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I was turned on to the soft backpack cooler concept a few years back and I’ve been completely hooked ever since. Drinks and ice are heavy to lug, but they feel a lot less so when you put your back and shoulders in charge instead of just one arm. Right now Woot (an Amazon site) has the OtterBox Trooper 30-quart soft backpack cooler. The deal is perfectly timed for the spring and summer outdoor seasons, but also and Father’s Day, which are both bearing down. If Mom, Dad (or you!) are a bona fide beach bum, camper, hiker or park barbecue organizer, this will make for a useful companion and a perfect gift to boot.
The Trooper has 30 quarts of capacity with a wide-opening top for easy access and thermal insulation to keep ice frozen for three days. It’s also leak-proof, water-resistant and converts to an over-the-shoulder carry if you need to give your back a break. There’s even a bottle opener attachment and pockets to store dry stuff. It’s available in three colors at the sale price too — hunter green, brown camo and an off-white with blue accent.
I checked and this is the lowest the Trooper has dropped on Amazon — by far — and shipping is just $6 (or free if you’re a Prime member). Supplies may be limited as one color has already sold, so you should probably jump at this cooler deal while it’s still on.