Igloo MaxCold Backpack Cooler Review

Igloo MaxCold Backpack Cooler Review - BestBackpack

You’ll agree: A cooler backpack that offers convenience and functionality is always your best bet. The MaxCold by Igloo is designed to provide you with that and more. Its versatility means you can use it for anything from camping to picnics. The practical design allows you to even use it as a daily lunch box – hassle free.

1.15 lbs
10.5” x 8.0” x 6.5”
Carrying Capacity:
30 cans

Why we like it

The Igloo brand of cooler backpacks is well known for combining both performance and convenience. What sets it apart from the other backpacks is its impressive insulation capabilities. That’s why we deem it the perfect companion for those long hiking trips.

This cooler utilizes the MaxCold insulation system which has 25% more foam than the average backpack within the same price range. You can expect your beverages to be kept cooler for longer periods than you’re used to with other bags.

Igloo MaxCold Backpack Cooler


Finally, we have a cooler backpack that allows you to carry those fragile items without fear of breakages. This is thanks to one of its unique features – the top zipper compartment which has a crush-resistant top. Made using molded EVA, it won’t give in easily to the wear & tear of regular use – or even some occasional heavy-duty use. It can certainly withstand considerable pressure. After all, a durable backpack is the one you want, right?

Apart from keeping your delicate items intact and secure, the foam also keeps your contents cold. The cooling capabilities are quite impressive. Ice is kept frozen for pretty much most of the day. This ultimately means your beverages will stay cold, ensuring you get the refreshment which you deserve at the end of a long day.

However, for optimum performance, we strongly recommend also using ice packs in this cooler. They’ll be frozen for longer. In fact, it does come with a compartment specifically designed for keeping an ice pack.

Build Design

The liner in the cooler is anti-microbial making it germ-resistant. In addition, it’s also leak-resistant and will keep those leakages at bay during the course of your adventure.

Because of the nature of the liner’s material, you’ll find cleaning it a breeze. This also makes it a low maintenance cooler, a feature most will appreciate! You don’t need to immerse it in water when cleaning, simply spot-clean it with a damp cloth and it will be as good as new again.

The liner is leak-proof, so you won’t have to deal with a wet shirt while wearing the backpack. Just be sure to keep it upright at all times. If you turn it upside down, we can’t guarantee a dry carrying experience.

All your picnic essentials will fit perfectly in this bag thanks to the many compartments it’s designed with. For the essentials which you want to keep close, you can keep them in the front pocket for easy access. Any small items can be stashed in the zippered pocket which has mesh detail. This pocket is expandable so you can fit quite a number of items in there.

For any additional storage, simply make use of the side mesh pockets. These exterior pockets can be used to store anything from water bottles to other reasonably-sized essentials which you want within reach.

The main compartment is quite roomy, allowing you to store up to 30 cans – which is more than enough for a day’s supply.

The zipper on this bag holds up quite well. Many users have noted it can last more than three years – which is proof of its durability. Unfortunately, a handful of customers have had issues with the stitching around the zipper unraveling after a couple of months. However, Igloo does offer a one year warranty on the MaxCold to be “free from defects in material or workmanship under normal use and service”. 

Igloo MaxCold Backpack Cooler


We can’t discuss a cooler backpack without letting you in on whether or not it’s comfortable or not. You’ll agree, carrying a cooler backpack can be pretty tiring; that’s why it’s advisable to consider this model – which was designed with your comfort in mind.

The straps on the Igloo MaxCold cooler are padded to take care of your comfort concerns. Not only will they minimize any shoulder fatigue but you can adjust them according to your preference. You’ll also appreciate that these straps are made with breathable mesh to allow for airflow and a comfortable hands-free carrying experience.

If you happen to suffer from any spine issues,  you’ll find the cooler’s ergonomic design quite useful. Though sturdily built, it’s still relatively lightweight and easy to carry around with minimum strain.


The manufacturer guarantees each bag to be “free from defects in material or workmanship”. This applies to normal use and begins from the date of the original purchase. If by any chance the product presents otherwise, know that it’s covered by a one-year limited warranty.

If you wish, you can purchase accessories that are specifically designed for the MaxCold. Igloo sells additional ice sheets and freezer blocks which can be placed in your cooler to help keep the contents cold.

Igloo MaxCold Backpack Cooler

What We Like:
  • Easy to clean
  • Plenty of storage space
  • Comfortable shoulder straps
  • Versatile
  • Lightweight
What We Don't Like:
  • Expensive
  • Stiching durability questionable


The Igloo MaxCold backpack cooler certainely impresses where comfort is concerned. The main cause for concern regarding this product has to be the stitching – particularly around the zipper. However, this may entirely depend on whether or not you’re overloading the cooler as well as the frequency of usage.

We’d highly recommend carrying ice packs with this cooler backpack as opposed to regular ice to prevent leakages. The latter tends to melt quicker. Needless to say: the longer your ice stays frozen, the longer your contents stay cold.

Overall, it works well and features a sturdy design. It’s lightweight, making it portable and easy to carry around.

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