Wasing 55L Internal Frame Backpack Review

Wasing 55L Internal Frame Backpack Review

If you’re a longtime backpacker, you’ve likely tried all kinds of backpacks and found something that works for you. But one thing that old and new backpackers alike are bound to realize is that backpacking packs can get expensive really fast. If you’re just getting started and want to try out some shorter trips you may want to purchase a cheaper pack before you decide that you want to really dive in and invest in your new hobby.

The problem with this idea is that a backpack can make or break your adventure. It can be hard to tell if a cheap backpack will allow you to carry your gear without either breaking or becoming painful on your back. So, to help eliminate some guesswork, I wrote this Wasing 55L internal frame backpack review. Read on to find out whether this inexpensive pack is worth its salt and whether it deserves a spot in your gear arsenal or not.

Wasing 55L Internal Frame Backpack Review

Let’s take a look at the specs

Capacity: 50 + 5 liter extension

Weight: 2.98 lbs

Straps: Adjustable and padded shoulder straps and hip belt, sternum strap, compression buckles, extra straps to attach things like a sleeping bag or pad.

Pockets: 1 main compartment with top and bottom access, front pocket, 2 hip belt pockets, bladder sleeve, 2 mesh water bottle side pockets, 2 zippered side pockets, large and small brain pockets, rain cover compartment

Other features: Included rain cover, Velcro loops to hold pickax or other gear, built-in whistle on the sternum strap

Good for: Weekend backpacking trips, international backpacking (e.g. when you are exploring a foreign country, travelling on public transport, and staying in cheap accommodations but usually not tents)

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The Good


The Wasing 55L internal frame backpack, though not a “big name brand” does quite well for itself. The organization of the pockets makes for just the right amount of compartmentalization without getting too crazy. I consider main compartment access from both the top and the bottom to be essential in any backpacking pack and the Wasing pulled through in this area. This allows for relatively easy access to gear no matter where it’s stashed within the pack.

Wasing 55L Internal Frame Backpacking Review

The water bottle pockets are deep and have a buckle that you can tighten to keep taller items in place. The rain cover pocket is useful and the rain cover has proved itself to be quite waterproof and easily covers the whole pack.

After packing your gear, the outside straps serve to cinch everything down and streamline the backpack. This helps it stay evenly weighted without a bunch of things shifting around inside.


The Wasing backpack is lightweight and a little smaller than average. This makes it a good backpack for short or ultra lite backpacking trips. The small size helps beginner backpackers avoid the all-too-common mistake of packing too much! Space is at a premium and it will help you cut out the unnecessary items. It’s also easy to move the pack around in camp without having to put it on your back.

The size also makes it perfect as a carry-on item on plane flights. I have used this pack to backpack around Southeast Asia. It was big enough to carry all my luggage but not too big that it posed a problem in the luggage rack.


I’ve had this backpack for about 3 years now and it’s held up extremely well for the price I paid. I haven’t had any issues with zippers coming off the track, getting stuck or ripping. The mesh pockets are still free of holes and the buckles are all intact. There is a little bit of fraying on the mesh padding in the hip belt where it has repeatedly rubbed against me but nothing too serious.

Granted I don’t use this pack every single weekend. I have reserved it for shorter backpacking trips and overseas travel. If you plan on taking it out more frequently it stands to reason that the wear and tear will be increased. But nothing strikes me as “just waiting to fall apart.” Despite the cheap price of the backpack, the material is rip-stop and sturdy.


There’s padding in all the right places. The mesh in the back and on the shoulder and hip areas is breathable and helps to wick away moisture. It’s easily adjustable and can be tweaked for your personal body frame and preferences. Let’s be honest though, compare it to a 300 dollar pack and you’re going to notice differences in comfort. But the Wasing 55L Internal Frame backpack hits the sweet spot for sub 50 dollar comfort.

Also, the built-in whistle is cool. I’ve never needed it, but regardless, it’s cool.

The Meh

Some of the features just aren’t that useful when it comes down to it.

The front pocket is one of these things. It’s flat against the main compartment and doesn’t really add any extra storage space. So unless I have something flat to put in there I don’t really use it. I stuck some travel papers in an envelope in there on my last overseas backpacking trip but there are a couple of buckles that help you compress your pack that run across the pocket so you have to unbuckle them if you want to get into it.

The zippered side pockets are kind of the same story. They don’t expand for any extra storage space, they just push into the main compartment. But they do help if you want to carry anything separate from the rest of your items. There’s another little awkward pocket underneath the brain. I stuck a pair of socks in there once and forgot about it for a year.

When it comes to these pockets, use them or don’t. They don’t really add anything to the overall package but they don’t really detract.

Also the name is kind of stupid but who cares about that. 😉

The Bad


I know I already listed size as a good thing but it can be a bad thing as well. If you’re not an ultra-lighter and you want to head out on trips longer than a few days, this pack probably isn’t for you. If you’re setting out to backpack Europe for a month and you’re not willing to wear each of your shirts at least twice, this pack probably isn’t for you.

Excess Straps

There are a lot of buckles, and loops, and straps. Too. Many. Straps. I’m not even sure what they’re all for. And though I’ve been able to drum up uses for them (attaching a sleeping pad or a jacket, compressing the pack) the excess hangs down after they’ve been tightened and flaps around. This can get annoying. All in all, it’s not a huge deal though.

So is it for you?

Ultimately that’s up to you to decide.

But take it from me, it’s a great little pack for a price that you’re not likely to beat. I’d say it’s perfect for anyone looking to go on some weekend trips. Whether it’s your first backpacking backpack or you just want something cheap and small for less gear-intensive adventures, it’ll do you well.

