Yeti products are so often known through superlatives — coldest, toughest, biggest — perhaps to the detriment of some of its more everyday items. Have you ever used its Magslider lid in tandem with a 20-ounce Rambler? You should; it might be the perfect travel mug. The Roadie, Yeti’s smallest hard-sided cooler, is another member of its collection that deserves its due, particularly now that the company has updated it to make it better than ever.
In returning to the drawing board, Yeti examined the Roadie’s common criticisms: it doesn’t offer that much interior space, its handle is cumbersome, it’s pretty damn heavy for how big it is. The new cooler, called the Roadie 24, has 20 percent more space, according to Yeti — and it’s now tall enough to carry bottles of wine. The metal handle is gone, replaced with a strap. This big little icebox is also, remarkably, 10 percent lighter.
So no, the new Roadie 24 isn’t Yeti’s biggest, baddest cooler. But the truth is, many of us don’t need gigantic portable ice chests. So if you desire a superlative here, perhaps the Roadie is Yeti’s most appropriate cooler, especially right now.
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