Whether you're heading to the beach, boat, or mountains this summer, some of your most precious cargo goes in the cooler. Do yourself a favor and avoid the $5 styrofoam pails from the convenience store. Instead, invest in one that will last for years. Here are some of the best new coolers on the market, many of which are relatively abuse-proof and insulated to keep food and drinks cold for more than a week. They also come with buckles, locks, tie-downs, and skid plates to keep the goods inside secure.
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Canyon Coolers Outfitter 75
Walls up to 2.75 inches thick injected with polyurethane insulation keep food cold for five to 10 days at a time inside this 30-lb beast. Skid plates, tie-downs, and a lockdown top all make the 128-can cooler abuse-proof, whether it's tossed in a pickup bed or a pontoon boat. [$350; canyoncoolers.com]