YETI Roadie 24

YETI Updates Its Original ‘Roadie’ Cooler for 2020

The Roadie is one of YETI’s first and most popular coolers. And after years in production, the brand has updated it for a new decade.

The YETI Roadie is a popular size for a cooler. With a capacity of 16 cans of beer or 20 pounds of ice, it holds enough for a long weekend. But it’s still small enough to toss in your truck with lunch for the day without a second thought.

It’s really popular, earning a remarkable 4.75 out of 5 stars with 3,472 reviews on REI. But YETI aimed to make it better with its new launch today.

YETI Roadie 24

New YETI Roadie 24

The new Roadie 24 Hard Cooler ($200) innovates on the original. The brand noted in its announcement that it addressed negative comments about the original Roadie: It was too heavy, had too little capacity, and the metal handle could’ve been better.

Probably the biggest difference is the HeftyHauler handle, a strong but flexible replacement for the old metal handle. While we haven’t seen it yet, the handle looks tough and comfortable to carry. It seems like a great upgrade compared to the metal handle, which was always a bit of an inconvenience.

YETI Roadie 2020

The new Roadie is also 10% lighter and holds 20% more. The brand claims that it even performs 30% better thermally.

With a taller build than the predecessor, it now accommodates a standard bottle of wine upright. And the brand claims it fits better behind the seat of a car. It also has improved latches that should be easier to use than previous YETI models.

YETI Roadie 24

We haven’t had the new Roadie in our hands yet, but it looks like a solid evolution of a cornerstone product. We’re excited to check it out very soon and let it bang around in the back of a pickup truck to see if it holds up to YETI’s reputation for durable products.

The new Roadie 24 is available online for $200 now.

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.