Robin, Baby Bug, and I was able to steal away for a while on the Fourth of July for a little day hike in the Smokys. Our hikes are rather limited these days with us both working, the kiddo working, and of course the Bug always having to be accounted for. But we try not to let all of that get in our way. On this hiking trip the Capstone was perfect. The fit, once adjusted, was amazing, and the micro adjust suspension system allowed for the correct torso length as well as helped in keeping the weight of the pack off your shoulders.
The pack rides on the back quite nicely and as I've mentioned already doesn't rest on your shoulders which is nice. Most of the weight rides directly on the hips so no sore shoulders after a long day of hiking or backpacking. There's also no bounce to the pack either which is great as you maintain your center of gravity the whole trip.
With plenty of room for the necessities of day hiking and extra for the occasions you need to get away for a quick over-nighter, the Thule Capstone is the perfect pack for the job. I've yet to go for a run with this thing, as I've not done anything longer than a marathon in the past two months, and really don't carry enough gear on those sorts of runs to justify it, but I just might have to try it out in the next week or two in order to see if it's worthy of adventure running. I would say it likely is but again, only time will tell.
As for day hikes though, this is my new go to pack. I won't be leaving the house without this one for sure. Heck I even use it to carry my change of clothes when I go to races or my long runs. I highly recommend this pack for hiking and adventures. It's definitely versatile and rather durable too.
Tim and Robin
Specs for the Gear Heads:
|Material||210D Cordura™ Nylon | 315D Cordura™ Nylon|
|Volume (cu)||1952 cu in|
|Height (in)||24 in|
|Width (in)||10.5 in|
|Weight (lb)||2.9 lb|
|Warranty||Limited Lifetime Warranty|
- MicroAdjust Suspension system lets you adjust your torso length 10cms/4in while the pack is on to easily dial in the perfect fit
- Tensioned mesh back panel provides unparalleled breathability, keeping you cool and dry on the trail
- High-visibility, removable rain cover keeps your gear dry during storms
- Zippered pocket at the top of pack stores sunglasses and other small items
- Two hipbelt pockets store snacks,a phone and other small items
- Stretch fabric shove-it pocket provides fast access to often used gear
- Side compression straps let you cinch down your load or lash gear to the outside of the pack
- Hiking pole and ice axe attachments with bungee tie-offs can be stowed when not in use
- Hydration compatible design features a reservoir sleeve with drink tube exit port and two side water bottle pockets (reservoir sold separately)
Disclaimer: Tim received the Thule Capstone 32L backpack from Thule for review purposes only. Tim is not being compensated for this review. The opinions expressed above are Tim's independent thoughts and experiences.