Sure, a lot of bags are marketed as being able to “do it all” but rarely are they truly up to scratch. But the Hybrid 50L Trolley is one of those exceptions — though it is hardly exceptional that Kathmandu is behind this wonder. Hailing from the rugged terrain and made for the always adventure ready people of New Zealand, Kathmandu has been making some of the most practical and ingenuity designed pieces of outdoor kit for thirty years. These folks certainly know their way around designing a bag for any adventure.
Dimensions: 70cm x 30cm x 37cm
The Hybrid 50L Trolley is game for any far-flung journey regardless of what you need from it. Incredibly lightweight, outfitted with rugged wheels and collapsible handle, it is always ready to roll. But, when the going gets tough, you can throw this easily organized 50L on your back, quickly converting into a ruck. Kathmandu has been perfecting the design of the Hybrid Trolley for 15 years and this newest iteration is the best it has ever been.
Improved Fold-out Harness
The Hybrid 50L Trolley has a newly improved harness system, that allows it to go from wheely to back-born seamlessly. The harness is zipped into a forward-facing compartment so it doesn’t get in the way or become an eye-sore when you are rolling along. When you do deploy those stellar straps, it reveals comfortable breathable mesh back panel and cushioned hip belt that will help you schlep with ease. But when you are back on somewhat even ground, the wheels can.
The most important part of any bag with wheels is, well, the wheels. Naturally, if the wheels on a wheel-based bag give out, that’s it, regardless of how many other ways it can be carried. That is why Kathmandu gave the Hybrid 50L Trolley durable wheels that can take you anywhere you need to go — no matter the terrain. These two wheels that can take you most places are also discreet. Tucked out of the way, you can hardly notice the two wheels that give this pack so many miles. The extendable handle means that trundling along will be a breeze on your back.
With the exterior of the back locked down, you need to make sure you can lock down your effects on the inside. All too often with backpacks, your contents just get lost and shift around and every time, the one thing you need is at the very bottom. To counteract the gravity of the situation, Kathmandu has put a few smart bits in place. First thing first, you have an added external pocket along with an internal pocket and a mesh compartment to help you keep things straight. Now to keep things place in the spacious main compartment, you have some nifty compression straps then let you cinch your load down to the smallest size and keep it all locked in place.
If the Hybrid 50L Trolley is still not enough room for your adventure, there is a handy added feature. Because Kathmandu knows that sometimes one bag just isn’t enough, the Hybrid 50L comes equipped with attachment points for Kathmandu’s Gluon Daypack. That way you can use your Hybrid 50L to pack for the trip and use the daypack for your smaller jaunts — all while being seamlessly integrated for easier travel.