A family member of mine gifted me this product so I'll be the first to say that I didn't buy it of my own accord. But as someone who spends a fair amount of time hiking, fishing, camping, and boating, this conveniently-sized Yeti Hopper was still a perfect addition for me. I'm aware that for every person who may find this product to be exceptional, there are just as many who would dispute its nearly $250 price tag. I totally get that. At the same time, I'm approaching this Yeti Hopper review based on the product's merits more so than whether a specific type of customer thinks it's cost is justified. There are many different types of consumers out there with different needs and more importantly, different budgets.
Anyone who's aware of the Yeti brand will already know they produce some of the highest quality coolers available. As the old saying goes, “You get what you pay for.” That's clearly evident with this Yeti Hopper. As someone who isn't a cooler junkie per se, I can still appreciate the incredible craftsmanship and quality of material. It's highly durable and very well-made. Every detail of the cooler from the sturdy zipper to the robust strap speaks to this point. When I first opened up the cooler, it was blatantly obvious that this is one of those products you buy one time to last a lifetime.
Yeti Hopper Flip 12 Review: How Well Does it Keep the Cold?
Anyone in the market for a quality soft cooler will naturally want to know how well it retains the cold. The short answer is: Very Well.
I've used this cooler in both normal and rugged conditions and have been blown away by how effective the product's insulation is. My first experience taking this out was on a friend's boat. It was a hot sunny day and despite being continuously exposed to the sun, the Yeti Hopper kept our lunches surprisingly cool. Now for the kicker. I didn't even have the ice pack yet since it would come as a separate shipment! This initial experience was really just a test of the product's insulation properties alone and in my book, it passed with flying colors.
About a week later, the ice pack arrived giving me the chance to really test the merits of this quality soft cooler. I took this product with me when some friends and I drove up into the mountains to cut a few cords of lumber. This time I had the ice pack and filled the cooler with drinks. Once again, it was a hot sunny day and after 9 hours of sitting in a hot pickup truck, the drinks in the cooler were still amazingly and refreshingly cold. Having the Yeti Hopper with me that day was especially valuable because after a full day of cutting down and loading lumber, there's nothing to recharge you like cold water.
I look forward to bringing this soft cooler with me the next time I go fishing. As a coffee lover, I'm also looking forward to further testing out the insulation with some iced coffee or cold brew.
Yeti Hopper Features and Details
The Yeti Hopper of course comes with Yeti's proprietary ice pack which fits neatly into the cooler. The rectangular shape of the ice pack ensures the least amount of space is occupied, leaving more room for your goodies. For those who may not already know, Yeti offers ice packs in different shapes and sizes allowing you to configure the ice in your cooler to maximize space.
Beyond the ice pack, this soft cooler comes with some very-welcomed features.
The Yeti Hopper uses a high-density fabric that's waterproof and resistant to mildew, punctures, and UV rays. It also boasts quality liners that are made by FDA-approved food-grade material.
Closed-cell rubber foam offers far superior cold-holding to ordinary soft coolers.
Their zipper is touted as one of the toughest and highest-performing waterproof and leakproof cooler zippers in the world.
The Yeti Hopper is a very conveniently-sized cooler that in my opinion finds a perfect balance between being spacious yet practical. Yeti offers soft coolers in the following sizes 8, 12, 18, 24, 30. The 12 turned out to be an ideal size for me given how I intended to use it.
Yeti Hopper Flip 12 Dimensions
- Outside 8” × 10 1/2” × 11 1/2”
- Inside 6 1/4” × 7 1/2” × 9 3/4”
- Empty Weight 2.8 LBS
In concluding this Yeti Hopper Flip 12 review, I was thoroughly impressed by this product and the how it ultimately helped to improve the quality of outdoors life. It's sleek, practical, and durable which are trademarks qualities of all Yeti products. As I mentioned earlier, I know not can afford $250 for a soft cooler. However, for those who are in the market for literally the best in soft coolers and are willing to pay for the best, you can't go wrong with the Yeti Hopper.