When I saw a photo of my friend trekking along a river well off the grid in Alaska with a YETI Hopper Flip 12 slung across his back, I was suspicious. This was an inconvenient photo op, I concluded. And then around the same time, I came across a photo of another friend carrying a Hopper Flip through the jungles of Brazil. Another photo op?
It turns out that there’s nothing inconvenient about this brilliantly designed soft cooler, and my suspicions revealed an obliviousness that I had. And now proudly I’m on the YETI Hopper Flip bandwagon.
The YETI Hopper Flip 12 is all that and more. Let’s breakdown why:
This puppy is built to take abuse. From a welded HydroLok Zipper to double-stitched handles to the tough-as-nails DryHide fabric, the Hopper Flip is adventure-ready. Not only will it handle the toughest conditions, but it’s a product you can count on as an investment that will withstand the test of time.
The HydroLok Zipper is not only leakproof, but it doesn’t even allow moisture to escape. And with 840 denier nylon and double TPU lamination, the Hopper Flip is both waterproof and puncture resistant. Worth noting, this not only means what’s inside won’t leak out, but also what’s outside won’t leak in. This is huge, especially when I am steelheading in the Pacific Northwest or when I am using the Hopper Flip as a camera bag (which I do, especially when taking float trips on the raft).
When it comes to design, YETI Hopper Flip 12 impresses me more than any other YETI product (and I am very impressed with YETI overall). Beyond all of the materials and technologies used, the shape is perfect. About the width of my torso, I can trek through thick brush with the cooler easily following behind me without getting hung up on branches or other obstacles. Additionally, it’s balanced. It feels like you aren’t carrying much at all. In fact, I even put small dumbbells inside to test whether it would remain comfortable to carry. Though heavier, I could still hike all day with this cooler slung from my shoulder.
Of course, the Hopper Flip 12 has everything else you would expect as far as keeping ice and an impressive capacity for everything from drinks to snacks.
The YETI Hopper Flip 12 is presently available in fog gray with tan coming to stores soon and retails for $279.99.
– Tim Harden
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