What We Like
Lightweight and portable
Holds up to 28 cans
Stylish, minimalist design
What We Don't Like
Requires ice packs instead of ice
Heavy when filled to capacity
When it comes to cooler backpacks, there’s no shortage of options, but while many of them make big claims, they don’t necessarily have what it takes to keep your food and drinks cold for long. Luckily, we have your back. We put the TOURIT Classic Insulated Cooler Backpack through the wringer to see if it could live up to the hype—read on for our verdict.
Design: Stylish and minimalist
At first glance, the TOURIT looks like your standard backpack. It has clean lines, two mesh water bottle pockets, and it holds up nicely even without anything in it. But once you pop it open, the insulated interior reveals the bag is actually a cooler. The TOURIT is available in a number of colors; you can choose from black, navy blue, gray with seafoam detailing, or red with black and gray detailing.
Features: Cooling power without the frills
The TOURIT has a large main compartment that’s insulated with a combination of high-density polyester, PEVA, and polyethylene foam. This durable combo promises to be leak-resistant while keeping your food and drinks cold for up to 16 hours.
In addition to the main compartment, the backpack comes equipped with a non-insulated front zipper pocket with a mesh divider that’s designed to hold utensils. As previously mentioned, there are also two side mesh pockets which are the perfect size for storing reusable water bottles or an umbrella.
The front of the backpack is finished off with an elastic pull strap that gives you a little more storage room, in case you need to bring a sweatshirt or a towel along with you. Unlike other backpacks, which seem to treat the back of the bag as an afterthought, the back of the TOURIT has even more features that the manufacturers added with comfort in mind.
The part that rests on your back is made from a ventilated material that helps prevent moisture transfer and keeps your clothes from getting wet with condensation. The backpack’s shoulder straps are padded and extra comfy, especially when the added weight of cans and ice packs pulls down on the backpack, putting extra pressure on your shoulders. We thought this was one of the backpack’s nicest touches.
Performance: Gets the job done
Simply put, the TOURIT Classic Insulated Cooler Backpack gets the job done. It’s comfy, loads more conveniently than regular coolers (making it easier to travel with), and it lives up to its claims.
As promised, it holds 28 cans and a few ice packs, even leaving a little room to spare.
As promised, it holds 28 cans and a few ice packs, even leaving a little room to spare. Though the cans do add a significant amount of weight, the backpack is sturdy enough to handle it. The adjustable straps also allow you to reposition the backpack to evenly distribute its weight, so it doesn’t become too burdensome.
To test the backpack’s mettle, we set off on a full-day hike in 80-degree weather. By the time we got to our picnic spot a few hours later, we were happy to find everything was cold and the ice packs were still completely frozen.
When we got back home, we left the ice packs in the backpack overnight (for roughly another 8 hours), making sure the zippers were completely closed. When we checked on the ice packs in the morning, they were no longer frozen, but the insulated compartment was still nice and frosty.
The only real downside for us is that the manufacturer warns against putting ice in the insulated portion, since it can cut the waterproof material and cause it to leak. While this isn’t a dealbreaker, we do prefer to use ice over ice packs. The ice pack requirement also means that you have to prepare in advance. While you can stop at any gas station and grab a bag or two of ice, you’ll have to freeze ice packs ahead of your day out.
The only real downside for us is that the manufacturer warns against putting ice in the insulated portion, since it can cut the waterproof material and cause it to leak.
Price: A lot of bang for your buck
The retail price of the TOURIT is between $37 and $44. While it’s true that there are other cooler backpacks out there for half the price, they’ll likely leave you with warm drinks and disappointment.
Competition: More options with a bigger budget
Polar Bear Coolers Solar Bear Backpack Cooler: This is one of our favorite options. It retails for around $105, but comes equipped with a UV-resistant exterior, double-hemmed seams, and an extremely durable, double-coated nylon interior that keeps food and drinks cold for an additional 8 hours. With the Polar Bear, you can also use ice instead of ice packs.
Igloo Marine Backpack Cooler: If you’re looking for something that can withstand the elements, the Igloo Marine Backpack Cooler may be a better choice for you. The outside is UV-protected and mildew-resistant, while the inside is stain- and odor-resistant. This option, which retails for roughly $50, is designed to withstand exposure to water.
It’s an affordable and effective buy.
The TOURIT lives up to its promises and has a sleek, stylish design that makes it the perfect companion for outdoor activities. Although we didn’t like that you have to use ice packs instead of ice, it’s a small sacrifice to make for the bag’s ultra-affordable cooling power.
- Product Name Insulated Cooler Backpack
- Product Brand TOURIT
- Price $36.99
- Weight 1.1 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 17.5 x 13 x 7.5 in.
- Color Black, blue, gray, and red
- Material 600D Oxford, 10mm EPE Foam and Heat-welded PEVA
- Warranty Lifetime warranty against product defects