My first travel with my new Wildcraft Rucksack

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Do you have an old Faithful when it comes to a travel bag or a travel knapsack? Something that you use with every travel – long, short, hike, beach – essentially anywhere. So far, my camera bag is my old faithful for I trudge it along everywhere. However, that does not hold my basic essentials and for long I have been waiting to find that one bag that works for all my travels. I think my wait just ended when I got a Wildcraft rucksack from the Wildcraft team, just before my recent trip to Meghalaya.

My first trip with my new Wildcraft rucksack
My first trip with my new Wildcraft rucksack

Wildcraft has introduced a range of rucksacks, especially suited for women. It is from this new range that they send me the Wildcraft Chogolisa 50L for me to use and review. A bright orange colored Wildcraft rucksack arrived just as I set to pack for my Meghalaya trip. Though I was heading here for just a week, I need to pack a lot of things as the weather at my destination fluctuated from cold to warm to rainy. Also, I had planned a lot of outdoors and adventure.

I scratched my head on which bag would hold my rain jackets, extra shoes, warm clothes etc. I needed something that was easy to carry, flexible enough to hold my all-weather requirements, expandable for I know that I do end up shopping along the way and yet, something that was not too bulky. The Wildcraft knapsack seemed to be God-send for all these.

My Wildcraft Chogolisa
My Wildcraft Chogolisa

I used the Wildcraft Chogolisa through my week-long Meghalaya trip, took it for some short hikes, subjected it to extreme changes of weather – from bright sunshine to crazy showers and yet, when I brought it back, it seemed as if it had never traveled with me. Sure enough, I plan to take it along on my next journey and here are my key reasons why –

Structure of the Wildcraft Rucksack

Initially, when I saw the Wildcraft Chogolisa, I felt as it was too strappy.ย From every corner, there were these huge belts that seem to emerge and it did feel complicated. However, as I sat down to pack I figured that these straps were not without a reason. They were all meant to help hold your belongings – from sleeping bags to shoes to mats, tripods etc. It just takes a little practice to figure out which ones work for what.

My Wildcraft Rucksack when I unpacked it
My Wildcraft Rucksack when I unpacked it

I like the fact that the knapsack has a front load as well as a top load option. It was particularly useful when I packed all our rain-gear in and when I needed to retrieve the same, the front load helped get it quickly.

The hood of the Wildcraft Chogolisa has two compartments and the best part about the hood is that it is detachable. If you don’t feel like carrying the entire rucksack around, you can just remove the hood and take it along. (see the picture below where I have detached the hood). The hood also, added the extra protection and cover to the main storage as it fit snug around it when attached. I also, figured that you can insert a rolled up mat or a tripod between the hood and the storage and this can be secured by the straps.

The adjustable partition at the bottom of the Wildcraft Rucksack - perfect to separate shoes or soiled clothes
The adjustable partition at the bottom of the Wildcraft Rucksack – perfect to separate shoes or soiled clothes

The bottom of the Wildcraft knapsack can be further compartmentalized. The detachable flap helped me store our myriad requirements of footwear for Meghalaya.

The straps on the Wildcraft Rucksack help carry a mat or a tripod.
The straps on the Wildcraft Rucksack help carry a mat or a tripod.

There are plenty of zipper pockets and elastic ones around the front, size and inside of the knapsack that can be used for various purposes. Again, you will notice in the picture that there are several loops and straps at the bottom and these can be used to fasten and secure any other backpack equipment that you might need. For this trip, I did not use it but I definitely see a lot of use for my next one.

Perfect for my packing needs

Fitting in different clothes into the Wildcraft Rucksack
Fitting in different clothes into the Wildcraft Rucksack

Meghalaya was a family vacation and thus, my packing was into three. With three rain jackets, three sets of warm jackets, varied footwear for all, regular clothes and essential accessories, the Wildcraft Chogolisa seemed perfect. Though I did not stuff all our needs into this one bag, I could see that if it were just me, this bag would be all that I required.

My packed Wildcraft Rucksack
My packed Wildcraft Rucksack

While all my major clothes would have gone into the main compartment of the Wildcraft Rucksack, I would have kept my shoes in the detachable bottom half, used the hood for my accessories, important documents in my inner elastic pocket and well, any other large items like the tripod would be fastened on. The top loading helps pack neatly and ensures that the folded clothes do not crease when stacked. This is all that I need for my next travel and hence, Wildcraft Chogolisa is going to be with me on my next trip.

Carrying Comfort of Wildcraft Rucksacks

The carrying comfort of my Wildcraft Rucksack
The carrying comfort of my Wildcraft Rucksack

I did mention that the Wildcraft Chogolisa was designed for women. I realized this when I wore the bag for the first time. Not only was I able to adjust it to my height, the waist strap helped secure it well. It took off a lot of load from my shoulders and distributed it evenly. It, in fact, felt as if I were not carrying much.

Climbing up with a Wildcraft Rucksack
Climbing up with a Wildcraft Rucksack

The padded shoulder straps were just a boon for my shoulders. They added a lot of comfort and ease. And since, it was not a pain to carry the bag everywhere, I took it everywhere – on a trek through the little woods of Meghalaya, atop a treehouse, and along a waterfall.

