Yeti Hopper Flip 12 Cooler Review

"Your New Outdoor Buddy"

Every now and then I get a product in my hands that is everything I could have ever imagined and more. The Yeti Hopper Flip which came out last month is that product. I have taken this thing every day to the Fire Academy as my personal lunch cooler and to a few trips up in the mountains of Colorado, it has done nothing but continue to impress the hell out of me.  

Yeti is the Rolls-Royce of outdoor coolers and is the go to for anyone serious enough about keeping their food/drinks cold as can be while being able to last a lifetime and look damn good doing it. The Hopper Flip hit the shelves last August and has been a hit since. I was able to get my hands on one for testing after seeing it in person at Outdoor Retailer. 

If you have ever owned or dreamed of owning a Yeti Cooler you know they are not cheap by any means. The Flip follows this same principle coming in at $279.99.  I will go further into detail about the price and my ideas on whether or not the Flip is worth it later on. The Flip is Yeti's first real "personal" cooler at only 3lbs and measuring just over 11" x 12". 

"Perfect Size for the Day"

The Yeti to me is the perfect size for a day cooler or a personal lunch cooler. It fits my lunch at the Academy with ease and plenty of room to spare. I did put it to the test to see how many beers the Flip could hold and it stayed true to the 12 listed on the Yeti site. Yeti was nice enough to throw in their Flip-sized Ice pack which I put on the bottom of the beers and lay them down to pack in tight with some room to spare for ice on top if you wanted. The beers stayed ice cold the entire day only with the ice pack which is amazing. The ability to only throw a small ice pack in the bottom of the cooler and be able to keep everything on top without ice in between and getting all your food wet is great. 

"Cold As Ice"

To build on that, I decided to do a test with only the ice pack I was sent from Yeti and the beers. Over a 24 hour period, the Temperature in the beers only raised 3 degrees F while sitting outside on my back porch. Any cooler that can hold a temp like that is a winner in my book. 

Not only does the Flip keep things extremely cold, it looks great while doing it. On the back of the Yeti, there is a 2x3 Velcro patch to throw all of your hard earned morale patches or even a name patch. On either side of the Logo or Velcro patch, there are two rows of mollee style webbing which allow you to attach anything you want. On mine, I decided to throw on a Black Diamond Caribeaner for some looks and a possible attachment point for keys or whatever else. Yeti also sells a bottle opener which can be attached easily to the mollee which is a great idea and way to always have one near your booze box.   

"Shoulder Strap To Match The Cooler"

Each side of the Flip is paired with side grab handles and an attachment point for the included shoulder strap. The side handles are a great option if one does not want to use the strap or needs a quick way to grab the cooler and go. The shoulder strap on the Flip matches the same build quality as the cooler itself. I hate seeing a quality built duffle only to be greeted with a half-ass shoulder strap, which is honestly, a huge part of any bag or cooler you are going to be carrying from place to place like I will with the Flip. The shoulder strap is built from the same material as the cooler itself their "Dryhide Shell" on the outside of the strap and a very soft and comfortable neoprene on the inside. The shoulder strap made carrying the cooler packed with 12 beers much easier. 

"Element-Proof HydroLok Zipper"

Above each side handle runs the patented Yeti HydroLok Zippe. The HydroLok is by far the largest and most secure zipper I have ever used here at RMK and for a god reason. Obviously, a major difference with the Hopper line of coolers compared to the normal hard-sided coolers most people are used to is the zipper on the top. In order to keep everything on the inside of the cooler, you need to have a bombproof zipper that not only keeps the cold in but keeps the water out. I did a quick test up in the Blue River in Dillon Colorado to see how the zipper held up with our lunch inside. The cooler as one would probably guess floats so I had to jump on top of the cooler which helped check off two tests instead of one, however, we will get to that later. After pulling the cooler out of the rocks and water I opened it up to not one drop of water. The HydroLok zipper is the real deal when it comes to a zipper that will no matter what keep your drinks cold and the elements out of the Flip. Below I am going to show mulitple pictures of the HydroLok  (I'd love to run these guys on some of my packs)

While testing the Yeti I was trying to find something I did not like or would change about the cooler. The only thing I found which is really not a big deal but I thought I would mention is when the lid of the cooler is opened and pulled back it will not stay in the open position but swing back shut. I didn't find this to be too big of a problem but it did make grabbing things out with only one hand a little bit harder. It is nice in the way too that you won't ever have to worry about leaving the lid of the Flip open!

As mentioned above the Flip while getting submerged was also able to stand tall while support my 200lbs frame, for a soft sided cooler I feel that this only shows the type of build quality by Yeti on the Flip. This section of the review is where I feel the $279 price tag gets completely justified. Will the Flip keep your drinks cold? Yes. Is the Flip the same size as other personal coolers on the market? Yes. Do other coolers have handles and shoulder straps just like the Flip? Yes. Could you throw other coolers off of mountains and down a river like the Flip? No. 

