– The Thule Landmark 40Lis carry-on sized backpack that's designed specificallyfor traveling around the world, that we've been excited toreview for a little while now.
Especially considering howwell the Thule Subterra 34L, which is one of our top ratedpacks preformed in testing.
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We've been testing the Thule Landmark 40L nearly everyday for justover three weeks now, so let's dive into the review and find out how well it performed.
(upbeat music) Just a note before we get right into it.
The Thule Landmark is available in both a 60L and a 70L version as well.
They're pretty similar;however, those versions come with a detachableday pack on the front.
It's not our kind of thing, as we're typically focusedon one bag carry-on travel, but if it's your style, then be sure to take a look.
A lot of what we cover in this review will translate as well.
Additionally, each sizeof the Thule Landmark, including this 40L version, is available in both amen's and a women's fit.
With the differences being slight changes in the harness systemand the way it carries.
We really like that Thule hasmade the decision to do this.
(upbeat music) With it's sleek and streamlinedScandinavian aesthetic, we're digging the overalllook of the Thule Landmark; however, it does lose a fewpoints in a couple of areas.
The first one being thehard shelled safe zone at the top of the bag.
We just think it looks a little bit odd and secondly, this front area here, the fabric can kind of slouch a little bit and become a little bit creased even when it's fully packed out.
As always though, we decidedto ask our Instagram audience what they thought ofthe look of this pack, and here are the results.
When it comes to colors, the Thule Landmark isavailable in Obsidian and Dark Forest for the men's version, and then Dark Bordeaux and Majolica Blue for the women's version.
While we would have liked all four colors to have been available across both the men's and the women's versions, we do like the mutedtones and darker colors typically perform better as travel bags because they hide scuffs and marks better.
Moving on, the branding is typical Thule where they've throwntheir logo on the front just like all of theirother gear we've tested.
It's fairly minimal and we like it.
Additionally, There's a small logo on the shoulder strap as well.
Now it's time to takea look at the materials and we'll start with thetwo different fabrics used on the outside of the pack.
Thule has gone with 420DDobby polyester on the front, and 600D polyester on thebottom and back of the bag.
Compared to other travelpacks on the market, these are two relatively thin materials.
While polyester isn't necessarily bad, we typically prefernylon, as it's stronger.
While the Landmark isholding up okay for now, apart from a few scuffs onthe top of the SafeZone area.
Let's remember that this bag is designed to be hauled around country to country, and in all honesty, we'dhave liked to have seen something a bit better.
For instance, the 800D nylon used on the Thule Subterra 34L is one of the best we've tested to date, and we'd have loved tohave seen it on this pack.
Finally, moving onto the hardware.
Thule hasn't cut any corners here, as they've gone with YKKzippers and Duraflex buckles.
This is great to see, asboth of these manufacturers make some of the best hardware available, and they've always performedwell in our testing to date.
(upbeat music) Moving onto the external components.
Let's kick thing offwith the harness system.
The adjustable shoulder straps are curved and densely padded which is great, but we have found the side of the straps to be a little bit hard, where they don't necessarily dig in, they can certainly be improvedfor a more comfortable fit.
The back panel is padded andstiff so it's comfortable and it won't slouch down your back either, but there's very little ventilation.
While this isn't a huge problem and back sweat is pretty muchinevitable in most instances, just be weary if you'retraveling anywhere hot and humid.
Now, when it comes to additional features, the Thule Landmark comeswith detachable sternum strap which unfortunately is alittle bit too detachable.
While it works well when locked in, we're constantly fearful that it's going to fall off when it's not.
Which has happened on acouple of packs we've tested with similar sternum strap attachments.
The Thule Landmark alsohas a hideable hip belt which is padded and helps a ton when this pack is fully loaded up, shifting most of the weight from your shoulders to your hips.
It is hideable and that's a great feature, but we will note when eachside is pushed all the way in, it can bulk up and diginto your lower back.
The shoulder straps in thisthing are also hideable which is another nice touch, and the whole system isslick and easy to do.
Overall, the Thule Landmark carry is okay, but it's certainly nothing special for a one bag travel packthat will see a ton of use, whether you're potentiallyhaving to carry it for very long periods oftime when you're on the road.
Moving on, there are a couplegrab handles in this thing, on the top and right-handside of the pack.
Now, these aren't particularly comfortable and they're not that well padded but they are easy to grab ahold of, and the top one will come in handy when you wanna hang this thing up, and the side one can be really useful when you're having to get this bag down from an overhead bin on an airplane.
Finally, the zippershave a few nifty features that allow you to attach the zipper pulls to the outside of the bag.
