Rtic Cooler Review – The Complete Guide

If you love to go on camping, hunting and fishing trips, you would need to pack food on a reliable cooler that will not leave you worrying that they may go bad. You would not want your long-planned outdoor trip ruined by spoiled food, would you? An Rtic Coolers may be just the cooler you need! Read on and discover why they claim to have everything Yeti has at half the price! and Let's read full Rtic cooler Review.

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Rtic and Yeti Reach Settlement Lawsuit (rtic coolers lawsuit, rtic vs yeti lawsuit)

RTIC made a killing by directly comparing their coolers with YETI coolers. Place an RTIC and a YETI cooler side by side and you will hardly notice the difference. They also concentrated their Marketing efforts in showing how RTIC coolers had similar designs and features as YETI coolers but cost almost half the price.

rtic vs. yeti

RTIC’s marketing strategy of capitalizing on the brand equity built by YETI worked for 2 years. They gained a huge share of the cooler and drinkware market. In February of this year, a lawsuit filed by YETI against RTIC in the United States District Court seems to be clinging in favor of YETI. RTIC issued a press statement that they have entered into a settlement with YETI to avoid the high cost and the unpredictability of an ongoing litigation.

The settlement calls for RTIC to pay YETI an undisclosed amount. RTIC also agreed to discontinue selling and to redesign the coolers and drinkware implicated in the lawsuit.

RTIC further announced that they are set to launch new products as well as redesigned versions of their existing products this spring. This they say is part of the changes in their product line for 2017 as previously announced.

What Is Insulated High End roto-molded cooler? - Rtic cooler Review

Durability and sturdiness are two of the most important features you would get from a roto-molded cooler that you would not get from a regular cooler. Roto-molded coolers are high-end coolers so obviously they cost more than your average cooler. However, taking along this type of cooler to your extreme outdoor activity will be worth every penny you spent on it.

What Is Insulated High End roto-molded cooler

What Is Insulated High End roto-molded cooler

Roto-molded coolers are considered to be one of the best coolers available in the market. They are able to withstand the torture of extreme outdoor environments. No matter how ruggedly you use these coolers, their handles, hinges and latches will remain intact. There is also no fear of it cracking, too while in action.

More importantly, roto-molded coolers are able to keep your food fresh and beverages cold for days. They can also protect your food from all outdoor elements including wild animals. How is this so?

  • Uniform and solid thick walls : This is to ensure ice can last for a long time. Depending on the size of the cooler, a roto-molded cooler has an ice retention level of between 3 to 10 days.
  • Toughness : Roto-molded coolers are tough and durable. They are almost unbreakable. The roto-molding plastic process is used in the manufacture of such products as kayaks and commercial storage tanks so its toughness is tried and tested.
  • Superior Insulation : Roto-molded coolers do not have thin spots and seams that can made ice melt fast. Insulation is more superior as compared to average coolers. This level of insulation makes it possible for ice to last for a long time. It also makes it possible for food to remain fresh and for beverages to remain cool for longer days.

Roto-molded coolers not only keeps everything in it cold for longer periods of time, these coolers will also last for a lifetime!

Rtic Versus Yeti Rotomolded Coolers

The Yeti Roadie 20 Cooler, Tundra 45 and 65 come with a roto-motored construction making them indestructible. The RTIC 20, 45 and 65 have a design and construction patterned very closely to the Yeti models.

rtic sizes

rtic sizes


The insulating walls of the RTIC coolers are made of 3” commercial grade thick lids and polyurethane foam insulation. Combined with a tight sealing lid gasket, the coolers keep contents intact and cold for days.

Yeti coolers come with unmatched Permafrost insulation that features thick walls that are heat resistant remaining cold inside despite the conditions of outside temperature.

Locking System

The RTIC coolers come with an integrated locking system (rubber T-latch type closure) and its lid gasket keeps the cooler tightly sealed.

The Yeti coolers feature durable rubber T-Rex Lid latches and the Coldhook gasket (similar to a freezer’s) tightly secures the lid while still making it easy to open.


