YETI Hopper Flip 12 ($250)

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13 cans (with ice)

3 lbs. 1.6 oz.

8, 20 cans

A lighter and more approachable alternative to the M30 above.

Limited capacity and still very pricey.

It’s YETI’s Hopper M30 above is the top of the line in soft coolers, however it’s too heavy and expensive for a lot of. It’s time to introduce their Hopper Flip 12, which keeps a lot of the features we like about the M30 but is a smaller cost, less expensive, and more user-friendly package. Much like its more expensive counterpart Hopper Flip 12, Hopper Flip 12 too, Hopper Flip 12 utilizes their DryHide shell, which is extremely tough and tear-resistant. It is well insulated with a dense closed-cell foam and is equipped with YETI’s HitchPoint grid, which allows for the easy attachment of accessories such as bottle openers or a Dry Gear case. In contrast to the M30 it is, it is, however it’s the Hopper Flip 12 is very simple to unload and load thanks to a zippered opening that’s large, completely waterproof, and offers complete access to food and drinks.

For $250 the YETI Hopper Flip 12 certainly isn’t the most appealing in terms of value. It’s true that it can lower your cost by $100 over the higher-end Hopper M30 above, but the capacity is a bit small (the Hopper Flip can only fit around 13 12 oz. cans with Ice). With a substantial savings of $120 RTIC’s Soft Pack 30 above offers more than double the storage capacity without sacrificing any quality. Engel’s cheaper HD30 (a bigger version that this HD20 above) can take on 48 cans. In fairness, this Hopper Flip 12 is perfectly fit for a lazy afternoon at the beach or an after-work swim, but the expensive price and tiny capacity is enough to reduce it to the mid-pack end of the spectrum.
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