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motoeric
03-25-2013, 04:11 PM
Hi,

As we're moving into the new comp season here in the north east (I can't believe it snowed again today), I was wondering if anyone has tried any of the Grizzly brand coolers and what your impressions were.

I know that a few Brethren use them, but I haven't seen any discussions yet.

Eric

Rub
03-25-2013, 05:06 PM
I am sponsored by them. I was a Yeti owner prior but when I saw the Grizzly Coolers I sold my Yeti right away and made the switch. Great handles, great drains, roto-molded (like what kayaks are made of), keeps ice for a long time, great latches, life time warranty, come in colors, and made in the USA. Also slightly less $$ than that other one, plus they are in stock. It's a no-brainer if you ask me. Message me and I will put you in touch with Mitchell who takes care of us.

I own the 150, 60 and 16.

Stoke&Smoke
03-25-2013, 05:10 PM
At first look, they appear very similar to the Yeti line. Had a look at one of those 2 weekends ago, very sturdy, fairly heavy, and a similar price tag to the grizz

oops, I defer to Swamp Boys!:roll:

Pigs on Fire
03-25-2013, 08:08 PM
I can buy a refrigerator for $450.

I also don't have a need to keep ice for 7 days.

From what I see, the only people that have them and who lug them around are the people that are getting them for free.


Flame on

smokeisgood
03-25-2013, 08:12 PM
:popcorn:

MattG
03-25-2013, 08:32 PM
:whoo::whoo::whoo::pop2:
Fixing to be interesting

Hawg Father of Seoul
03-25-2013, 08:40 PM
I can buy a refrigerator for $450.

I also don't have a need to keep ice for 7 days.

From what I see, the only people that have them and who lug them around are the people that are getting them for free.


Flame on

You can buy some 7 day coolers under $100. I think peace of mind is important. How many thousands of dollars of hard to obtain meat will grace the cooler over time?

If you can afford it, why not?. For the other 98% of the population.........

little bit of r & r
03-25-2013, 08:45 PM
my $45 coleman keeps ice for 5 days I ain't gonna be stranded on an island away from civilization with my comp meat so I agree majority of people that have them are sponsored. I just wish my facebook feed would quit blowing up by people saying I am sponsored by this and that it is beginning to be the end to comp bbq I am afraid too much money.

motoeric
03-25-2013, 09:36 PM
it is beginning to be the end to comp bbq I am afraid too much money.

I'm at a loss here. How is it the beginning of the end of comp BBQ?

Eric

motoeric
03-25-2013, 09:40 PM
I have a number of coolers of various brands and I'm not really satisfied with any of them.

I certainly don't get 5 days of ice out of any of them, one of them has water in the lid that I can't get rid of (and must be rancid by now) and none of them are large enough to haul everything for a comp.

If you're investing thousands of dollars in competitions (or hunting or some such), it might be worth it. If not, maybe not.

Eric

Muzzlebrake
03-25-2013, 11:12 PM
There are a whole line of high-end coolers such as Grizzly, Yeti, Engle and Pelican to name a few. They are typically found much more in the outdoors arenas where there is more of a need for heavier duty coolers.

Most offer some nice features such as better handles, lockable lids, built in tie downs and better feet. Some are even bear proof. I don't know many people who switch back to igloos or Rubbermaids after they use a high end model.

Not sure about the Grizzly specifically, I haven't had hands on but from what I have read they seem to be good units.

Rub
03-26-2013, 01:01 AM
I don't know many people who switch back to igloos or Rubbermaids after they use a high end model.

So true. I live in FL and have worn out more crappy coolers competing in bbq and fishing than I ever should have. I'm tired of buying disposable coolers.

I'm pretty sure sponsorships aren't going to ruin competition bbq. I don't follow...

motoeric
03-26-2013, 01:27 AM
I'd heard of Yeti and Grizzly, but I wasn't familiar with the other two. I should pay better attention.

I'm just not sure where the controversy is. I use a Weber kettle. I have two OTP's and I'm VERY happy with them. They do a fantastic job and last for years and years. If I had the money I would gladly swap one of them out for a BGE. I think that's a reasonable corollary to the cooler situation.

The premium coolers seem to be sturdier, more effective, better constructed and last longer than the rubbermaid or igloo versions. They are also more expensive. The less expensive versions do a great job. That's what I currently use. Would I like to upgrade? Sure.

For some people the quality is worth the investment, for others it isn't. It's certainly not a harbinger of the death of competition BBQ to have some teams using them.