The RTIC coolers are available in Mojave Tan, Arctic White and Ocean Blue. Yeti coolers are available in white and tan.

rtic colors

rtic colors

RTIC Cooler 20 versus vs Yeti Roadie 20 Cooler

RTIC Cooler 20 versus vs Yeti Roadie 20 Cooler


The RTIC cooler at 17.5 pounds is slightly heavier than the Roadie’s 15 pound weight.

Outside Size

The difference in size is hardly noticeable with the RTIC at 15” x 20” x 13 ¾” and the Roadie at 14 3/8” x19” x 13 ¾”. Looking closely, the RTIC 20, in its entirety appears to be more space friendly as it takes up lesser surface area because it is taller and slimmer than the Roadie.


The RTIC Cooler 20 has a capacity of 25 pounds of ice and 24 cans of beverage. The Roadie only has a capacity of 20 pounds of ice and 14 cans of beverage. It is recommended to have an ice to content ratio of 2:1.

Ice Retention

Ice in an RTIC Cooler 20 can remain solid for up to 10 days. In a Yeti Roadie 20, ice retention is up to 4 days.

RTIC Cooler RTIC 45 Tan versus vs YETI Tundra 45 Cooler

RTIC Cooler RTIC 45 Tan versus vs YETI Tundra 45 Cooler


The RTIC 45 is slightly heavier at 25 pounds than the Yeti Tundra 45 which weighs only 23 pounds.

Outside Size

This RTIC cooler has an outside size of 15 7/8” x 26 ½” x 16 1/2” and the Tundra 45 has 15 ½” x 25 ½” x 16”.


While almost similar in size the RTIC 45 has a capacity of 36 cans and can hold 40 pounds of ice while the Tundra can only accommodate 26 cans and 35 pounds of ice. This is because the Tundra 45 has thicker walls and thus a smaller interior space.

Ice Retention

The RTIC 45 beats the Tundra 45 by holding 5 pounds more ice. With more ice capacity, the RITC 45 keeps ice in solid form a bit longer (by about 20 hours more) at between 5 ½ to 6 days.

Rotomolded 65 - RTIC 65 versus vs Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler

Rotomolded 65 – RTIC 65 versus vs Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler


The RTIC 65 is heavier to carry at 17.5 pounds as compared to the lighter Yeti Tundra 65 at 15 pounds

Outside Size

The RTIC 65 has an outside dimension of 17 1/8” x 32” x 18 ½” as compared to the Yeti Tundra 65’s 16” x 30 ½” x 17 ½”.


The RTIC 65 is only slightly larger than the Tundra 65 but there is a big difference in capacity. The RTIC 65 has a capacity of 64 cans and can hold 70 pounds of ice. The pounds of ice. The Tundra 65 can accommodate 38 cans and 56 pounds of ice.

Ice Retention

Both the RTIC 65 and the Yeti Tundra 65 can retain ice for as much as 10 days.

Other High-end Coolers 

Yeti rotomolded Cooler review

Yeti rotomolded Cooler review

Yeti Tundra coolers are best known for its top quality roto-molded design and construction making them bestsellers. These coolers can withstand extreme torture and are highly resistant to heat and ultra-violet rays. Unmatched features enable Yeti coolers to keep ice solid for days.

These coolers come with unbreakable hardware. Hinges are securely molded and with the right use and care will never need replacement parts. An integrated locking system and tight sealing lid gaskets make these coolers convenient buddies for your outdoor travels. Superior insulation and thick inner walls ensure longer ice life.

The manufacturers are so confident of their product that the Yeti coolers come with a 5-year warranty. The only concern with a Yeti cooler is its high price. However if you add the fact that it’s a Certified Bear Proof cooler, the high price is worth it.

Calcutta Cooler Review

Calcutta Cooler Review

Calcutta High Performance Cooler design and construction allows it to retain ice longer than a regular everyday use cooler. It features a roto-molded plastic exterior combined with a 2” thick interior insulation to ensure ice and all its fresh contents remain cold for days.

This cooler is also equipped with non-slip feet to keep it stable while in transit or even when you place it on uneven terrain. It also comes with a huge drain plug for easy release of water from melted ice. A detachable food tray and interior divider can be used as a chopping board. To add to its versatility, at the side of the cooler is a ruler which you can use to measure your priced catch.

