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My Review of The Jinshiwq 80L Backpack

Updated: Dec 12, 2021

A hiking friend of mine suggested I do a review a backpack he recently bought and was very impressed with, so I agreed to do a review of the pack to see if it lived up to the praises of my good hiking friend. I found the Jinshiwq 80 L backpack on the AliExpress website. The retail price was $164.00. It appeared to be a really awesome pack, but looks can be very deceiving when it comes to backpacks, so I did some research to see if it actually was as good as it looked.


I decided to start with the construction of the pack. Quality backpacks are crafted using durable materials. Heavy-duty backpacks are generally made of ultra-strong nylon material and YKK-grade zippers and straps of nylon. Nylon and polyester are the most popular pack materials. Heavier fabrics like canvas also make durable bags that will last for years. I found that the Jinshiwq internal frame backpack is made of quality ripstop nylon. While it is not unusual for a hiking backpack to be made of ripstop nylon, it's good to know if yours is or isn't because it will make a difference in the durability department. One good rip from a jagged tree limb at the beginning of a 10-mile hike and you know the difference between the two packs by mile 5 because half your stuff will fall out of the rip that kept ripping on a non-ripstop pack. Ripstop is used in sails, parachutes, and hot air balloons and was originally developed in WWII to replace silk parachutes. I have several backpacks I could also compare to the Jinshiwq and found the nylon was as thick as my more expensive packs.


Aside from aspects like durability, and usability features, choosing the right backpack starts with the type of hike you are going on. An 80 L backpack is definitely not the best pack for a 2-mile hike, and a small day pack is not the right pack for a 10-mile hike or a hike that will keep you in the wilderness for a few days or more. So for the purposes of this blog post, we are assuming that the type of hike you are going on is a multi-day hike since we are reviewing an 80 Liter pack.


Capacity. Obviously, the capacity requirements of the pack are dependent upon the length of the trip. However, just as important is how our stuff fits inside the pack. A good pack has compartments so you don't have to take everything out of the pack to get at something in the bottom of it. This was one of the weakest areas of the Jinshiwq pack. the main compartment has no smaller compartments other than the top pocket. However, it does have several zipper access points to get at stuff down deep inside the pack.


Features. The features of the pack is where it shines the most. It has pockets, buckles, and straps in all the right places as you can see in the picture below. All of the straps are made of tough nylon fabric and the buckles appear to be well made, but not heavy-duty like on my more expensive packs. One good feature is the zippers. While they are not heavy-duty, they are larger and have handles that are easy to find by touch. The pack does seem to be made for a taller person. I am 6'1" so it fits me perfectly, but for someone shorter, it might seem to be too much pack if they are not an experienced hiker. It also comes with a whistle that is connected to the chest strap.

Ventilation. This pack features a suspended mesh back panel to combat the sweaty-back syndrome you tend to get with internal-frame packs that ride against your body. Also called a “tension-mesh suspension,” this is a trampoline-like design where the frame-supported pack-bag rides a few inches away from your back, which instead rests against the highly breathable mesh. I have to say I was very impressed with the ventilation system on this pack. It was better than the ventilation system on my more expensive packs. It was easily the best feature of the backpack.

80 L backpack
Jinsiwq 80 L backpack

Removable Daypack

The Jinsiwq pack is designed with a removable daypack that is great if you are going on a short trip within the long trip like trip to another camp, or to bird watch in an area outside of your base camp.. This removable daypack is designed in the top lid or reservoir pocket of the overnight pack: It detaches from the main pack and converts into a hip-belt pack or lightweight backpack.


Sleeping Bag Compartment

This is a zippered stash spot near the bottom of a backpack. This feature is useful if you don’t want to use a stuff sack for your sleeping bag or if you want to be able to pull your sleeping bag out of the backpack without unloading other gear. Though it’s designed to carry a sleeping bag, this space can hold other stuff that you’d like to access easily.


Padding

The padding on this pack was fantastic! More padding at all right spots (hips, lower back, shoulders) than my more expensive packs. I am sure I could take this pack on a multi-day hike as have no problems with fit and comfort.




Overall, with the great features of this pack, I would say this is a good backpack for the money and it compares with packs that cost twice as much. If you would like to purchase this backpack click HERE

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