Eric

ique
03-26-2013, 06:18 AM
I've been close to buying a premium cooler like a Grizzly a few times but then I go look at the $65 coleman extreme and have found it hard to justify.

Do you need a Porsche cooler? No. Do you want one? Of course you do. If you have an extra $400 I say go for it.

timzcardz
03-26-2013, 07:05 AM
Do you need a Porsche cooler? No. Do you want one? Of course you do. If you have an extra $400 I say go for it.

Foreget the Porsche coolers. If you have an extra $400, then find another $25 and take Chris Hart's class! :thumb:



Now to get back on topic, my Igloo and Coleman coolers keep my meats cold for as long as I have needed them to. Not to mention that if I somehow lost or destroyed them that I wouldn't cry.

Muzzlebrake
03-26-2013, 09:11 AM
I've been close to buying a premium cooler like a Grizzly a few times but then I go look at the $65 coleman extreme and have found it hard to justify.

Do you need a Porsche cooler? No. Do you want one? Of course you do. If you have an extra $400 I say go for it.

says the guy with a Jambo
:becky::becky:

The expense may put some people off, but like anything else, there are choices that appeal to some and not to others.

I'm actually in the process of upgrading my coolers to the higher end models because like Rub, I'm tired of dealing with replacing coolers or their parts. I'm don't want to have to deal with broken handles. lids and hinges. Granted may of the hardships these high end coolers offer protection against are not the kind of thing you face at an average contest, I like the ruggedness they provide.

One of the other big selling points for me is also the ability to lock and secure the lids most of these offer. I am finding myself traveling to contests more and more and I would like to be able to lock my cooler when I fly in to a contest. I also have an open trailer and being able to lock the cooler securely to the floor is an added bonus.

mcbrew13
03-26-2013, 09:15 AM
I have also been happy with my coleman extreme. Holds all my meat when cold and will fit full pans during hot holding.

To each there own....Yeah, I would like a cambro and bear proof cooler for camping. Just too many toys to buy. Those come later for me.

Rub
03-26-2013, 10:13 AM
A little more on where I'm coming from...

I work (teach) in a rough neighborhood. I leave from work on Fridays and head straight to the contest most times which means I have my meats with me. About 6 months ago someone from the 'hood decided to go into my Walmart cooler and take my Creekstone prime briskets, ribs, and butts. Fortunately a bbq buddy was able to help me out and meet me at the contest with more meat. Not Creekstone briskets but it worked. Now I can lock my coolers, and lock my coolers into my truck bed and trailer. Having $200 in meat stolen was enough for me.

My thoughts on the ice retention: do I need 7+ days of ice retention? Sometimes yes, when I do road trip contests. But here's the more important thing to me about 7+ days of ice retention. In 2 or 3 days into it I will still have quality ice in my cooler and not mostly water with a few cubes floating around. My sauce bottles aren't taking on cooler water and getting diluted which has happened to me. My meats aren't slushing in a cooler of water, maybe with a broken cryovac and getting water logged. That too has happened to me. With these coolers I still have real good ice 3 days into it and I don't have to worry about those things.

Doing 25-30 contests a year, for me it's a no brainer. They are not for everybody but they earn their keep with me.

Alexa RnQ
03-26-2013, 10:51 AM
And there you have it. While we've competed in some extreme heat conditions without cooler issues, we haven't yet gotten burned on needing to lock it either.

I have cooler envy, just like I have cooker envy, but we do fine with the low-end stuff for now.

Pigs on Fire
03-26-2013, 10:56 AM
Here's my point-

Many teams seem to be working towards or already have a nice, enclosed cook trailer. And I'd say that 99% of those who have acquired a Yeti or Grizzly sponsored cooler have a cook trailer or RV.

Most everytime I get home from a contest on Saturday night, I tell my wife that I want to stop screwin' with those stinking coolers. Yes, because the ice has melted and everything in them is soaking wet (not necessarily taken on water).

If I had an enclosed trailer, I'd be using a fridge. End of discussion. No cooler envy for me. I have trailer envy.

Another item that has struck me is that it appears Grizzly has sought out the folks who were proud to have a Yeti, acquired them as newly sponsored teams...and those teams have dumped their Yeti coolers like a hot rock.

Rub
03-26-2013, 11:32 AM
Another item that has struck me is that it appears Grizzly has sought out the folks who were proud to have a Yeti, acquired them as newly sponsored teams...and those teams have dumped their Yeti coolers like a hot rock.
Grizzly didn't know me from Adam and didn't come to me, I went to them after I saw one in person.

