Yeti has just put out a new line of Hoppers, so their first iteration has a nice little discount. If you have been considering the Hopper, but the cost was your hold-up, I would take a hard look at these before they are all gone!!!
Yeti has created the perfect companion to a day of fly fishing. A portable, soft-sided cooler made to throw over your shoulder as you wander up streams. The 30 (pictured) holds the perfect amount of ice, snacks, and beer (which is clearly the most important part of this equation) for a day out in the wild, or maybe a short weekend. But it isn’t too big that you overload yourself too badly. Yeti’s stats: holds 24 cans with the suggested 2:1 ice to contents ratio. We never used purely cans as we like variety as we wander, but that sounds about right, and that was enough for 4 people to get their ‘fishing drink’ on for a full day of adventures. The 30 is the perfect size for my frame and desired pack weight.
It doesn’t leak so the cold water stays in and the pesky stream or lake water stays out if you happen to drop it in. The Hopper also takes a licking without much to-do. We threw it down a few embankments and streams, but it looked no worse for wear after we wiped off the dirt and sludge.
We loaded this up with ice and took it out on a bevy of fishing trips. In the Warner Mountains we were hiking through small streams for a couple days. The ice and interior stayed cold through some warmer weather and we eeked out the last of the coldness on day three. Next, we hit up Silver Creek in Idaho and the strap stayed comfortable as we hiked further and further upstream. We even took it to Mann Lake in Oregon, which at the time was a muddy mess. The Hopper’s slick exterior seemed to expel mud, which kept it much cleaner than the rest of our gear. The three feet deep mud did eventually win out, however, the Hopper rinsed right off.
Conclusion: Since I am partial to keeping my drinks and snacks ice cold going in and any potential eating fish cold coming out, the Hopper 30 is a must have for my newly growing pile of fishing gear. And with the price cut on the original model, it mitigates the wallet sting for those that are skeptical about throwing down this much dough for a cooler.
One thing about the Hopper Two series that I am curious about…will I miss the fact that I can use my mini fridge as a seat? I guess we’ll find out!
MSRP $249.99 Yeti.com
Written by Jessica Tegerstrand
Photos by Dan Rhodes
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