The safe zone zippersat the top of the pack can be looped around asmall attachment point and the main compartment zipper pulls can be secured by passing one of the buckles throughthem and securing it in place.
Now, neither of thesefeatures will stop a thief from gaining access to yourbag if they really wanted to, but it's certainly a huge deterrent for anyone quickly trying to get inside, and it's important to note thatthe main compartment zippers have a hole through which youcan pass a padlock through, so they're completely secure.
(upbeat music) Moving inside the pack.
There's no better place to start than with the safe zonecompartment at the top, which has been specificallydesigned to hold your valuables, and because of the hard shelled exterior, will keep them safe fromgetting crushed as well.
On the side of the top flap, there's a mesh compartment that you can easily stick your hand in and grab stuff out of.
Additionally, there's acouple of pen holders on top which can be really handy.
On the other side of the compartment, you do have to undo azipper to gain access which is a bit time consuming, but inside you'll find twoadditional mesh sleeves and a key clip too.
We're digging the thinking here from Thule and we're always excited to see bag manufacturers try new things; however, for us it'sjust not that necessary and we think it looks a little bit odd.
However, depending on your use case, this could be a great feature.
Moving down the side of the pack, there is a sleek side water bottle pocket that's hidden away by a zipper.
We really dig side pockets like this, and this is one of the bestones we've encountered to date.
It can be really usefulwhen you need to use it.
Otherwise, you wouldn'teven know it's there when it's not in use.
Now, let's take a lookinside the main compartment, but to do this, you firsthave to undo all four buckles, and unzip the entire front of the bag, and to be honest, this whole process is a bitt too timeconsuming for our liking, but you do get a little quickeras you get used to the bag.
Once you're inside, it'sbasically one large bucket and its a great place tothrow all of your gear into.
We'd highly recommend using packing cubes and pouches inside this large compartment, but there are compressionstraps to hold everything down if you don't want to.
On the top flap, thereis a zippered mesh sleeve which is good for holdingsmaller and flatter gear that you don't want moving around inside the larger compartment.
Then there's also acovert cash stash pocket that's hidden at thetop of the compartment, and you really wouldn't know it's there if you weren't told about it which is the exact point.
While this is a great place to put your cash and your passport, just remember that theaccess isn't that quick, so if you're going through an airport, we'd recommend keeping your passport within easier reach.
Finally, there's a laptop compartment at the back of this bag.
Inside there's enough room for a 15 inch laptop with a sleeve on which is really great, and there's even apocket for a tablet too, that's big enough forthe 12.
9 inch iPad Pro, and the laptop compartment here finishes about an inchabove the bottom of the bag, so if you drop this thing, it'snot gonna harm your laptop.
Which is a really great feature.
(upbeat music) By the time of thisreview, we've been testing the Thule Landmark 40L for three weeks.
The components and buildquality are all great, which is exactly whatwe'd expect from Thule.
However, the thin polyester, which makes up most ofthe exterior of this pack, is a little bit worrying.
Especially consideringwe found some scuffs and marks already afteronly three week of use on the top SafeZonecompartment of this pack.
Additionally, there's asmall piece of stitching at the bottom of the laptop compartment that the zipper keeps on getting stuck on, which is a tad frustratingand a sign of ware.
In testing, we foundthe Thule Landmark 40L to be a welcomed addition to the adventure travel backpack market.
Competing directly with thelikes of Osprey Farpoint, Osprey Fareview, and theEagle Creek Global Companion.
However, while thereare some nifty features that may be super handy, depending on your use case, we were unfortunately leftwanting just a bit more from a brand that has otherwise excelled with its other productsthat we've tested to date.
Moving in to pros and cons.
The hip belt distributes weightwell and it's hideable too.
The SafeZone compartment canprotect your valuable gear, and the side water bottlepocket is sleek and practical.
Now, the cons.
We have scuffs and marksalready appearing on the fabric.
The sternum strap can falloff when it's not locked in, and access to the SafeZoneand the main compartment can be a bit too timeconsuming for our liking.
(upbeat music) The Thule Landmark 40L has alot of great stuff going on.
We like that's it's available in both a men's and a women's fit.
The SafeZone compartment isa really interesting concept, and the sleek zipperedside water bottle pocket is a nice addition too.
Plus it's from a great brand that we've had a lot ofpositive experiences with.
However, there's certainlya few things going on that we're a tad disappointed with.
The exterior fabriccould be harder waring.
The access to the compartments is more time consuming than we'd expect, and the carry could definitelybe more comfortable.
Never the less, we've enjoyed testing Thule's first array intothe adventure travel market, and it's bag that'scertainly worth considering.
There you have it.
Our review of the Thule Landmark 40Ls, and as ever, we'd love to hearyour thoughts on this pack in the comments below.
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