I think now’s a good time to publish a review of the YETI Roadie 24, as I have a great idea of what it’s capable of. I bought this around 8 months ago (at the time of writing) and it’s been with me on a few camping and day trips.
Since I’ve used this and have real world experience with it, I feel I’m qualified to tell you early on that, the YETI Roadie 24 is one of the best cool boxes available today.
I’m excited to share my thoughts with you in my in depth review.
So, without further ado, let’s get into the review.
YETI Roadie 24 Review
I’ll start the review with my initial thoughts. It’s quite expensive as far as passive coolers go, it’s got to be really impressive to earn the right to ask consumers to pay nearly £200 / $200 for it.
YETI are a well known brand so I’m hoping this brand recognition and familiarity encourages them to keep standards high in the products they create.
I bought the Roadie 24 in what they call, ‘Bimini Pink’. I’m hoping when it arrives, it’s not as bright as it looks in the online photos.
So, when the courier arrived I couldn’t wait to get a first look at the colour more than anything. I ripped the rather boring outer box open and was greeted with a lovely looking pink cool box. It isn’t nearly as garish as it appears in images; if that was a worry of yours also, it’s not too bad – It looks rather good, honest.
It’s quite a bit bulkier than I’d expected it to be, quite tall and thick. But, I guess it’s that thickness that’ll help keep everything ice cold whilst on the road.
My first impressions are good. I’m quite impressed at the styling touches, the colour looks great and on first glance it feels well built.
I’ll take a look at the build quality in depth now and we’ll find out if it does indeed have YETI’s famous build quality.
Yeti Roadie 24 Review: Is it worth it?
The biggest question that needs an answer right now, is the YETI Roadie 24 worth the asking price? So, I’ll address that first – yes it is.
There’s no two ways about it, this thing is as solid as can be and feels really rugged. The Roadie 24 impressed me right off of the bat.
It’s toughness is evident all around, from the super sturdy hinges at the back to the over-sized latches at the front.
At the front of the roadie you’ve got the super stylish looking centrally positioned YETI logo, it looks really clean. I love the overall symmetry of the entire cool box. The black latches and handle contrasted against the bright gloss pink looks really good.
The latches themselves are super strong and really simple to operate. They can even be opened single handed, which is helpful.
Open up the cool box and the lid won’t be able to over extend thanks to the tough hinges YETI have used in the Roadie 24.
Speaking of the lid, there’s a really thick rubber seal that ensures the internal temperature remains steady for as long as possible. It’s also there to prevent ingress of water, if you’re using it on a fishing trip for example.
The lid also features a super cool looking recessed YETI logo, further enhancing the overall style of the cool box. The underside of the lid also has some safety information, which to be honest ruins the look, but it’s super important. It’s quite deep and a child could quite easily fall in, which we want to avoid at all costs.
Inside the internal compartment, there’s plenty of space for drinks and snacks for two people. It can fit two days worth of perishable food for me and my wife for a camping trip. I can also squeeze in a few cans of 330ml beer or pop (soda).
It’s also the perfect size for wine and Prosecco bottles as long as you don’t use the YETI ice block, they’ll fit just fine. Save yourself some money and just use ice.
I still had solid ice after 2 days use in the summer, which is great. I had a basic cool box that’d barely last 12 hours before, so this is a marked improvement.
I’ve also used it to carry food for a beach BBQ, which it’s absolutely perfect for. Once the food was gone, it makes a great seat too. I believe there’s a seat cushion that you can buy that’ll go on top of it to make it a bit more comfortable, I found it fine without it.
The only gripe I have with this cooler is the gloss finish, yes it looks good but I’ve scratched it a bit already.
When I’m travelling with the Roadie 24 I have it wedged behind the drivers seat. Pulling it out from behind the chair has left a slight abrasion to the back of the cooler, it’s barely visible but worth pointing out.
Having said that, the fact that it can fit behind the seat is another plus point. I really like that the Roadie 24 sits upright and actually takes up more vertical room than it does horizontally That allows me, or rather my wife to stash more camping creature comforts in the boot / trunk.
If you aren’t too keen on the size or the profile there are other alternatives, something like RTIC or Orca 20 Qt, check them out. The only thing about the Orca I don’t like is the handle.
Speaking of handles. The Roadie 24 has a great carrying strap with an ergonomic plastic handle mounted onto the strap. This makes sure it’s comfortable to carry even when it’s rammed full of food and drinks for the weekend.
The strap itself is super strong. I tried my hardest to tear it from the mounting points on the side of the unit, to no avail I might add!
Underneath there’s 4 rubber feet which ensure stability on smooth surfaces. It doesn’t move at all, the feet are really grippy, another good design touch.
The YETI Roadie 24 costs quite a bit more than some of its competitors offerings. It’s far superior in terms of insulation and build quality.
My favorite things about the YETI Roadie 24:
- Colour Options
How Much And Where To Buy
The YETI Roadie 24 is available from Amazon. At the time of writing it was around £200 / $200. I have seen it for as low as £175 / $175, hit the button below to check the latest price.
Summary & Verdict
Spacious and really well made, which consequently leaves it on the heavier side. The carry handle makes it somewhat comfortable to carry. I’d not want to carry it for long distances, from the car park to the beach would be ok I think.
Score: 8.5 /10
I feel like it could be somewhat cheaper. It’s approaching £200 / $200. Don’t get me wrong, it’s incredibly well made and is amazingly stylish, but are you paying more for the name? Probably, but I have no regrets about buying this awesome Roadie 24.
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