The Flip is my first Yeti as stated at the start of this review and it will not be my last. It is truly amazing the type of build quality Yeti has built themselves on and you can feel it firsthand with the Flip. The DryHide Shell that the Flip has on the outside is literally as tough as nails, it is scratch-proof and puncture resistant. Throughout my testing, I would slam the cooler down, kick it over, and walk over it. All while the Flip holds on to over 10lbs of beer. Never once did I feel like I damaged the cooler or was worried about what I had on the inside. The soft sided nature of the Flip also acts as a padding layer for the goods inside. 

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  • It's a Yeti
  • Padded Shoulder Strap
  • Side Handles
  • Velcro patch and Mollee webbing for Attachments
  • Will keep cold for 24+ Hours
  • Water and Element Proof
  • Crush, Puncture, and Scratch Proof
  • Looks Great

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  • $$$
  • Does not stay open when lid is pulled back

Could you get by with buying a $50 cooler from Walmart? Yes, without a doubt. You just have to ask yourself how many of those $50 coolers will you have to purchase over the years. After testing and getting to experience the Flip for myself I have no doubt that this cooler is worth the $279 price tag. Yes, it is a lot of money for just a cooler but if you use it enough it is well worth it. Each Yeti comes with a 3-year warranty in case you feed the cooler to a walrus or something, but other than that I doubt you will need it. The Yeti Flip will be coming on every adventure I need to keep a few drinks or a lunch cold on here at RMK Outdoors. I will be trying to get my hands on the bigger Hopper 40 for longer trips like camping or hunting at the cabin in Wisconsin. 

 

 

GoRuck 15L Bullet Ruck

I was lucky enough to have purchased my first Goruck hydration bullet about a month ago at the Denver Colorado GoRuck Kill That 5K. It paid off getting to the “Beer and Gear” early to get my hands on this 15L and also the 10L Coyote, which I will be doing on review on later. I got this ruck for $90 which is a little under retail at $120 on the GoRuck website. 

The first thing I noticed about this ruck was that the material felt a lot “thinner” then that of my GR1 or even the Coyote 10L I had bought. This is because the newer hydration rucks are being made of the 500D Cordura instead of the normal 1000D Cordura, which the GR series of rucks is made out of. At first this made me uneasy and feel that I was not getting the normal quality that I had come to except from GoRuck, however this was not the case at all. After a few days with the 15L I learned why the company had decided to change the material it is made of. I used this pack mainly as a hydration bladder pack and extra gear backpack for my biking trips and for my hiking/climbing adventures while I was back in my home-state of Colorado. The pack was noticeability lighter then even the 10L Bullet I bought that had the 1000D Cordura construction. Anyone who bikes/climbs or uses a smaller backpack for any action adventure activity knows that the lighter the pack means more endurance and less effort. I had always been looking for light packs to bike with but they always came with the compromise of quality and reliability I could count on. On the other hand, anyone who knows the GoRuck company knows that their products and quality that their products are built to is second to none. Having this mix of lightweight 500D Cordura and toughness and water resistant Cordura felt like the perfect combination. Cordura aside, the ruck also comes with the same kickass YKK zippers, 2x3 velcro patch, and padded straps that are featured on the higher end GoRuck packs. 

As I said before, I used this ruck mostly while biking throughout Colorado. The lightweight but sturdy construction of the pack made it feel like I had nothing on my back. In the main compartment on my excursions I would bring along a rain jacket, pelican case for my phone and wallet, a bike case storing tire patches and other simple things. Then my Lowepro GoPro case/GR1 Field pocket for my Sony A3000. Everything fit perfectly and still the bag had a slim profile when on my back. 

 On the inside of the front panel, like every other GoRuck bag there is two zipper pockets. The larger of the two is mesh and on the bottom. This pocket is very handy for anything you want separate from the main compartment that you may need to see or quickly grab while on the trail. The top pocket is perfect for smaller items like gum or snacks.

On the front of the bag there is a horizontal zipper pocket that reaches the bottom of the ruck. This compartment is where I would leave smaller and thinner objects during my rides. Keys, headphones, and my knife.

The last pocket of this bag is the hydration pocket for the bladder. On this ride I only brought along my 2L Camelback bladder and it slide right in without any problems. I had also used my 3L Osprey bladder in this pack and that too fit perfectly. The back of the bag has enough padding to support the bladder and keep it upright but not too much so that the bag feels bulky. 

 

On the front of the bag as like most GoRuck products there are four rows of Mollee webbing. I not only love the look this addition gives GoRucks bags but it can be used to attach multiple other “pockets” GoRuck sells and pictured below can be used as a great way to attach a helmet or anything else you can think of. 

Now I know that most of these packs are used for rucking but this was just a quick review to show the different ways one could use the 15L Bullet. Below is a picture of six duct taped bricks in the main compartment of the 15L Bullet. I use this pack on light rucks when I don't feel like lugging around my GR1. I can fit the six bricks in the main comparment and a 20 pound GoRuck weight in the hydration compartment to give me some pretty decent weight in such a small pack.


    All in all I can safely say that the GoRuck 15L Hydration Bullet Ruck is one of my favorite biking bags that I've had. It not only is built of the best materials, water resistant, and super streamlined, but the pack looks great and lets me showcase the patches I have earned while doing something other then rucking.