If anyone knows coolers, it’s YETI.
YETI has a reputation for making some of the best coolers around. Reliable, rugged, and high-performing, their hard coolers are highly coveted. Just take a look at the YETI Tundra 65 and 75. These two options can handle everything you need for an extended weekend. However, if you’re looking for a true beast that keeps your group outdoors for a week, the YETI Tundra 125 is a better option. This mammoth cooler is designed with long journeys in mind.
That said, both the YETI Tundra 65 and 75 are solid options for numerous days. At a 57.2 quart capacity, the YETI Tundra 65 has ample space to feed an outdoorsy couple for a 3 to 4 day journey. For longer trips or groups of 4, the 74.8 quart capacity of the YETI Tundra 75 is a better option. Of course, this can vary depending upon the ravenous eaters in the bunch. This nifty tool from YETI can help you decide.
Differences Between the YETI Tundra 65 and 75
Despite the same technology and design, there are some differences between these two coolers. Here are the must-knows.
The main feature that sets the YETI Tundra 65 and 75 apart is the overall capacity. The YETI Tundra 75 is slightly more robust on the outside so you can carry more on the inside.
Specifically, the YETI Tundra 75 can house a whopping 70 pounds of ice. In beer language, that translates to 57 cans. Meanwhile, the YETI Tundra 65 holds up to 52 pounds of ice or 42 cans.
If you need extra storage space, go with the YETI Tundra 75.
The YETI Tundra 75 is like the big brother of the YETI Tundra 65. This cooler features a 17 7/8” × 17 1/2” × 33 1/2” exterior as opposed to the 10 5/8” × 11 1/8” × 23 1/8” exterior of the YETI Tundra 65. Neither are hardly a space saver.
That in mind, you will shave off a few inches with the YETI Tundra 65. Of the two, this is certainly the more packable option.
Clocking in at 29 lbs, the YETI Tundra 65 is a touch lighter by 5 lbs.
While that may not sound like much, this is the base weight. Add in all your contents and the load will get a lot heavier. Shedding the extra 5 lbs may save you some hassle.
Although, if the cooler isn’t likely to leave the truckbed, the extra weight won’t make much of a difference. That is, as long as you have an extra hand to hoist it in there.
The YETI Tundra 65 and 75 can be comfortably gripped by either the LipGrip™ or DoubleHaul™ handles. That’s gearhead jargon for indented handles and rope handles on the sides of the cooler.
Regardless of how you grip, both models are tougher to haul once filled. Remember that 29 lbs and 34 lbs empty weight? You’re likely to want an extra set of hands for transport, especially with the YETI Tundra 75.
Of the two, the reduced size and weight make the YETI Tundra 65 the better option here. However, I truly wouldn’t want to trek too far with either.
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Both these coolers are designed for rugged outdoor use. Factor in weight, portability, and size, and you’ll find each one is better suited for different activities.
For instance, the extra space of the YETI Tundra 75 allows for more provisions, reducing town trips when staying in a remote wilderness cabin. Meanwhile, the YETI Tundra 65 is a great companion for the weekend warrior couple looking to bust a camp somewhere in the woods.
Call me superficial, but if I’m throwing down hundreds of dollars on a cooler, I better like the color. So here are your options.
The YETI Tundra 75 comes in basic white and desert sand. The YETI Tundra 65 offers a little bit more with aquifer blue, navy, desert tan, and white. While preference is highly subjective, take note that the darker the color the more heat it absorbs.
Both the YETI Tundra 65 and 75 are a long term investment. Their tough as nails exterior matched by excellent ice retentaining interior is worth every dollar in my opinion.
However, I completely understand that the high price point may be a dealer breaker. With the YETI Tundra 65, you get all the same technology as the YETI Tundra 75 at a less expensive price.
Technology and Features
Both the YETI Tundra 65 and 75 feature the same technology and features. Here’s a breakdown of what’s included.
Three inches of ridiculously thick insulation to maximize ice retention.
The inside walls contain polyurethane foam to retain cool temperatures and avoid heat loss.
Tough as nails construction and uniform wall thickness made from food-grade UV-resistant polyethylene.
T-Rex™ Lid Latches
Highly durable rubber latches that lock into the hard body.
Interlock™ Lid System
A form-fitting barrier that secures the lid into the cooler body like the perfect puzzle piece.
Strong, military-grade polyester rope handles fitted with a riveted rubber gripe.
Two indent handles on the side for an easier grip.
AnchorPoint™ Tiedown Slots
Built-in slots to secure the cooler to a vehicle or boat.
Gasket on the lid designed to retain cool temps inside.
Vortex™ Drain System
Angled drain designed to drain out any liquid sloshing around inside.
NeverFail™ Hing System
Interlocking hinges for enhanced durability.
BearFoot™ Nonslip Feet
Padding on the base that prevents the cooler from sliding around.
For larger groups, the YETI Tundra 75 is the clear winner of the two. The 17 7/8” × 17 1/2” × 33 1/2” exterior is big enough to store plenty of goods. However, considering you’re hauling around plenty of gear, you’ll need an extended cab or truckbed to transport this around.
If you're going out for the weekend, the YETI Tundra 65 will save you some space. Meanwhile, the interior is spacious enough to feed you and a buddy for a few days.