Although I do not own a Thule backpack I do wanna tell you about a couple of their new packs and features, just because I like ‘em.
Thule doesn’t have a long history in backpack making, and maybe that’s exactly the reason their designers do not follow traditional lines of thinking. They’re not stuck in a rut, instead, they come up with fresh idea’s (maybe, somehow inspired by roof-rack design, who knows…).
How these packs really perform in the field remains to be tested, so for now; enjoy the looks ’n features.
Thule Stir, Technical (Multi) Day-Pack
I like the rectangular shape (see photo above) of the Stir. Since the human back is more of a rectangle than a circle or oval, I don’t understand why a lot of backpacks are tapered towards the top. Okay, for larger packs, I understand that you want to keep the center of gravity as low as possible, but for smaller sized packs I don’t see the point. As long as it doesn’t hinder shoulder movement, rectangular shape is the way to go, it provides better access and makes for a larger volume within the same external dimensions. And although simple, it gives the Stir a unique and lean look.
Click on the gallery below to see larger pictures and read more info in the captions.
Thule Versant, Trekking Pack
To keep your gear dry, Thule came up with a two-part solution, it’s called the StormGuard system. Both the Versant and the Stir 35L come with this feature.
In the first photo of the gallery below: On the left, a pack turned inside out to show the waterproof layer on the lower half. Combined with a rain-cover it protects against the heavenly waters, plus you still have easy access to side pockets and zippers at the bottom-end.
Thule Guidepost, Backpacking Pack
The Guidepost is not new in the Thule range but it has a very cool feature. Top-lids of larger backpacks that transform into daypacks are quite common, I have one that is twenty-five years old. What makes the Guidepost’s top-lid special is that, with a little magic, and in the blink of an eye, it transforms into a 24 (!) liter daypack.