IGBC Certified Bear Resistant Cooler
“The YETI Tundra coolers withstand smashing, prying, scratching, biting, and tossing by hungry bears.”
-Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC)* a US Forest Service Dept. of Agriculture Committee
YETI Tundra ice chests have been thoroughly tested by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) in both controlled simulations and with wild grizzly bears. The IGBC officially approved the YETI Tundra coolers for use on public lands occupied by grizzlies.
The IGBC publishes minimum design and structural standards, inspection and testing methodology for BEAR RESISTANT CONTAINERS. YETI Tundra coolers met the IGBC requirement both in the engineered test and the live bear test.
*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.
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.