What is a YETI Hopper®?
It’s the ice-for-days, tough-as-nails soft cooler. The YETI Hopper is built to go the extra mile with its extremely portable design and construction. It’s leakproof, puncture-resistant, able to keep ice for days, and ready to hit the trail, boat, or blind. This is one soft cooler that’s anything but.
How long will the Hopper keep ice?
The Hopper, with its welded DryHide™ double-TPU Shell, thick ColdCell™ Insulation, and waterproof HydroLok™ Zipper provides serious cold-holding power. But due to all of the variables that affect ice retention, and because every adventure is different, we believe it is misleading to make specific claims about how long a cooler will hold ice.
If you want to maximize ice retention, check out our ice retention guide.
When I threw a bag of ice in my Hopper and my cheap cooler, the ice lasted longer in my cheap cooler. Why?
Just like the Tundra, the Hopper is designed to keep ice colder longer, but there are many variables that can affect your ice. This includes the ice quality, ice quantity, type of ice (crushed, block, cube, dry), outside environment, exposure to direct sunlight, etc. Because of the extensive factors and no industry standard for ice retention, we don’t make specific claims about how long your ice will last in the Hopper. But we’ve done extensive testing on how to make your ice last longer, with everything from using rock salt to pre-chilling your cooler.
If you want to make the most out of your ice retention, please view our ice retention guide.
What size Hopper should I buy?
The Hopper was engineered for portability. Any size is the perfect on-the-go cooler for kayaking, floating the river, or short camping trips. Something to consider when choosing a size is that ideally you would want to fill the cooler with as much ice as possible, minimizing air space to achieve maximum ice retention. Therefore, if you only have a small number of items to keep cool, you would want to choose a smaller cooler or vice versa. The Hopper family includes Flip in three versatile sizes, the BackFlip backpack cooler, and three sizes of Hopper Two.
Please see our dimension chart for measurements and capacity.
How many cans will fit in my Hopper?
With plenty of ice to help chill your drinks, here is the number of 12 oz. cans that will fit inside the YETI Hopper. Ideally you want to have an ice-to-contents ratio by volume of at least 2:1 (reflected in the below quantity).
- Hopper Flip 8 - 6 cans
- Hopper Flip 12 - 12 cans
- Hopper Flip 18 - 20 cans
- Hopper BackFlip 24 - 20 cans
- Hopper Two 30 – 24 cans
How do I clean my Hopper?
A mixture of dish soap and water should do the trick. Rinse with fresh water and then thoroughly wipe the inside dry with a cloth or paper towel. Leave the HydroLok™ Zipper open for several days to ensure all moisture has dried. Taking care of your HydroLok Zipper is also extremely important. Each Hopper comes with a small tube of lubricant. Make sure you apply this lubricant following cleaning, before storage, and anytime the zipper feels stiff. Make sure your zipper is always free of dirt, grime, or other debris for maximum performance and life.
Always store your Hopper in the fully closed position, making sure the inside is completely dry.
WARNING: Do not machine wash. Do not dry in an oven or clothes dryer. Do not use bleach.
What options and accessories are available for my Hopper?
Accessorize your Hopper with the flexibility of the HitchPoint™ Grid. Easily fasten bottle openers, carabiners, key chains, or accessories through the nylon strapping. You can also outfit your Hopper with the MOLLE Bottle Opener and MOLLE Zinger.
For a complete list, please visit our Hopper Accessories page.
Why is my Hopper so stiff and hard to open?
Like a good pair of boots or a quality baseball glove, the Hopper takes a little time to break in. The extremely durable materials of the Hopper can make it feel rigid when first put into action. Loading and unloading contents will become easier as the materials relax with use.
The HydroLok Zipper is the best cooler zipper in the world, and with a little care and maintenance can last a lifetime. We recommend long-term storage with the zipper in the fully closed position to help protect the U-Dock™ seal. We also recommend regular application of the included zipper lubricant — especially when putting into storage — by carefully applying the lube to the U-Dock front, back, and inside.