And fridges are nice if you have the space inside your trailer. I don't. And they also require power which I don't have while traveling and can't always count on enough at contests.

To each their own.

Pigs on Fire
03-26-2013, 12:59 PM
I didn't mean any negativity towards you, Rub.

I stand by my comment of who has them in the Competition BBQ world. I have yet to see anyone in Comp BBQ who has gone out and purchased one....from the retail shelf. IMO, it's just not at the top of the list for a team, especially one that does not have a cook trailer.

We've managed fairly well without one. Honestly, if they came to us and offered one (and required us to lug it to contests), I would lean towards saying 'thanks, but no thanks. We'll tell all our huntin' buddies how great they are, tho.' They are much more bulky than a standard weekend picnic cooler and heavier.

A team that is dragging a couple of pop-up tents, one or two cookers, tables, chairs and all the other crap needed to build that temporary outdoor kitchen for 30 hours would (should) be thinking twice about adding a bulky cooler to the mix that is going to barely carry their comp meat.

Just my opinion, errybody has one...

sitnfat
03-26-2013, 04:04 PM
This little debate reminds me of what people use to tell me when I had a shop and worked on cars for almost 20 years. Why not just go to Sears get Craftsman tools they are a lot cheaper than snap on Mac etc. yes they are and do well when you use them 5 times a year same thing with coolers they are a tool. If you compete in a handful of contests and that's all you use them for buy the cheap ones. If you use them every week and weekend. Uh the expensive ones that are built to last.

Pappy Q
03-26-2013, 04:29 PM
I didn't mean any negativity towards you, Rub.

I stand by my comment of who has them in the Competition BBQ world. I have yet to see anyone in Comp BBQ who has gone out and purchased one....from the retail shelf. IMO, it's just not at the top of the list for a team, especially one that does not have a cook trailer.

We've managed fairly well without one. Honestly, if they came to us and offered one (and required us to lug it to contests), I would lean towards saying 'thanks, but no thanks. We'll tell all our huntin' buddies how great they are, tho.' They are much more bulky than a standard weekend picnic cooler and heavier.

A team that is dragging a couple of pop-up tents, one or two cookers, tables, chairs and all the other crap needed to build that temporary outdoor kitchen for 30 hours would (should) be thinking twice about adding a bulky cooler to the mix that is going to barely carry their comp meat.

Just my opinion, errybody has one...

I guess I'm the only one in the comp world who bought one without being sponsored. Man I'm dumbass.

smokeisgood
03-26-2013, 06:28 PM
This little debate reminds me of what people use to tell me when I had a shop and worked on cars for almost 20 years. Why not just go to Sears get Craftsman tools they are a lot cheaper than snap on Mac etc. yes they are and do well when you use them 5 times a year same thing with coolers they are a tool. If you compete in a handful of contests and that's all you use them for buy the cheap ones. If you use them every week and weekend. Uh the expensive ones that are built to last.
If they come with a lifetime replacement warranty like Craftsman tools, I'm in...

sdbbq1234
03-26-2013, 06:48 PM
I guess I'm the only one in the comp world who bought one without being sponsored. Man I'm dumbass.


Well, I am probably next in line then.

My wife calls me a "cooler hoarder". Every time I see a new style cooler, my nipples get hard.

I grew up in Florida and have gone thru more coolers than I can count. Even the better ones end up with broken hinges, broken locks, drains that leak, whatever.

After seeing the Grizzly's in person at the Swamp Boys and 3-Eyz class, yes, I want one, or 2 or 3, etc...

Even the wife saw my eyes glaze over when we first saw them at the class. She said, "Oh boy! Here we go again. What the helll are you going to do with the other 5 coolers! We are going to need a bigger house just to store your coolers! When am I going to get a sewing room!"

But, we do go camping a lot. A lot!!! Our coolers get a work out. During the middle of the summer when it is a nice 102 degrees out :wacko:, we get tired of buying ice to keep beer, food and other items cold. It sucks big time when the ice does melt and everything is swimming around in water.

As for comps, yes I want one. No electricity needed; period. We use our coolers for comp meat, food, drinks and BEER. We also need to make sure we have good fresh ice when we leave to take home the leftover BBQ from the comp.

Having something that will cover most bases for us is key.

That is one of the things that caught my attention at the class was how efficient both 3-Eyz and Swamp Boys were with there set-up. Both of them only had the essentials; to win.

