EQUIPMENT REVIEW – Thule AllTrail Hiking Backpack 45L
I purchased my first Thule backpack last year and this was a Thule Versant 50L, a lightweight pack with just the right amount of well-organized capacity and accessibility for overnight expeditions. It was perfect for what I needed in all respects, apart from one technical detail! The Versant 50L has a removable top lid to convert to a sling pack and I could never get this to fit on the main pack correctly unless the pack was full to capacity. Even technical advice from Thule themselves suggested the pack needed to be full for all the technical features to work well. It had to go therefore and I sold it on to someone who liked it and I hope they’re happy together!
In Stockholm earlier this month I chanced upon a Thule store so went in and decided upon the Thule AllTrail Hiking Backpack 45L – ideal for my work as an International Mountain Leader working worldwide in all seasons.
Both of the packs referred to hear have an adjustable back fitting to customize torso height and, having a long back, this is essential for me.
On the left hip belt is Thule’s useful hip belt VersaClick System for attaching additional interchangeable accessories to the pack and it came with the VersaClick Pole Holder for conveniently carrying walking poles. I also purchased the VersaClick Rolltop Safezone Pocket which I thought would be of more use to me.
Things I like about the AllTrail 45L include:
- The adjustable torso fitting
- A roomy lid pocket with plenty of space for all the essential items I carry whilst out on the hills and mountains
- The facility for my hydration system is convenient to use
- The pack comes with a useful integrated rain cover
- There is an externally accessible “shove-it” pocket which is quite roomy and a very useful feature for me
- Comfortable harness and associated fittings
All in all, I think this is great pack which will travel far and wide with me on my global travels.