Hydro Flask Cooler
If you’re not afraid to pay top dollar for the best, and you’re in the market for a portable cooler, then the 22 Liter Soft Cooler Pack might be what you’re looking for. Hydro Flask, the manufacturer, gives you all the bells and whistles you could ask for. And more.
For the capacity and how long it can keep contents cool, the Hydro Flask Cooler is a lightweight and comfortable pack. Great for day and weekend trips to the outdoors. This is perfect for long car trips when you can periodically stock up on some ice.
If this sounds interesting enough, make sure you take your time and read our detailed review on the Hydro Flask Cooler.
Holds a lot
Keeps contents cold for up to 48 hours
Made of food-safe materials
Watertight zippers are harder to open
May not be comfortable, for everyone, on long hikes
Hydro Flask started with an 18-ounce bottle. Now they make a wide range of unique products, such as flasks, and growlers for keeping beer or wine cold. The materials they use, they claim, does not transfer its taste to the beer or wine. They also make food containers.
Hydro flask produces accessories for their containers, such as slings. Also, they’ve branched into apparel. Hydro Flask supports conservancy, outdoor activities, outdoor learning, and other community service programs.
And yet, the Hydro Flask caries the same number of 12-ounce cans (20) with ice. Without ice, the Hydro Flask cooler can hold up to 34 cans. This makes the Cooler Pack a serious contender.
-Waterproof 420D nylon shell
-BPA Free liner meets FDA standards for food safety
-The bottom of the pack is molded to stay upright
-Mesh pockets, that stretch, for water bottles or flasks
-Loops for attaching things to, or for tying the pack down to something else
-5 year warranty
Packed weight is an entirely different matter. Depending on how much sugar and other stuff is in your cans of soda or pop, twenty boxes are about 16 to 18 pounds or 7.1 to 8.14 kilograms. Cans of beer are about the same. Bottles are closer to 30 pounds or 13.6 kilograms.
Some reviewers complained about it not staying upright when set down. It sounds like the weight was not distributed correctly, and the pack was top-heavy. It would be hard for Hydro Flask Cooler to correct for that without making the bag heavier.
The pack also has two tiedown loops. One on each side. You can use these loops to stabilize or secure the pack to something else. Like, keeping it from bouncing out of a truck bed. You can also hang something off it with, say, a carabiner.
From what users say, the Cooler Pack seems very versatile. Use it for everything from picnicking to weekend hikes. With welded seems and waterproof zippers you shouldn’t have to worry so much about getting sand into your food, if you’re going to the beach.
One purchaser regularly uses the Hydro Flask Cooler Pack on long car trips. Loves it. Except, with the cooler on the back seat, the zipper is difficult to open while driving. Seriously? That’s distracted driving. Be safe. Even if it’s next to you, pull over.
Being able to carry it comfortably on your back makes the Hydro Flask Cooler Pack ideal for going to sporting events, be it watching from the stands, or out in the field watching a cross-country race. If you’re taking kids with you, that’s two more hands you can hold onto while in a crowd.
Ease of Use
There is one inconvenience. The bottom section is made of molded plastic. More space for insulation to protect from rising heat, especially when setting it down. This also keeps the pack stable. So, even though it is a soft cooler, you can’t really roll or fold it for storage.
The zippers are waterproof and made by YKK. The seams are welded, not stitched, so there are no gaps for liquids to penetrate. Hydro Flask says their Cooler Pack will keep liquids in, the rain out, and your food dry. It’s even safe to put your cell phone in one of the pockets.
• Storm (a shade of blue)
• Mist (a kind of blue-gray)
Candy for the eye.
From what everyone says, your drinks and food will stay cold for the weekend. It’s light enough and comfortable enough, for most people, that they carry it for weekend outings, and even hiking. Made of durable materials, you won’t have to worry about it falling apart.