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.