Today I’m going to review my Coleman Max Elate 14L. It features a 2 liter hydration bladder. Microban anti-microbial treated bite valve. Three zippered storage compartments. Side compression straps. Cool airflow shoulder strap design. It also has an adjustable sternum strap.
I got this pack a few years ago on clearance at Wal-Mart. I think I paid around $15 or so. My purpose for this was as a small light daypack for hiking. Also I’m a big fan of hydration bladders. I love my Wide mouth Nalgene bottles but drinking while moving always ends up making a mess. Usually I just throw in some trail snacks but have loaded it out with a full 10 piece kit before.
I love using it during the summer when I want to travel light on hikes. The cool airflow straps actually do manage to help keep you cool. The pack rides comfortable whether hiking or trail running. I chose hydration bladders when hiking to be able to keep my hands free. I’ve heard dislike of them for their fragile nature and I cannot agree with that statement at all. I have beat up and abused this pack and it is still in great shape. I really like the shock cord compression straps on it. They make a great spot to add extra gear like a poncho or a nalgene bottle.
If you’re looking for a cheap, lightweight daypack for hiking then give the Coleman Max Elate 14L a try. It’s a great deal for under $30. You might still be able to find one in some stores and there are a few online.
Now onto the Pros and Con’s
- The pack is very lightweight.
- It rides very comfortably.
- Has enough storage for day hikes.
- Stays nice and cool during hot summer months.
- Sternum strap held on with plastic clips and come off too easily and go back on too hard.
I have been very pleased with this pack and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a small, light day pack. let me know in the comments what you use for day hikes.