Let me start off by saying that when I saw YETI released the new Hopper Backflip™ 24, I was a little bewildered. A backpack cooler? Who would ever have a use for a backpack style cooler? After seeing one in person, and getting a chance to use one for a couple of months now, I must say that I have found the answer – Just. About. Anyone.
Having already owned a Hopper 20 and Tundra 125 cooler, I knew the quality product I would be receiving. I was intimately familiar with the puncture resistant, uv resistant, waterproof DryHide™ Shell; ColdCell™ Insulation; and waterproof, leakproof HydroLok™ Zipper that is common across the entire soft cooler line. I’ve put my Hopper 20 through its paces, and it has held up to everything I’ve thrown its way. My only real complaint with the Hopper 20 cooler has been not being able to open up the top of the cooler large enough to easily place things inside. My gripes were appeased whenever YETI released the Hopper Flip series of coolers.
The Hopper Flip series currently includes four different models of soft coolers; The Flip 8, Flip 12, Flip 18 and the BackFlip 24. I haven’t quite figured out what the “8”, “12”, “18” or “24” in the cooler names means, but in general, the higher the number, the more cans/capacity it is rated for. Each model includes a new top opening lid that “flips” (hence the name) completely open after unzipping the HydroLok Zipper. The new wide-mouth opening allows for much easier access to the interior of the cooler for loading and unloading. The Flip 18 and BackFlip 24 have very similar rated capacities, but the dimensions between the two are vastly different. The design of the Flip 18 is more of a shorter/wider type cooler whereas the BackFlip 24 is taller/narrower to better fit the profile of a persons back. The BackFlip 24 outside dimensions are 19-1/8″ tall x 13-3/4″ wide x 8-1/2″ deep. These dimensions also makes the BackFlip 24 a great carry-on for flights!
The feature that sets the BackFlip 24 apart from the others in the Flip soft cooler lineup, and the Hopper Two lineup for that matter, is the addition of backpack style shoulder straps. Furthermore, the removable chest strap and waist belt add to the comfortability of carrying a fully loaded cooler. I would definitely recommend using the chest strap and waist belt if you will be loading it close to its full capacity (approximately 20 cans of your favorite beverage at a 2:1 ice to can ratio by volume). If you have ever backpacked with substantial weight on your back, you can appreciate the added stability and security the chest strap and waist belt will offer. The backpack straps are wide and have just enough cushioning to carry the fully loaded cooler for long distances without it digging in.
Another feature that I really like about the Hopper series of soft coolers is the HitchPoint™ Grid (think MOLLE platform) that is attached to the exterior of the cooler. The possibilities and uses for the HitchPoint Grid are endless. Whether you use a carabiner to attach a Rambler Bottle to them, use them as a tie down point to secure the cooler to a vehicle, or you attach one of the several available Hopper accessories, I am positive you will find a use for them. Speaking of Hopper accessories; The SideKick Dry™ is an absolute must-have with the BackFlip 24. The SideKick Dry provides an excellent, completely dry area for you to store your cell phone, wallet, keys, fishing license, or anything else you want to make sure you keep 100% dry. It securely attaches to the BackFlip and all other YETI items with the HitchPoint Grid.
I can honestly say that after testing out the new YETI Hopper BackFlip 24, I highly recommend it. It is now my families go-to cooler for any on the go trips. The portability and ability to carry the cooler, completely hands free, has been a lifesaver for us. Especially when we have other precious cargo that requires both of our arms to be free.
The YETI BackFlip 24 retails for $299.99, and can be purchased directly from YETI, with free ground shipping, by clicking here, or it can be purchased in store at one of YETI’s many other online or brick and mortar retailers. While you are there, be sure to check out all of the other great items YETI offers at www.yeti.com.