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Pros Good insulation, extremely durable, top opens wide, no zipper to worry aboutVery durable construction, excellent insulation, useful handles and features, comfortable shoulder strapExtremely durable, easy to use, great insulation, tons of handles, convenient sizeSoft cooler body, good pockets and features, comfortable shoulder strapDurable design, comfortable to carry when full, good capacity, relatively inexpensive
Cons Magnetic closure won't stay open, difficult to load alone, huge, picky shoulder strap arrangementZippered exterior pocket not waterproof, very largeVery expensive, no extra pockets, flips upside down easilyExterior and zipper not waterproofLearning curve for best use, not 100% leakproof, no extra pockets
Bottom Line Swapping zippers for magnets is an intriguing move, but we're not fully convinced it was perfected hereOur choice for best all around soft coolerSized for personal use, this option is a high-performerA pleasant mixture of solid insulation, usable capacity, and simplicity of designWith a unique design and comfortable carry straps, we love it for long distances
Rating Categories YETI Hopper M30 Engel HD30 YETI Hopper Flip 12 REI Co-op Cool Haul 18 IceMule Pro
Insulation Value (30%)
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Portability (25%)
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Durability (20%)
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Specs YETI Hopper M30 Engel HD30 YETI Hopper Flip 12 REI Co-op Cool... IceMule Pro
Measured Capacity (qt) 30.5 qt 32 qt 13 qt 18 qt 25 qt
Measured Capacity (cans with no ice) 50 cans 48 cans 18 cans 28 cans 39 cans
Carry Style Messenger Bag Messenger Bag Lunchbox Messenger Bag Backpack
Internal Maximum Height (in) 13" fully closed
15" max
13" 8" 11" insert
12" lid
17" fully closed
23" max
Fits Standard Wine Bottle Standing Upright? Yes Yes No - will fit on side Yes Yes
Shelf Life of Food (Measured Hours Below 40ºF) 73 hr 98 hr 82 hr 58 hr 40 hr
Days of Cold Beverages (Measured Hours Below 50ºF) 76 hr 103 hr 92 hr 61 hr 48 hr
Measured Weight (lb) 7.1 lb 5.9 lb 3.6 lb 4.3 lb 3.0 lb
Exterior Fabric 840D double-sided thermoplastic urethane Abrasion-resistant fabric 840D double-sided thermoplastic urethane Ripstop nylon, polyester shell Mule SkinET 1000D ripstop tarpaulin/vinyl/nylon
Closure Method Magnetic seal and over-the-top clips Zippered top, watertight zip Zippered flip top, watertight zip Zippered flip top Roll-top
Handles and Straps Shoulder strap, end handles, top handle Shoulder strap, end handles, duffel handles Shoulder strap, top handle, end handles Shoulder strap, end carry handles Backpack straps, sternum strap
Additional Storage No; webbing attachment loops Yes; 1 larger exterior zippered (meant to be waterproof but isn't) No; webbing attachment loops Yes; 2 slip exterior, 1 internal zip, webbing attachment loops No; exterior shock cord panel
Removable Liner? No No No Yes No
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