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Thule Stir Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 3, 2019

based on 164 reviews

We have checked tens of reviews and found 11 reasons to buy the Stir - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.

94% of the reviewers give the Thule Stir a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (66%)
Good (28%)
Average (1%)
Poor (3%)
Bad (0%)


Reviews Summary

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

Reviewers like these things about the Thule Stir

  • Most reviewers mentioned that the lid Thule Stir backpack can be accessed easily.
  • Testers praised its versatility due to its removable sternum strap and tuckable hip belt.
  • Users noted that the bag has ample stretch pockets and compartments to store items and personal belongings.
  • Many of those who have used the pack felt comfortable and well-ventilated due to its mesh back panel and shoulder straps.
  • Other users noted that the bag includes an internal mesh pocket for a secured storage of things.
  • A lot of reviewers recommended the use of the backpack for hiking and biking.
  • According to other users, the bag may also be used for everyday activities.
  • Other users praised its lightweight yet durable design.
  • Testers mentioned that it could hold enough equipment for a short hike.
  • Other testers found the outer shell of the backpack water resistant.
  • Several reviewers praised its vibrant color which may allow visibility when used in dark places.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A reviewer thought that the opening of the backpack was a little small.
  • A user felt that it was difficult to get things in and out of his bag in order to grab something.


Crowdsourced specs across all Thule Stir models and sizes:

Capacity iconCapacity20-35 l (1220-2136 cuin)
Weight iconWeight0.7-2.15 oz (0.3-1 kg)
Length iconLength9-11 in (23-28 cm)
Width8-11 in (20-28 cm)
Height18-22 in (46-56 cm)

The bag is recommended for these activities:


Feature Summary

Many sources mention these Thule Stir features:
  • Sternum strap
  • Hydration compatible
  • Raincover included
  • Waterproof
  • Reflective
  • Hydration bladder
  • Hip belt

Some sources also mention these features:
  • Water bottle pockets
  • Side pockets
  • Adjustable torso
  • Carry-on size
  • Hip belt pockets

Actual features depends on the model, so check the features before you buy.

Capacity/Weight Levels

The capacity/weight level shows how much the bag weights compared with it's capacity (volume).

The lower the capacity/weight level, the better.

2020 l1.1 oz0.06 oz/L
3535 l2.15 oz0.06 oz/L
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Thule Stir
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Selected Reviews

Life In The Saddle people

Life In The Saddle

Overall, the Thule Stir 20 Rucksack is a super little lightweight running, cycling and walking rucksack. With innovative features, to make it comfortable and easy to use; yet none of the un-necessary bulk that you don't want in active sports. This is a compact carry, which will enable you to explore more, with all your necessary essentials.

Posted 22 November 2016 by Tim Wiggins - Read full review

Life In The Saddle people

Life In The Saddle

Overall, this is another superb rucksack from Thule. The design, with its well thought out pocketing and waterproofing, demonstrates the real testing and refinement that Thule products go through.

Posted 4 August 2016 by Tim Wiggins - Read full review

Modern Hiker

I was very happy with the versatility of the Thule Stir 35L and would recommend it. If you are looking for a pack with a sleek design with adjustable fit options, offered in a smaller pack size give this one a go!

Posted by Pamela Zoolalian - Read full review

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Last updated on July 03, 2019