when comparing…
- Ice Retention
- Ice Capacity
- Other features
To sum the last post up. We think that both RTIC and YETI coolers are more than deserving of a gold medal.
The biggest takeaway from our last post is choose a cooler that suits YOU the best..
- Do you currently have a YETI hat, or sticker on the back of your truck? Big fan of YETI? Get a YETI.
- Don’t care, and just want the best bang for your buck? Grab an RTIC cooler.
- Do a lot of fishing, hunting, and extreme outdoorsy type stuff (emphasis on extreme)? Grab any rotomolded cooler. RTIC, YETI, or any other brand that adheres to that process.
Both RTIC and YETI coolers are meant to last you a lifetime.
If it doesn’t you either lost the cooler, or you blew a stick of dynamite inside of it.
As far as the softside coolers go – RTIC had to update those too.
One of the aspects you may have noticed is that RTIC changed the color scheme on their soft side coolers. It’s a stylish and noticeable difference, and of course doesn’t hurt ice retention or other key features.
But if you’re preference is more towards one of their new styles the links are below.
Here is our guide and comparison of RTIC vs YETI coolers from their soft-sides, all the way to their largest hard coolers, and also their drinkware from both sides.
Now – as we can see from all the above YETI is the bigger, more well-known brand. Hence, they have a lot more available sizes when it comes to their product line. We talked about this in our old RTIC vs YETI post.
New RTIC Products
The only new products besides the updated coolers that they rolled out are the new RTIC water bottles, and the new RTIC duffel bags.
New RTIC Water Bottles
Let’s briefly cover the RTIC water bottles first, and then we’ll cover the RTIC duffle bags.
RTIC Water Bottles
The RTIC Water bottles are just like any other steel water bottle on the market today. This space has become so crowded from so many brands competing to keep your drink cold.
Some of the cool features and benefits that the new RTIC water bottles have are:
- Double Walled Vacuum Insulation
- An Air Tight Seal
- Keeps Ice For 24 Hours
- The Exterior Doesn’t Sweat
- Keeps Drinks Hot Too
- 18/8 Stainless Steel
So when you’re headed to the beach, park or just want to keep your water cool throughout the day then you’re all set.
The biggest difference between the RTIC water bottles and the YETI tumblers is the size of the bottom portion of the bottle. With the YETI Tumblers they are wider so there are limitations around what types of cup holders you can fit them in. That isn’t the case with RTIC (with the exclusion of the YETI 20 oz tumbler being slim).
RTIC vs YETI Drinkware
Here’s the entire RTIC vs YETI drinkware lineup. Ranging from the lowball 10 oz. stainless steel cup that’s great for your personal mix drink all the way up to a 64 oz. container that’s great for any extended outdoor activity.
If there is a size that doesn’t have either RTIC or YETI then they don’t make that size – or don’t have any available for now. All of our links point to Amazon so you can find the most updated RTIC vs YETI products there.
Also keep in mind that some of these listed are some of RTICs old products, while some of them are updated.
The older ones won’t be around much longer so grab one while you can.
RTIC vs YETI 10 oz. Lowballs
No difference here. If you’re evaluating what stainless steel cup is better to drink your whiskey out of then you need to work on relaxing a little more.
What we’ve found is that the RTIC or YETI lowballs can sometimes be a little too wide to grip – so here is our personal favorite lowball. It is not made by RTIC or YETI.
RTIC vs YETI Colster
RTIC 17 oz. Water Bottle (New)
RTIC 18 oz. Water Bottle vs. YETI 18 oz. Water Bottle
RTIC 20 oz. Tumbler vs. YETI 20 oz. Tumbler
One thing you may notice is that RTICs 20oz tumbler has the same shape as their 30oz tumbler, while the YETI 20oz is slim compared to their larger 30oz tumbler with a big body, and smaller bottom.
RTIC 25 oz. Water Bottle (New)
YETI 26 oz. Bottle
RTIC 30 oz. Tumbler vs. RTIC 30 oz. Tumbler
RTIC 36 oz. Bottle vs. YETI 36 oz. Bottle
YETI 64oz Rambler Bottle
YETI Half Gallon Jug
YETI Gallon Jug
Both the Half Gallon Yeti Jug and the Gallon Jug are great for camping trips and having enough water on hand for more than 1 person.
This is extremely important if you’re looking to go on an extended hiking trips, or if you’re not sure if you’ll be by a fresh water source.
There are so many types of water bottles to choose from so it’s important to consider what type of activities you normally do.
Some of the above have ‘screw off’ lids (like the RTIC 17 oz. Water Bottle) – while others (like the YETI 20 oz. Tumbler) have flat lids where water can always escape if tipped.
New RTIC Duffel Bags
At first glance the RTIC Duffle bags look like they could be duffle bags AND coolers. Could they be a cooler?
The short answer is no, that’s not what the duffel bags are intended for, but they can certainly be used as coolers if you don’t have one. You certainly won’t have any issues with water and ice escaping from the inside and leaking because of the stay dry material, but that definitely isn’t their purpose.
The duffle’s have the same material as the RTIC SoftPak, but they have less structure to them. They don’t have the internal ‘boxy’ type frame that the SoftPaks offer – rather they have more of a ‘barrel’ type frame so that you can use them for virtually anything.
- Long Weekends At The Beach
- Stay Dry Material
- Easy Access Flap
- Heavy Duty Nylon Shell
- Lightweight & Durable
The small 40-liter duffel bag is perfect for an extended trip. 40 liters is roughly 10.5 gallons so more than enough room for clothes, and other things. Enough room for more if you wanted to use this duffel bag for 2 sets of clothes.
It comes with a detachable, adjustable shoulder strap that you can use to carry this thing across body, and there are padded side handles to make it easy to grab this thing out the back of a vehicle or lug it into a boat with a friend if it’s heavy.
Here are the sizes of the duffel bags…
- Small – 40 Liters (roughly 10.5 gallons)
- Medium – 70 Liters (roughly 18.5 gallons)
- Liter – 140 Liters (roughly 37 gallons)
Another great feature for the RTIC duffel bags as well is the water-resistant name tag on top of the bag. Great if you accidentally lose it on your kayaking trip, or if you’re just in the airport using it as a travel bag.
RTIC vs YETI Summary
Looking at both product lines we can see that both make great products for keeping your stuff cool.
RTIC has always been a close match to YETI coolers, but they aren’t the only competitors either. If you’re looking for some different cooler styles some of these offer similar benefits to both RTIC and YETI coolers, and have some different features.