No Frills Pack: Thule AllTrail 35 First Look

No Frills Pack: Thule AllTrail 35 First Look

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Minimal features and an unassuming profile: Thule shoots for a single-quiver pack with the AllTrail 35. I tested it hiking and scrambling for this first look.

For years, Thule was synonymous with rooftop storage. But in 2014, the Swedish brand focused its expansion from roof racks with a release of technical backpacks.

In February, Thule launched the AllTrail line, packs built for various outdoor pursuits. I took the men’s 35-liter version on a few hikes and climbs for this review.

Thule All Trail 35 Pack Review

In short: The AllTrail 35 is a utilitarian pack with adjustable torso length that dodges specialization. It appeals to those wanting one pack for a variety of activities. The zipped top-loading design and a basic set of features transport loads into the backcountry without fuss or complications.

Thule AllTrail 35 Pack: Materials and Features

Thule All Trail 35 Pack Review

The $160 AllTrail 35’s main body is constructed of 420-denier “Dobby Poly,” while 330-denier ripstop polyester covers the back panel and suspension components. Mesh covers all contact points with the body, and standard-size webbing and hardware handle cinching chores. And a wire perimeter frame creates the base of the suspension system.

The pack sports a sleek exterior with no protrusions. The opening of the zipper-accessed top-loader extends halfway down the pack.

On the front panel there’s a side-zipped “shove-it” pocket. It’s also accessible from the inside of the front panel, where there’s an additional mesh pocket. A last zipped pocket tops the pack.

Thule All Trail 35 Pack Review

Two ice ax loops and vertically oriented daisy chains grace the front panel. A trekking pole loop, buckled compression strap, and stretch mesh pocket run along each side of the pack.

Thule All Trail 35 Pack Review

Wearers can adjust the torso length over a 4-inch span with a simple telescoping shoulder harness, secured with Velcro. The pack has a hydration bladder compartment and a hideaway rain cover.

Finally, Thule’s Versa-Click accessory system with a pole holder covers the left side of the hip belt. The AllTrail 35 weighs a verified 3 pounds 2 ounces.

Thule AllTrail 35 Utility, Comfort

Thule All Trail 35 Pack Review

Mimicking the shape of your back, the AllTrail conforms to every dimension from top to bottom. It reduces the profile on your body, but the smaller capacity at the bottom can interfere with common packing techniques – namely, placing lighter and larger items lower. On the other hand, the generous opening at the top made for easy loading.

The AllTrail 35’s torso adjustment accommodated my 21.5-inch torso, quickly and without fuss. And the suspension system’s rigidity felt adequate for a typical 25-pound sport-climbing load. Mobility was excellent for scrambling up to the base of routes.

Although airflow was minimal, padding on both the shoulder straps and hip belt felt comfortable, as did the mesh in warm temperatures. Meanwhile, the width and curvature of the shoulder straps provided a narrow fit. Combined with the small footprint of the lower back panel, this might make the AllTrail 35 more suitable for slender builds.

Thule All Trail 35 Pack Review

With an elastomer strap and buckle, the pack’s Versa-Click pole holder securely lashes trekking poles in a horizontal position. It functions as designed, though I found it overkill for just attaching poles.

But the Versa-Click system currently has five other accessories available, ranging from water bottle holders to full camera holsters. That latter could be a considerable advantage to outdoor photographers.

The AllTrail 35 proved durable over a few days of testing. It endured abrasive rock during climbing area approaches, and hiking outings that involved squeezing through harsh vegetation.

For me, the only concerns about durability were the main zipper, a YKK size 8, and the hip belt’s 1-inch buckle. These are both on the smaller side for components meant to withstand high tension.

Thule AllTrail 35 Conclusions

Thule set out to create one backpack for outdoor enthusiasts could invest in for various endeavors. And with the AllTrail 35, Thule did the job.

The pack doesn’t have a standout feature, but it also doesn’t have any vast shortcomings.

With the AllTrail, you get a utilitarian pack that hauls a day’s supplies, or light overnight gear, comfortably. It provides enough stability for both hiking and climbing objectives. And the lack of specialization makes it a solid all-around pack for those without serious technical requirements.

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Seiji Ishii
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Seiji Ishii is an adventure journalist that blurs the lines between work and play, writing about his climbing, two-wheeled and on-foot adventures, and the gear involved. He is also an AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor and an ACSM certified personal trainer, specializing in climbers and motocross/supercross athletes. He lives in the woods with his wife, daughter, and a small herd of pets in Wimberley, Texas.
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