Soft Sided, Hard-Working

YETI Hopper 30 Softside Cooler

November 17, 2014 GP100 By

Yeti was founded by two brothers who love exploring life’s wild side, and theirs are the go-to coolers for similarly inclined hunting and fishing professionals. The durable, dependable Yeti Hopper 30 Softside Cooler is the first completely leakproof softside travel cooler; dubbed “the world’s toughest cooler”, it’ll go as far as the bravest explorer dares.

The cooler’s leakproof design is anchored by a Hydrolok zipper, the best-performing zipper in the world. No kidding: allied with a U-Dock locking system to produce an airtight seal, it’s the same technology used in waterproof waders and survival suits. The seams are RF-welded over each other to ensure that no liquid gets in or out; no stitches here. So swimming to your secret fishing spot with it won’t be a problem.

And beyond water, the Hopper can withstand a bear mauling. A trademarked Dryhide shell protects the interior and exterior, and its tenacious 840-denier nylon is the same material used by high-performance whitewater rafts to defend against jagged rocks and crushing falls. Down under, scratch-resistant EVA foam allows the Hopper to stand freely on uneven terrain.

The cooler has a capacity of 6.5 gallons, so it can stomach meals for multiple friends. Its sides and bottom are thoroughly lined with ColdCell insulation, closed-cell NBR rubber foam padding that maintains refrigerative temperatures. Footlong subs and freshly skinned venison alike will stay cold no matter what.

Every component of the Hopper is meant to last. Of its three carrying options, the primary and end handles are reinforced with double stitching, while the detachable shoulder strap can carry the densest of loads. A dependable travel companion, the Hopper has six heavy-duty D-ring tie-down points. It doesn’t matter whether you’re traveling by kayak or ATV — once it’s secured, the cooler isn’t going anywhere. And neither is your delicious grub.


Exterior: DryHide Shell, RF welded seams
Insulation: ColdCell rubber foam
Leakproof: HydroLok zipper, U-dock locking system
Capacity: 6.5 gallons
Size: 22.5 x 16.5 x 12 inches

Tucker Bowe

Tucker Bowe has been on Gear Patrol's editorial team since 2014. As a Tech Staff Writer, he tracks everything in the consumer tech space, from headphones to smartphones, wearables to home theater systems. If it lights up or makes noise, he probably covers it.

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