It’s a sunny Wednesday afternoon and I’m scouring my fridge such as a drunk college or university kid coming home from a frat party. Only, I’m not looking for leftover pizza; all I want is a 12-ounce beer. Any beer can do, canned or bottled. I’m out of luck.

It’s not that I’m in need of a beer. You see, a few weeks back, Yeti sent me among their lauded Colster stainless koozies. I drink much more beer than simply about anyone I understand and consider myself somewhat of a koozie connoisseur. So, I figured, it had been about time I met the king of the mountain in person.

High level: It is the Cadillac of koozies, a sleeve of over-engineered 18/8 stainless that’ll keep your beer damn near cryogenic for far longer than you’ll ever need. Nonetheless it posseses an asterisk or two.

First, I have to address the elephant in the area. Much to my surprise, the Yeti Colster, retail $29.99, isn’t made to accommodate a 16-ounce can. This is why I was rooting around in my own fridge such as a Neanderthal at three in the afternoon. I had a great deal of beers within, but, being a huge fan of big IPAs – nearly all which are actually packaged in pounders – I didn’t have an individual beer that actually match the koozie. I had to text my neighbor, who brought me one while we walked our dogs.

Admittedly, this is a rockier start than I was expecting. Let’s hash this out…

HIT: A very important factor you’ll notice instantly is a key little bit of the Colster’s design: atop the double-walled, vacuum-insulated koozie is a plastic screw-on gasket that locks in both your beer and the cold. “Such as a stainless bear hug,” says the Yeti website. If you’ve got the proper beer, this koozie’s gonna keep it cold.

I’ve also spent days gone by few weeks torturing the koozie. I’ve tossed it down a flight of stairs, closed it in the fridge door, and even let my 90-pound dog bat it around at the park for some time. It emerged unscathed.

MISS: It can’t go unsaid that koozie costs $30. Sure, just like a nice couple of sunglasses you’ll probably address it better consequently. But also such as a nice couple of sunglasses, this thing may easily be elbowed off the medial side of a boat and lost forever. You’ve been warned.

Additionally, the thing that the cheap neoprene koozie has choosing it really is discretion. It’ll keep a beer cold long enough to drink before you shove it in a back pocket and move on together with your life. However the Yeti Colster? Unless you’ve got a backpack or a huge coat pocket, you’re kinda stuck holding finished .. I was surprised there wasn’t a rivet to clip it to a belt loop, as nerdy as that could be. Then again, you’re the main one travelling with a stainless koozie…

CONCLUSION: For some drinking situations, there’s not an improved product out there. If you ever intend to camp or tailgating or spend a trip to the beach, this is actually the product you want. But also for school parties or dinner parties or, yeah, walking your dog, it could not be worthwhile. Ultimately, it’s situational. For me personally, it’s worth having when I’d like it. For the other times, I’ll grab that foam koozie from my buddy’s bachelor party.