A Serious Soft Cooler

The Hopper 30’s interior dimensions are 10 x 22 x 16 inches, which we can confirm is volume enough for an ice block, a sleeve of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, six reusable water bottles, a bag of Granny Smith apples, and a vessel of gluten-free cookies—standard fare for Sailing World’s five-man Boat of the Year test squad, which tested the Hopper for a week of testing in Annapolis. Quick-release buckles across the top lock the whole thing down, preventing it from opening when stuffed into a lazarette. Hitch points provide plenty of places to attach accessories. Waterproof, and built tough, this cooler will last plenty of race seasons without fear of the zipper every failing. For the Wednesday night beer-can squad, Yeti assures us 20 cans will fit just fine, with a 2 to 1 ice ratio. But if they go into the Hopper cold, who needs that much ice anyway? The night is short! $300, yeti.com.

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