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.
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.