The Thule Versant 70 fills a niche of a backpacking packs that can transition from multi-day backcountry trips to travel-oriented adventures with ease. An excellent option for folks looking for a multi-purpose competitor, it's supportive, durable and weatherproof. These attributes, along with this pack's comfortable frame and large upside-down "U" shaped zippered access point make it our Top Pick for Travel. Much to our surprise, the Versant was one of the more comfortable contenders in our review. While the straps are narrow, they are well-padded and contour to most shoulders quite nicely. Our entire review team loved the U-shaped zippered opening, which makes it easy to access the inside of the main compartment. Like several other of our favorite models, the Versant has a stretchy outer pocket that is great for storing cumbersome items, or gear that you want quick access to.
Though Thule has freshened up their palette for the new season, the bag remains virtually identical to last season's offering. You can see one of the new color options shown in the photo above.