Coleman Coastal Xtreme Series Marine Portable Cooler 70L

For the money, this really can’t be beat. I did a bunch of research and this cooler held food cold for 3.5 days in 80 degree days, whereas the Yeti, at 10x the price, lasted only 4 days. Scientific? No, but close enough. At under $40, you just can’t beat it. Is it large? Yes. It’s useful only for car camping, picnics, having beer cold when everyone is over for a bbq, etc. I sometimes wish I had gotten a 50L because this holds far more food than I care to carry and takes up valuable bed space in the truck. Ah well, I don’t feel like buying another.

Make sure you get the Marine version – the hinges are metal instead of plastic. It should last longer. It’s also white so it doesn’t get bleached by the sun.

New Daypack: Gregory MiWok 24

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So this is my what, third Gregory pack?  Really, I love them.

I bought the 2019 Radial 34, but returned it before I left the store.  It was just much thinner than I expected and the wire rim didn’t click with me.  I couldn’t really understand it.  It got a lot of love online, but didn’t click for me, certainly not at $170.

The MiWok 12 and 24 were on sale for 50% off, so I took a chance.  I’m glad I did.  It’s light, yea thin, doesn’t feel super substantial, but feels sturdy enough for my two laptops, some gym clothes, and bag gloves.

I haven’t gotten to use it much yet, but still, I’m very happy with it.

Looking for new daypack

Wants

    • prevents a sweaty back
  • good for walking to work
  • ok for biking to work
  • ok for airline travel
  • normally will hold one laptop and one large tablet
  • sometimes will hold two laptops and two tablets
  • on flights will hold four laptops, three tablets, two kindles, and lots of wires

So far, only Osprey has a mesh panel to keep the back cool.

All the models I’m considering have a 25-ish and 35-ish size option.  The larger size compresses down to the smaller one so there is little advantage in the smaller one considering when I do pack a jacket, it takes a lot of space.

Options

  • Osprey
    • Radial 34 (2019)
    • Radial 34 (2018)
    • Escapist
    • Nebula
    • Tropos

 

Pack Pro Con
Radial 34 (2019) Hopefully fixed kickstand digging into back $50 more expensive
Radial 34 (2018) $50 cheaper
  • kickstand sometimes digs into back
Escapist Non removable waist strap
Nebula
Tropos

Update: found my backpack.  See next post.