When it comes to gear, there’s no better saying than this Afrikaans one: “Goedkoop is duurkoop.” It’s right on the money, literally, as it’s saying that buying cheap will cost you more in the long run. I don’t buy gear often, but when I do, I want something that’s going to last me a very long time, and that I’ll enjoy using the whole way through.
That’s what these Swedes are good at – making bombproof gear that’s designed smartly and that looks good too. They’re most famous for their bike- and cargo-carrying gear, but they sure know how to make bulletproof, practical backpacks that look and feel good on your back. The team in the main picture is the Thule Adventure Racing team, and they’re pretty hands-on when it comes to Thule gear testing.
The Thule Enroute range straddles both work and exercise, providing proper protection for laptops and tablets while still keeping room for some of your training and adventure gear (especially in the larger daypacks, the 28 and 29 litre options). These daypacks are ultra-light, comfortable and are filled with clever compartments like the crush-proof SafeZone for your sunglasses. If you are a commuter (by train or two legs), then you need to make this your travel partner.
Thule have got so much faith in their build quality that they provide a 25 year quality guarantee, so you’ll never have to worry about these bags falling apart. And for my two cents, I’ve had my Thule backpack for over 5 years now, and there isn’t so much as a loose stitch or unruly zip. It’s been on my back to and from work every day, and my laptop and essentials have never been safer. To buy the 29litre Thule Enroute Escort, visit here.
PROS: Impressive build quality, decent compartment options, clever sunglasses protector, and very comfortable.
CONS: Expensive. Slightly heavier than its peers.