Published on May 24th, 2015 | by Greg0
Thule’s Guidepost 65L Backpack Is Ready For The Weekend
Have bag, will travel. This summer, wherever you’re going, be prepared for whatever circumstances may bring. Whether you’re visiting a mountaintop in the middle of Tibet, hitting up the hostels of Asia, or just backpacking around middle America, there are a few essentials. And a good bag is on top of the list, since it will be responsible for holding everything else, bearing your load, without wearing you down.
The Thule Guidepost 65L Men’s Technical Backpacking Pack is large enough to comfortably fit everything you’d need or a weekend trip. Thule is probably better known for roof racks and bike carriers, but we last checked in with them earlier this year on their line of camera backpacks. Like any multi-day technical bag, the suspension is key, and the hipbelt here is something special. It pivots and rotates with you as you move, meaning that your bag never gets in your way especially during hillier sections, and it’s swappable too (since it’s available in several sizes). The back is well-padded and fairly breathable, though we have used others with better airflow.
They’ve built in an adjustable ‘QuickFit shoulder harness’ which offers three different shoulder strap width, and the frame is pretty nifty, with a sort of spring system that transfers weight from the upper areas and distributes it to your hips and waist for easier carrying. At six pounds, the Guidepost 65L isn’t light, but is fairly reasonable for this capacity with these capabilities. Two large zippered front pockets provide storage and organization for your most important larger items. For easy access to granola bars or important gadgets like your phone or flashlight, there are dual zippered hip belt pockets and also elastic ones on the sides for storing water bottles and such.
For those in need of a pack for longer journeys, Thule also offers 75 and 88-liter versions as well (and options for women too). But if you need something smaller, the Guidepost includes a cute pop-off small daypack that separates easily. Hydration compatible, the Thule Guidepost held up well over a couple of hikes, made from durable Cordura nylon that repelled the rain without issue. Compressions straps keep it all together, and the zippers are large with nice pulls, and the modern flat zippers. Available now, online and in stores for around $260, we loved the colors too, a black and grey combination and a a dark blue they call Poseidon.