Gear Review: The YETI Hopper BackFlip 24

YETI Cooler Backpack

YETI has done it again. Releasing a product that I never knew I needed, the YETI Hopper BackFlip 24 is now constantly by my side.

This soft cooler from YETI is a tough backpack with about every feature imaginable. Let’s start with the tough part. The DryHide™ Shell on the Hopper BackFlip is tough enough that I often use the soft cooler for an originally unexpected purpose: carrying a laptop, camera, and lenses in the field. Also packed with some food, I have all of my essentials cool and protected on hot days, and with a waterproof and leakproof design, I don’t worry about expensive tech gear when on the water. And for roadtrips, it’s easy to throw the BackFlip on when I make stops and not worry about expensive gear being left in the truck.

But after all, this is a soft cooler, and as a soft cooler, the YETI Hopper BackFlip 24 is everything you’d hope it could be. YETI boasts that the BackFlip 24 holds 20 cans of beer or 25 pounds of ice. Waterproof and leakproof, you can count on contents being protected on the inside if you take a spill on the river or some whitewater splashes onto the boat. Also, when carrying such heavy loads, this ergonomically designed backpack feels great to wear, even when loaded with heavy items.

An additional aspect of the YETI Hopper BackFlip 24 that I liked was that I could wear it great distances and not find it uncomfortable. This is great when getting off the beaten path. Also, it’s not so wide or thick that it gets in the way. It can fit behind car seats, it doesn’t consume too much space on the drift boat, and when trekking through brush, it’s going to follow behind your body rather than catch branches because it sticks out too much on the sides.

The YETI Hopper BackFlip 24 costs $299.99 and comes in charcoal and coral colors. Though a little bit on the expensive side, that reliability and knowing food won’t get wasted as easily brings both peace of mind and likely savings in the end.

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— TH

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