Looking forward to new adventures now that entry restrictions are disappearing everywhere? Want to backpack through Southeast Asia but hate backpacks? Then this ingenious invention might be just the thing for you!

HipStar is a multi-purpose travel cart that can be used as a backpack, suitcase, or bike trailer. Amazing, is not it? I have always dreamed of an invention like this that could help me navigate any terrain while traveling and save weight. It’s been a while (almost two whole years, to be exact) since I was able to travel with the pandemic raging. When I first saw this product, I knew it was just the thing for my future travels.

The idea behind it is straightforward, but there are some clever details and designs that you will discover once you use it. I want to share some of my thoughts with you to get an idea of what I find the most exciting.

Like (I presume) most of you, my first impression of HipStar was that it seemed like just another gimmick trying to squeeze some money out of my already empty wallet, but from the moment I started using it, the smoothness and comfort it offered far exceeded my expectations.

When it comes to the design, I would first like to praise the handle. Its flexible harness allows you to turn it into a trailer, while the shock absorbers cushion any disturbing forces.

I spent two days traveling with it in the mountains and was able to use it in all its forms. After lugging it to the bus station like a regular suitcase, it fit in the trunk of the minibus (I have to admit I am not very handy, it took me 5 minutes to fold it the first time I tried). When I got to the mountain base, I decided to take a little tour around the lake. I would have to leave my luggage at the hostel, but that’s unnecessary when I can use the HipStar as a bike trailer.

To test the trailer’s versatility, I did not even bring a backpack, which has been essential for me on any past trips. With its large wheels built to roll smoothly even on mountain roads, I used it as a backpack even when crossing rivers heading into the meadows. I hit one issue on my trip when trying to reach a spot with dense branches and shrubbery. The big wheels were in the way, so I had to take them off and pick them up after taking the flower photos I wanted.

From what I experienced during the mountain trip, it reduces weight and takes the strain off my hands (not to mention my back). According to the company, it can reduce a typical hiker’s 30-40 pound gear to about 2.5-3.5 pounds of perceived weight while you pull or push the cart. There were times I almost forgot its existence. I think the HipStar is a great option for travel for many, if not most people. You can use it as a backpack, a suitcase, or even a bike trailer. The clever combination of the adjustable handle with its optional harness and shock absorbers makes it ride well on almost any terrain.

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