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Buy this Now: Ozark Trail Tumbler

by Paul Creech on Thursday, October 20, 2016

A few years ago I began to notice Yeti stickers on the back of truck widows. It reminded me of when people put those Apple stickers that came with iPods on their car windows in the early 2000s, a symbol of superiority and evidence that you spend your money wisely. Yeti, I discovered, makes coolers that cost hundreds of dollars. I was instructed that they keep ice for long periods that put the Coleman’s of my youth to shame. Perhaps there is utility in a really high quality cooler. Hunters require such a thing, maybe.

Then a friend shared with me a door prize to an all boys school fundraiser, a Yeti stainless steel double insulated vacuum sealed tumbler–commonly known as a big cup. Such things retail for around $30. Put ice in the big cup in the morning and some is left over in the afternoon. Apparently, the tumbler keeps coffee piping hot all the live long day.

For Father’s Day my mother-in-law presented me and my father-in-law with the Ozark Trail 30 oz. stainless steel double insulated vacuum sealed tumbler–commonly known as a big cup. I had seen this coming. Not because I am particularly good at figuring this kind of thing out, but because my mother-in-law uses my Amazon Prime account and I review the order history on occasion to see what toys she is planning to spoil my son with for such achievements as drinking all of his chocolate milk, finishing a big cookie or sitting quietly and watching Youtube videos of other kids playing with toys for a few hours.

This big cup, which is available on Amazon for between $10-15, is awesome. I filled the cup up with crushed ice yesterday around 7 a.m. I refiled the cup with water from a water cooler three times during the day. I forgot it on my desk. This morning there was still large amount of ice in cup, enough to chill another refill of water. An hour later, still plenty of ice. I have left it in a car, in 90 plus degree Houston summer heat, for a 12 hour day and found a cool cup of water, with some ice, when I discovered it on the ride home.

It flat out works. I haven’t experimented with hot drinks, as the temperatures in Houston are still on the warm side, 90/70 high/low in mid-October. But, I suspect that it works like a charm.

I wondered how this compared with the Yeti, which is twice as expensive, but comes with a sticker (I assume, but maybe those only come with the ice chests).

There are a number of Youtube videos of questionable scientific veracity that appear to support that the cheaper Ozark Trail out performs the Yeti. The margins here are small, usually favor the cheaper Ozark Trial or RTI version, which means buy the cheaper brand.

Mine has been decorated with Cricut cut vinyl letters, “dada.”

I rarely tell people that they need to purchase stuff, this is a stuff that you need to purchase.*

*Cricut® and vinyl sold separately. Terms and conditions may apply. Amazon, Cricut, Yeti, Ozark Trail, RTI, Coleman and Houston are registered trademarks of their respective owners and cannot be used in the name of a law school without the express written consent of Major League Baseball. See The Board of Regents of the University of Houston System on behalf of the University of Houston System and its Member Institutions et al. v. Houston College of Law, No. 4:16-cv-01839, (S.D. Tex Oct. 14, 2016).


Paul Creech
Paul Creech is an attorney living in Houston, Texas. Paul has baccalaureate degrees in philosophy and political science from Utah State University, and a juris doctorate degree from Houston College of Law. He is a former U.S. Marine. Besides the law, Paul's interests include sports, art, and food.