The 8 Best Backpack Coolers to Buy in 2018

Keep food and drinks cold when you're on the go

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Hauling around a cooler full of drinks and snacks can wreak havoc on your shoulders, unless everything is packed up sufficiently in a portable backpack cooler. With padded straps, huge insulated compartments and exterior pockets for extra gadgets, backpack coolers are an easy choice when heading to the beach, on the trail or working outside. Here are the best backpack coolers to buy in 2017 that will keep your food cold and your shoulders comfortable.

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    Even though this is a soft-sided cooler, it is made from extremely durable and strong material, both inside and out. The Polar Bear Coolers Solar Bear Series soft cooler backpack uses a sturdy nylon exterior that is UV-resistant and a double-coated nylon for the interior. The insulation is made from high-density open cell foam to keep your goods frozen for at least 24 hours. The square-shaped backpack has adjustable shoulder straps, as well as a grab handle on the top of the bag. There is also an exterior mesh pocket on the front of the bag to carry extra goodies, such as snacks and drinks.

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    The Igloo Marine Ultra Square Cooler is the best choice when it comes to keeping your gear clean. The exterior is made from anti-mildew and UV protective durable material, while the inside liner is leak-resistant, and stain- and odor-resistant, too. To keep your food and drinks cold, Igloo uses MaxCold technology with extra foam. Plus, the zippers, clips and other hardware on the pack are non-corrosive to withstand any tough marine conditions. The backpack has two exterior side pockets for water bottles, plus a zippered front pocket and another front mesh pocket.

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    The OAGear Backpack Cooler has enough space to hold 20 cans of soda, plus even more room for ice. Load it up for a day at the beach or a tailgating session before a game and all your goodies will stay cold. Along with the large insulated interior space, the pack has two outside mesh side pockets, one front zipper pocket and a bungee on the front for extra storage. It also has adjustable padded backpack straps and a carry handle on top. The backpack is 12.25 x 16.5 x 7.75 inches. Colors include gray, black, blue and camouflage.

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    With the 40-liter, XXL Pro Cooler from IceMule Coolers, you’ll get a durable, tough backpack cooler that is extremely easy to load up and carry for long periods of time. The wide-mouth, roll top backpack provides up to 24 hours of insulation to keep your food and drinks cold. Both the inner and outer layers are heavy duty, as are the reinforced adjustable backpack straps. The pack also includes a sternum strap for added support and a ventilated back to keep you cool, even on long haul day trips. Plus, to make the pack even easier to roll up once packed, there is an extra air valve to help remove extra air from the insulated portion.

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    If you are doing a long day hike, opt for the Hiking Backpack Cooler Bag by North Coyote. This pack doubles as a backpacking bag, as well as an insulated cooler. The insulated part is a 17-liter, waterproof compartment that sits at the bottom of the pack with two side pockets and a mesh water bottle pocket. On top of the cooler portion, you’ll find a 25-liter storage compartment with a cinch top, as well as a top zipper pocket and two compression straps. The backpack is made from waterproof material and has padded, adjustable shoulder straps, a sternum strap and a hip belt for added support when the pack is full and heavy.

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    The camouflage exterior with olive green accents on the Igloo RealTree Hunting Cooler Backpack will have you and your hunting friends blending into the woods from sunrise to sunset. The insulating backpack has two exterior side pockets, two exterior zipper pockets, two compression straps, an integrated grab handle on the top and adjustable padded straps. It can hold 18 cans in the main insulating storage space. The pack is 14 x 19 x 10 inches.

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    The ONIVA Picnic Time Turismo Insulated Backpack has all the amenities you need for a perfect picnic: one large rectangular insulated interior space, a smaller insulated top pocket, a removable insulated water bottle holder with straps and a zippered front pocket with multiple storage spaces for tiny objects, such as utensils and cameras. There is also no-slip shoulder straps, plus a grab handle on the top of the bag. With a flap and zipper closure over the two main insulated compartments, the bag is sleek and streamlined. Colors include olive green, black and brown. The backpack is 19 x 5 inches.

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    For a lightweight option, use the TOURIT Cooler Backpack, which weighs just 1.1 pounds and can fit 28 cans. The leak- and water-resistant backpack has a large insulated main compartment (25 liters) and a smaller front zippered pocket for extra gear. On the outside of the pack are two mesh pockets and a front bungee for extra storage. The insulated compartment provides 16 hours of cold. Colors include black, blue, light gray and red. The backpack is 18 x 13 x 7.5 inches


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