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Engel HD30
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Pros Comfortable to carry, convenient design, good features, tons of dry storageVery durable construction, excellent insulation, useful handles and features, comfortable shoulder strapExtremely durable, easy to use, great insulation, tons of handles, convenient sizeDurable design, comfortable to carry when full, good capacity, relatively inexpensiveGood insulation, extremely durable, top opens wide, no zipper to worry about
Cons Zipper not leakproof, thin insulation, less durable, loose sternum strapZippered exterior pocket not waterproof, very largeVery expensive, no extra pockets, flips upside down easilyLearning curve for best use, not 100% leakproof, no extra pocketsMagnetic closure won't stay open, difficult to load alone, huge, picky shoulder strap arrangement
Bottom Line Lacking a bit of beefiness, this pack is optimal for cool AND dry storageOur choice for best all around soft coolerSized for personal use, this option is a high-performerWith a unique design and comfortable carry straps, we love it for long distancesSwapping zippers for magnets is an intriguing move, but we're not fully convinced it was perfected here
Rating Categories Cool Trail Split Pack Engel HD30 YETI Hopper Flip 12 IceMule Pro YETI Hopper M30
Insulation Value (30%)
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Specs Cool Trail Split... Engel HD30 YETI Hopper Flip 12 IceMule Pro YETI Hopper M30
Measured Capacity (qt) 13 qt 32 qt 13 qt 25 qt 30.5 qt
Measured Capacity (cans with no ice) 16 cans 48 cans 18 cans 39 cans 50 cans
Carry Style Backpack Messenger Bag Lunchbox Backpack Messenger Bag
Internal Maximum Height (in) 11" flex 13" 8" 17" fully closed
23" max
13" fully closed
15" max
Fits Standard Wine Bottle Standing Upright? Yes - some flex required, no zipper strain Yes No - will fit on side Yes Yes
Shelf Life of Food (Measured Hours Below 40ºF) 32 hr 98 hr 82 hr 40 hr 73 hr
Days of Cold Beverages (Measured Hours Below 50ºF) 37 hr 103 hr 92 hr 48 hr 76 hr
Measured Weight (lb) 2.4 lb 5.9 lb 3.6 lb 3.0 lb 7.1 lb
Exterior Fabric Recycled ripstop nylon outer/polyester inner Abrasion-resistant fabric 840D double-sided thermoplastic urethane Mule SkinET 1000D ripstop tarpaulin/vinyl/nylon 840D double-sided thermoplastic urethane
Closure Method Zippered flip top, dry storage cinch and clip Zippered top, watertight zip Zippered flip top, watertight zip Roll-top Magnetic seal and over-the-top clips
Handles and Straps Backpack straps, top handle, sternum strap Shoulder strap, end handles, duffel handles Shoulder strap, top handle, end handles Backpack straps, sternum strap Shoulder strap, end handles, top handle
Additional Storage Yes; top half of pack, brain pocket, 2 mesh side pockets Yes; 1 larger exterior zippered (meant to be waterproof but isn't) No; webbing attachment loops No; exterior shock cord panel No; webbing attachment loops
Removable Liner? No No No No No
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