YETI Hopper Review
Posted on February 22 2018
Over the last eight weeks, our staff here has been testing out the new soft sided coolers by Yeti. Camping, fishing, trips to the beach, we put this cooler to the test to see if it stands up to the Yeti name. Here are our results:
Let’s first start with the positives. The Hopper series are made of awesome materials, The DryHide shell with RF-welded seams is super durable and should be because it is built with similar materials as a whitewater raft. The HydroLok zipper makes a strong airtight seal and is similar to zippers found in survival suits and hazmat gear. The durability of this cooler is not under question. The Hopper coolers also are equipped with several variations of tie-down points, which make it easy to attach to any surface. With an attachable shoulder strap, this cooler can become hands free making it easier for women to carry which is a big advantage compared to the hard sided Yeti’s. While this cooler is keeping your beverages ice cold on the inside, it stays dry on the outside. While testing this product kayak fishing over the past few weeks we threw it in the lake and let it float for a few hours and it floated well, stayed cool and did not let any lake water in. I have heard of some people using this cooler as a dry bag and I can see why. As for how long this cooler keeps ice, our tests concluded that it keeps ice for two days under regular use. This cooler is designed to be portable and to keep ice for short day trips and it definitely does that.
Although our experiences with this cooler were positive, we have to pick out a few disadvantages. With the durable construction of the HydroLok zipper, it does make it a little difficult to operate and retrieve your items from the inside. It also does not have an easy drainage feature. We determined that the best way to drain this cooler is to empty all the items, slightly open the zipper and then drain any excess water, All of our staff who reviewed this cooler feels that it is much better suited for beverages than a combination of items. With the soft sided design, it is difficult to pack food and beverages together.
Overall, our tests concluded that the Hopper series by Yeti is an awesome addition to the Yeti family. Durable, portable and extremely well designed, these coolers are perfect for those trips to the beach, summer soccer games, a day of fishing, camping trips or any time you need cool drinks on the go.