Suds are only good cold. Whether you’re hitting the road for the weekend or living out of your car, keeping your beverages and perishables chilled is a necessity, and costs be damned!
The Yeti Hopper 20, 30 or 40—the numbers stand for the pounds of ice each can hold—is as close to refrigeration as you can get without a refrigerator. These soft-sided coolers are made from the same material as whitewater rafts, are leak- and puncture-proof, and have an anti-microbial liner to keep funkies at bay.
The 1.5-inch-thick closed-cell foam insulation keeps ice frozen for days, and if it melts, Yeti’s “HydroLok” zipper, designed after the zippers on Hazmat suits, are watertight. You can toss the cooler in the car without danger of cooler juice leaving its mark.
But enough about ice; it’s the cold ones that matter. The Hopper 20 can hold 18 cans of beer (24 for the Hopper 30 and 36 for the Hopper 40) at a 2:1 beer-to-ice ratio. Less ice, more beer. Or throw in a wheel of cheese, veggies and a few steaks, and you’ll be the king of the campground.
This article originally appeared in Rock and Ice issue 236 (August 2016).