Thule Travel Suitcase and Backpack Review

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Thule is synonymous with ski, bike, and cargo haulers. However, with over 75 years in product engineering specializing in plastic and metal construction, hard shell luggage is a natural product category for them to expand. The new Revolve collection offers a simple, durable collection of products for business and personal travelers that is sophisticated yet reliable and durable.

We were sent the Revolve Carry On Spinner and Backpack to test while traveling to Europe and a few domestic flights, and road trips. Having used everything from duffel bags, backpacks, and fanny packs to travel in the past we were excited to try out a piece of premium quality luggage. They are a perfect match

Thule Revolve Wide-Body Carry-On Review

The simple design of the Revolve carry on suit case is a super solid build that has nothing that is not needed.  The inside has a simple secure strap to hold down items on one side, and a zipper full closure on the other side.

The rolling wheel are far superior to much cheaper alternatives.  My travel companion was using a less expensive big box store version of a similar 4 wheel carry on.  We did a fair amount of walking (a couple miles) on sidewalks, cobblestone, and asphalt.  The wheels remained smoother and it was obvious they where a higher quality wheel and bearing.  The wheels continued to roll smooth the entire trip. 

The hinge on the Thule suitcase we reviewed was build to last. It felt solid, and even when over stuffing the carry on.  At one point had to sit on the suit case to get it zipped closed because we had purchased to many souvenirs.  I felt confident in the zippers and hinges the entire time.  Additional, there are bumpers to protect the hinges.   

The internal zipper pouch fully seals one side of the carry on suit case.  It also has a flat zipper pocket.  It works well for storing ties and other flat items. 

One of the nicest features to the simple design is the locking system.  A TSA three digit lock can be used to secure the zippers into a secure slot.  A push of the button ejects the zippers for opening the suit case.

The Thule Revolve is the perfect companion when traveling with the Thule Crossover 2 backpack.  The updated Thule backpack with the carry on provided enough room to travel Europe for a week.

Thule Crossover 2 Backpack 30L Review

The Thule Crossover 2 is a rugged professional looking travel backpack designed with the traveler in mind.  

Having used over a dozen different backpacks for travel, it’s refreshing to use a clean bag specifically design for the purpose.  It doesn’t have all the additional chest straps, and waist straps that only get caught in seats and overhead compartments.

The Crossover backpack has three locations designated for laptops, and tablets.  As someone who typically travels with multiple laptops and tablets this was so nice to have padded sleeves for each item.

External pocket are allow convenient access to necessities. There is also a zipper for holding power banks and internal route wires.

The top pocket is great for frequently access items.  A small complaint is the size of the pocket.  I have a few larger pair of sunglasses that were hard to store with anything else in the pocket.  Additionally, when storing easily accessible items is that they are easily accessible to others.  When riding busy subways I was always removing the bag for security reasons.

The Thule Crossover backpack fits perfectly under the seat on an airplane.  The abrasion pads protect the bag from the abuse of storing and retrieving the bag.

The internal is just as clean and protected as the external of the backpack. 


The Thule Revolve suitcase is a very high quality, clean suitcase that comes in a variety of sizes. We tested the carry on but it is worth checking out the entire collection. If you are looking for a sophisticated look, high quality build, that will last for many flights, and through that streets, to the office or hotel, this is a top rated pick.

The Thule Crossover 2 backpack is a bag I would recommend to vacation and business travelers. It’s a great “Crossover” pun intended use backpack. It can double as a great looking professionally bag, but is equally comfortable being used as a day pack around the city. The price of $230 (As of October 2019) might be a lot to swallow. But after using many cheaper bags, I can say you are defiantly paying for a much higher quality bag, with more protection and features that a standard off the shelf backpack.