Also, if I am not mistaken, if you attend one of the 3-Eyz or Swamp Boys classes, they can help you get a discount on purchases.

wallace

smokeisgood
03-26-2013, 06:57 PM
I guess I'm the only one in the comp world who bought one without being sponsored. Man I'm dumbass.

Well if it's protecting the Pappy...I'd say money well spent!

Rub
03-26-2013, 07:02 PM
I can help hook anybody up. :thumb:

bwsy2k
03-26-2013, 07:41 PM
I would love to get a grizzly, have seen plenty online about them but never in person. Rub, could you shoot me a message with pricing info? Thanks

BABYGOTBUTT
03-26-2013, 07:58 PM
Rub,

I would appreicate the same. Thanks.

RX2006JE
03-26-2013, 08:23 PM
Send me info rub

BBQ&Beyond
03-26-2013, 08:27 PM
Last year I bought a brand new igloo exgtreme cooler for $60. During the first use I went to pick it up and pulled the handle off, then finally when pulling it along one of the wheels fell off. That was the last cheap cooler I will ever buy. I went out and bought a Igloo Yukon, which a yeti or grizzly equivalent because I couldn't get a yeti (usually back ordered). So if you can get a grizzly through Rub without the hassle, at a good deal, I say go for it, cause it will definetly be the last cooler you have to buy. I wish I had know about them before I got the Yukon, but will prob still get a Grizzly when I can.

holysmokes
03-26-2013, 09:04 PM
We have yet to acquire our Grizzly Coolers. My hands are still burning from dropping the Yeti. Here is my thought process when buying tools.

Will I only be using this once or twice? If the answer is yes, I buy the cheap one because it is not going to be used a lot so why invest the money?

If I'm going to be using the tool often, Ill buy a better one because I know that it will be getting more use. I want what I use to perform when I need it to.

If you want one buy one. If you don't then laugh at the people who do. Who really cares? Both will get the job done. Just like smokers, you can have a 15K Jambo or a 200 WSM. They both get the job done. 1 just has a little more style.

If you are interested in Grizzly coolers you can contact Scott Smith or Mitch Bedwell with Que'n Stew'n and Brew'n. They are dealers. Here is their contact info.
Scott Smith - scottcs1@bellsouth.net

Mitchell Bedwell - bmbedwell@gmail.com

Grizzly Coolers Capacity info:

Grizzly 400 Capacity:
500 - 12 oz. cans: 300 - 12 oz. bottles
200 - 20 oz. bottles; 350 lbs. of game
SIZE - Weight: 90 lbs., 54.5” wide x 30.75” deep, 32” height
(Our 400 Grizzly Cooler is said to hold up to 3 quartered elk)

Grizzly 150 Capacity:
150 - 12 oz. cans: 162 - 12 oz. bottles
132 - 20 oz. bottles; 122 lbs. of game
SIZE - Weight: 54 lbs., 48.5” wide x 22.5” deep, 20.5” height

Grizzly 60 Capacity:
78 - 12 oz. cans: 42 - 12 oz. bottles
40 - 20 oz. bottles; 48 lbs. of game
SIZE - Weight: 25.75 lbs., 28.5” wide x 20” deep x 19.75” height

Grizzly 16 Capacity:
20- 12 oz. cans: 16 - 12 oz. bottles
10- 20 oz. bottles; 20 lbs. of game
SIZE - Weight: 11.5 lbs., 20” wide x 11.5” deep x 14.5” height

Q-Dat
03-26-2013, 10:06 PM
Actually you are all wrong.

If you were from my neck of the woods, you'd know that they are called "Ice Chests" :-P

Market Hunter
03-27-2013, 08:23 AM
Grizzly Coolers Capacity info:

Grizzly 400 Capacity:
500 - 12 oz. cans: 300 - 12 oz. bottles
200 - 20 oz. bottles; 350 lbs. of game
SIZE - Weight: 90 lbs., 54.5 wide x 30.75 deep, 32 height
(Our 400 Grizzly Cooler is said to hold up to 3 quartered elk)




So, not only could I haul my meats, ice and libations to the comps, I could also take a bath in it before awards and then hook a trolling motor up to it and fish afterwards.

Now...you have gotten my attention...


