Deuter Futura 42
Size: 42 liters
Max. Load Carried: 30 lbs.
Height of Owner: 5'10"
Price Paid: $129
Used mainly for one- and two-day trad climbing trips. Will hold all my climbing gear and a little bit more. Rides great on my back (I am 5'10" 200 lbs.). Feels great even on the hikes out. Not weightless but comfortable. Shoulder straps don't dig in and the weight stays on my waist and hips. This is a great pack for climbers on a budget.
Price Paid: 98EU
I made Camino in Spain with this wonderful backpack.
Walking 800km, 20kg s of cargo, no fatigue caused by backpack.
In good month of constant everyday walking, it helps me to develop muscles of the upper body and belly muscles.
Now I'm using it for trekking and climbing in our home Alps. Can t live without it.
Wife had on Camino Futura 32 backpack, she also love it.
We use 32 now for one day walking, in that case 42 stays at home.
Both backpacks have a lot of options to carry stuff trekker needs handy at sides of backpack.
For carrying sleeping bag i recommend 38 and 42 model over 32, they just have bit bigger compartments at the bottom of backpack.
Design: Top-loading Internal Frame Pack
Size: 42 Liters
Number of Pockets: 8 Pockets and 2 Mesh Side-pockets
Max. Load Carried: 45+ Lbs.
Height of Owner: 5' 7"
Price Paid: $120
I love this pack!!! It has everything I could want in a pack at a fraction of the cost.
The main compartment can fit a tent, stove, food, and clothes. Side bellow pockets can store a fuel canister or a Nalgene water bottle. The main compartment is dividable with separate zippered openings. The many compression straps help disburse the weight evenly, onto the hips.
Carrying capacity is rated at 30 lbs. I've packed it with 50 lbs, but it def starts to sag. Even still, the suspension system remains amazingly comfortable. However, I wouldn't recommend long hikes with it packed that full.
- TONS of useful pockets
- Built-in rain cover
- Hydration system compatible
- Very comfortable harness system (Seriously comfortable).
- 2 side mesh pockets (fits Nalgenes)
- Too small. It only packs about 50 lbs MAX(Keeps me wanting more).
- Top lid is not extendable.
- Top lid is not removable (convertible into a hip pack).
All in all, I would highly recommend this pack for weekend trips or day hikes. It has all the features of a great multi-day trip pack, but not enough space. If you and a partner are sharing gear, then it would totally suffice.
Design: top-loader with side access
Size: I'd say ~ 47L
Number of Pockets: plenty
Max. Load Carried: 30lbs
Height of Owner: 6'
Price Paid: $105
I ordered this pack based on the great reviews. The Futura 42 looked like exactly what I wanted in a travel/weekend trip pack: the right size (it holds more than 42L), lots of pockets, air-back and well made with thicker fabric then most light packs have now. After trying it on I found that Deuter is very optimistic on its size range. It's spec'd for torso lengths of 15-20" (a wide range for a non-adjustable). I'm 6' (torso length 19") and this pack was way too short for me. Even with the hip belt high on my hips the shoulder straps were too low and wouldn't pull the pack close unless they carried nearly all the weight. I also noticed that the padded portion of the hip belt was shorter than most and I can't believe it would be comfortable for those with waists over about 32" (mine is 33"). Other than those fit issues it looks like a good, durable, full featured pack at a great price.
Design: Top/Front Loading Internal Frame Pack
Size: 42L (actual volume is larger)
Number of Pockets: 7
Max. Load Carried: 25 lbs.
Height of Owner: 5'6"
Price Paid: $100
I needed a pack for traveling abroad and this one is great. It has lots of pockets and top and front access with a divider. It seems well built -- I've thrown it around, slept on it, dragged it, been rained on, etc. without any problems. The built in rain-cover is also a nice feature.
It's conservatively sized at 42L and can easily hold closer to 50L. It's right at the size limit of carry-on baggage (I've only had one instance that I had to check it).
I've yet to find any problems with it, other than it's a bit larger than the stated 42L and the bright yellow, though cool, tends to stick out.
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