Thanks for replying. I had no idea you couldn't use any old lock on the Yetis. I've seen several construction/landscaping trucks around here with Yetis in the back, and I've always wondered
1. why they spent so much on a cooler
2. aren't they worried it's gonna get stolen
Sounds like you've had a good experience with yours. I'm surprised you've had to buy dry ice twice in 2.5 days, no matter how cheap the cooler, though. One thing I always do for longer camping or festivals is have two coolers. One will have dry ice in the bottom and I'll layer bottled water over that. When those are frozen, I'll move them to the other (high-use) cooler and throw more water in the dry ice cooler, and just keep rotating. One package of dry ice usually lasts me 4 days at the height of Southern summer, and that's in a really crappy cooler.
I'll look into the Sportsman, thanks for the tip! Is it any lighter than a Yeti? I'd also like to see and handle an Orion, out of curiosity. I've owned a couple Jackson kayaks, and they're made by the same folks, so I would expect them to be of good quality, but they're just about as expensive as Yeti.