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Scott Jurek Interview: Gear For A.T. Speed Record

Crew Essential — Yeti Cooler Tundra 50

tundra 50

Ice doesn’t grow in the backcountry, and if you’ve ever worked support crew, you know unscheduled stops to replenish supplies can be hard to squeeze into the schedule. Less ice stops are a good thing.

“I had an old steel belted cooler. My wife just about killed me,” Jurek said. “It wouldn’t keep things cold. I needed a good cooler.”

Jurek chose the Yeti Tundra 50, and it worked flawlessly.

“It’s just incredible how long it will keep things cold,” he said. “It was an essential part of keeping food. It wasn’t always easy to find ice. From a crew standpoint as well as car camping, it’s one of the best coolers out there.

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Sean McCoy

Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.