An all-weather resistance of Wildcraft Rucksacks

Along the springs, my Wildcraft Rucksack remained a faithful companion
Along the springs, my Wildcraft Rucksack remained a faithful companion

Meghalaya was perfect to test the all-weather resistance of Wildcraft Chogolisa. The sky just broke down within minutes of sunshine and while I did not wait to dunk the bag in a downpour, it did get exposed to the wet weather. ย I found that it kept my belongings quite dry in that little dampness. However, I do think that you might need to buy an extra rain cover to ensure that a harsher exposure to rain or snow does affect your possessions.

Dust or Rain, Wildcraft Bags are easy to maintain
Dust or Rain, Wildcraft Bags are easy to maintain

During my travel, the Wildcraft Chogolisa had to encounter some dusty situations too. I found that it was easy to just dust it off the bag or in the case of any stains, a mild rinse with water also, helped keep clean. On the whole, the bag seemed fairly easy to maintain.

My Verdict of the Wildcraft Chogolisa 50L

Well, it wasn’t just me who loved carrying the Wildcraft rucksack. My little girl loved it herself and as you can see, she was quite comfortable trudging it by herself. We did end up squabbling over who would carry it and who would take the pictures. Incidentally, all my pictures with the Wildcraft Rucksack have been taken by her.

My little one who loved carrying the Wildcraft Rucksack herself.
My little one who loved carrying the Wildcraft Rucksack herself.

Though after this trip with the Wildcraft Chogolisa, I think, I just signed up a new travel companion. The Wildcraft Chogolisa was perfect for my requirements of a short, adventurous travel. It costs around INR 6999 on the Wildcraft website and comes with a 5-year warranty. Light and easy to carry with little maintenance and enough room for my clothes, accessories, and shoes, this Wildcraft Rucksack has become my new best friend. I wouldn’t be surprised if you too find it ideal for you.ย Message me below and let me know what you think of this new Wildcraft Rucksack.

 

P.S: The Wildcraft Chogolisa bag is mine to keep. This has no bearing on the opinions expressed here – which are truly and honestly my own.

 

 

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27 Responses

  1. Wildcraft products are par excellence. I have used many of their products on my treks. I am yet to try their rucksack though. I hope to go to Meghalaya soon.

  2. You had me at the colour orange! Really cool looking back pack.

  3. Wildcraft rucksack women it is a great stuff I also use this for my travel craving …. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Isn’t it just so comfortable to trudge around? ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you like it too Ashley

  4. That’s a cool bag! You can store your hiking needs and carry it around with ease.

  5. Never used or heard of this brand before! Gret to discover it. How many days you reckon is the max you can travel with it? I feel the one you chose is not spacious enough for me!

    • This is a 50L backpack. For my needs, I think it would work great for a week. I suppose it would depend from person to person.

  6. That’s a cool backpack, I would just choose black color ๐Ÿ™‚ But it seems so handy I wish I had it when I did some climbing in Slovenian Alps and one of the straps of my cheap bag broke off… Now I’ll consider getting sth like you described. Great info for those who love hiking!

    • Not sure if Black is an option but I love this orange. It is quite cool actually. And yes, the bag is perfect for all hikers. Thanks for stopping by Tom

  7. I love the color orange. Thanks for reviewing a ruck sack, i was really confused which and how to buy one. Thanks for the detailed review

  8. Rucksacks are awesome for several trips, esp those treks! 50L is pretty large enough to carry a lot! Good to know that the hood is detachable as well. Heading over to read your posts on Meghalaya!

    • Thanks Bhushavali. Yet to pen down more of my Meghalaya post. Will be sure to tag you as I do. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Look awesome. Equal parts stylish and pragmatic. I’ll be doing a little more research about these bad boys moving forward!

  10. Whoaa. looks awesome and so so convenient. I haven’t used wildcraft products. Have used Quecha till now. Love the orange colour of the bag. so vibrant!

  11. I have a big rucksack but it’s quite old. Now when I’m planning for my big trip, I am still undecided whether to carry a suitcase or a rucksack. I haven’t used any wildcraft products till now but think this one will fit the bill and definitely more convenient to use.

    • This one is quite roomy and convenient. I definitely think you should give it a shot. ๐Ÿ™‚ Cheers for your big trip. Waiting to see it live ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I just found my own “faithful” recently, a cabin zero backpack I call “monster,” lol. I love the color of your bag, and it sure looks like it can hold many things. I love how detailed you were in describing the bag’s specs.

    • Thank you Marge. I am hoping that the details will help my readers make an informed decision on the bag, in case they like it. Glad you found it useful too.

  13. I really like wild craft products but always felt that 50 L rucksack will be too big and uneasy for me to carry. Now after reading your review and seeing your little girl carrying it with that comfort, I too feel like buying it and can be a good companion. The orange color too looks good.

    • The support on the bag makes it easy to carry. Given my little one was fine, I think you too, will do fine. Go for it Suruchi.

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