It’s also good for those international “backpacking” trips. I’ve taken the Wasing 55L with me to the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, and others. It worked well for me on trains, planes, and even tuk-tuks.

The price isn’t going to set you back very far at all either.

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Thanks for reading! Let me know below if you have any questions, comments, concerns, good jokes, or the like!

Happy Travelling.

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14 thoughts on “Wasing 55L Internal Frame Backpack Review

  1. Thank you for this wonderful write-up. For me, what really drives me the most to use a backpack aside hiking and a few camping trips, is the cobbled streets, dirt roads, busy bus and train stations and lots of other personal reasons which are not suitcase friendly.

    When considering buying a backpack, the first thing I consider is “will it make my back ache?” This is because even if you don’t have a bad back, the wrong backpack can make your life miserable. So, I usually consider it’s physical build such as the internal and external frames, which contains aluminum rods and whether it conforms with the contours of my back for redistribution of weight and alleviation of the spine pain.

    Most times when I think of traveling and hiking, my mind quickly goes to 75 – 100 liters backpacks which are great for long vacations abroad and lengthy camping trips.

    One question, please. Is this backpack on your blog, unisex and can it fit on a lady?

    1. Hello! Though this backpack is a bit smaller than the ones your mind jumps to it served me quite well on a two week trip across Southeast Asia. But of course month long trips may not be its forte.

      It is unisex and, as I am, in fact, a woman, will definitely fit a lady 🙂

  2. “two foot traveler… your two feet can take you anywhere”…. Gold! Ha! I LOVE IT. I am definitely a long time backpacker. I’m actually from Europe, so I’ve backpacked all over the world- Italy, austria, germany, canada, USA, you name it. Backpacking and hiking is one my my favorite hobbies. One thing that has always been problematic for me, however,  is that my backpacks have not been able to withstand the kind of abuse that comes with that kind of hiking x) You see, i never took the time to invest in the RIGHT kind of traveling bag.

    Your article has opened my eyes, and made me realized this is something I need to do. I can be kind of dumb and stubborn, so sometimes I need to learn the hard way. My packs ripping open and me losing expensive equipment has been the hard lesson \: But that WASING 55L is one nice looking pack. I might have to look into getting one of those on my back :p Thanks for the awesome post! I look forward to hearing more from you in future articles : ) 

    1. Hi Koda! 

      Thanks for the comment. 

      This backpack and post are both geared more towards the beginner backpacker who wants to try things out before really investing a lot of money into the adventure. The Wasing 55L is excellent for the price (around 50 bucks.) It’s done well for me on weekend hiking trips as well as international backpacking for around 2 weeks at a time. But as I said in the article its not necessarily something that I think you could use every weekend for years without putting some wear and tear on it.

      Judging from your worldwide backpacking experience, and your plans (that I’m sure you have) to keep on trucking for as long as you can, you might need to invest in something more expensive. I’ll be writing a buying guide with the best higher-end backpacking backpacks soon, so keep an eye out for that. I’m sure you’ll find it super useful!

  3. I can always appreciate an informative, well organized and to the point review, and you did just that! Sometimes, having a product to test the waters and see if it is worth investing in an even better, quality product is the way to go. As an example, I am looking at getting an even better gym bag soon as it would defintley be worth it for me. I am intrigued by this backpack, I am wondering what your favourite part about it is?

    1. Hey there Kohl,

      My favorite part about this bag is the price. As you could probably tell from the review, it is an adequate pack, though not remarkable in any aspect if it weren’t for the fact that you can purchase it for under 50 bucks. The price makes it an awesome backpack especially, as you noted, for beginners. It’s also a good pack for anyone looking to add a cheap pack for short trips to their gear stash.

  4. My girlfriend has been on my case to go hiking with her a lot more this spring and summer and I’ve been looking for a backpack to take on the trips. After reading your article, I believe this pack will be perfect for me/us because we aren’t going to be going on any multiple day/week trips, the most would probably be 2 days due to her work schedule. I like that you mentioned that this pack was on the lighter side as that was one of my concerns. Thank you!

    1. This backpack is perfect for overnight backpacking trips. 2 days is a good length. But if you go on any day hikes where you won’t be staying overnight, you’ll likely want to use a smaller pack. I usually pack a smaller backpack into my large pack anyway in case I want to set up camp, leave the majority of my stuff there and just take some snacks, water and other essentials in the small backpack while I explore the area.

  5. Thank you for the review of the Wasing internal frame backpack. This backpack is perfect for me. I’m planning on taking a trip hiking through the mountains next month and was looking for a good backpack that was not too expensive and very rugged and durable. I am taking some friends with me that need backpacks also so I’m glad I stumbled upon this site I will definitely share this review with all of them. Thank you again for the amazing review. Keep up the good work.  

  6. Thanks for this very detailed review of the washing 55l internal frame backpack.

    It sounds like a good buy. 

    I have always had an issue with backpacks hurting my back and getting in the way of my fun trips and this review has given me an option better than what I already have, thanks.

    And the price sounds good., awesome

    1. Hi Etah,

      Sometimes you have to try several packs before you find on that works well for you. I reccommend trying this one out for sure!

  7. Hi there,

    Thank you for the review on the Wasing 55L Internal frame Backpack. For a very light and durable backpack it is not expensive at all. I think I can live with excess straps lol I am always on the look for a light and durable backpack because sometimes the luggage is very inconvenient. Is the backpack waterproof? Thanks in advance.

    1. I agree luggage can be inconvenient in some situations! This backpack is water resistant, but not waterproof. However, it does come with a rain cover that is waterproof.