When Yeti started back in 2006, they were at the forefront of what is now a booming high-end cooler industry. Their innovation, teamwork and excellent products have made the Yeti brand a household name. Each year, they continue to revolutionize outdoor products of all sorts. Everything from duffel bags to camp chairs. It’s no surprise that they came out with the great idea of making a backpack cooler: the Yeti Hopper Backflip 24 (specs here)
Yeti Hopper Backflip 24
Cut from the cloth of the Hopper family, this cooler is built with the toughness that is expected. Constructed with technology like Coldcell insulation, DryHide shell, and Hydrolok zipper, this cooler is going to stand up to whatever you can throw at it. With outside dimensions of 19-1/8” tall, 13-3/4” wide and 8-1/2” deep, it’s got plenty of room for a day needs without being too big to carry on your back. This also makes it the ideal size for a carry-on item with the airlines, fitting perfectly in the overhead bin. The cooler comes with a removable waist strap, which helps relieve some weight off your shoulders should you be carrying a full cooler. You also have the ability to attach the Yeti sidekick Dry Pouch. While I did not have this, I have seen it firsthand and it is a very handy accessory. It’s perfect for car keys or the wallet.
With a trip planned to the beautiful island of Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean Sea, my wife and I had lots of things planned. Many of our activities were unguided so carrying our food and drinks were our responsibility. The Hopper Backflip was perfect for each day of exploring. We would buy food and drinks from the local market, load up the cooler with ice and what we bought, hop on a rented bike or jump in a taxi and head to a beach and start exploring. Having the cooler on my back was nice as it freed up hands for other items such as snorkel gear, beach towels, and obviously riding a bike.
Later in the spring, I had several fishing trips planned. Everything from walleye fishing to jigging for lingcod in the Pacific Ocean. Again, having the backpack with your lunch in it was nice for walking to and from the truck, especially at the end of the day when the cooler was full of fillets. There wasn’t the awkward lopsided walk from the dock to the truck.
Now that I have a diverse spring season behind me, I can say the Yeti backflip saw it all. Heat, cold, wind, rain, saltwater, sand, and mud. It never once missed a beat. It held clams and fish fillets, sandwiches and sodas, even bait and tackle. It saw some vastly different climates and I can say without a doubt that the Backflip lived up to the Yeti standards and will have a spot in my adventures for a long time to come. You can find yours here.
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