Best for: outdoor adventures, times when you can’t afford to have a leak.
Yeti's heavy duty Hopper Flip 8 should make any person braving the elements with food and beverages (and with some disposable income) a happy camper.
In our experience, the Hopper Flip is able to keep the contents of the cooler cold for hours. More specifically, it kept our contents below 40°F for just over six and a half hours. To prolong the cooler’s cold conditions, Yeti also recommends block ice, rock salt, and/or Yeti ice.
Between the Hopper’s stiff insulation and tough fabric, it’s rigid enough that it can survive being bounced around on the back of a four-wheeler, and will provide a decent amount of crush protection if it happens to get lost at the bottom of a luggage pile.
With a carrying strap, water-resistant zipper, handle, and tie-down options, it's clear that Yeti wants you to be able to take this cooler with you wherever you go. The strap is long enough that it can be thrown across your back and has a thick, non-slip shoulder pad.
As for the zipper, its strength can be problematic at times. While Yeti provides zipper lubricant to make the zipper easier to operate, it’s really tough to pull.
Most die-hard Yeti fans who try out the Hopper Flip maintain their status as loyal Yeti customers. However, with a cost of about $200, some customers felt as though they paid too much. Others mentioned the fact that the thick insulation significantly reduced the available storage space.
The bottom line: The Yeti Hopper Flip 8 is a very expensive cooler, but consider it a sound investment if you need a cooler that can take a lot of damage, doesn’t leak, and still keep your perishables cool.