The Thule Versant 60L pack is one of the most comfortable multi-day packs that I have worn in a long time. It’s durable, weather-proof and has a tonne of storage. This pack is made for people that want the ability to bring days worth of gear and still have use of your shoulders when the trip is over.
I have had packs in the past, much more expensive packs I might add, that always killed my collarbones and shoulders when they were fully loaded with gear. What I appreciated most about the Thule Versant was the padding on the shoulder straps and hip belt, it made for an extremely comfortable fit while on the trail for hours over many days. The ability to also adjust the the sizing quickly and easily also helped in this regard. To adjust the height to fit your torso length the back panel of the pack simply tears away with velcro to be adjusted up or down. The hip belt has the same velcro configuration for quick adjusting.
I always end up using bags for activities that they weren’t specifically designed for and it ends up being a great way to test the versatility of a pack. Taking the Thule Versant on a 6 day ski traverse, where I had to strap my skis to my pack multiple times and ski with a fully loaded pack was a good example. All I can say is that it handled it like a champ. Even with the skis strapped to the sides of the pack it was stable enough to handle the extra weight and not cause too much pressure on my shoulders or hips. There was surprisingly very little shifting of the bag as I skied downhill with it, even fully loaded.
I also think that if you are going to design a multi-day pack, that’s already not going to be ultra-light (the Thule weighs in at a decent 3.88lb or 1.75kg), you may as well add a few extra bells and whistles to make it super convenient to use. The Thule Versant definitely delivers. There is a removable, waterproof roll-top pocket on the left side of the hip belt that is perfect for storing your phone or items you want to keep dry. It’s removable because you can actually buy other attachable accessories, which enables you to customize your bag, and that’s just cool!
The lid pocket has 3 large volume pockets. I personally love having storage room in my lid pocket for small loose items that I want easy access to. Do you know how much you can store in 3 pockets? A lot!
A few other notable features of the pack:
Built in rain cover that covers the top ¾ of the pack, enabling you to still be able to access the side water bottle pockets when the cover is in. Don’t worry, the bottom quarter of the bag is waterproof so you don’t have to worry about that.
It comes with a shoulder strap to convert the removeable lid pocket into a sling that you can wear like an adjustable messenger bag.
There is a large U-Zip panel on the front of the bag to allow for front access.
Front stretch pocket for quick access items like a rain jacket or map.
Versatile – The Thule Versant works well in a variety of situations. It stands up well to multiple days on the trail, fully loaded and even in situations it wasn’t designed to handle.
Comfortable – The pack is comfortable. Day after day it carried loads well and I personally found the suspension system displaced weight efficiently.
Convenient – The ability to customize your hip belt pocket or the way they designed the rain cover to enable access to the water bottle pockets shows that they were thinking about convenience on the trail. It’s the little things that make a big difference.
Weight – The bag is a little on the heavy side so don’t expect an ultra-light pack. However, the extra weight of the pack is really a non-issue because the pack is very well built.
Buy it if:
If comfort, versatility and ample storage is what you are looking for then this pack will be more than capable of delivering for any multi-day adventure planned.