Review By Camper / 6 months ago — Daypacks
Cons:Single side pocket/mesh is very difficult to access while this is on your back. Expect a rotator cuff injury. It’s very common for me to puts keys or my wallet there but not be able to access them without feeling like I’m going to tear something.It’s pretty low on the amount of stuff you can actually put in it without it bloating. There’s a poor internal capacity to external volume ratio.Laptop holder and side access zipper are made to be used by smaller Macbook Pros (it *does* fit the newer 15″ MBP but only if you slide it in and out at an angle) or other very thin laptops. If you have a gaming laptop or some other laptop around 1″+ thickness then it’s not gonna get out that side zipper. Discovered this for my work laptop at previous job and that was utterly devastating for this backpack because the roll top is a pain at times.Roll top is a roll top. Not a fan, personally. Stuffing it to the brim means that this thing intrudes on the back of your neck/head. Not great if you have a helmet on and you’re using the drops on a road bike. Back of your head will clash with this thing real fast. I never pack mine with stuff because of it.This thing cannot stand on its own. Maybe seen it happen once but it’s akin to those rock balancing sculptures.
Meh:It’s expensive for what is an okay product.This thing gets uncomfortable pretty quickly with more weight on it. It’s fine for lighter loads but start loading it up with a heavy laptop, big bottle of water, and some other weighty things (or just stuff it) and it’s not very good. It’ll shift around on your back just not be a super great experience. And that’s kind of important if you’re a very active/mobile rider. As a commuting bag with a few light things, it’s fine. I think as long as you keep it all under 10lbs, it’s okay. After that weight, it starts to get annoying.
Update:The Real Bad: The latch that goes across your chest broke recently. I’m not sure how but the plastic latching mechanism (similar to one you use on a helmet for your chin) broke. Can’t use this backpack on a motorcycle or bike without it swishing all over my body now. So… it has substantially become less useful/comfortable.
The pack has five outside zippers (two w/ two sliders), three inside zippers, and a Velcro flap in the main compartment. One side zipper allows you to access the main compartment when you don’t want to unfurl the roll-up closure and undo the top zipper. The roll-up is not for everybody’s liking — I can see it becoming aggravating for top loading. It also protrudes at the sides making you likely to brush against someone or something. But it gives you extra room in a pinch, and it looks cool.
I’ve never owned a backpack with so many zippers and pockets, or one as nice as this Thule. The size is right for me — not too small or too huge. This pack is good for many people, because it’s not too large for small people, while it has long straps to fit big people. I have a smaller torso so the straps are a bit long for me. No worry, they adjust.
I like the sternum strap (width and height-adjustable) but I doubt I’ll ever use it. It’s user-removable.
The front pocket with three inside pouches uses a zipper which is longer on the left side. My only gripe is that that zipper is balky — especially on the left side. It operates better when you put your finger inside and guide it along.
This ended up being such a great buy. I have a very short torso and normally backpacks sit uncomfortably, or the straps fit odd- but this one adjusts just enough that it is very comfortable. I’ve packed this bag with my entire life and it was still a very comfortable carry. The straps are padded enough that it really helps with the weight.
The bag is generously sized with a ton of pockets and compartments to keep your things organized. I was never a fan of roll top backpacks but I’ve grown to love this one. The quick access side zipper is great, and the roll top gives you the option to expand the bag whenever you need. The red is a lot nicer in person, and it’s just rugged looking enough without making me feel out of place while wearing it in the city.
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