Growing up just like many other kids, I remember watching my father pack his lunch into a small Igloo cooler and take off to the woods or job site for work. In the last few years coolers have evolved beyond the awkward to carry and flimsy latch system you find in many cheaply made systems. He would end up buying a new one almost every year because they just wouldn’t last. Unlike their predecessors, these new coolers have amazing insulating properties and are built to last years of abuse.
For almost a decade, YETI Coolers have been the frontrunner for the toughest, best insulting, and most versatile coolers on the market. I’ve had the opportunity to get my hands on the new YETI Hopper 20 and have taken it just about everywhere over the last couple of months. Although great for larger items and fishing/hunting trips, hard shell coolers a pain to transport any distance. Lugging around the YETI Hopper, available as the 20 and 30, is like carrying around a heavier carry-on piece of luggage.
From camping next to the river, lounging in the backyard, barbecuing in the park, or keeping your beers cold after a long day at the range, it doesn’t get much easier to transport your favorite beverages and ice.
Bomb-proof and leakproof zipper – You can fill this full of water, turn it upside down, and not a drop will get through the Hydrolock zipper.
Reinforced bottom and puncture resistant material – Although I haven’t tried hammering a nail through the cooler, I have drug and beaten this thing up with no visible signs of wear.
Reinforced carrying handles, shoulder strap, and tie-down points – All these options enable you to take this thing just about anywhere. The tie-down points are an added bonus for strapping it to the back of a motorcycle, fishing boat, or raft (see video below).
Keeps ice for days with Coldcell Insulation – Even sitting in direct sunlight during 100 degree heat, there were still ice cubes keeping the beer cold 36 hours later.
YETI states the Hopper 20 will fit a twelve pack or 20 pounds of ice. If “needed” you can easily fit 20 canned beers with just enough room for ice. Hopefully, just enough for you and a buddy. All YETI coolers come with a 3-year warranty, but with how the Hopper 20’s made, I know it will last a lot longer than that. It better for the price. The Hopper 20 retails for $299.99. If you work and play with a constant need for a transportable cooler, I believe it’s worth the investment. If you only use a cooler only a few times a year, your money is probably better spent elsewhere.
Overall, the YETI Hopper 20 is the toughest and the most portable friendly cooler I’ve ever used. It’s watertight, can freeze raw meet with a chunk of dry-ice, and works for just about any activity. If you can look past the price, the Hopper 20 is a great addition to any outdoorsman’s arsenal.
*Video features the 20’s big brother, the Hopper 30.