Hikpro 002 33L
This is a budget foldable daypack that is spacious and organized. It is best for urban travelers who don't care about suitcase weight, but do care about suitcase size (ex. most air travelers).
- light and compact
- durable fabric
- good organization
- great H20 bottle pockets
- lining peels quickly
- some quality issues
- no support
- not ultralight
- no hipbelt
Fit: The pack is essentially a sack, so fit doesn't matter.
Comfort: Not comfortable with heavy loads, but otherwise adequate.
This pack is comfortable when used properly. It has non-padded shoulder straps that tend to twist under heavy loads. Additionally, the back panel is unpadded, so you need to pack carefully. This is not the manufacturer's fault, just a limitation of foldable backpacks. The shoulder straps adjust well. It does vent well since the shoulder straps are mesh and the pack sort of hangs off your back, allowing airflow.
Capacity: Capacity far exceeds weight limit, so no issues here.
The capacity is way overkill for such an ultralight pack. In fact, I would recommend buying the smaller 20L version, because this pack really has more capacity than necessary.
Organization: Better organization than a standard foldable pack.
This pack has pretty good pockets. The main compartment has a good zipper opening and is very large. Inside the main compartment is a hanging pocket, which also becomes the carrying case for the pack. This pocket is large enough to fit even the largest of phones.
Moving on to the front of the pack, there is a second zippered compartment and a smaller one on the front of the pack. On the sides, there are two water bottle pockets that fit a Nalgene well.
Ride: Rides like a sack with shoulder straps.
This backpack is not intended to really be anything more than an organized sack that you hang from your shoulders. This is clearly not for running or serious hiking. That said, I've used it as a daypack extensively for hiking, and it works as long as you understand its weaknesses.
Compression: There is no compression.
Again, this is a sack with shoulder straps.
Ease of Use: Everything is very easy to use.
This is a simple pack, so there aren't too many complications in the first place. All zippers run smoothly, the shoulder straps run smoothly, and the water bottle pockets work.
Features: Not a lot of features, but hits the basics and does them well.
This pack has few features. Among the omissions are: padding, sternum strap, hip belt, compression straps, and hydration pocket/hole/loops. However, those features that are included are well executed. All pockets are functional, and the water bottle pockets hold a variety of bottles securely. The reflective loops are nice, as is the pocket that the bag can be stuffed into.
Durability: Some elements are durable, while some aren't.
I don't really care about that because the pack was never water resistant anyway; water just came through the zippers. The seam quality is mixed. About half of the seams are well bound, while the other half are not bound, and will fray with extended use.
I haven't had issues yet though. One place I have had issues is the bottle pockets. The mesh is fine, but the stitching at the top came undone relatively quickly. I remedied this with my own stitching, which has held so far. I believe that this is a common problem with this pack because it happened to both bottle pockets. The zippers themselves are quality, SBS brand zippers. None of the zippers has ever caused problems.
Update November 2023:
After writing that this pack can't be used for running, I ended up doing just that. While not great, the pack works ok as a running pack if you use a safety pin to simulate a sternum strap. This chafed my neck, but was fine otherwise.
Also, the water bottle pocket mesh disintegrated after some off-trail hiking in china, and I retired this pack.
I've used this pack heavily for about 6 months. I've used it in Panama, Appalachia, and upstate New York. I've packed this along in suitcases, used it as a daypack while traveling, and also used it as a standard daypack (way out of its intended use). I've never used any big brand foldable packs, so I can't give good comparisons.
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: bought from consignment sale