Built big, tough and with plenty of useful pockets and features, the HURU is now one of my most used backpacks. Available now on Kickstarter, Founder Oleg Vlasenko sent over a pre-launch sample for us to test, so I used it for a few day trips and rides to the grocery story. Here’s the official details mixed with my own…

HURU travel backpack with extra storage and removable waist pack tech details and features

Straps and pockets abound, but the nice thing is, some of them are removable. The seatbelt-like strap with custom buckle on the back can be removed if you don’t need (I haven’t yet), or repositioned to loop over the top of the bag for securing taller cargo that uses the roll opening. The waist belt (aka fanny pack) is also removable. Combined, they save some weight, which is my only issue with the bag…it’s kinda heavy at 6.3lb (2.9kg) all in. To be fair, that weight is mostly only noticeable when carrying it by hand and empty. Once loaded and on my back, it felt like any other heavy duty pack. And heavy duty it is, with water resistant materials and zippers, thick leather handle and bottom, and a generally burly feel. No surprise it comes with a lifetime warranty.

HURU overnighter travel backpack with extra storage and removable waist pack

The stuff shown above fits in it without expanding it, but you can easily add almost twice the capacity by unzipping the expansion section. Hidden in those folds are compression straps, letting you customize it and keep things from jostling around in there.

HURU heavy duty travel and commuter backpack with lots of storage and expansion
Plenty of room for a trip to the store…just the essentials, Lloyd.

A couple features I really like are the separate laptop sleeve with side access, letting me get that in and out without opening the main compartment, and the wide main opening. The entire front flap zips all the way down, giving you unfettered access to the main compartment for stacking clothes and other gear in an orderly fashion. This makes packing it as an overnighter easier, and makes it easy to see everything, too.

HURU heavy duty travel and commuter backpack with lots of storage and expansion

HURU heavy duty travel and commuter backpack with lots of storage and expansion

The custom buckle is CNC machined and looks like it’ll last forever. Might even be overkill, but it’s cool. And both the chest and waist straps are removable, with the former being position adjustable, too. The waist straps are part of the fanny pack, which has three pockets…one on either side, and a larger one in the middle/back that can be used to hide things while slid into the backpack, or for quick runabouts (works as a shoulder sling, too, if fanny packs ever *cough* go out of style). The should straps are adjustable at the top and bottom to balance your load, and there’s a semi-rigid insert inside the back panel so it keeps its shape while you’re loading it.

HURU heavy duty travel and commuter backpack with lots of storage and expansion

They’ve met their funding goal and a stretch goal (which adds an internal organizer for every backer), but you can still get one at a deal on their Kickstarter campaign page.

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19 COMMENTS

  1. My first thought too. I own a MW Vandal and thought this HURU must be some sort of Mission Workshop spinoff company using the same basic design with updated details… but it doesn’t seem to be from what I have seen/read.

  2. I have three bags from Mission Workshop, which may make me a bit of a superfan. Despite this, I’m a bag hoarder and always looking for the next ‘last bag you’ll ever need’… This though…is nearly a copy of the MW Rambler, almost blatantly so. Judging by the weight and bulky hardware, if people are shopping both, they would be wise(r) to go with the OG Mission Workshop offering.

    • Hi Ryan,
      I’m Oleg, a founder of HURU backpack, which you think to be a copy of the Mission Workshop backpack. I just wanted to address your statement.

      I don’t deny that I was inspired by Missionworkshop backpack, as well by many other backpacks that I had a chance to road-test. I tried to take the best features out of all of them – and to implement them in HURU.

      As for the differences – please see below. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9_hZE9LEmCKbXpCSlVqTU14WWs/view

      • Thank you Oleg. Acknowledging that you took inspiration from MW helped take my temperature down. I’m sure MW appreciates it, too. Of course, it’s a free market, so there’s that.

        Appreciate the comparison visual, which is helpful not just for the red ball/green ball alignment, but also for potential buyers to evaluate whether or not the features are of value to the end user (i.e., will the buyer find those particular features valuable – for instance, a detachable chest strap, a leather bottom, weight difference). Ultimately the buyer speaks with their wallet, and it is great to have choices.

        Finally, I’d be happy to compare the HURU to my MW if you’re willing to pass me an evaluation/press model for a week of regular use.

        -Ryan S.

  3. Fail on not waterproof and too heavy. Good size for carrying work shoes while commuting. Honestly a backpack just makes your back sweaty and makes you unnecessarily tired. Panniers are much better and lighter.

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