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We take a spin on the trails in Thule's brand new Versant 70L multi-day hiking pack. How do we rate its performance? We review it here.

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Overall Score
Well-designed storage
Suspension system is a little lacking

Thule have brought a new range of technical hiking packs to the market including their largest capacity pack, the Versant 70L which is a fully featured pack aimed at multi-day hikes.

Both the torso length and hipbelt are adjustable to the tune of 12cm on the torso and 10cm on the hipbelt. Both systems are easy and intuitive to use and operate using a basic hook and loop Velcro fastening system. We were able to get a precise fit on a 6ft 2" slim frame.

The hipbelt is well cushioned and comfortable but the shoulder straps could do with a little extra cushioning for heavier loads which is what the Versant 70L is likely to be used for.

The suspension system is ok but Thule have some way to go to match efforts from the likes of Osprey, at times it feels like it's difficult to get the load to ride comfortably on your back, hips and shoulders with there being a little too much emphasis on the shoulders. The back panel has thick, comfortable padding but not a lot of airflow.

Storage options have been really well thought out, we especially liked the Versaclick system on the hipbelt, this comes supplied with a robust roll top drybag but can be swapped out for a water bottle sleeve or zippered pocket.

The U shaped zip for the main compartment makes access to gear easy and the floating top lid which has a cavernous main pocket as well as a smaller compartment can be removed and used as a sling pack for summit hikes - a really thoughtful and innovative feature.

Another clever innovation is the waterproofing system, not only is a raincover integrated into the bag but the bottom liner is fully waterproof allowing you to partially cover the bag whilst still leaving the side pockets easily accessible.

Overall the Versant 70L has some neat touches which make it a great entry option in to backpacking.



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