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#5446732 - 11/27/14 09:12 PM BRUTE coolers.. Opinions??
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Bird Dog

Registered: 09/12/13
Posts: 280
Loc: Archer County
I have one, have had it for a year now, and I regret to say that I'm not very impressed. Curious for input from other Brute owners.

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#5446761 - 11/27/14 09:35 PM Re: BRUTE coolers.. Opinions?? [Re: OffCoor1]
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Really....man I'm totally opposite, I Love my Yeti but those latches on my 156 Brute are the Bomb and I really enjoy that Cooler..there office is by mine and awesome guys to deal with and I will buy another soon...




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#5446777 - 11/27/14 09:49 PM Re: BRUTE coolers.. Opinions?? [Re: OffCoor1]
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Registered: 09/12/13
Posts: 280
Loc: Archer County
I'm with you, I love the latches, but the ice retention on mine is not too good. I have a friend w/a Yeti, and his keeps ice a lot better than my Brute.

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#5446785 - 11/27/14 09:53 PM Re: BRUTE coolers.. Opinions?? [Re: OffCoor1]
Junebug Offline
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Registered: 11/06/11
Posts: 190
Loc: Fort Worth
Really all depends on what you are using it for. None of those types of coolers are very effective when you open and close them a lot. I bought a 50qt two years ago, and don't regret it one bit. The latches and quality are awesome. I bought the cooler because I got tired of other coolers breaking after being sat on or stood on. I think you could drive a tank over mine and it wouldn't hurt it a bit.

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#5446802 - 11/27/14 10:18 PM Re: BRUTE coolers.. Opinions?? [Re: OffCoor1]
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Loc: Archer County
Ok, I put ice in mine yesterday... 2 bags over 24 beer cans. It is in the garage, where the temp has probably never gotten over 60 degrees. We are not opening & closing it any more than normal, & it is mostly just ice water now. I would expect more w/outside temps being where they are. Am I expecting too much?

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#5446851 - 11/27/14 11:20 PM Re: BRUTE coolers.. Opinions?? [Re: OffCoor1]
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Registered: 10/11/09
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Was the beer hot to start with? And where does 24 beers last 2 days. But seriously I have a Coleman extreme 5 day that's actually good for 3-4 days if the drinks are cold when they are put in. If the drinks are room temp you don't stand a chance with the first round of ice. It's kinda like the old coffee thermos made of metal. If you preheat them your coffee will stay hot for hours. If not its a matter of minutes. Did your drinks melt your ice?

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#5446864 - 11/28/14 12:17 AM Re: BRUTE coolers.. Opinions?? [Re: OffCoor1]
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Registered: 10/13/13
Posts: 383
Loc: Grandview
Originally Posted By: OffCoor1
Ok, I put ice in mine yesterday... 2 bags over 24 beer cans. It is in the garage, where the temp has probably never gotten over 60 degrees. We are not opening & closing it any more than normal, & it is mostly just ice water now. I would expect more w/outside temps being where they are. Am I expecting too much?


Is it tan or white? I have found that the white coolers hold ice longer...well in my Yeti's anyway...Now on to your question...only two days in 60 degree or less weather? that sucks as far as I am concerned, the ice should easily last five days if not a week...time to move on to another cooler, hey Igloos will do better than that at a lower cost...and I buy very little ice these days, compared to my igloo days....I had always been of the assumption that the Brutes were the same as Yeti's except for the latches.

You might try freezing some water in milk jugs, and putting them in your Brute the night before you load it up...then add ice. It will help.

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#5446910 - 11/28/14 06:04 AM Re: BRUTE coolers.. Opinions?? [Re: OffCoor1]
tractorred Offline
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Registered: 04/21/07
Posts: 969
Loc: san angelo, tx
Have one of the first model brutes and the latches are junk.

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#5446919 - 11/28/14 06:33 AM Re: BRUTE coolers.. Opinions?? [Re: OffCoor1]
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Registered: 06/18/05
Posts: 2469
Loc: TX
Guess I have three different brands...

Yeti, Brute, and I think the other is Canyon plastics or something like that.

Not sure why the companies competing against Yeti always talk about the latches. How does it get any easier or better than the way the yeti latches?

I have three brands and always use the Yetis first.

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#5446936 - 11/28/14 07:07 AM Re: BRUTE coolers.. Opinions?? [Re: wp75169]
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Registered: 09/07/09
Posts: 1956
Loc: Mineola,TX
Originally Posted By: wp75169
Was the beer hot to start with? And where does 24 beers last 2 days. But seriously I have a Coleman extreme 5 day that's actually good for 3-4 days if the drinks are cold when they are put in. If the drinks are room temp you don't stand a chance with the first round of ice. It's kinda like the old coffee thermos made of metal. If you preheat them your coffee will stay hot for hours. If not its a matter of minutes. Did your drinks melt your ice?



