Thule EnRoute Escort DayPack
For the past couple of months I’ve been reviewing the Thule Escort Daypack on my daily commute across London. I moved to the city a few months ago so I’m now amongst the three million plus commuters who travel the underground network each day. I work the usual office hours which means travelling during the busiest periods. So it’s absolutely crucial to have a bag that is practical for carrying my belongings across London but also surviving the peak time crush.
Thule is a Swedish company that is well known for its range of car transportation products including roof racks and roof boxes but they also offer a range of luggage, bags and case products. The Escort Daypack is Thule’s flagship backpack with multiple pockets and compartments that can fit a 17-inch MacBook Pro or equivalent laptop as well as a 10-inch tablet.
The thing I noticed the most in this review is the number of compartments the Escort DayPack has. This took me some getting used to as I often found myself searching for my things in each compartment. Once you’ve got a system for managing what goes where, you will find it a valuable to have so many compartments.
The compartment at the rear is the largest and can fit laptops as large as a 17-inch MacBook Pro. A secondary padded area is available for your tablet and then an open section that could in fact hold another laptop. At one point I was carrying two bulky 15-inch and 14-inch laptop plus their chargers and an iPad.
On the front is a small compartment that has a hard lining. This is designed for fragile objects like sunglasses or at this time of year, a chocolate bar or two.
The Escort DayPack has a host of straps and buckles that allow you to secure the bag to your body. You’ll find both a sternum and waist belt help with heavier loads – great for a mountain hike.
Shoulder straps are made of a breathable material that are comfortable even with heavy loads. Occasionally I’m caught carrying two laptops – my 15-inch MacBook Pro and a 15-inch HP EliteBook which is built like a tank and weighs like one too. Add to that the power adapters, keys, work mobile, pens, notepads and mouse and what you end up with is a weighted backpack.
Two padded strips line the back of the bag which provides a nice cushioned feel from the contents of your bag rubbing against your back.
Good design thinking and build quality are what make the Thule Escort Daypack a trusty travel companion.