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by Andy van Bergen
August 1, 2015
Photography by Riley Wolff
Thule has long been known for the quality of their bike transport products so it’s great to see the same attention to detail being paid to their range of soft goods. Here we look at the Commuter BackPack, and Legend GoPro Case.
On first picking up the Thule commuter pack you immediately notice how small and compact the backpack is. Also apparent is the solid feel that this backpack has. Materials are heavy and appear hard-wearing, and the semi-rigid EVA back panel structure (to protect the laptop) contribute to its 1300g weight.
The mark of a good commuter bag is the level of protection against the elements, and it’s versatility – and the Thule commuter backpack has both in spades. To access the inner top-loaded ‘bucket’ of the bag you need to roll back a dry-pack style buckle clipped top hatch. Once the contents are loaded the top is rolled down and clipped in place like a traditional dry pack, sealing the contents from wet weather conditions. In addition a waterproof bag cover can be removed from its stash and stretched over the entire bag.
A removable padded laptop sleeve protects your hardware from accidental bumps and knocks, and the pack features enough external pockets to stash all of your gear – including a protective crush proof glasses case and a water bottle holder in addition to a number of reflective webbing straps. A welcome addition is a small elasticised mesh webbing which will hold additional soft items such as clothing or a helmet when not in use to further extend the bag’s capacity.
RRP: $249.00 AUD.
For more information visit Thule Australia website
The ‘Legend’ GoPro Case from Thule has been designed to both protect and organise your GoPro camera and accessories. Probably the most frustrating thing about your GoPro is trying to keep tabs on all the different attachments and mounts. This case provides a small and portable protective case for all of these bits and pieces.
The case features a removable di-cut foam padding block which can easily be removed and cleaned, and the inside of the lid includes additional clear zippered storage pouches. Interestingly the cut-outs didn’t seem to specifically accommodate the standard accessories for a GoPro Hero 4 (for example additional back-screens, and the variety of mounts) however there is sufficient space to fit these in the case. The space was designed to house additional SD cards, a spare battery, remote, and an LCD BacPac screen.
While you wouldn’t take this out on the bike, it is perfect to grab and throw in the car rather then searching the bottom of your cupboard to find your accessories and attachments at the last minute.
RRP: $79.95 AUD.
Disclosure statement: Thule Australia is a CyclingTips advertiser and we thank them for supplying samples for us to review.