The company Thule from Sweden contacted me if I would like to test one of their travel bags: the Crossover Backpack. Of course! But what could be so special about a backpack? Well, a lot.
First the good news for you as a reader: Thule and Act of Traveling are giving away one Crossover 25L backpack!
How to win it? Well, at the end of this post there is a little contest where you have to show your creativity! It doesn’t matter where you live in the world: if you win the contest the backpack will be send over to your home!
I have used many backpacks before. Always I missed some dedicated compartments. And not to mention one for my MacBook Air (don’t want this baby to be stored together wich bags of candy, a banana and some cables!).
Thule sent me the bag two weeks before my trip to Mauritius. What better place to test it! As a travel blogger I heavily depend on my smartphone, Macbook Air and of course my Sony RX100 camera (should do a review on that one too actually, such an amazing camera!). Anyway, here is some evidence that the bag really made it all the way to Mauritius…
Thule and me visiting the giant tortoises in Mauritius
Thule and me zip lining in Mauritius!
In the title of this review I call this Crossover bag an intelligent bag. Let me show you why.
Let’s start with the outside. There is a great pocket on the front for quick and easy access, for example getting out your passport and boarding pass. The outer fabric is backed with a high-quality waterproof coating and the zipper even has an additional water protection. No problem when it rains!
On top of the bag there is another intelligent compartment. It’s a small zipped pocket built into the top. Easily accessible and with a heat-molded, crush proof compartment that protects your fragile gear. They call it the SafeZone and it can also be removed entirely if you prefer more space inside. I loved it, because I could put in my sunglasses without further protection, perfect!
Now let’s go and have a look inside the backpack. Remember I mentioned my MacbookAir. Well, this Crossover has a padded, integrated laptop pocket that holds up to a 17″ MacBook Pro or PC. I did place my MacBook in a slip case before stowing it in the backpack….just for extra safety.
But there is more! There is a third huge compartment that is divided into smaller zipped sub-pockets for all your smaller stuff. No more complaining about how difficult it is to reach something down in the bottom of your backpack because it’s covered by maps, cameras, cookies and more. Intelligent thinking by Thule!
I honestly feel this is a backpack with truly formidable construction quality. It has a designer texture with tiny white spots into a matrix. I liked my dark blue bag with the orange details! Over here in the Netherlands the Crossover 25L is sold for €99 or USD135.
Who are Thule?
Thule are known for carriers and racks (bikes, water sport, winter sport), luggage and bags, smartphone and camera bags. The construction quality really stands out, making these bags suitable for all you adventurous people out there. By the way, they also offer child carriers!
The thing you have all been waiting for….you can win this awesome Thule Crossover 25L backpack!
Below is a picture that I made while visiting the giant tortoises in Mauritius. This picture needs a caption. For one week (until the 27th of October 2013) you can leave your most funniest, dramatic or creative caption in the comments below. The jury (not me, don’t worry) will pick the best caption and that person wins the Crossover! Ain’t that cool?!
Everybody can enter the contest (except Act of Traveling employees…oh well, that’s only me). Good luck and show us your creativity! The winner will be announced on this blog as well as on the Act of Traveling Facebook page.