Yeti is well known for making high end, bombproof, thick-walled, hard-sided coolers that can keep your food and bevies cold for days on end. However, in addition to their collection of coolers (such as the Yeti Hopper Flip 18 and Tundra 50 Coolers) they also offer a heap of other products. From a simple gear bucket, the Camino Carryall 35, or the Rambler One Gallon Jug to the Loadout GoBox 30 which is designed as an all-purpose gear carrier that stands up to a multitude of abuses as well as being impenetrable to water and animals.
Built sturdy like all Yeti products, the Loadout GoBox 30 has plenty or room for gear storage and the included Pack Attic organizes small items affectively.
We here at Backcountry Skiing Canada got our hands on an early sample and had a chance to spend some time with it to see how well it hauls gear and lives up to its other promises. We’ve reviewed Yeti coolers and carryalls in the past, now it’s time to put their cargo container to the test.
The Defender material withstands extreme impacts. Yeti states that for legal purposes they can’t claim Defender material is unbreakable but it will take some serious abuse.
Animal resistance latches. They take quite a bit of force to shut and Yeti has included a nice reminder on one of the latches. The latch system also ensure a waterproof seal.
Side handles allow for easy carrying and manoeuvring.
Lid hinges are strong and built to last.
Defender Material: Withstands extreme impacts
Having tested the Yeti Loadout GoBox 30 on a few camping trips this past summer/fall I was surprised at what I thought was an overpriced, unnecessary, luxury item actually turned out to be a welcome addition to the camping arsenal. Its compact size packs a punch in terms of organization and storage and I was able to fit virtually my enitre camp kitchen into its 30-liter size with room to spare.
What is most impressive is how well the interior of GoBox 30 is designed. In the Pack Attick I was able to fit cutlery and plates for 2 people, a small broom and dustpan, some miscellaneous cord I like to keep on hand, and extra matches and a flint. In the caddy I had a couple of picnic table lanterns, my mini stove, and matches. The bottom compartments took up the rest of my kitchen gear with room to spare. One thing that was a minor nuisance was I kept a collapsible water tote underneath the caddy and I had to make sure that it was fully compressed down otherwise the caddy wouldn’t sit properly in its carrier and the lid of the box wouldn’t shut.
As someone who is fastidious about keeping food and food-related items out of the hands of animals the critter-proof design is welcome. There are times at camp when you need to step away briefly and packing up all your gear into the car can be a pain. So having the GoBox 30 is handy, you can pack some food, your stove, fuel, etc. quickly into it, snap it shut and you’ve ensured nothing can get into your supplies while you are absent.
Overall I found the Yeti Loadout GoBox 30 to be a highly useful cargo container, especially for camping. The weight is a little on the heavy side but given its indestructible character that’s completely understandable. The latches did indeed take some force to close and this may be an issue for people who may lack the strength and or dexterity to push the latches shut, however, given that it is meant to be water and animal proof having to use such force to shut the box is a minor inconvenience. Another small quibble is that once you have it loaded up, on top of its already hefty weight I found the box a little awkward to carry for longish distances as two hands are required. Given that I only walked only a short distance from my house to the car with the box fully loaded it wasn’t really an issue. But, I definitely wouldn’t want to be hauling the LoadOut GoBox long distances. On the Yeti website you can see how they envision the Loadout GoBox to be used: from rock climbing gear hauler to emergency supply kit box, its use is only limited by your imagination.
Outside Dimensions: 52x28x37cm / 20.5×11.125×14.625”
Empty Weight: 5.4kg / 11.8lbs
Capacity: 30 litres
Colours: White, Desert Tan, Charcoal
Quality / Price 1.5/2
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