What’s Important to You in a Rtic Cooler?

Ice capacity, full capacity, ice retention, tough and durable design and construction as well as parts that do not need to be replaced because of inferior quality. Add to these ease in carrying the cooler and draining of water from melted ice as well as an aesthetic design.

#1. Ice Capacity

When outdoors, a cooler works as a freezer for your food and drinks. The capacity of a cooler is often described in terms of number of cans and pounds of ice that it can hold. It is recommended to have an ice to content ratio of 2:1.

Rtic 45 Coolers Review

This medium sized cooler is ideal for extreme outdoor trips.

  • Design and Construction : The roto-molded construction makes it extremely tough, durable and indestructible. It features non-slip feet for stability. It also features silicone made T-shaped latches and tough gasket that tightly closes the lid to keep contents cold. Hinges are made of corrosion resistant aluminum for long life. Drain plug allows the release of water without having to tilt the cooler.
  • Size : Bottom side outer dimension is 25 ¼” x 13 ¾” and top side is 26 ½” x 16 ½”. Height is almost 16”.
  • Ice Capacity : The RTIC 45 Cooler can accommodate 36 cans and 40 pounds of ice.
  • Ice Retention : This cooler can keep ice solid for up to 10 days.
  • Insulation : The 2 inch walls are lined with a polyurethane foam (commercial grade) pressure injected insulation system combined with a 3-inch tight closing lid.
  • Multi-purpose : Due to its toughness, durability and design, it can also be used for other outdoor purposes. Its non-slip feet allows it to be used as a bench, table and step stool.

RTIC Soft CoolerLunch Box Review

If you need a personal cooler for the office or an outdoor trip, a RTIC Soft CoolerLunch Box is perfect for your food and drinks. It has a good insulation system consisting of a 2-inch closed-cell foam to keep ice solid for days. It is leakproof, puncture-free and features a liner that has anti-bacterial properties.


Soft pack coolers are more often used daily than their hard core cooler counterparts. They provide more flexibility and have multiple uses. They can be used to pack in some healthy lunch for the office or some snacks and drinks to take to the park. The RTIC and Yeti soft side coolers have almost the same specifications. Both brands also have similar ice retention levels so both come with the same high quality.

Rtic Softpack 20 vs Yeti Hopper 20

Rtic Softpack 20 vs Yeti Hopper 20 reviews

Rtic Softpack 20 vs Yeti Hopper 20 reviews

Both are made of waterproofed, leak-free and puncture-free material. Insulation systems of both products are great. The RticSoftpack 20 features a flip-flop type wide lid in its straight upright design making it easy to store and remove food, drinks and ice. The Yeti Hooper 20 has a wide opening in its tapered design for easy loading and unloading of food, drinks and ice. Both come with hand and shoulder straps.

  • Ice Capacity : RTIC: 20 cans and 20 pounds of ice -  Yeti: 18 cans and 20 pounds of ice
  • Ice Retention : Both the RTIC Softpack 20 the the Yeti Hooper 20 can retain ice for 5 days

RticSoftpak 30 vs Yeti Hopper 30

Rtic Softpak 30 vs Yeti Hopper 30 reviews

Rtic Softpak 30 vs Yeti Hopper 30 reviews

The RticSoftpack 30 is a cooler in a bag-like design. The Yeti Hopper 30 looks more of a bag with a cooler inside. While the Yeti looks more stylish to carry, it is easier to load the RTIC with food, drinks and ice with its wide flip-flop lid. The RTIC appears to be more versatile, too. With its flat top, you can convert it to a mini table.

  • Ice Capacity : RTIC: 30 cans and 30 pounds of ice -  Yeti: 28 cans and 30 pounds of ice
  • Ice Retention : BothThe RTIC Softpak 30 and the Yeti Hooper 30 can keep ice solid for 5 days.

Rtic Softpack 40 vs Yeti Hopper 40

Rtic Softpack 40 vs Yeti Hopper 40 reviews

Rtic Softpack 40 vs Yeti Hopper 40 reviews

If you are going fishing or camping for a couple of days and do not want the hassle of carrying a huge cooler, either the RticSoftpack 40 and the Yeti Hooper 40 is an ideal choice. You will get exactly the same features and convenience. The RTIC Softpak 40 though has a 1” insulation on its wall and a 2” insulation on its lid while the Yeti Hooper 40 relies on its wall and zipper insulation.

