How We Test Each Pack

Why you can trust HWB: Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you.

Our mission is simple: to relieve you of the stress of finding the perfect bag for your travel. Through our rigorous testing process, we ensure that each pack meets our high standards for quality and reliability.

Hands-On Review

During our hands-on review, our expert user uses the pack and tells us their thoughts about it after interacting with it for some time. This interaction may last a week or extend to several weeks.

This is especially important so we can tell you which pack is quality and which isn’t and give you a sense of what it is like to use it. Our expert reviewers are people like you who travel regularly and know the importance of good travel gear. They use the pack on various outdoor adventures and trips to test its durability, comfort, and functionality.

We use the word ‘review’ here partly because we are giving a genuine opinion based on using it and partly because readers increasingly use the word ‘review’ in searches when looking for these early views about a product. Do you want to be a part of our expert user community?

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We rate each travel pack based on a number of criteria depending on the specific attributes of the pack type.

Appearance: What is the product’s visual and tactile impression? Is it of high quality, or does it feel cheaply made?

Functionality: Does the product have all the features and capabilities that are expected or meet our needs and wants?

Ease of use: Is the pack easy to use and operate, or does it require you to spend more time figuring out how to use it?

Cost-effectiveness: When compared to other standards, does its initial cost provide sufficient value for the money spent?

Our Commitment to You

  • We never accept payment for writing pack reviews.
  • We prioritize your interests, and our opinions reflect our thoughts, not those of advertisers who want us to say something specific to promote their products.
  • As people who enjoy travelling, we know the importance of good travel gear, and we will not hesitate to tell you if a pack isn’t good enough or does not meet our rigorous standards.
  • Our reviews are written by humans with personal experiences and expertise in travel gear, not by robotic algorithms or automated software.