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We asked a gear consignment pro how to save money and still sleep well outside

We can’t wait to try these innovative items

This season we may not be able to have a post-ski beer at the lodge, but these decked-out tailgate setups will keep things festive

Comfort and convenience are key when settling in behind the wheel

No need to opt for a military-grade cooler when a classic Igloo does the job. This 16-quart model has ample room for on-the-go meals, but is small enough to stash on the seat floor or trunk. Throw in a few Ziplocs of ice, and the Playmate will keep your snacks…

The ursine inhabitants of the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center test dozens of containers each year to see if they're worthy of bear-proof certification

In our ultimate guide to coolers, this 30-quart, soft sided number was one of our favorites. We especially like the Trooper’s extra-wide opening, two water-resistant exterior pockets, and a mount for a bottle opener or dry box. Plus, the Trooper has shoulder and backpack straps so you can carry…

With a little extra planning, it's easy to be self-sufficient and safe when it comes to packing food for a long road trip. Here's how we do it.

These items kept our steeds moving and our riders happy

Of all the coolers in Yeti’s line, the Roadie 20 is the smallest and most packed-car friendly. The 19-liter interior is just the right size to fit food and a few beers for two people for the weekend.

Forget the tie. Consider these gift ideas for Father's Day instead.

Fold the Pack Away completely flat when you’re not using it—it’s much easier to stow in the back of your car that way, ready to deploy when you make a pit stop for beer en route to the campsite. It holds 24 cans and is fully seam sealed, so don’t…

The Tundra placed second in our Gear Guy’s test of the best rolling coolers. Yeti’s classic temperature retention impressed him, while “the hardy plastic wheels maneuvered almost as well on uneven surfaces, cruising over the gravel and through the mud,” he wrote.

Does the new Yeti V Series cooler stand up to the tried-and-true Tundra line?

We tested the Party Cooler for our roundup of go-anywhere travel totes and it topped the list. Our tester Kelly Bastone wrote: “I found the cooler capacity to be perfect for a two-person picnic, and the uninsulated portion held a blanket, sunscreen, book, and extra layers.” Plus, the Kassia…

From beers on the river to a family picnic, the Compass has you covered

Invest in these splurge-worthy gifts for the whole crew

He's tested them, and now they're very on sale

Our Gear Guy tested the top small coolers to help find what's right for you

From green trucks and biodegradable garments to thinner and warmer wetsuits and on-demand insurance for athletes

In 2017, this was one of our favorite soft-sided coolers. Our Gear Guy said it’s “ideal for space-crunched apartment dwellers heading out on day trips” because it packs down to the size of a three-ring binder. Fully expanded, the cooler can hold 20 cans and a couple pounds of…

Simple, reliable, and affordable: the age of practical solar power for your adventuremobile has arrived

A guide to ruling the galley on your next weekend out

From fruity sours to lagers that don't bore you to tears, we've got your must-drink list

We cover the necessities, plus a few extras and friendly pointers

I beat the snot out of it to see how it holds up

How you organize your gear is just as important as the gear you take

Frosty fortresses for trail and campsite

Flimsy totes don’t stand a chance against the Camino Carryall. It’s a bomber everyday bag built for the beach, the back of the van, and everywhere in between. Plus, it cleans up easily with a quick spray down, a must for those the go.

A removable insulated box paired with an outer shell, the Cooloir was a breeze to hose down and dry out after a trip. It’s large enough to fit lunch for four, but best not to keep perishable items in it for more than 48 hours.

The new LoadOut GoBox 30 is waterproof, dustproof, and keeps your valuables organized

The brand's new paper and wax model biodegrades—and costs only $10

The beauty of the Double Take: it’s only a cooler when you want it to be. Use the retro main shell on its own (choose from waxed canvas, 1,000-denier Cordura, or upcycled tent fabric when you buy), or throw the Chilly Bag insert in and you’ve got 6.5 liters of…

The smallest cooler here, the Bucket Truck It is only designed to carry a six-pack. But that makes it easy to bring everywhere, leaving no excuses to not have it on hand. Fill this tote with your favorite beverages and an ice pack, then carry a liquid picnic to your…

Every cooler here is collapsible to a degree, but the Classic is the true space saver’s dream. It’s essentially just a watertight nylon bag that can fold flat or roll up when you’re not using it. An air valve lets you pump extra cold-trapping dead space into the walls for…

With space enough for two growlers, the seam-sealed, waterproof polyester-ripstop Sixer is burly. Friends will thank you for bringing plenty to share, and that the reflective silver liner and foam insulation kept it all chilled by the time you arrived.

Soft-shelled coolers aren’t supposed to work this well. The Hopper Two collapses nearly flat and will keep brews cold for a really, really long time. It’s not light (almost six pounds when empty), but let’s be real—nothing from Yeti is. If you want cold beer for hours, and a lot…

To get accurate test results, I enlisted a physicist's help

Its integrated strip of white LEDs automatically turns on when you open the lid

Ratchet straps, bungee cords, a tarp, and some organization required

After testing this new Hydro Flask product, our Gear Guy said that it became his favorite cooler-pack hybrid, mostly because of how comfortable and easy to carry it is. Credit the padded shoulder straps and sleek design.

A portable cooler made comfortable. It’s ideal for carrying an icy six-pack on a day hike.

Indie design shops are working quietly in the background on many of the best products out there (think of Patagonia's Black Hole duffle). But the gear companies don't want you to know that.

If you're going to splurge on the vehicle of your dreams, best to kit it out properly

The only way to stop gear scammers is to stop clicking their links

The Texas-based cooler giant is seeking to raise $100 million in an initial public offering

Five ice chests that keep food and drink colder, longer, anywhere

Sleeping in a tent doesn’t have to mean roughing it

This rotomolded beast is bigger, tougher, and better insulated than your classic plastic jug

The products mark the company’s first water cooler and a new addition to its Panga line

A cleaner, easier way to carry your gear

Inspired by packs, a new breed of coolers are on the rise

The cooler giant is making its famous (and very, very heavy) Tundra more portable

With Yeti in the hot seat over a feud with the NRA, competitors are jumping at the chance to win over new customers by declaring their allegiance to the Second Amendment

The NRA claims that Yeti refuses to sell to its foundation. Yeti begs to differ.

Never settle for freeze-dried meals again

The brand cited "market conditions" as the reason it won't go ahead with its initial public offering

Naming your favorite outdoor gear is more complicated than you'd think

The Texas company introduces four new products this spring. These are our first impressions after a long weekend with them.

Forget the cooler. In-car fridges make fresh food way more convenient in the outdoors.

To see more than just paved roads and parking lots, a new breed of explorers are taking a cue from the Aussies

Just please don't call them hacks

They'll keep your beer cold for a stupid long time and are easy to transport

The Oregon-based drinkware company is branching out with its gear offerings

Can you still expect to have a comfortable summertime camping trip in the lower 48? Absolutely, but you probably need to upgrade your approach to dealing with the heat.

OtterBox has made some of the burliest phone cases available for years, and now they're getting into the cooler market.

We put several to test to find out how well they carry and how well they keep your beer cold

Everything you need to know to ensure your beer and steaks stay cold

Yeti has re-vamped their Hopper cooler for 2017, making it much more user friendly and comfortable to carry.

This cooler with built-in subwoofers is the ultimate tailgating piece

Watch to see if our online gear editor, Jakob Schiller, thinks Yeti's soft-sided coolers are worth the price tag.

An insulated backpack that will keep your favorite beer cold on the trail

Igloo evolves the concept of coolers with the Trailmate

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