Verifiably Grizzly Proof Cooler
Ursus arctos horribilis — the grizzly bear. Up to 1,500 pounds of muscle, teeth, claws and anger, they’re one of North America’s largest predators. But a YETI Tundra cooler can take one. That’s not just marketing speak: the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) said, “The YETI Tundra coolers withstand smashing, prying, scratching, biting and tossing by hungry bears.” And you know the fine people at the IGBC aren’t prone to exaggeration.
To determine that our Tundra cooler was bear proof, the IGBC subjected it to a series of rigorous tests, culminating in an hour-long encounter with two real-life adult grizzlies. When the smoke cleared, our ice chest was still intact and the bears were still hungry — although we think we detected a certain look of respect in their eyes.
How does a YETI Tundra cooler stand up to massive, ill-tempered carnivores? Our ice chests feature a one-piece design made from highly durable roto-molded polyethylene. The lid is one piece, too, attached with molded-in, full-length hinges. To secure that lid from overly crafty bears, we mold in padlock ports at both front corners. Because we have yet to find a bear who can pick locks.
So what do you do when a bear gets its paws on your prized cooler? Sit back and watch the fun (from a safe distance). Thanks to 2 inches of pressure-injected polyurethane insulation, even the most stubborn of bears is going to give up and walk away in a huff long before your ice melts. Next time you head into bear country, camp with confidence by bringing along the bear’s natural enemy — a YETI.
Press Release May 19, 2009
The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC), a board overseen by the U.S. Forest Service, has tested the YETI Tundra 250 qt cooler and approved it as a Grizzly- proof container. This means the entire line of YETI Tundra Coolers have been deemed Grizzly-proof!
“We’re proud to be the first cooler to survive the IGBC tests,” says Ryan Seiders, owner of YETI Coolers, “and proud that our entire Tundra line has passed the tests.” The IGBC testing simulates bear attacks and then subjects products to an hour encounter with two adult Grizzly bears. The ultimate goal is to eliminate accidental bear feeding. Once a bear is fed, it will come back to a campsite, typically necessitating that the bear be destroyed. So, not only will a YETI Cooler protect your food, it will protect the bears, as well.
YETI’s Grizzly-proof durability is the result of polyethylene, one-piece, rotational-molded construction, which is the same material and process used to make whitewater kayaks. The lids are also one-piece, molded and attached to the cooler body with a metal rod through a full-length hinge. The cooler can be securely closed through integrated padlock ports on both front corners. Padlocks are required for the cooler to be bear-proof.
YETI Tundra coolers are also recognized by outdoor experts as the best insulated coolers available, with commercial-grade, polyurethane foam insulation that is four to six times thicker than other coolers.
*The IGBC was formed in 1983 to help ensure recovery of viable grizzly bear populations and their habitat in the lower 48 states through interagency coordination of policy, planning, management, and research. The IGBC consists of representatives from the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Geological Survey and representatives of the state wildlife agencies of Idaho, Montana, Washington and Wyoming. In the interest of international coordination and cooperation, the Canadian Wildlife Service is also represented.