  • Ice Capacity : RTIC: 40 cans and 40 pounds of ice -  Yeti: 36 cans and 40 pounds of ice
  • Ice Retention : Ice retention level is 5 days for both the RticSoftpack 40 and the Yeti Hooper 40

#2. Ice Retention/Ice Life

When you speak of ice retention levels there are a lot of factors that come to play.

  • Ice temperature. Dry ice will definitely last longer.
  • Cubed or Blocked Ice. Food and drinks get chilled faster with cubed ice but block ice remains solid longer. Using a combination of both will give longer ice life.
  • Empty Spaces. Empty spaces inside the cooler will allow air to get through and will melt ice faster. Fill all empty spaces with more ice. Crumpled newspaper is an alternative to prevent the extra weight.
  • Draining Water. Avoid draining water. The cold as ice water will help keep the remaining ice cold. Food though should be kept out of contact with water inside the cooler.
  • Avoid the sun. As much as possible, position your cooler against direct sunlight. Keeping it in a shaded area is the best. You could also cover the cooler with a towel or tarp. Ice life can be prolonged when cooler is kept away from direct sunlight.
  • Avoid Frequent Opening. Frequent opening of the cooler will allow warm air to enter. This will make the ice melt faster.

RTIC openly states the ice life of their coolers while Yeti does not. There are just too many variables to take into consideration when it comes to how long a cooler can keep ice in solid form.

An In Depth Look into RTIC Soft Cooler Or Rtic Lunch Box

RTIC Soft Coolers are great to take to the office, the park, the golf course and on one day outdoor trips. It is an extremely good alternative to RTIC coolers when you just need to pack a few food and drinks. The bigger sized models can hold food and drinks for a 2-3 day outdoor trip.

The RTIC Soft Coolers are lightweight and portable making them easy to carry either by hand or on your shoulder. They come with top of the line features to make sure your food and drinks remain cold and ice in solid form for days.

Design and Construction

  • RTIC Soft Coolers are made of StayDry material making them waterproof and leakproof.
  • The zippers are water-proof too.
  • The tough Nylon Shell of these soft coolers make them puncture-free and tear-free so your food and drinks remain safe inside. It also ensures long years of use.
  • The fabric is laminated and seams are welded making the soft cooler lightweight and portable.
  • The outside of the cooler does not sweat so it remains always dry for hassle-free carrying on your shoulder.
  • The liner of the soft coolers are equipped with anti-microbial properties to resist molds and mildew.
  • The Flip-flop lid that is wide for easy loading and unloading of ice, food and drinks.
  • These coolers come with a flat top allowing them to double as mini tables.
  • Coolers come with 2 middle hand straps and 1 side shoulder strap for ease in carrying.
  • Coolers also come with a front exterior pocket for dry things.


These soft coolers are equipped with a 2” closed-cell insulation on the lid and 1” on the sides.

Ice Retention

Regardless of size, RTIC Soft Coolers can keep ice solid for up to 5 days.

Rtic SoftPak cooler

Rtic SoftPak cooler

RTIC SoftPak Lunch Box

If you are on a diet on trying hard to eat healthy food, this soft cooler is an ideal size to take to the office.

Capacity: 6 cans and 8 pounds of ice

Weight: 2.0 pounds

Outer Size: 10” H x 12” W x 8” thick

Inner Size: 6.75 H x 9.5 W x 5.5” thick

Lid: 2” thick

RTIC SoftPak 20

This one you can take to the park or a one day sporting event, fishing, or camping trip.

Capacity: 20 cans and 20 pounds of ice

Weight: 2.0 pounds

Outer Size: 13.75” H x 13.5” W x 9.5” thick

Inner Size: 10” H x 11.5” W x 7” thick

Lid: 2” thick

RTIC SoftPak 30

This medium size soft cooler which you can take for a few days outdoors.

