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.
Best for Days on the Water
Mountainsmith Roll-Top Cooler Cube
Undo its side buckles and this seam-sealed, waterproof bag is ready to stash up to 29.5 liters of food, drinks, and ice, whether you're heading out by car or kayak. Tie-down loops make it easy to secure on the bow of your kayak or SUP. [$45; mountainsmith.com]