Every time I turn around there’s another company that’s claiming to be as good as Yeti for half the price, but I don’t buy it. Yeti simply does coolers better than anybody else, and while I would love to own a Yeti big enough to store a limit on snapper, the Hopper Flip 12 is way more practical. It’s the kind of cooler that you’ll bring on every trip.
The square shape of the Hopper Flip 12 creates stability, which was very helpful when strapped to a paddle board on the Colorado River for two days. Our only complaint when we tested the Yeti Hopper 20 was the ease of access. The square shape of the Flip 12 makes it WAY easier to get to the contents inside (and out of). Yes, it sacrifices some performance, but it still held ice for multiple days in the Utah desert, which is pretty damn impressive for such a little cooler. And, let’s face it, you probably don’t need your 12 pack to stay cold for much longer than one day anyway.
The Flip 12 has 3/4″ closed-cell NBR foam around the top and sides, and 1″ on the bottom. The HydroLok zipper is truly waterproof and airtight, which eased our concern when we brought it on the water. The zipper can be stiff to open and close at first, but it definitely breaks in over time. Yeti also includes some lubrication for the zipper as well as detailed care instructions.
The exterior is Yeti‘s DryHide material, which is a high tenacity 840-denier nylon with a double TPU coating—similar to materials used in whitewater rafts. Coolers this durable definitely conjure up lots of ridiculous videos online of people trying to break them, but trust me, you’re not going to. If sharp river rocks and rebar can’t puncture a raft, your Hopper will be just fine.
The cooler comes with a 3-year warranty, but they may as well just guarantee it for a lifetime, because I can’t imagine what you’d have to do to break one of these. Their ad slogans are spot on, “Tough as nails” and “ice for days”. That’s what you get when you buy a Yeti. Is it worth the price? I can’t answer that question. Everybody has varying degrees of necessity for a cooler like this, not to mention a wide range of disposable income, but I can promise you this—it’s the best cooler on the planet for carrying 12 beers.
Capacity: 12 cans with a 2:1 ice ratio
Best used for: Boating, camping, fishing, hunting, tailgating, or anything where you might want cold drinks.