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Old 02-05-2017   #1
 
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yeti as a drybox?

I've never flipped with my yeti, but wonder just how dry it would be after some time upside down.

It has a nice rubber gasket, and closes tightly.
Any comments on yeti as a drybox?

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Should work great. To test your cooler, next time your driving to someplace 2-4,000 feet lower than Crested Butte take your cooler close it than try to open it at lower altitude. If it is vacuumed sealed and hard to open it will be water proof If it really seals tight like a couple of my coolers do, loosening the drain plug makes it easy to open
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Put a few gallons of water in it, flip it over, pull the plug and see what happens.
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That's an expensive drybox!
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That's an expensive drybox!
That is true, but in a emergency it could be used as a ice chest
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That's an expensive drybox!
This was my first thought, but then I looked at the price of dry boxes these days and I had to think twice. Doesn't have to be Yeti either.
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It's also a waste of space but I'm sure the OP is just thinking in a pinch, or for certain trips.

Would it work? Yes, maybe if that cooler seals every time. My yeti definitely doesn't seal anymore - I have to work each spring to even get it closed. It gets better after it's been used a while. The other thing to think about would be the latches... They'd be awfully easy to pop one with a foot when going out of the boat or what not. You'd definitely want it strapped closed... that begs why not change the latches to butterfly latches if you want it to stay closed?

I don't think it's a great idea and I probably wouldn't put anything in it that couldn't get at least damp - the odds will be that'll it'll leak.
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Yetis have a tapered seal to allow dry ice gas to escape so they don't turn into bombs. I would think that if it lets gas out, it would let water out as well if filled and flipped over (as proposed as a test above). I have never had water ingress into my 65qt on the back of my cat, but never attempted sensitive equipment just sammiches, dry sweater, polar fleece pants, and my wallet (which has no cash so it can swim if it wants...). I agree my lid seems to have warped with time and may not seal as well it did off the shelf. I also use a strap around it when day trips involve a good chance of swimming...
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I thought CB Rob was asking about food safety, not planning on using as a dry box. Maybe I did not understand his question.
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that's a good point, I was thinking of how I've tested dry boxes before. Generally if water can get out it will get in. Even dry boxes don't tend to be 100% I don't think. I've never had a cooler seal as well as bighorn was talking about, only Pelican's.
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