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Ozark Trail vs Yeti Cooler

Ozark Trail vs. Yeti Cooler

After a long dull indoor winter season, summers are welcomed with great zeal and zest. It’s Summer Time! In this scenario, Ozark Trail and Yeti cooler can help you enjoy the environment as they are made particularly for that reason.

Let’s look at the Specs of each

FeaturesOzark Trail 73Yeti Tundra 65
FunctionsGoodHigh Performing Cooler
Ice Retention8 Days9 Days
RatingAverageGood
Wear and tearHighLow
Warranty5 years5 years
Value For MoneyAverageHigh

Quick Overview of Ozark Trail Cooler and Yeti Cooler

Campers and road travelers

The snow melted rivers, lakes, parks, valleys, and beaches are the topmost destinations to go to. Other than this water sports, swimming and water park fun are also on the rise.

Campers, road travelers, and outlanders are always in the search of innovative, useful coolers to take with them on their travels.

Buying Yeti is not an easy bargain for many due to its high price and so Ozark trail (a cheaper alternative or as it may seem to some) is gaining popularity.

But, is it worth the Yeti experience? Can it be called an alternate? Is it a clone? Let’s find out.

Ozark Trail 73 Cooler

  • Roto molded, seamless construction with UV resistant exterior
  • Durable, easy to carry, heavy duty handles.
  • Stainless steel locking plate with built-in bottle opener
  • Premium insulation, can keep ice for 9 days.
  • Five-year warranty.

Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler

  • Durable with a rugged exterior that can go on for a good couple of years.
  • Easy to carry, high quality, and easy to use latches with rubber pulls.
  • Premium Insulation, keeps ice for 9 days and food supplies stay fresh for 5 days.
  • Five-year warranty
  • The drainage system is messy.
  • It includes a separator to keep food items dry and drinks and ice away.

Yeti Tundra 65

Yeti Tundra 65 cooler

Let’s first take a look at the market leader Yeti Tundra 65.

People who are Yeti lovers don’t accept Ozark as a competitor at all and call it a clone as they believe Yeti offers them a good value for money, durability and a great performance. They are satisfied with the performance and durability of the brand.

New customers, who seek coolers like Yeti but on a budget buy Ozark, and are satisfied with the performance too.

Some who are not much into product technicalities even consider it a close competitor of Yeti and a value for their money.

Product Description

Now, the Yeti cooler has a really fat wall that helps insulate more than two inches of ice easily. There is a permafrost foam lining that ensures that the ice will not melt for a long time.

Also, the rotomolded construction makes the product durable against a lot of abuse and damage and can be taken to any kind of location.

The customers find it very helpful that the product has a T-Rex lid on top which latches on perfectly and seals the box tightly ensuring that the ice stays dry and doesn’t melt in a couple of hours.

T-Rex lid of Yeti Tundra 65

Also, the LipGrip handles makes it very easy to be carried along. Along with these handles are the double haul handles that are made of durable military grade polyester ropes which are very strong and do not break off easily so you can pull your cooler with you wherever needed.

The unit or box is leak proof and has a very smartly designed drainage system for quick drainage which does not mess up with the handles.

However, as the ice stays intact for more than 8 days inside this product, you may easily use it as a cooler for quite some time and even when the ice melts after 9 days the water stays cool for another few days so you may even extend your camping trip if you like.

The Biggest Setback for Users

But, this product is a high priced niche product and this is the only hurdle that many budget buyers have to walk away from this highly effective, durable product.

Ozark Trail 73 Cooler

On the other hand, we have the Ozark trail coolers that are gaining a lot of popularity among the budget buyers or masses.

Product Description

Ozark Trail 73 Cooler

In appearance, the Ozark Trail looks quite similar to the Yeti Tundra 65 but a closer technical look shows the difference as the materials used and the method of construction of this device is not as smartly done as that of the Yeti Tundra 65.

Ozark Trail 73 has a premium insulation system which keeps the ice in its original form for 9 days too. However many customers are not satisfied with this description.

It also has a rotomolded construction but without seams and so it is quite resistant to Ultraviolet lights which are good.

There is a locking plate too that is made of industrial stainless steel which is quite a good material to use as a locking plate. The handles are heavy duty, and easy to grip on and carry.

a bear-resistant certificate

The product has recently received a bear-resistant certificate too so it’s sure that no kind of bear can sneak into it and take your food supplies away in the forest while you camp outdoors.

Another interesting feature is that the cooler can be converted into a small table as it has four cup holders and a fish scale on its top which also makes the camping experience easier as you will not have to take foldable tables and chairs, rather you can sit on the ground around the table and enjoy a meal in the natural environment. The latches are secure, the handles are heavy duty.

A big hurdle

Unfortunately, this product doesn’t use durable polyester ropes but normal ropes like that of a backpack and are prone to wear and tear unlike the Yeti Tundra but price-conscious customers are happy with it anyways.

Ozark Trail vs Yeti Cooler (Pros and Cons)

Yeti Tundra 65 Convection oven
PROS
  • It has a durable construction
  • Ice doesn’t melt for at least 9 days which is quite a long time.
  • The top lid is secured and the unit is sealed when closed keeping the food inside frozen and fresh.
  • Temperature is maintained constantly.
  • Strong handles make it easy to be carried around.
  • Five-year warranty.
  • Affordable price for everyone.
  • Sturdy and rough construction and no danger of damage due to rough usage.
  • Handles are comfortable to hold and easy to carry.
  • It can hold ice for more than a week.
  • Five-year warranty.
CONS
  • Heavy to hold by one person.
  • Price is high.
  • Heavy to hold.
  • Carry handles are not as good as Yeti’s and can break easily.
  • Some people complain that ice melts sooner than the stated time.

Our Opinion

If you are an all year round traveler and need a good quality, portable cooler on long-term bases then Yeti gives you a lot of value for money and a much more durable, functional product. It is also lighter in weight and has good handling system which is shock resistant and powerful and will not break easily.

Ozark is striving hard to come on the same level as Yeti but is still not as perfect. It claims to have a temperature maintenance system and that the food can stay fresh and frozen for as long as 8 days but customers have claimed otherwise.

In case, you are a “not so often” traveler and rarely need a cooler then you may go for Ozark as it’s cheaper in price and functions quite well. But wherever you go both these products will surely give you a good traveling experience and will keep your drinks cold, your food dry and your ice intact for at least a week.

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