Yeti Roadie Cooler Review 2021

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Since our review cycle, Yeti upgraded this cooler to a 24L model. Its profile is currently slimmer and taller, letting you slide it on to the floor behind the seat of your vehicle, and its own new height will facilitate an upright wine. Yeti says the brand new model is 10% lighter and its own insulating power has increased by 30%, furthermore to holding 20% a lot more than its predecessor. They’ve ditched the drain plug, however, so you need to flip it to discard excess water and ice. Compare both below; the Roadie 20 that people tested is displayed first, and the brand new Roadie 24 second.

The 20L model is no more sold, so we’re linking to the Roadie 24. Take note, though, that the next review is merely in mention of the Roadie 20.

Hands-On Overview of the Roadie 20

The Yeti Roadie is a rotomolded personal cooler with a high handle and indented handles on the sides. Its maximum internal height of just over 10 inches doesn’t quite fit an upright bottle of wine. It includes a drain (novel in an individual cooler) and lockable corners.

Just enough for just two people, a dog, and a sunny afternoon.


The Roadie is made from a seemingly endless number of specially-designed features with specially-assigned names to spell it out them, just like the Interlock™ lid system, Fatwall™ design, and Coldlock™ gasket. Each one of these result in a well-insulated little box with up to 2 inches of insulation, a rubberized seal, and an capability to maintain low temperatures. All of this ‘meat’ visited good use inside our torturous insulation testing, where the Roadie kept our food below the FDA recommended 40º F for 2.3 days. That might not exactly sound overly impressive when compared to day average among the models we tested, but also for a cooler designed for a single day trip and about or overnight trips, we think that’s alright.

Food and beer kept cold – check!

For a far more size-appropriate comparison, various other personal-sized models lasted a couple of hours longer (2.6 days below 40º) while still others didn’t last quite for as long (just 2 days below 40º). Therefore the Roadie landed about in the center of that pack of more similarly-sized options we tested. If you are not thinking about bringing a couple of raw meat and easily-spoiled food with you, but instead fill your Roadie with sodas and beers for your beach day, we clocked this cooler at 2.6 days of 50º or colder beverages.


For anybody who’s spent a lot of time on YouTube, they’ve probably seen the state Yeti videos of their coolers being slingshotted against the medial side of a van, lit burning, dropped onto rocks from three stories up, thrown off a cliff, jumped on by a 500 lb man, and chewed on by a genuine grizzly bear. While we didn’t recreate these stuntman antics or convince a bear to harass the Roadie 20, we did put it through a battery of more realistic tests, where it excelled.

The impressively tough hinge of the Yeti Roadie 20 was created to withstand whatever.

This single-piece polyethylene body is substantial and gets the same rotomolded construction as whitewater kayaks. The Roadie is filled up with reboundable foam and fitted with a freezer-style gasket to seal in water and out heat. Even the “virtually indestructible” hinge and thick rubber latches, often disadvantages on similar coolers, are sturdy. The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, responsible for testing and approving products for consumption in public areas lands with grizzly bears, has approved this little cooler for official use (with padlocks or bolts and nuts holding it shut). They remember that this won’t mean it’s a warranty that it’s bear-proof, but our experience leads us to trust it would must be a fairly ingenious bear to get in the padlocked Roadie.

Ease of Use

The Roadie 20 is filled with helpful little equipment which make it pretty simple to use, you start with the non-slip feet to greatly help hold this box set up wherever you set it. In addition, it features a fairly easy to use screw-out drainage plug to assist in cleaning when you’ve concluded your adventures. Yeti in addition has included four tie-down points, two which can be utilised to secure the cooler but nonetheless open it, as the other two double as closure anchors for padlocks or bolts and nuts to keep out bears, chipmunks, or the neighbor’s dog. The Roadie also offers two indented side handles slightly below the lid for a two-handed carry when you’ve loaded it down with 16 cans and 10 lbs of ice.

Leading corners of the Roadie 20 can be utilised to tie down the cooler and even lock it closed. The rubber latches hold it shut in leui of a beefy padlock.

The standard, metal handle includes a squishy pad to help with making it more comfortable to transport, and it locks in to the upright position between two little plastic nubs on either side of the cooler. We can not decide if we love or hate this feature, as we think it is to be helpful for that quick set-down-pick-up-again move, but sticks enough that people need two hands to place the handle up or down. The rubber latches are also a love/hate feature, as we think they’re both incredibly useful and proficient at keeping the lid closed while simultaneously being so stiff that lots of of our testers found them somewhat obnoxious to use with their two-hand requirement. So while we mostly found the Roadie easy to use, we also feel it has some little annoyances we didn’t experience with many of the other coolers in this review.


It’s a no-brainer a personal cooler is more lightweight when compared to a monster 100-quart beast. With both a padded handle and two various ways to easily carry this cooler, the Yeti Roadie 20 is a lot easier for an individual to take care of than most all of those other coolers in this review. However, in comparison to other personal-sized coolers we tested, the Yeti is merely so-so to cart around.

Not the preferred carrying handle, the tiny size of the Yeti Roadie 20 helps it be more lightweight than most the other coolers in this review.

Despite having among the smallest capacities we tested, the Roadie 20 is drastically more massive because of its size. It also includes a thinner, less ergonomic handle and more angular corners than others we tested, which lead to a less comfortable carry over long distances. However, if you need to transport a cooler for long distances, you may instead look at a soft cooler, which are created with portability at heart. But for a difficult cooler, carrying the tiny Roadie isn’t too bad at all.


Though it generally does not have anything extravagant just like a bottle opener or can holder, the Yeti Roadie includes a large amount of other helpful features that we’ve mentioned previously throughout this review. A convenient drain, two options of handles, an airtight seal, and the capability to be used as a good seat are all great benefits. Additionally, the Roadie 20 are designed for dry ice, due partly to its rotomolded construction. The Roadie also packs a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty, for those who do come across any conditions that aren’t user-caused.

A handy, hard plastic drain plug makes emptying the Roadie by the end of the day a fairly easy task.


Retailing for practically the same cost as much coolers three or even more times its size (and much more than some!), the Yeti Roadie 20 is impressively expensive. Nevertheless, you know that, and you’re wondering whether it’s worthwhile. If insulation is your number 1 priority, there are other personal-sized coolers available offering better insulation compared to the Roadie for half the price. But if you desire a cooler that may take beating after beating for a long time of adventures and loving abuse, you will not be disappointed by the Roadie.

The Yeti Roadie makes an excellent beach day companion.


The Yeti Roadie 20 is advertised as “virtually indestructible” and we can not disagree. This impressively solid personal-sized cooler is sealed, with effective insulation and filled with a multitude of useful features just like a drain, non-slip feet, and the capability to be utilized as an impromptu chair. Though it’s a lttle bit heavy because of its size, and we aren’t the largest fans of the narrow handle if it is loaded down, the Roadie can be an impressively insulated mini-tank among

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