Review: Women’s Thule Guidepost 65L Backpack
Adjustment was a key focus in the designing of this bag. Not only does the Guidepost have a thickly padded, pivoting hip belt that comes in three sizes, but also padded shoulder straps with three different width settings. The most remarkable aspect of the adjustment system is the six inches of adjustability to fit the torso. Whether you are petite or big boned, you can find your fit with this bag.
However, the thick padding and extensive aluminum and plastic support system does come with a cost. The Guidepost is slightly heaver than other 65 liter packs, weighing in at 6 pounds. This bag is better suited for the maximalist, as it has many unique features that add to its weight including a top compartment lid that converts to a summit pack. While handy for a quick assent, not everyone would opt to carry the extra weight of a summit pack.
Here are some essential features of the Thule Guidepost:
-3-liter reservoir storage
-Two easy access cupholders
-Vertical zippers help you access gear that’s buried deep in the bag
-Sleeping bag pouch/zipper
-Adjustable bottom straps can carry a sleeping pad
-Two gear loops on front
-Lid converts to summit pack
-Attachment loops for hiking poles or ice axes
-Pockets on hip belt for sunscreen, lip balm, protein bars, etc.
Design and Aesthetic ★★★
The Thule Guidepost is well designed and comes in four colors: black and blue for men, and purple and grey for women. The nylon fabric and double zippers on the front gives it a sleek and modern look. The only design flaw is the lack of ventilation between the backpack and your back. While some backpacks are designed to sit off of you back, this one must fit snugly to you back. This means on hot sweaty days your back is definitely going to be hot and sweaty, which can be uncomfortable when you’re on the trail all day.
The Thule Guidepost was definitely designed with durability in mind. The bag is made with 210D Cordura™ Nylon and 315D Cordura™ Nylon. The back adjustment system is also extremely sturdy. While they did not skimp on any material in the design of this bag, the material used is extremely durable and not the lightest, which contributes to the heavier weight of the bag.
This backpack is considerably more expensive than some leading brands on the market. Although extremely durable, this backpack is not light weight. Many other backpacks offer the same features as this pack at a lighter weight. However, the adjustment system of this pack cannot be beat. If you ever plan to share your pack with someone else, this pack could easily be adjusted to any size. While some might come close, it is difficult to find as much adjustability as the Thule Guidepost offers.
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