Skip to main content Skip to main content

Yeti Hopper M30

Yeti Hopper M30

(This cooler review first appeared in the 2020 Gear Guide, now on sale at bookstores and fly shop nationwide, and also at osgnewsstand.com.) 

I first saw a magnetic waterproof closure on the Yeti SideKick, an easy-access pouch that fastens to the outside of Yeti’s Panga backpack. I wanted to put my iPhone, car keys, and passport in the SideKick while traveling, but I wasn’t convinced I could trust a simple magnetic snap-and-fold closure with my valuable electronics, and my only means of getting home. So of course I submerged it. Then I submerged it and stood on it. The magnetic seal is incredibly dependable, and while zippers can get jammed with sand or other debris, as long as electrons predictably revolve around the nucleus of an atom, I can’t envision any scenario where the magnet closure won’t work. Evidently, Yeti thought the same thing, and put a similar but mega-sized magnetic closure in its new Hopper M30 cooler. While Yeti’s 8-, 12-, and 18-liter Flip coolers still have zippers, the magnetic closure proved more reliable, opens wider, and is easier to access than the old-style hoppers with zippers. For day trips in rafts or drift boats, the soft-side Hopper M30 is quieter, and easier to stow and transport than a hard-sided cooler, and we all know how important it is to have something cold to drink when the fishing is summertime hot. $300 | yeti.com

Get Your Fish On.

Plan your next fishing and boating adventure here.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

Popular Videos

How to Tie the Amy

How to Tie the Amy's Ant Fly

The Amy's Ant Fly, by Jack Dennis, was first designed for the Jackson Hole One Fly. Charlie Craven will show you to tie one up in this step-by-step video guide.

Water-Loaded Fly Casting

Water-Loaded Fly Casting

Jed Fiebelkorn of Fly Fisherman offers some tips on water-loaded fly casting. A great technique to quickly pick up and fire longer distances.

How to Choose the Right Hook for Fly Tying

How to Choose the Right Hook for Fly Tying

Charlie Craven talks in-depth about hooks for fly tying, specific sizes to use, why certain hooks are used over others, and more.

See All Videos

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Fly Fisherman App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Fly Fisherman stories delivered right to your inbox.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Fly Fisherman subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now