The Trekker's Friend hiking trailer

The Trekker’s Friend hiking trailer is lightweight, very portable, and can go anywhere. It carries your backpack for you when the terrain allows. You carry it, attached to your backpack, when the way is too rough / steep / slippery / narrow or crowded for wheels. You can also take it easily in a car or on public transport, either attached to your backpack, or put away in the daypack that it is supplied in.

Putting your backpack on wheels when possible provides many benefits over carrying it. In a nutshell, it can allow you to walk faster, more easily and more comfortably.

A device like the Trekker’s Friend may also be known as a hiking cart, trekking trailer, backpack trailer or a wheelie cart.

The Trekker’s Friend comes in two versions – the Classic version, which is attached to the backpack using webbing straps and weighs 1.75 kg, and the Lite version, which is attached to the backpack using cords and weighs 1.6 kg.

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You can buy both the Classic and the Lite version of the Trekker’s Friend hiking trailer on eBay, or from here. Many trekking poles will be fine for use with the Trekker’s Friend, but you can buy strong rigid poles that are known to be suitable for use with the Trekker’s Friend on eBay, or from here.

You carry it when it’s too rough for wheels

When the way is too rough / steep / slippery / narrow or crowded for wheels, carry your backpack with the device attached and use your trekking poles as usual.

Use the daypack to balance your backpack

Use the daypack that the Trekker’s Friend comes in to balance the weight of your backpack over the wheels.

This takes even more weight off your body. If you do it properly you can have only 2 to 4 kg on your body, even with a 20 kg backpack.

You can carry your backpack with the daypack attached if you want to, or pack it away inside your backpack. If I am walking for a long way like this I like to wear the daypack on my front.

The Trekker’s Friend is lightweight and highly portable

The Trekker’s Friend weighs just under 1.6 kg and is a highly portable. It comes in a daypack which attaches to the back of your backpack as shown earlier. You can fold the daypack into its own internal pocket when you are not using it.

See the Trekker’s Friend hiking trailer in action:

The Trekker’s Friend is a lightweight highly portable hiking trailer.

You can buy both the Classic and the Lite version of the Trekker’s Friend hiking trailer on eBay, or from here.

Most backpacks are suitable for use with the Trekker’s Friend. However, you should use trekking poles that are as strong and rigid as possible (preferably made of Aluminium 7075), that have the right sort of design at the top and bottom, and preferably come in two pieces. Poles that are suitable for use with the Trekker’s Friend are also available on eBay, or from here.

Please see the Trekker’s Friend Facebook page for more information.


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