CUSCUS is most likely the name you haven’t heard of if you’re not familiar with hiking backpacks. Unlike other pack makers that make backpacks as well (like Jansport), CUSCUS specializes in hiking backpacks and other outdoor gear. Here we review the CUSCUS 75+10L 5400ci Internal Frame Camping Hiking Travel Backpack
Price Range: $30 – $60
Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars
Dimensions: 15 x 30 x 12 inches (W x H x D)
Weight: 5 pounds
Water-resistant PVC coating
Convenient top and bottom access
CUSCUS 75+10L 5400ci Internal Frame Camping Hiking Travel Backpack Product Description
You can comfortably head to the mountain with the CUSCUS 5400ci Hiking Backpack. With 75L (5400 cubic inches) of storage, this is large enough for a multi-day excursion to the mountains. Made of high-quality polyester, there is plenty of room for clothes and gear in the large main compartment. Just like most of the CUSCUS line, there are a number of zippered accessory pockets in a variety of sizes for all the rest of your gear: two large side zippered pockets, two front zippered pockets, two side stretch pockets (ideal for water bottles), and a top lid pocket for often accessed items like a compass, maps, or raingear. Also has a separate sleeping bag compartment.
Most importantly for serious trekkers, the pack is comfortable and supportive, with a heavily padded back panel, shoulder straps, and waist straps. Fits medium frame folks (waist size 30 to 60 inches).
The CUSCUS 5400ci Internal Frame Backpack also has a light and fast access design. This bag is used for camping, hiking, traveling and picnic. Features top and bottom access; removable aluminum internal frame; heavily padded back panel, shoulder and waist straps.
What’s To Like About CUSCUS 75+10L 5400ci Internal Frame Camping Hiking Travel Backpack
- Everything seems to be well made, well stiched, and very durable
- extra tie downs for add-ons
- Does not come with hydration, but will accept most bladders with exit hole for the tube.
- good quality, definitely very good at this price point. Comparable products from other brands may be 2x to 3x the price.
- Some buyers report the customer service is very good when dealing with warranties or returns.
Be aware of …
- Some buyers have reported packs may arrive defective. Inspect carefully for straps, zippers, and bands.
- bag is slightly heavier than others in its size class
- some buyers report zippers can be stiff and hard to use. other buyers report they open pretty easily. Still other buyers report they loosen up with use.
Overall, we think the CUSCUS 75+10L 5400ci Internal Frame Hiking and Camping Backpack is a good beginner pack. It is especially great for the price point. If your a beginner and don’t plan on huge adventures in rugged terrain then this pack is great! Recommended for the mildy curious adventurers.
What Buyers Are Saying
“Worth more than I paid, (don’t tell the manufacturer) – I am a big guy at 6″1″ 250lbs. This pack adjusted to fit me just right. The straps are all double stitched, the fabric is of a good quality, and all potential weak points are reinforced. I didn’t expect much in the way of quality or features based on its price, but once it arrived I was very impressed. So much so that I called a buddy of mine who is also a Scout leader and he purchased one that day. We both used them last weekend. The only drawback I can see is that it does not have a built in rain cover. But for the price and weight I will carry a tarp that I can serve a dual purpose and can be placed under my tent…(READ MORE)”
“This bag is an incredible value; for $35 you get a spacious bag – 88 liters – this is the kind of bag used on a 10 day expedition. It has a lot of very nice features, too. It has a pocket on the inside where all your heavy stuff should go; the company also made it where the internal frame is very obvious and sturdy. It has a 30 day warranty. So essentially after 1-2 trips out with this you’re on your own if it fails. Overall: This bag has many nice features for the price. In my opinion, if they would charge an additional $10-15 for this bag and extend the warranty to two years – this bag would be unbeatable…(READ MORE)”
“Did awesome three months in Asia. It was on roofs of 4x4s, multiple airplanes, sleeper trains…you name it, it did it! Loved the pockets! However, if you are looking for 5 star backpack, it may not be for you….and not for this price! There isnt an air ventilation net like other packs. The shoulder paddings might not be enough if you will be trekking extensively with 15kg or more. For the price, it did more and beyond for me. I kept the pack at the end of my trip for another trip because it was so useful. I would buy this product again… (READ MORE)”
OVERALL RATING: 4.5 out of 5 stars.