For those who like to have crazy (okay, maybe not too crazy) adventures outdoors, you know difficult it is to find a cooler that is going to keep your stuff nice and cold for the whole duration of your trip.
Sometimes they leak, sometimes they don’t keep it all cold for very long, and sometimes it’s just so poor quality that you want to seek out cooler that is made better. If you can relate to any of this, then you may want to consider the YETI Hopper Portable Cooler.
In this review, we are going to talk a little more about the features of the soft cooler, but we are also going to give you an overview of what people who have purchased the soft cooler had to say about their overall experience with it.
Then, we’re going to give you our recommendation on whether or not this soft cooler is something you should consider purchasing to round out your camping or picnic gear!
The Yeti Hopper cooler is known for being one of the best coolers for the money. Of all the coolers that are available today, Yeti products outperform other coolers. The Hopper cooler was created for those instances where you want to grab your gear and head out for an outdoor adventure. The cooler is designed to be completely leak-proof and keep ice for days.
Notable features of the YETI Hopper Portable Cooler include:
The zipper that the Yeti Hopper uses features the same kind of technology that Hazmat suits uses, so that means when the zipper is zipped, it creates a waterproof seal that is leak-proof. This type of closure is to ensure the cooler has an airtight closure, keeping the coldness inside. The closed-cell rubber foam insulation provides the ultimate cold-holding capabilities than other soft coolers on the market.
If you have a tendency to go through soft coolers because they either wear out or they get punctured while you’re fishing, camping, or hiking, you can rest assured that you won’t have that problem with this cooler. The Yeti features a high tenacity fabric outside that is similar to the material that you’d find whitewater rafts are made from. How’s that for a testament to its durability?
While this next feature doesn’t particularly make or break the cooler and how it performs, the hitch point grid makes it easy to attach smaller accessories like bottle openers, flashlights, carabiners, and keychains on it for easy access.
When we looked at the user reviews, we saw that 82% had great things to say about the ride on and left 4 or 5-star reviews. Of these reviews, people commented on how long the cooler is able to keep cold things cold. These customers have said that the cooler works so much better than other soft sided coolers, regardless of how hot it is outside.
One customer said it’s the perfect cooler for him to take on his landscaping jobs in New Orleans where the heat index can reach upward to 115 degrees. Another customer said they were able to pack it full of frozen meat, load it on an airplane without ice, and the meat was still frozen after the flight. Another aspect of the cooler that customers enjoy is knowing that it is leak proof, so if the cooler does tip over, they don’t have to worry about water spilling all over.
So what did the remaining 18% of customers who left 3-star or below reviews have to say? The most common complaint customers had was the price. This is a pricy cooler, there’s no doubt about that. However, customers have also said that the cooler has poor ice retention, and at the price they purchased their cooler, it’s a problem.
Another problem customers have had with the cooler was that the opening for the cooler wasn’t wide enough and the zipper had a tendency to scratch up your hands when you reached your hand in. Customers feel that this level of durability could be the reason for the tight opening.
As far as coolers go, the products that Yeti makes is going to be able to give you the cooling capabilities that you’re looking for. They are durable and made to last almost anything that you put it through. The outer material is very similar to what you’d find whitewater rafts are made from, so you know it’ll be able to handle any rough and tough adventures you may have planned without worrying about the cooler getting punctured and springing a leak.
With that said, we have to point out that at under $255, this is an expensive cooler and it is more of an investment piece of gear. By purchasing this cooler, you are getting a piece of gear that you’re going to get a lot of use from. You’ll find that you’ll be able to go on long fishing trips, car rides, and hiking trips and it’ll keep the contents inside nice and cold.
You could even take it to work, leave it in direct sunlight for the full 9 to 10 hours and be able to reach in and pull out a cold beverage. We do want to point out that people have said the cooler does have a narrow opening and the zipper will scratch you if you reach in deep. However, after time the cooler will get broken in and the opening will be more relaxed. With that minor issue aside, this cooler could very well be the last one you’d ever need to purchase!