The Thule Chasm Duffel Bag range is the Swedish companies answer to the increasing popularity of this type of bag. The bag comes in a wide variety of different sizes ranging from the extra small 27L bag all the way up to extra large which has a capacity of 130L. Today I’ll be looking at the medium sized bag with a 70L capacity in the bright cobolt blue colour.
With a capacity of 70L, you should have enough room to pack everything into to keep you going for anywhere between 2-5 days, although obviously this will depend on what you’re packing. If you’re planning a trip longer than 4/5 days then I would definitely recommend purchasing the large duffel bag as it gives you that extra room to play around with, without adding too much bulk.
The exterior of the duffel is manufactured from a heavy duty tarpaulin fabric which is also waterproof. This is incredibly useful if you’re on outdoor trips and means your belongings will stay dry even in the harshest of weathers. The padded bottom will also help to protect your items as well as cushion your back when wearing as a backpack.
On the top you’ll find an extra wide opening into the bag, which reveals one giant space to pack everything into. You won’t be finding any space dividers inside meaning you can just stuff everything in and you’ll be ready to go. On the reverse side of the opening flap you’ll find multiple mesh pockets with zippers to keep them closed. There are a vareity of different shapes and sizes so different items can be stored separately. A great little feature that Thule have included is that one of these internal mesh pockets can actually be accessed without fully opening the main zipper pocket. This give you quick accessibility to the items stored here, and is a great addition to the single zipper pocket located on the outside.
When you first unpack the bag you’ll find two back straps, which allow you to convert the duffel into a backpack. The straps use a clever little system which allows you to slide a metal buckle onto a loop at either end of the bag. They didn’t look very secure at first, but after using them for a while they’re as good and solid as any other permanent fix straps. Both of the straps are also padded, which along with the cushioned back give an overall comfortable fit even after extended periods.
This bag really is as solid as a rock. Thule have taken the original duffel bag and continued to improve on its already quality design. The inclusion of 2 padded back straps means you can change from a normal handheld bag to a backpack very quickly and with ease.
Not only is there a size to suit every need, but you also get a choice of 5 colours: Zinnia (yellow), Mist (light grey), Cobalt (blue), Dark Shadow (dark grey) and Aqua (light blue). This bag range from Thule really does have something to suit everyone.
This medium sized duffel will set you back $134.95 on the official Thule site. You can head their using the link below.