You get what you pay for!

  • So...I am a fan of the 30oz yeti cups. They are built very well and the ice lasts in them for a ridiculously long time. I have been using them for about a year now.

    About 6-8 months ago I found an "ozark trail" cup at walmart that looked exactly like my yeti...but it was a 1/4 of the price. I bought a couple and brought it home and began testing. It would hold ice just as long as my I thought I had found a real deal....however about 3 months into using the ozark trail cup the rubber gasket in the lid began to curl up and wouldn't function correctly. The yeti was being used right along side...and to this day still has no problems with the gasket.

    Now...about a week ago I ordered enough Lapua product that the supplier sent me an RTIC cup with a lapua label on it. I thought that this would be a perfect opportunity to test another "cheaper" brand and see how it would do. The RTIC will hold ice just as long as the Yeti as well...however 4 days into using the cup my lovely wife accidentally bumped it off of the counter and the lid broke. Now...keep in mind that I have 3 young children and a clumsy but wonderful wife that continually use (and drop) these cups....and neither the ozark trail or yeti had trouble with lids breaking. they have small dents in the stainless..but still function perfectly. I look up the RTIC warranty on the website and there is a 30 day warranty on these cups. That is not much of a warranty...but I am well within that period. I call RTIC and tell them that the lid is within warranty...and I would like a new lid. The lady politely tells me that the 30 day warranty only covers the lid until the cup has been used. If the lid breaks during use then the warranty does not cover it. I guess I have gotten used to warranties like most reloading equipment carries. I don't know how yeti would have handled it...but they carry a 5 year warranty on their cups.


    Yeti $40
    ozark trail $10
    RTIC $10

    I don't like spending money just to spend money...but so far the yeti's are worth their money. The only product that I would say is built better with a better warranty is an old fashioned green stanley thermos.

  • Big fan of yeti stuff as well.

    I have a 64oz vacuum bottle by them. I dropped it on a tile floor.

    Bottle was unharmed, the floor was not so lucky.

    Only problem is the stainless gets scratched all to hell, I've considered taking some flitz to it but more recently I've decided I want to cerakote it.

    Properly done I think it would look awesome.

  • I believe ceracoat would also look good...and it would match your rifle.

    I don't as much mind the stainless getting all scratched up...just battle scars.

    I have also considered just bead blasting the outside to make it look new again.

    I have a friend who powder coats them...but he gets $50 each for a single color and $65 for two layer colors like pearl. I'm not willing to pay that much for color.

  • I've had a Ozark Trial for a few months and its done very well. Now mine rarely leaves the house, so the lids seal hasn't been expossed to lots of heat.

  • I've never had any of those bottles. We like Thermos Travel Mugs. The kids (7 & 4 1/2), Orkan, Brittel and Irish have been using them for quite some time now.

    I personally am a fan of Contigo. I have a 20oz and a 16oz stainless steel mug and I love their shaker bottles for water and if I need to mix up a drink.

    All of these have been dropped and beat up over time and still work fantastically! I've had my Contigo for going on 2 years now. I believe we've had the Thermos travel mugs around for 2+ years, as we got them before I bought my Contigo.

  • @norcal_in_az said:

    I've had a Ozark Trial for a few months and its done very well. Now mine rarely leaves the house, so the lids seal hasn't been expossed to lots of heat.

    I have an Ozark trail and rtic. Haven't had any problems with either. I do have a yeti lid with straw that I use for water. Keeps my water/whiskey cold. :smiley:

  • The Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug has been my favorite mug for hot or cold drinks. Unfortunately I left mine in TX during a trip and it's since been lost, but for me this one used to keep ice cubes for over 24hrs, even when left in the truck in south TX heat. I am fixing to get another one.