Upon heaving the Tundra 35 out of its box, the first thing that strikes you (apart from the weight, a hefty 9.1kg) is obviously – the colour. I was kindly loaned a Harvest Red version of YETI’s most compact version of the Tundra, and despite the fact that cool boxes aren’t exactly the flashiest camping accessory, YETI have done a pretty spectacular job of making this one so.
The all-purpose Tundra cooler is built to be indestructible according to YETI’s description, and by just unceremoniously boshing it on my kitchen floor using the LipGrip DoubleHall handles, you can tell immediately it’s tough as old boots. It doesn’t slide around either, owing to its Bearfoot non-slip feet.
The rubber T-Rex lid latches are sturdy and definitely wont be wiggling loose by themselves, they require just the right amount of tugging to undo and the lid hinges smoothly but again, feels really sturdy on account of the Tundra’s interlocking hinge pin design. The inside looks a lot smaller than you’d maybe expect given the outer dimensions, but it accommodates for the Tundra’s extra thick, roto-molded polyethylene walls and two inches of pressure-injected polyurethane foam insulation, and it can STILL hold up to 20 cans.
There is a dry goods basket included with the cooler which is a great shout for keeping your burger buns and other absorbent fodder out of the way of wetness created by ice or freezer blocks.