Capacity: 30 cans and 30 pounds of ice

Weight: 4.0 pounds

Outer Size: 12.75” H x 15.5” W x 11.5” thick

Inner Size: 9” H x 13“W x 9.5” thick

Lid: 2” thick

RTIC SoftPak 40

This gives a lot of storage for a good 3 days or more outdoors.

Capacity: 40 cans and 40 pounds of ice

Weight: 5.5 pounds

Outer Size: 17” H x 18.5” W x 12” thick

Inner Size: 13” H x 16” W x 9.5” thick

RTIC Tumbler Review RTIC Coffee Mug

RTIC Tumbler Review RTIC Coffee Mug

Everyone wants a tumbler that keeps his drink ice cold and coffee piping hot. It can be such a waste to have a drink and in a matter of minutes have it taste watery because melted ice has mixed with it. It can also be frustrating to be enjoying piping hot coffee which in a matter of minutes will turn cold. This will never happen if you have your drink or coffee in an RTIC tumbler.

People who have been enjoying their hot coffee and cold drinks in an RTIC tumbler say these tumblers are simply amazing. The RTIC tumbler keeps hot coffee warm for hours and ice in iced coffee does not melt.

An ecstatic RTIC tumbler user says she at first doubted RTIC’s claim that it could hold ice for up to 24 hours. She filled her tumbler to the rim with only ice. The ice started melting only after 45 hours!

A satisfied RTIC user says she placed her RTIC tumbler holds ice long and the tumbler does not sweat at all.

Coffee drinkers have been extremely satisfied with their RTIC tumbler. Whether at home or on the road, the tumbler keeps their coffee warm for hours.

Another user says she owns both an RTIC tumbler and another from a more expensive brand. She says she does not see a reason for spending extra money when an RTIC tumbler functions exactly as the more expensive brand does.

Key Features of the RTIC Tumbler

RTIC tumblers are ideal for a perfect cup of piping hot coffee. They also work great in keeping your cocktails and iced cold drinks cold without the mixture of melted ice. They come with crystal clear glass lids so you exactly see how much of your drink you still have. They are easy to clean, too.

RTIC tumblers are available in Stainless Steel Lowball with Lid 10oz, 20 Oz Stainless Steel Tumbler and 30 oz. Tumbler.

18/10 Stainless Steel Construction

  • An 18/10 grade stainless steel material assures a durable tumbler that will not rust, get damaged by too much heat. This material also makes the tumbler corrosion resistant.

Double Wall Vacuum Insulation

  • This type of insulation ensures superior hot or cold temperature retention. The insulation also makes sure the hot and cold temperature stays inside the tumbler and will not penetrate to your hand.

Long Ice Retention

  • Its solid 18/10 construction and insulation system ensures ice remains solid in the tumbler for up to 24 hours and even more.

Long Heat Retention

  • Hot coffee and chocolate should remain warm until consumed. This is assured when you have your hot beverages in an RTIC tumbler.
RTIC 30 oz. Tumbler

RTIC 30 oz. Tumbler

Air Tight and Crystal Clear Lid

  • The crystal clear lid of an RTIC tumbler provides additional insulation. It locks in the hot and cold temperatures in the tumbler. The air tight lid also prevents splashes and spills. With its crystal clear lid, you will not need to take off the cover to see how much beverage you still have.

Easy Grip Base

  • The tumblers are tall to allow a good grip. The 20 oz and 30 oz are slightly narrower on the bottom so you could get a good grip of the tumbler.

No Sweat Exterior

  • The outside of the tumbler does not sweat so you will not have a messy table or a wet hand.

Fits Most Cup Holders

  • The tall and narrow design of the RTIC tumblers allows it to fit most cup holders in your car. This makes the tumbler mess-free and also accident-free while on the road.

Various Color Styles

  • RTIC tumblers are available in black, Camo, Stainless Steel, Pink, Teal, and white to suit your fancy. You can also have your tumbler customize with an RTIC Tumbler skin.

Affordable Price

  • The RTIC tumbler combines excellent features with an equally excellent price. The tumbler sells at a more affordable price as compared with other tumblers in the market.

