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RTIC vs YETI **Updated October 2017**

RTIC vs YETI

(Updated October 2017)

This is our latest post on RTIC vs YETI coolers 🙂

Our older post can be found here, and relates to the more technical aspects such as ice retention, ice capacity, features etc.

Everything below considers RTIC’s new rotomolded coolers, the new RTIC Softpaks, and the new RTIC water bottles.

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.

Square 1?

Not exactly..

This is what RTIC’s new coolers look like for 2017.

See anything new?

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.

This one aspect alone made it an exact match to the YETI coolers – which is why they were sued in the first place.

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 did an extensive post before (you can read it here) on RTIC vs YETI coolers, 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
  • Warranty
  • Other features

To sum the last post up.  We think that both RTIC and YETI coolers are more than deserving of a gold medal, but when it comes to overall value RTIC takes the cake.

Is it because that RTIC coolers are higher quality, or YETI coolers are low quality?

No.

But when you have two identical coolers, and they have the same ice retention, durability, features, …and one of them is half the price… which one do you think you’ll choose?

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? (I’m talking to you Frat boys): 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)? Then you’d probably be better off with a YETI if you see yourself damaging your cooler – which by the way we mentioned in our last post is tough to do as these coolers are bear proof. 

Both RTIC and YETI coolers are meant to last you an entire 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.  Not sure if that was part of the deal in RTIC changing their coolers up, but it’s a noticeable difference from their old coolers, and of course doesn’t hurt ice retention or other features.

If you do like the old grey and hints of blue color scheme that RTIC had on their old soft side coolers then you can still grab one here on Amazon:

Last update was on: October 22, 2017, 6:13 pm

But if you’re digging the new color scheme of the RTIC softpak the links are below.

We love ’em.

If you want to compare Rtic vs Yeti coolers directly with each other than here’s what we got.  From the smallest soft cooler to the largest rotomolded cooler that both brands offer:

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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 (towards the end of the post), and to summarize…if you need a specific size and only YETI offers it then it looks like you’ve made your decision on a cooler between the two (YETI).

But if you don’t really need a specific size, and just want a good cooler to keep your beer cold then you’re all set with an RTIC cooler.

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.

Duffel Bags

Updated Softpaks

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 – it’s ridiculous.

These are cheap water bottles though – even compared to some of the brands out there with less brand recognition as RTIC.

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, or the park or just want to keep your water cool throughout the day then you’re all set.

The biggest difference here 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.

Be sure to check out our personal favorite…The RTIC 32 oz Sport Water Bottle

Last update was on: October 22, 2017, 6:13 pm

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

 

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Last update was on: October 22, 2017, 6:13 pm

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.  I’d personally go with the cheaper option.

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 isn’t made by RTIC or YETI at all.

Last update was on: October 22, 2017, 6:13 pm

RTIC vs YETI Colster

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Although we like both – our personal favorite isn’t either one of these.  Unscrewing the top part is cumbersome when you’re having more than a few.  Check out the Thermos can insulator below.  It stacks right up with the YETI or RTIC colster, and you don’t have to worry about the top part because it slides right in.

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RTIC 17 oz. Water Bottle (New)

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RTIC 18 oz. Water Bottle vs. YETI 18 oz. Water Bottle

 

 

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RTIC 20 oz. Tumbler vs. YETI 20 oz. Tumbler

Really the only difference here is RTIC’s 20 oz tumbler has the same form as their 30 oz, and YETI’s 30 oz tumbler.  It has the smaller portion on the bottom while the YETI 20 oz tumbler is straight from bottom to top.

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Here are the new and improved YETI 20 oz Tumblers with a matte color, and a sliding lid so you can close the drink hole.

Last update was on: October 22, 2017, 6:13 pm

RTIC 25 oz. Water Bottle (New)

Last update was on: October 22, 2017, 6:13 pm

YETI 26 oz. Bottle

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RTIC 30 oz. Tumbler vs. RTIC 30 oz. Tumbler

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RTIC 36 oz. Bottle vs. YETI 36 oz. Bottle

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YETI 64oz Rambler Bottle

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YETI Half Gallon Jug

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YETI Gallon Jug

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 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 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.  Unless you’re just taking it in your car on the way to work everyday.

Let’s move on to the new RTIC Duffle Bags..

New RTIC Duffel Bags

At first glance the RTIC Duffle bags look like they could be duffle bags / 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, and the RTIC Duffel bags offer a different carrying style than the traditional SoftPaks.

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.

  • Camping
  • Traveling
  • Vacations
  • 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)

 

Two cool things about the RTIC duffle bags as well is the water-resistant name tag on top of the bag.  Great if you 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’re not looking at an exact match anymore.  RTIC has stuck true to form (literally) because they were first to market and slapped a patent on their coolers.

The landscape of the rotomolded coolers has changed dramatically, and there are a lot more brands of coolers to choose from than just RTIC vs YETI…

Coolers like…

Pelican

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Engel

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Orca

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Igloo

Last update was on: October 22, 2017, 6:13 pm

 K2 Coolers

Last update was on: October 22, 2017, 6:13 pm

There are so many to choose from.  If you care less about the brand and want a good old fashion cooler brand with a new age spin on the technology allowing it to keep your drinks colder for a longer period then look at any of the above brands or browse these on Amazon.

Regardless, make sure you scour the reviews before making a purchasing decision.

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