“Any chance you can bring a YETI Hopper Flip 18?” This was certainly an unusual request from Oggy Fox of Las Pampas Lodge in Argentina. I was getting ready to head down to Patagonia to look at a land conservation program and maybe wet a few lines if I was lucky, so I was surprised that Oggy had such a specific request. And after 20 hours of flights and a three hour drive, I still wondered if the effort was worth it. It was.
While I was surprised by Oggy’s enthusiasm upon receiving the package, I discovered pretty quickly how useful this soft cooler is for the day-to-day in Patagonia. And in fact, the YETI Hopper Flip 18 seemed to travel with us everywhere.
From trekking through tough terrain in the summer Patagonian heat and sun to creatively loading gear into overloaded rafts and trucks, the YETI Hopper Flip 18 was the perfect solution to a range of needs and obstacles for bringing cold food and drink wherever we ventured. Far more convenient than a hard cooler, the Hopper Flip was comfortably slung across the back, bringing wine, cheese, and lamb deep into the backcountry.
The Hopper Flip 18 has every bit of the durability and toughness you would expect of a YETI product. And to add, it’s as intelligently designed as you could imagine. The shell of the Hopper Flip is waterproof, mildew resistant, and is built to stand strong against UV rays and punctures. The waterproof zipper brings peace of mind, especially on a raft or in the rain, and the ColdCell insulation delivers incredible performance when it comes to keeping cold things cold. Another home run for YETI and worth the effort of bringing it to Argentina. In fact, Oggy seemed to have it with us everywhere we went.
The YETI Hopper Flip 18 is available in Fog Gray/Tahoe Blue or Field Tan/Blaze Orange and costs $299.99.
– Tim Harden
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