YETI Hopper Coolers

We have one of these. My husband won it at one of those raffles where you put your business card in a fishbowl. A fishless fishbowl.

The comment about the shark’s mouth is somewhat accurate, though I’ve learned through experience that if you lean the side of it against your leg, you can push on the other side with one hand while you reach in with the other. Or you can put your 7 year old in charge of passing out the beers; they have smaller arms.

It does really well at keeping the beer and ice cold, however. In direct sun it can melt a bit faster, but if you can keep it in the shade it does nicely.

I still don’t know if I would buy one at this price point, but that may be because I’ve already got one. If you were considering it already, you could do worse than almost 50% off.

Pelican is the best bang for your hard earned buck, plus they have a life time warranty.

I’ve been purchasing their products since the late 1970’s.

I am definitely not a dealer or rep for pelican, if you wish to repost my comments with what you think is some witty banter or snide remarks, don’t bother, I’m going to work and will never read your post.

Have a great day​:hear_no_evil::see_no_evil::speak_no_evil:

'Sorry but no logo or showy image makes a soft-side cooler worth almost 200 bucks.

Good stuff, but let’s admit it - they extract this premium on their coolers because they are the early adopters and, like BOSE, they know how to market. (BOSE speakers, on the other hand, don’t even sound good.)

It is kinda amusing the number of Yeti lovers who didn’t pony up personal money, but rather were given theirs.

That beautiful Yeti image really makes for wonderful contest award attention getters and gifts from those looking for “that special attention-getter” gift.

We’re doing just fine getting 6-7 days of ice in our (carefully selected) conventional 100 quart cooler with stainless steel hinges and more friendly stainless steel latches for about $100 at Costco.

is this good offer?

Hey look, someone who actually owns this cooler! We were given one of these as a wedding gift, I’m really glad I didn’t pay for it. It’s super impressive looking, but by far the worst cooler we have at keeping things cool.

The only thing I like about it is that the upright design is easy to pack in areas that an actual cooler is too big for (between boat seats for example). This cooler doesn’t keep things cool well, scratches up your arms trying to use it, is hard to see into, and the inner bag of ours is coming loose after only a year so that you can’t dry the thing out because the lining is sticking together.

Seriously, save your money and look elsewhere, this cooler makes me never want to buy any other Yeti product.

Fair enough. I wish Yeti tumblers were manufactured in America, but they aren’t. Not sure about their other coolers, I thought some were made in America. I guess word of mouth was that a Yeti employee at some level of their company decided to break away and start RTIC. A Google search seems to not return any evidence to that fact, so I’m sorry I made an assumption. My peeve with RTIC is that an American company copied another American company and undercut the first, but that is business, eh? My primary peeve is between Ozark and Yeti/RTIC. Ozark is non American taking a design from an American company and using it to profit. But again, global economy, capitalism, survival of the fittest, yadda yadda.

In the end of the day, I posted a sleep deprived rant so take it for what it is. I’d still be up for one of these soft coolers if I had the cash.

Here’s the yeti hopper 20 head to head versus many other similar coolers.

http://thesweethome.com/reviews/best-soft-cooler/

Tl;dr: Yeti is probably better than most but also much more expensive and not better enough to justify the cost

I own this cooler and use it regularly. The zipper design is irritating and its hard to get a 6 pack in or out of. But it is well made and we keep it in the vehicle for grocery runs. It is not as efficient as the hard-sided coolers (I own 3) but it is a LOT lighter. It definitely has its place

To all the people who’ve been saying that other brands are just as good for half the price - well, on Woot today only, Yeti is also half the price! Now, I think any rotomolded cooler is great, I have an RTIC myself, but Yeti is an undeniably great brand, and for those in the market for one, there is no better deal right now.

Wish I was a Yeti rep, that way I wouldn’t have to keep paying for all their things. I’m just a really satisfied customer. But Yeti reps, if you’re out there, I’m interested.

Did YETI massively overproduce, or more likely–massively overprice, these? They’re on clearance everywhere. They were hawking them at TJ Max this weekend for less than this.

I CAN VOUCH FOR OZARK TRAIL, I HAVE 1 YETI COOLER, DONT USE IT ANYMORE, WAS ON MY BOAT AND DISCOLORED BEYOND BELIEF, I ALSO DRIVE SEMI AND USE MY OZARK CUPS DAILY, ICE STAYS IN CUP 2 DAYS, SAME AS YETI, BUT OZARK KEEPS HOT MUCH LONGER, YETI EXTREMELY OVERPRICED! PAYING FOR THEIR MARKETING SCHEMES! SAVE YOUR MONEY, EVEN THESE WOOT DISCOUNT PRICES ARE TWICE WHAT THE PRODUCTS WORTH… SORRY WOOT, LOVE THE SIGHT BUTSTAY OFF THE YETI PRICE TRAIN PLEASE…

NONONO!

Thanks for this link. Sweethome (and their sister site The Wire Cutter) has become my go-to for reading reviews before spending my hard earned money

Monoprice offers the Stainless tumblers and Hardsides at a hell of a better deal than Yeti, though they haven’t started making a softside if that’s what you need. And I’ve owned both and the MP ones work just as well as the Yetis.

YETI fixed the design flaw with the zipper (way too hard to open as noted in earlier posts) and launched the Hopper Two. They are discounting the old version.

Sir James Dewar invented the vacuum insulated flask in 1892

The Thermos was introduced in 1904 using the same basic design but used superior marketing to claim a massive market share. Until their PATENT ran out.

Fast forward 100+ years and Yeti released the Rambler, using the same basic design but used superior marketing to claim a massive market share. No new Patent-able technology, but they have a TRADEMARKED (TRADE DRESS) LOOK

Everyone keeps saying Walmart and RTCI got sued for patent infringement, but THEY DID NOT!

The US PATENT AND TRADEMARK office issued Yeti a DESIGN PATENT (a form of legal protection granted to an ornamental design)

Yeti sued everyone under the sun for “Trade dress infringement claims” None of their claims are related to patent.

So who really stole what? Technology wise Walmart and RTCI did not in any way steal some new fangled way of insulating beverage cups from Yeti. They are using the exact same design that has been around for 100+ years that the patent ran out on long long ago. They may be guilty of making a round stainless cup that fits in a cup holder look to much like another round stainless cup that fits in a cup holder but that is about it.

YETI: Because some people are just not paying enough income taxes!

And on that note, lots of people are really boasting about these types of containers. They are fine for your daily trip to the beach, office, etc… But NEVER EVER take one camping (backpacking) and expect to use it to “boil water”. Not a good combo.