Hauling a cooler full of drinks and food can be quite a hassle when you are out hiking, trekking or walking, which is why a backpack cooler is a perfect solution.
With shoulder straps which will allow you to carry all of your supplies easily and hands-free, a good quality backpack cooler is a must for all of your outdoor people.
We thoroughly reviewed as many backpack style coolers for you and came up with our top 10 picks for 2019. We tested their comfort, capacity, ice retention, and their functionality.
The leader in our list is the Polar Bear Original Performance backpack cooler but read on to find out more about why we liked it, as well as to see all of our other top picks for this year.
Polar Bear Coolers The Original PERFORMANCE Soft Cooler
This excellent backpack is our top choice for the best backpack cooler for 2019 for a variety of reasons.
First and foremost, it offers outstanding ice retention of up to 24 hours even in temperatures up to 100 degrees.
Thanks to its 1-inch thick high density 10 gauge foam insulation and the durable TPU double coated liner, as well as the 1000 denier top grade nylon shell of this backpack, you will have access to frozen ice, cold drinks, and fresh food during an overnight camping trip or other adventure.
The Polar Bear backpack cooler can hold 10 lbs. of ice and 18 12oz cans.
The liner is the longest lasting and most resilient liner we have seen in a soft-sided cooler so far. It is also antimicrobial and completely safe for carrying perishable foodstuffs.
The outer shell of the polar bear backpack is also extremely durable thanks to the thick nylon material which is anchor stitched and all seams are with double hems for added sturdiness.
The heavy-duty zipper is rustproof and weatherproof and is incredibly well attached to the cooler, so you don’t have to worry about ripping it off by accident.
The cooler has four tie downs on the bottom, which are heavy duty D-rings that can be used to anchor it to the car or to the floor to keep it steady when on the road.
The padded shoulder straps are comfortable and will allow you to carry your drinks and snacks with your hands free. It also has an optional grab handle on the top as well.
The Polar Bear bottom saddle adds to the durability of the cooler and will ensure that it stays intact even when you have packed it up to the maximum capacity.
The amazing backpack cooler is available in black, orange, navy, red and gray colors, and you want to make it even more special you can contact Polar Bear Coolers to add a customized monogram or company logo to your backpack.
The backpack has a large expandable mesh pocket and three zippered pockets to keep your other stuff as well.
There is a metal bottle opener which is attached to the zipper of the cooler too.
We think that this definitely one of the best built, most durable and comfortable backpack coolers on the market, and most importantly – it will keep your ice frozen for an amazing 24-hours!
YETI Hopper BackFlip 24 Soft Sided Cooler Backpack
Our second favorite backpack cooler is the Yeti Hopper BackFlip 24. This is one rugged and very well built cooler as one can expect from Yeti.
The backpack cooler has lash points on each side and has a sturdy HydroLok zipper which ensures that the cold stays in, the heat stays out and that there is no leaking from the cooler.
The BackFlip 24 is completely waterproof.
Its DryHide outer shell will withstand a lot of wear and tear, which we all know happens quite often when enjoying time outside, hiking, camping, fishing, and others. It is made of very high-density fabric which is mildew, puncture, UV and water resistant.
The flat bottom of the cooler allows for the backpack to stand straight up when you place it on the ground. It can be carried via the side strap handles, by the top handle or the comfortable and adjustable shoulder straps. It also has an optional chest strap and waist belt for added comfort during carrying the cooler.
The backpack cooler is large enough to hold 20 cans and the ice in a 2:1 ice to drink ratio.
The dimensions of this Yeti cooler inside are 12 5/8 x 6 ½ x 15 inches. The liner inside the cooler is completely safe and FDA approved for food safety too.
The BackFlip 24 is Yeti’s first cooler which can be carried on the back.
We love the fact that it is built of top quality materials, it is capable of keeping the ice for up to two days, and that it is so durable that paying such a premium price actually makes perfect sense when it comes to this amazing cooler.
Backpack 20 can Cooler
If you are not ready to splurge on a high-end backpack cooler, then this budget-friendly backpack offered by Outdoor Active Gear is the perfect solution for you.
It can hold 20 cans plus the ice needed for cooling them. The dimensions of this affordable backpack cooler are 12.25 x 16.5 x 7.75 inches.
The liner is heat sealed so that it prevents any melted water or condensation from leaking out and getting your back wet.
You can carry extra gear, snacks or water in one of the two large side mesh pockets of this backpack. The padded straps are very comfortable and adjustable and will make your outdoor adventure much more enjoyable without the need to carry a heavy cooler in one of your hands.
There is also a large zippered front pocket with an added bungee for even more stuff.
This inexpensive cooler comes in various colors including gray, green, blue, red, black and Realtree APX camo.
It will cost you a fragment of what you will need to pay for a premium cooler brand backpack, and yet will keep your drinks cool while you are hiking or spending time outdoors during the entire day, so it is definitely a must if you need a backpack cooler but are on a tight budget!