Thule Landmark 40L Review | Carry-On Sized Adventure Travel Backpack (Men’s & Women’s Fit)

The Thule Landmark 40L is a carry-on sized backpack that’s designed specifically for traveling around the world. View Our Full Review:

1:31 – Material & Aesthetic
3:48 – External Components
6:26 – Inside the Pack
9:12 – Durability & Testing
10:23 – Pros & Cons
10:54 – The Verdict

Jet-setting goals? There’s a pack for that. We review plenty of bags here at Pack Hacker, but the Thule Landmark 40L is designed specifically for traveling around the world—so you know we had to check it out. Thule describes the Landmark as a “travel pack ready for several months of passport-stamped adventures” with key features like a detachable daypack and built-in safety components.

First things first, let’s talk options. The Thule Landmark is available in both a 60 and 70 liter version in addition to the 40 liter pack that we’ve been testing. They’re all pretty similar; however, the 60 and 70 liter versions come with a detachable day pack on the front. That’s not usually our style, since we prefer the one-bag carry-on approach, but it’s there if you want it.

We should also just take a second to clarify that a 70 (and 60, for that matter) liter backpack is truly massive. It’s definitely not going to work as a carry-on bag, and it’s not going to be something you casually walk around with. We rarely feel the need to use packs over 40 liters, even for perpetual travel, but your mileage may vary.

A unique option on the Thule Landmark is that each size comes in either a men’s or women’s fit. The differences between them are slight changes in the harness system, which affect the way the bag carries. That’s not an option you see every day on a travel pack, and we like that Thule went in this direction to make the bag even more customizable for the right fit.

The Thule Landmark 40L has a lot going for it: we like that’s it’s available in both a men’s and women’s fit, we like the smart thinking behind the Safe Zone compartment concept, and the sleek zippered side water bottle pocket is a nice touch. The Landmark also comes from a brand we know and trust, thanks to many positive experiences. But the downsides are significant—the pack is made with a lesser-quality exterior fabric, the carry could be more comfortable, and access to the compartments is more time-consuming than we’d expect. All that said, we’ve been having fun testing Thule’s first shot at the adventure travel market and we believe the Landmark is worth serious consideration.

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In this video, Nathan of Pack Hacker reviews the Thule Landmark 40L, a carry-on sized adventure travel backpack. Available in both a men’s and women’s fit.

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14 thoughts on “Thule Landmark 40L Review | Carry-On Sized Adventure Travel Backpack (Men’s & Women’s Fit)

  1. Are 60l and 40l landmark the same backpack and the only difference is that extra 20l small backpack? Do you think that thule is a good choice or there are better choices?

  2. many people that travel use these sort of bags as their carry on bags but also have a main Rucksack , so these bags also get carried front facing , any chance of including this in your reviews even though they aren`t supposed to be carried that way

  3. I am considering buying it and I have tried one at a store, I have only one question though: being the laptop compartment so close to the back, does it change the "form" of the contact of it when the laptop is in? I have experience with a backpack that, when I put the laptop, in the whole back area become so straight that it ends up being terribly unconfortable…

  4. You guys should evaluate the Maxpedition FLIEGERDUFFEL ADVENTURE BAG. I use for business travel and is TSA approved as carry on. Well made and functional.

  5. I was waiting for a real review of this backpack for a while now, I formerly intend on getting this, but got the Farpoint 40L instead, only because of the lack of load lifters on the Landmark. I already have the Farpoint 55L but it's still too big for some Airlines to be used as a Carry On even without the detachable daypack. Thanks to this review I didn't regret getting the Osprey rather than the Thule.

  6. I just bought it for a work related trip next week. Seems really practical and price/quality is great. Also we don't have too many options here in Europe.

  7. Thank you for the review– it was very helpful as I test out my new Thule Landmark 60. My use case is multi-day travels, sometimes international, to conferences, and then sightseeing and side trips as I explore each new city or country. I wanted to switch to carry-on travel, and the 40L bag plus the personal item-sized day pack is perfect, especially with some airlines in Europe and South America having more restrictions on bag size than in North America.

    The obsidian bag has a nice appearance, and I am thrilled by the golden "sand" colour inside (as opposed to neon colours in some Thule bags). The appearance exudes international adventure travel, but also fits in well with conferences and meetings where laptops are needed.

    The day pack is a delight– just the right size for carrying a laptop and notebooks for the day, and then switching everything out for sightseeing and exploring the city or country later, with space for some camera gear and a jacket. The carabiner hooks allow for some flexibility in attaching extra items as well.

    In my tests, the day bag got damp inside in a heavy downpour (despite my effort to protect it with an umbrella). I have purchased a rain cover for it.

    I did find one hack for one flaw cited in the video– the ease with which the sternum straps can fall off. This happened on the first day in my tests when I stuffed and then extracted the packable shoulder straps. I had to reach in deep and feel around for the fallen sternum strap. I looked for some elastics similar to the ones already on the straps to manage the loose ends, but I found black mini hair elastics to be perfect to solve this problem. They fit snugly and discretely (just one twist needed) at the point where the sternum straps are attached, and so I have no more worries about losing the sternum straps.

  8. Is it really pronounced “too-lay” or is that just how you brits pronounce it? I pronounce it how it looks, like “thoole”

  9. I have the 60l version and it's great. The main bag is pretty much the same as the 40l except no laptop section, that's in the 20l. I don't really travel much with a laptop so no problem for me. I think the safe zone is the best feature of the bag, when you are in a plane seat it so much easier to grab gadgets etc from the top rather then have to fumble in a front pocket especially if the bag is packed full and it's a squeeze to get everything out. Grabbing something from safe zone from the overhead bin again much easier. 1 bag travel is my preferred option but I travel with 2 young kids meaning I can have both the bags for 60l setup and still have 2 free hands!

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