Deuter Futura 30 SL

2 reviews
5-star:   0
4-star:   1
3-star:   1
2-star:   0
1-star:   0


Weight 3 lb 8 oz / 1580 g
Capacity 1830 cu in / 30 L
Size 24 in x 13 in x 8.7 in / 62 cm x 33 cm x 22 cm
Material Deuter-Ripstop 210 / Deuter-Super-Polytex



WOMAN'S version: I am reviewing this solely on its…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 119.00


WOMAN'S version: I am reviewing this solely on its sizing. It is a Deuter pack and quality made. All the great features are present, but the woman's sizing is quite petite.


  • Deuter quality
  • Trampoline back
  • Pack cover on board
  • SOS flap on top pocket
  • Main compartment division/access


  • VERY short waist belts
  • Very short torso
  • Bladder connection not well designed

This is the woman's version of the Futura SL 30. I had the most wonderful expectations of it. I did not field test it because I will be returning it right out of the box. I expected the torso to be a bit shorter than the male version but this was TINY. Fat or thin, the length of this pack just seems to be made for a child.


This picture is on REI as the woman's. But you can tell it is the man's version because there is no fake flower on it. All the woman's packs by Deuter have this fake flower attached. Why is that important you ask?

Because when you look at the woman's version here it looks shorter. I may be overthinking this, but when I put that over my shoulders, it simply hit me mid back. I am 5'8".

Further research states the length of the woman's as 12". Interestingly, there really IS no men's 30, but a 32 which is stated to be but one inch longer than this. I literally was trying to get the waist belt around just under my ribs on this. Maybe my view of these two images is simply not correct and they are photographed differently. At any rate, it is a small bag that I could not get comfortable on my back to even give the thing a whirl.

Here is the Men's 32:


The picture does not really reveal that the men's waist belt is much longer, and a bit wider too.  All in all, the woman's is really for a petite woman, not an average woman. Add to that, if you are a heavyset woman this is not even going to buckle on you. The straps are so short that even if I lost down to a healthy weight for me, the belt would not buckle.

I am disappointed in Deuter for their woman's packs being so small. This is a good pack and would likely have performed well in the field. But only if you were a below average sized woman.


5'8" isn't all that tall for a woman. I'm surprised this was so short on you, Karen. I always like your reviews! (Post more.)

3 months ago

Some companies get it, some don't I guess. I hope a lot of other women will benefit from your warning

3 months ago

Thanks. I love Deuter, don't get me wrong. It is hard to choose gear in almost any activity if you are a larger woman and that discourages better health. They have won me on quality lost me on practicality where women are concerned.

3 months ago

Fantastically comfortable big-daypack/ultralight overnighter;…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $90


Fantastically comfortable big-daypack/ultralight overnighter; happily recommended.


  • Extremely comfortable and adjustable suspension system
  • Excellent capacity
  • Included rain cover


  • Lack of pockets
  • Hydration pocket still not perfected

I've run through five different day packs in the last few years, and i think i've finally found a winner. I'm no ultralighter - i like to have ALL my equipment when i go for a hike.  i LOVE to have a hot meal in the middle of long day hike. this bag carries everything i could possibly ever need (and always hope never to need), plus my stove and fuel and food, with room left over. it really seems designed more as an ultralighter's pack, what with the separate sleeping bag compartment.

Straps and hipbelts are well-padded, endlessly adjustable.  i love the narrow, tall profile.  i tend to carry around 20 pounds of gear on my dayhikes, and i always end up feeling like i could go farther.  and i love the included rain cover - it gets a lot of use on my Cascade Mts hikes, believe me.  and the air-venting though the back is wonderful - no sweat building up and causing chafing.  five miles or fifteen; rain, snow, or sun; this bag has been great.

My only gripes are pretty minor.  there aren't a lot of interior pockets to contain small items, and the two side pockets aren't particularly well-situated with respect to the compression straps.  and the hydration pocket isn't particularly well-suited to my Camelbak bladder - something true even of my other Camelback pack. in particular, the routing of the tube is a little awkward, and the bladder seems overly intrusive into the main compartment space.  but these are hardly problems that other packs don't have.

Manufacturer's Description

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Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Deuter Futura 30 SL Pack for Women You can camp from dawn to dusk with the Deuter Futura 30 SL Pack for Women. The hydration system compatibility allows you to pack liquids without carrying bottles. The AirMesh shoulder straps reduce sweat. Its hip fins give a comfortable fit and spread the load evenly. The Macro Lite 210 material withstands abrasion. The Deuter-Super-Polytex fabric keeps the weight to a minimum. Use the Deuter Futura 30 SL Pack for Women for comfortable and lengthy day hikes.

- SunnySports

The Deuter Futura 30 SL women's hiking backpack is a top-loader with a top-back system for comfortable lengthy day hikes, multi-day mountain excursions or via ferratas. The Aircomfort FlexLite Back System features a flexible twin-frame construction, an effective, three-sided air circulation and is very lightweight. The new Deuter Futura packs come in strong colors and are prepared with a host of smart details such as a special new buckle. Deuter Futura SL models are equipped with shorter, narrower SL shoulder straps and a conical shaped waist belt to deliver the perfect fit that women are looking for. Weight: 3.4 lbs (1550 g). Volume: 30 litre. Size: 66 / 30 / 21 cm. Material: Deuter-Super-Polytex. Available Color(s): Spring/Silver/Granite, Turquoise/Arctic/Silver

- Tahoe Mountain Sports

On Sale. Free Shipping. Deuter Futura 30 SL Pack FEATURES of the Deuter Futura 30 SL Pack AirComfort Flexlite Back System Bottom Compartment Access with Internal Zip Divider Side Bellow Pockets Integrated, Detachable Rain Cover Anatomically Shaped, Compact Hip Belt with Spacious Pocket for Valuables or Smartphone/Camera Pull-Forward Closure for Quick and Precise Hip Belt Adjustment Anatomically Shaped Soft Airmesh Shoulder Straps with Load Adjustment Straps Lid Pocket Stretch Side Pockets Internal Valuables Pocket Ice Tool and Hiking Pole Attachment Loops Top Lid Attachment Loops Side Compression Straps Reflective Attachment for Hydration Tube Hydration System Compatible SOS Label FEATURES of the Deuter AirComfort Flexlite Twin Frame Back System Contoured, padded shoulder straps with 3D Wide-AirMesh cover AirComfort ventilated back system reduces perspiration by 25% Waist belt pocket single waist belt pocket included AirComfort Flex Lite twin frame durable spring steel wire and flat profile frame increase stability, load-carrying comfort, and guarantees flexibility with durability Ventilation hip pads bilaminate foam guarantees a great fit and carrying comfort SPECIFICATIONS of the Deuter Futura 30 SL Pack Carry Capacity: 25 lbs / 11 kg Torso Length: 14.5-18in. / 37-46 cm Volume: 1831 cubic inches / 30 liter Weight: 3 lbs 6 oz / 1.6 kg (includes rain cover) Dimension: (H x W x D): 26 x 12 x 8in. / 66 x 30 x 21 cm Macro Lite 210 / Super-Polytex

- Moosejaw

The Deuter Futura 30 SL comes equipped with the Aircomfort flexlite system which features a flexible twin-frame construction. Aircomfort three-sided air circulation reduces perspiration by 25%. The Futura SL models are equipped with shorter, narrower SL shoulder straps and a conical shaped waist belt to deliver the perfect fit women look for.