YETI Roadie 24 Cooler Review
For everything from road trips to outdoor adventures, the YETI Roadie 20 was a popular choice. This downsized cooler was ideal for fitting into tight spots like behind a car seat or in a small skiff, yet still had the toughness and capability folks expect from YETI. Despite it being a solid pick, YETI saw room for improvement...which they are now delivering in the form of the brand new Roadie 24 cooler!
Capacities: 18 6-ounce cans / approx 24-pounds of ice / 6 gallons
Dimensions: (See pictures below)
Weight: 12.8 pounds
Colors: White, Navy, Tan, Charcoal (tested)
As a direct replacement for the Roadie 20, the Roadie 24 features tweaks and upgrades such as 10% lighter weight, a 20% greater capacity, and 30% better thermal performance. In addition, the metal handle bar has been eliminated in favor of a new flexible Heftyhauler handle and the drain plug was deemed unnecessary too, so that's gone.
Other design features of this new model include Rotomolded construction that's thinner and thus lighter, Permafrost insulation for long-lasting ice, rugged Neverfail hinges, and a Quicklatch closing system that allows for one-handed access if needed.
Inside, the layout is simply clean and open. Thanks to a taller overall cooler design, interior height has been increased to 13 inches which now allows wine bottles or 2-liter soda bottles to be stored upright.
With a weight of just 12.8 pounds, the cooler is easy to lift into my truck or over the sides of the truck bed. While it doesn't fit on the floor behind the seat of my 2019 SuperCab F-150 with my typical seat adjustment, it can easily sit perfectly on the rear bench seat. Most people have crew cabs these days, so in that case it should easily fit behind the seat on the floor.
The cylindrical handle is very comfortable to hold and I like how easily the whole handle assemble will swing up when it's time to go, or down when you want it out of the way for accessing the cooler's contents. The new Quicklatch design also works as advertised and does indeed allow for effortless one-handed operation.
YETI's new Roadie 24 seems like a winner. My sister owns a Roadie 20 and while it is nice, this new 24 feels like a definite upgrade. I love its super-solid feel, easy-to-use features, and how it keeps things cold for long periods. I own a handful of other YETI products too, and quality or functionality has yet to be an issue. You get what you pay for!