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Thule Departer Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 3, 2019

based on 101 reviews

We have checked tens of reviews and found 12 reasons to buy the Departer - and 3 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.

84% of the reviewers give the Thule Departer a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (68%)
Good (16%)
Average (11%)
Poor (0%)
Bad (5%)

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Reviews Summary

Here's what the reviewers think about the Thule Departer:

Reviewers like these things about the Thule Departer

  • Many users said that it is a small portable backpack and very well constructed.
  • Any users said that it’s water resistant, so as long as you have the top folded down, everything inside will stay safe.
  • One great feature mentioned by many users is that the side zipper which makes it easy to access while the bag is still on your back.
  • Most users said that this backpack is lightweight but sturdy and holds tons of stuff.
  • Many users said that it fit nicely beneath the airplane seat.
  • Reviewers said that he front pocket is good for charging cables, pens, pencils etc.
  • Many users liked that the side pockets stretch quite a bit so it can fit most drinks or water bottles.
  • The main section of the bag is super roomy for such a small backpack,.
  • Many users said that it’s padded, so it was comfortable to wear.
  • Many users loved the easy grab zippers. They fit perfectly in your fingers and make for easy unzip or zip.
  • Users also love the fact that it is water resistant.
  • Many users said that the top access opens completely to load up or dig through to find your stuff.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • Some users complained that here is not enough padding in the straps and they are stiff making it uncomfortable to wear.
  • Some users complained that there is not enough padding in the bottom.
  • Some users do not like the fact that it has only one side has a bottle holder.


Crowdsourced specs across all Thule Departer models and sizes:

Length iconLength12 in (30 cm)
Width14-16 in (36-41 cm)
Height9 in (23 cm)
Laptop iconLaptop SizeMax. 15 inches


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The Thule Departer ranks #19 compared with the other Thule bags.

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The Thule Departer ranks #2318 compared with all the bags we have checked.

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Last updated on July 03, 2019