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We like the YETI Hopper Two a lot – we’re just not sure the changes over the 1st gen model are worth it. The first major change is to the zipper, which is now more forward facing. This means it’s easier to access, easier to load and opens a little wider. The other major change is to the body of the cooler. It’s now more tapered rather than rectangular, which means you can fit it and maneuver it into odd shaped spaces. The last change is that YETI added an extra handle near the top – real exciting stuff (queue the eye roll). In our opinion, these changes are just not meaningful enough to justify the extra money. Don’t get me wrong, the Hopper Two is probably the best portable cooler available on the market if price is not a concern.
A no-brainer in our opinion. The original YETI Hopper is basically the same cooler as the 2nd gen model but $100 less. If you are okay not having the new features the Hopper Two offers described above, save the money. The original Hopper is still a solid, solid option. This is Jeff’s go-to cooler. It’s ultra-durable, leakproof, puncture proof and can hold a ton of beer. It still has the same cold cell insulation as the Hopper Two so expect ice to hold for around 24 hours in the sun and around 48 hours in the shade. If you are dead set on getting a YETI cooler for your outdoor adventures, definitely go with the original YETI Hopper.