- Ultra-durable and portable
- Keeps ice for an extremely long time
- Does not leak
- Puncture proof
- No compartment for food or valuables
- No major changes over the 1st gen model
One of the best portable coolers available if you can stomach the price tag. However, we would recommend saving your money and looking for a deal on the original YETI Hopper.
Unfortunately, the 2nd iteration of the popular YETI Hopper series doesn’t bring any significant changes over the first-gen model (in our opinion), but it’s still an absolutely legit soft sided cooler.
Overview of YETI Hopper Cooler
The Hopper series of coolers are portable, leakproof coolers geared towards people that spend a lot of time outdoors – i.e. fisherman, hikers, golfers, boaters, etc. They come in 3 different sizes, 20-30-40, which correspond to the pounds of ice the cooler can hold. The coolers use cold-cell insulation, which is just a fancy way to say it takes a long time for the ice to melt. In our tests, the cooler still had ice in it 24 hours after spending all day in the sun and around 48 hours when we kept it in the shade all day. The outside of the cooler is what YETI calls its DryHide shell, which is the same material used in whitewater rafts. That means these coolers are ultra-durable and puncture proof.
What’s new with YETI Hopper Two vs. Hopper
So what’s changed? The first major change is to the zipper. It’s no longer on top of the cooler – it’s more forward facing now. This means its easier to access, easier to load and it opens a littler wider. The other major change is to the body type. The 2nd-gen coolers are no longer square/rectangular – they’re more tapered now, which means it’s easier to fit in smaller and odd shaped spaces. Lastly, YETI added an extra handle on top of the cooler. So that’s it – those are the major changes. In our opinion, the changes are not enough to justify spending an extra $100 on the new models. We would recommend saving your money and snagging a deal on the first generation Hopper coolers, unless you have to have the latest and greatest, which the Hopper Two most certainly is.