Properly locking your cooler is the only way to ensure that your cooler is bear proof. Yes, most roto molded coolers are certified bear proof; however they have to be properly locked in order to prevent wildlife OR unwanted hands from entering your cooler. Additionally, those whom have purchased a cooler in the several hundred dollar range will likely want to lock their cooler to the bed of their truck. Lets face it coolers like Yetis are a hot commodities and temping to some passerby’s that are keen on a five finger discount.
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Locking Your High End Cooler
Even the best “T-Locks” are not completely bear proof if you don’t put a lock on the lid itself. Most of these coolers can be secured with a simple padlock, but some opt for a more secure option. For example, some may use a chain lock (similar to a bike cable lock) to secure the cooler to a truck bed, camping location etc.
Secure Your Cooler in Your Truck
Everyone wants the expensive, high-end cooler. Many people are willing to spend $300-400 coolers. These coolers work great and can retain ice for many days. The downside is, some people want the high-end cooler without the high end cost of it. What is going to stop them from taking your high dollar cooler out of your truck and making it their own? Nothing, if you do not choose to secure it to the back of your truck. It is a common mistake that people make and many have lost their high end cooler to thieves.
Even worse, coolers are not something that have unique markings. They don’t always have serial numbers. Often you cannot tell one from the other. Therefore, thieves will most likely walk away and you will be out trying to come up with the money to buy a new cooler. This wouldn’t have happened if the owners had taken only a few minutes of time to secure their cooler to the bed of their truck.
Our Favorite Cooler Locks
When it comes to cooler locks, you have a lot of choices. However, when protecting your high end Yeti from theft and your cooler contents from bears, you shouldn’t stop with just a basic lock. The cooler locks below are some of the most popular.
This lock offers 6ft of cable, two keys, and is constructed from very secure material. The Python Lock can be purchased in several diameters as well as color schemes. The locking mechanism is a pin tumbler. The vinyl coated cable prevents damage to your truck bed or the cooler and it also has an ABS lock cover/bumper. Because of its length and ability to be tightly threaded through small loops/holes, this is one of the most versatile cooler locks available.
This Yeti cooler lock bracket fits in the handle area of your Yeti Tundra. The bracket offers an attachment point for a lock/cable, yet will not restrict access to the inside of the cooler. This is merely to secure the cooler to a truck bed, camping area, etc. It works with all Tundra coolers (and several other models) whether small or large. The bracket is made of 1/8” marine grade aluminum which will never rust. It also features rounded corners so that it will not damage the cooler. The hole, which you can put a padlock on, is 1/2” in diameter. This means that it will work with most locks and cables when you want to secure it to the bed of your truck.
The Master Lock name is synonymous with security. Master Locks have been around for decades and most of us have probably used one on a gym locker, school locker, etc. This is a set of two padlocks and when used in the corners on your yeti cooler will prevent any man or beast from getting inside. This set offers a long shank lock so that to fit over the corner of all sizes of Yeti coolers as well as many other manufacturers.
This is a complete set, including a metal bracket and cable lock. The plate is made of 1/8” marine grade aluminum. The vinyl coated steel cable is 3ft long. Corners are rounded on the bracket so to not damage your cooler. Two keys are provide with the cable lock. _____________________________
If you have a cooler with locking holes in the lid, you can likely use this cooler lock. It works well in tight spaces as it is extremely flexible. It offers a tumbler pin locking mechanism and the cord is 3/16” braided steel. This lock is sold by the same company manufacturing K2 Coolers.