Comparison RTIC Tumbler Review vs Yeti Rambler

On an extreme hot day, you would like your drink to remain cold with the ice intact, not melting and mixing with your drink. On a cold winter day, you would like to keep your coffee or chocolate hot enough to enjoy the warmth it will provide. In both instances you will need a reliable tumbler.

RTIC Tumblers and Yeti Ramblers have been neck to neck on the market. Read on and see if the RTIC indeed has the right to claim that their tumblers are “Half the Price and Keeps the Ice.”

The RTIC Can Cooler vs the Yeti Rambler

The RTIC Can Cooler vs the Yeti Rambler

The Basic Similarities

  • Both are made of high grade 18/10 Stainless Steel.
  • Both retain hot and cold temperatures longer with double wall vacuum insulation.
  • Both have the most common tumbler sizes – 20 oz and 30 oz.
  • Both tumbler brands are sweatproof.
  • Both Tumblers have crystal clear lids.
  • Both are available in a variety of sizes and can be customized.
  • Performance of both tumbler brands are almost identical.

The Main Difference

  • An RTIC tumbler costs about 4 times less than a Yeti Rambler.
  • RTIC tumblers/ coffee mugs come with a 7-year limited warranty.
  • Yeti Ramblers come with a 5-year limited warranty.

Rtic Koozie Can Cooler Reviews

Now you can enjoy a cold can of beer or soda longer with a RTIC Stainless Steel Can Cooler. This koozie will keep your drink cold longer without getting your hands wet and getting cold. This can cooler can hold all of your 12 oz beverage.

Key Features

  • Made of highly durable 18/10 stainless steel
  • Double wall vacuum insulation retains cold temperature of your beverage while keeping your hands free from the cold.
  • Keeps your hands dry as the outside of cooler does not sweat.
  • Keeps your beverage cold 10 times more than other Koozies.
  • Tight sealing gasket of the cooler locks in the cold.
  • This cooler fits into most cup holders

What Users are Saying

Most users say this is the best koozie they have ever owned. The lid is easy to open and close. It keeps hands dry and the outside never sweats. They say, they have left their beer in the can cooler and after over an hour, it remained as cold as when it was just taken out of the refrigerator.

Users living in areas with relatively hot climate say the RTIC can cooler has kept a can of beer ice cold despite the heat.

A lot of users also said although they prefer another brand, they could not justify spending so much money on a koozie. Once they got hold of the RTIC Stainless Steel Can Cooler, they have opted to support this brand because now the price is justified.

RTIC Stainless Steel Can Cooler 12oz

RTIC Stainless Steel Can Cooler 12oz

There is not much to say when comparing the RTIC Can Cooler and the Yeti Ramble. To put it bluntly, the RTIC Can Cooler is an extremely affordable option for a Yeti Rambler in keeping your beverages ice cold for extended periods of time.

Both the RTIC Can Cooler and the Yeti Rambler are made of the same durable 18/10 high grade stainless steel for long years of use. Both are also equipped with double wall vacuum insulation to keep beverages cold for long hours. Putting both side by side you will notice that they differ only in style or physical appearance.

Any difference in these similarly functioning koozies? The very big difference comes in the price! The RTIC Can Cooler costs a lot lesser than the Yeti Ramble!

Where to Buy Rtic Coolers?

In their website, RTIC says they retail their products directly to consumers. This means that you will never find an RTIC product in any retail outlet or store. The company thrives on word of mouth advertising and social media to market their products instead of relying on high priced advertisements.

This, according to RTIC is the very reason they are able to offer top quality coolers and drinkware that are at par in quality and features with the more expensive brands found in retail outlets for a much lesser price.

Legit RTIC products are available on Amazon and at the RTIC website. 

Final Word

Coolers are must haves when you and your family enjoy the outdoors. Not just any cooler, but a cooler that can withstand the torture of extreme outdoor conditions. You need a good quality cooler to pack food and drinks. Unless you want to go starving because of spoiled food due to an inferior quality cooler.

If you are hunting or fishing, you also need a good quality cooler to haul your catch for the trip home!

You have just read an in-depth review of RTIC coolers and drinkware. We hope we have provided you with all the information you need to make an informed choice. Now, you can confidently shop for a top quality cooler and drinkware with a justifiable price!

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