I May Have Found The Perfect Backpack

Samurai Backpack

I have three Guerrilla Packs backpacks and have been a fan of their backpacks for awhile. The Voltij was my favorite but after getting their new Samurai bag, this is by far my new favorite backpack in my entire collection.

I have over a dozen backpacks. There’s no real purpose to collecting so many. I’ve just gotten a large number of bags over the years because of this website and the different kinds of trips I’ve taken. Because I’ve been through so many backpacks, I know what to look for in one.

The Samurai backpack is a 50L bag that’s top load and side load. I’m not usually a fan of top load but I like having the option.

The backpack feels incredibly durable and comfortable on my back. I can adjust the shoulder straps and put around the two front straps so it’s tight against my body. The padding on the back is great and provides plenty of airflow so I’m not sweating on my back.

Samurai Backpack Pack

The all black is a perfect color in a backpack. I don’t like standing out when I travel.

Although it includes a rain cover, I can’t imagine much water getting in anyway.

There’s a ton of straps all over the place to tighten the backpack and make it secure.

My only complain is that I don’t have a separate compartment to put my dirty laundry. Instead, I have to put my dirty clothes in a separate bag to put inside the backpack. Another thing to keep in mind is that the front compartment is small and doesn’t fit that many clothes. I did stick in a sweatshirt and jeans but it starts to get tight on the front.

I’ve used this backpack twice on my recent trips to California. I’m seriously giving away all my other backpacks to friends and keeping this one as my only backpack going forward.

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Price: $79 on sale

FEATURES:

  • Internal aluminum frame
  • YKK Buckles and Zippers
  • Main reinforced top grip handle
  • Multiple entry points: Top and front Loading
  • Front pocket access point with organizer pocket
  • Rain cover
  • Hydration compatible
  • Compression Straps
  • Adjustable shoulder straps with reinforced padding, sternum straps, and lumbar pad

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Samurai Backpack Front Pocket

[disclosure]I received this product in exchange for review. I was not paid to love this product. If you catch me on the road with a backpack, chances are you really will see me with this bag.[/disclosure]

8 Comments

  1. J. Terry on September 9, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Can I get on your used backpack give away list? I’m one of those ultra serious backpackers who goes for overnight hiking trips in the mountains. My backpacks tend to grow mold between trips. Wife doesn’t believe that a GOOD backpack is one where the sleeping bag is as high as one’s head. Wife hasn’t fallen backwards with an overload backpack — yet.

  2. The Orange Backpack on October 1, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Could probably take this just about anywhere.

  3. Julio Ortega Barragán on October 1, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I would take it to SouthAmerica! It would be perfect for the summer there!!

  4. Roman P. Aguila on November 25, 2013 at 12:13 am

    I’m definitely in for one. Thailand in February for a training/vacation for a month to celebrate my birthday.

  5. Tony on December 24, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Mr Tieso, would it be okay to use a hiking bag for backpacking? I’m thinking of getting Teton Sports Scout 3400. What do you think?

    • Michael on January 3, 2014 at 11:01 am

      I don’t see why not as long as the backpack is comfortable for your back.

  6. Tobias on January 20, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Can it fit a sleeping bag?

    • Michael on January 21, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      It might be a bit too small for that. You might be able to attach it in the back but it’s more of a hack.

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