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REVIEWED: Thule EnRoute Triumph 2 daypack

Perfect protection for a MacBook Pro and a pair of sunglasses, this cabin-sized daypack’s clever design proves ideal as a business trip bag

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There is no such thing as a daysack for all seasons and all reasons, which is why TravGear has at least five in the travel cupboard for different kinds of trips. A 21-liter bag (the US version is 27-liters) with an emphasis on laptop safety, the EnRoute Triumph 2 is yet another well-made and exceptionally designed bag that is at its best on business trips and weekend breaks.

Compression straps

Relatively small at 820g when empty, and with a 21-liter capacity, the 44x31x29cm (the US version is 27-liters, measures 12.20 x 13.80 x 17.70 inches and weighs 2.16 lbs) Thule EnRoute Triumph 2 has three compartments. But while some daypacks are so big they pull away from the body, the Thule EnRoute Triumph 2 has compression straps on each side. With everything snug inside, you can reduce it to its minimal bulk.

Padded laptop/hydration area

The main, padded compartment is very tight, with room for a 15-inch (max) MacBook Pro laptop as well as for an iPad or similar in a pouch on the inner sleeve. Though it’s unusually tight, it does mean a laptop will remain still during transit. There’s also a fastener and a gap to use this section for a hydration bladder instead, which is a nice extra, though the Thule EnRoute Triumph 2 looks like a business-grade daysack rather than a hiking pack. If you’re traveling only with a tablet, that back compartment makes a great place to stash an ironed shirt or two.

Space for clothes

The middle section contains two phone pockets and a wash bag section alongside plenty of places for clipping keys. However, it’s underneath these niceties that the Thule EnRoute Triumph 2 gets functional, with a bulge of space that’s perfect for storing clothes, or a coat. The only slight issue is that the top of this pocket is slightly fouled – and made harder to access – by a SafeZone compartment for sunglasses. It’s bigger than usual compared to, say, the Thule Crossover 25L backpack, and has an inner pocket, too. handy, but perhaps overkill.

Drop pocket perfection

Finally, the outside ‘drop’ pocket is little more than a place to stash a coat, a towel or a pair of shoes, which is particularly useful when on the road. It’s all secured nicely using those compression straps, too. Two stretch pockets for water bottles or an umbrella, a tough grab handle, and nicely padded straps and back panel make the Thule EnRoute Triumph 2 one of the most functional daypacks around for short trips and business travel.

Price as reviewed: £75.00

See also:

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