Short travel on cards? Find out if Wildcraft Voyager Trolley Backpack a good travel companion
The thing about travel is you never know what exactly is going to come next. Your urban adventure might not have butter smooth landing and can lead you to cobbled streets, rain swept alleys, barely-there dusty roads or simply jagged pavements – all of which might not be healthy for the wheels of your expensive luggage. And trust me I had been in these situations before. I tried both kinds of luggage – stylish trolley and rustic backpack. But none worked.
The solution? A backpack that glides beautifully on the marble floors of an airport but can be slung over one or two shoulders at the merest hint of mud or crazy paving. It was time for me to upgrade to a better backpack — and my new Wildcraft Voyager Trolley Backpack fitted the bill perfectly.
What I Wanted
I wanted it to be spacious but not bulky
A backpack in which I can keep my laptop, camera, accessories like lenses, extra set of batteries, filters, Go-Pro with Gimbal, Kindle, Power banks, various chargers, toiletries, medicines, water bottle, passport holder, a few set of clothes and some snacks to munch in. But carrying all this in my backpack shouldn't limit my mobility.
I wanted it to be a trolley pack
Firstly, because my back would hurt towards the end of a long trip with carrying my backpack, and secondly, I carry much more gadgets in my daypack these days, so I needed a slightly bigger backpack than what I was using.
I wanted a high-quality backpack that would last a long time
Before zeroing on Wildcraft Voyager Trolley Backpack I did a bit of research. I checked online, read reviews and spoke to few friends who are using it. The response I got - sturdy plus stylish. I didn’t come across any major negative review except for some people finding it a bit expensive. But frankly, I find it reasonable. After all, quality comes at a price.
What I Got
I didn’t want to pass the verdict on my bag in a jiffy, so I decided to wait until I had traveled with it for over a month to give a fair review. My thoughts?
I LOVE THIS BAG.
The wheels and balance are outstanding. The handle is sturdy and easy to maneuver.
This large multifunctional wheeled backpack is so strong that it feels like it was made for the Army. The inner and outside compartments are thoughtfully designed keeping in mind the requirements of Urban travelers like me. The Zippers are of good quality and I didn't face any snag even while zipping them in a hurry.
There’s abundant space in the bag with various pockets for accessories, laptop, iPad, clothes etc. Additionally, there are a few compartments close to the top of the bag that is good for small items that you need to access easily. I use mine for chargers, medicines and hand sanitizer. There is also a back panel that can to be used for magazines, newspapers, or anything flat.
The best thing about the bag is - it's customizable. You can either push the adjustable carry handle inside the pocket and cover the wheels with the pouch provided, for it to become a full backpack. Or remove the straps for it to become a complete trolley bag.
Having a trolley backpack made my travel so much better — it was much easier on my body.
What I didn’t like
It is heavy for a backpack. But this is the price you pay for having wheels on your pack. And Kudos to the Wildcraft team for telling me honestly not to use it for hiking or long walks. Your lower back will not like the hard base and wheels at the bottom. So, if you’re a traveler who enjoys trips to the wilderness, bring along a lightweight backpack. And if you are looking for one, Wildcraft has many great options.
What Could Be Better
My only issue with this bag is that due to its short and fat shape, it tends to flip over backward when I walk a bit fast. I can’t zip around like I can with taller skinnier bags.
Still, that’s a very small qualm in the grand scheme of things.
The Price Point
The 45L bag that I am using is available for Rupees 5,999 (93 USD). As far as pricing is concerned, it’s in the mid-range for backpacks. In my opinion, a backpack is a critical investment in your travels. Getting a less-than-perfect backpack can ruin your body and trip. So, paying a bit extra for a bag this good is absolutely worth it. If you’re looking for a new backpack, this is a good option. I highly recommend it.
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Many thanks to Wildcraft for providing Wildcraft 45 L Voyager Trolley Backpack. All opinions, as always, are my own and have been written after using the product.
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