:clap:

waskie
04-08-2013, 10:00 AM
Hello all, Bryan from Grizzly Coolers here. First off thanks for your interest in our products, I believe that we produce a quality product that offers value to the BBQ community. Second, how did Grizzly get involved with competition teams? Well, in 100% honesty I contacted Dan @ Three Eyz because they had a perfect score in ribs. With Grizzly Coolers being based in Iowa, we have a lot of great pork and I LOVE great ribs. I reached out to Three Eyz, to see if they were interested in joining our pro-staff. Other teams chose to contact us and we are glad they did, some have even been brought on as pro-staff. The BBQ community is more than a “revenue source” for us, there are three of us here at Grizzly Coolers that have a passion for BBQ. We are a small company that has varied interests whether it’s hunting, off-roading, or cooking and we put our passion into our products. As far as dealers within the BBQ community Sweet Swine O Mine were very early dealers and more recently QSB has been an authorized dealer. I will be attending the 3Eyz class in PA in June; I hope to meet some of you then.

Here’s a pic of some baby backs in my back yard, done up with 3Eyz rub.
https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/858395_611360618878137_1148177811_o.jpg

Dan - 3eyzbbq
04-08-2013, 10:40 AM
Much has already been said here, but I can add a couple more. I used my Grizzly 60 as a checked bag for a fly in comp with all my meats and sauces in it for a comp. Not even a scratch and I was able to lock it.

They also double as seats in my trailer now. You big guys know that, "hope it holds me feeling" as you sit on a cooler? Doesn't even budge.

The handles are also molded in, so no way to break them.

The lid will hold up on its own, and won't bend backward so no broken latches. I must have bought 9 or 10 replacements for my Colemans before.

And, they just look cool :)

CivilWarBBQ
04-08-2013, 10:58 AM
If you're looking for premium coolers, you might also consider the Canyon brand, made in Alabama.

I understand the cost is somewhat less than Grizzly or Yeti. My buddy Warren Caylor can fix you up with them and his Snouts Honor BBQ Team usually carries a couple new ones to sell with them to contests they cook. Hit him up on facebook if interested, or here's a Craigslist post: http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/for/3719028065.html

Not that there is anything wrong with the other brands, just putting another option out there.

waskie
04-08-2013, 01:58 PM
If you're looking for premium coolers, you might also consider the Canyon brand, made in Alabama.

I understand the cost is somewhat less than Grizzly or Yeti. My buddy Warren Caylor can fix you up with them and his Snouts Honor BBQ Team usually carries a couple new ones to sell with them to contests they cook. Hit him up on facebook if interested, or here's a Craigslist post: http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/for/3719028065.html

Not that there is anything wrong with the other brands, just putting another option out there.

Are you sure about made in Alabama?

Slamdunkpro
04-08-2013, 02:04 PM
I am sponsored by them. I was a Yeti owner prior but when I saw the Grizzly Coolers I sold my Yeti right away and made the switch. Great handles, great drains, roto-molded (like what kayaks are made of), keeps ice for a long time, great latches, life time warranty, come in colors, and made in the USA. Also slightly less $$ than that other one, plus they are in stock. It's a no-brainer if you ask me. Message me and I will put you in touch with Mitchell who takes care of us.

I own the 150, 60 and 16.
Can you get hotel pans flat in any of those?

Balls Casten
04-08-2013, 02:56 PM
Mark me down as having bought a couple Yetis.
We used to go thru coolers every year; we do use them for more than just BBQ. They are more beneficial the larger they are.
To me it was a matter of how many coolers we were throwing away. It has been a cost saving to us.
Another note on our experience, an uncooked brisket was left in the cooler for 3 weeks. Order was horrendous, cleaned with hot water and bleach and our cooler was ready for ice again. They literally are the last cooler you will need to buy.

Dan - 3eyzbbq
04-08-2013, 03:02 PM
Can you get hotel pans flat in any of those?

Maybe in a 150, but they also make a 400. Which is HUGE.

CBQ
04-08-2013, 09:17 PM
Forget the Porsche coolers. If you have an extra $400, then find another $25 and take Chris Hart's class!

Already did that, so time to order the Yeti :becky:

My Igloos work OK, but I think every single latch has broken off them, and you can damage them by sitting on them. (Yes, I have a body built for BBQ :becky:)

MattG
04-08-2013, 09:57 PM
The lifetime guarantee sounds great. If had the extra I'd buy one.

CivilWarBBQ
04-09-2013, 12:22 AM
Are you sure about made in Alabama?

No, but that's what I was told. Shells made overseas, insulation, hardware and finishing in Alabama. Contact the company yourself and ask them!

http://canyoncoolers.com/