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#5446979 - 11/28/14 07:58 AM Re: BRUTE coolers.. Opinions?? [Re: OffCoor1]
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Registered: 09/04/04
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I guess you are expecting the cooler to make ice, no complaints here, going strong for a couple years now.

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#5447028 - 11/28/14 08:54 AM Re: BRUTE coolers.. Opinions?? [Re: txbobcat]
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Registered: 01/05/10
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Loc: McKinney, TX
Originally Posted By: txbobcat
Not sure why the companies competing against Yeti always talk about the latches. How does it get any easier or better than the way the yeti latches?


Now, I'm only saying this 'cause you asked, not to start a Ford v. Chevy debate. Personally I don't like the rubber latches on the Yeti. I've got a Pelican, not that it's any better or worse, but I like the hardware style latches on it.

As far as the ice retention goes, I wasn't particularly fond of my Pelican at first either. There's a few things you can do to make it last like it's supposed to:

-Pre chill the cooler. Throw a bag, or the tray from your freezer, in it the night before. The sacrificial bag. It'll "set" the temp inside the cooler.

-Pre chill the contents. Kind of a PITA if you're running around last minute throwing things together for the trip, but it makes a huge difference.

-Big blocks of ice. I use a couple metal baking pans that are like 12x18x2 inches deep, throw a bunch of ice cubes in it and then fill it with water. You can stack a couple of these in the freezer and have big, flat chunks of ice. Put those in first, then the contents, then the bagged ice. As the bagged ice melts, the chunks keep it super cold, and it takes a lot longer for them to melt.

-Take 4 beers, I mean sports drinks, out at a time. Every time you open the lid, it introduces +freezing temps to the contents. Take a few drinks out at a time to reduce the number of times the lid is opened. I keep an old 6'er cooler by my camp chair that's got a little salted ice water in it. Grab three or four beers out of the Pelican, and put them in the little cooler. Keeps a few cold ones close to me, the big cooler lid stays shut, and I don't have to walk across camp to grab another.

Doing all this, I've had ice in my cooler after 9 days, where the cooler was in direct sunlight the first 4 hours of every day.

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#5447035 - 11/28/14 08:59 AM Re: BRUTE coolers.. Opinions?? [Re: tractorred]
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Registered: 09/08/10
Posts: 14448
Loc: Weatherford, TX
Originally Posted By: tractorred
Have one of the first model brutes and the latches are junk.


I also have a first model with the junk latches. Have had to have them replaced. Never been impressed with ice retention either. Luckily it was cheaper than the models today.
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#5447046 - 11/28/14 09:13 AM Re: BRUTE coolers.. Opinions?? [Re: OffCoor1]
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Registered: 10/09/12
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Loc: Houston, Texas
I was looking to purchase a higher end cooler a couple years ago and after a lot of research and checking them out in person, I went with a Brute...and I've never turned back. Everyone is right about pre-chilling before use...best to do this with any of these types of coolers. I use a combo of cubes and frozen water bottles. Works great for me. I've had ice in my 100qt for almost two week before. Was so impressed with their coolers, I became a dealer for them. If anyone ever wants to check them out in person (in Houston) let me know.
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#5447074 - 11/28/14 09:49 AM Re: BRUTE coolers.. Opinions?? [Re: OffCoor1]
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Originally Posted By: OffCoor1
Ok, I put ice in mine yesterday... 2 bags over 24 beer cans. It is in the garage, where the temp has probably never gotten over 60 degrees. We are not opening & closing it any more than normal, & it is mostly just ice water now. I would expect more w/outside temps being where they are. Am I expecting too much?


That's terrible. The ice didn't even last 24 hours?

I have 3 Yeti's and wouldn't trade them for anything. Here's an example of one of my hunting trips.....go dove hunting, outside temps in the mid to high 90's....Fill up Yeti with 1 or 1.5 bags of ice and cooler full of drinks from fridge on Friday around noon. Open and close all weekend while the cooler sits outside in the shade, temps still in 90's. Get home Sunday and still have almost 1/2 ice and 1/2 water. Empty drinks. Leave cooler in garage, temps still in the 90's. Open on Weds and a few small pieces of ice, but water still very cold.

It's the same for me every time. Ice always lasts 4+ days even if I am opening and closing it multiple times per day. I do agree with the others, if you put hot drinks in there it will melt the ice a lot faster, but it should still last 2 days easy.

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