Deuter Futura Pro 38

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Weight 3 lb 10 oz / 1640 g
Capacity 2320 cu in / 38 L
Size 28 in x 14 in x 10 in / 70 cm x 35 cm x 26 cm
Material Deuter-Ripstop 210 / Deuter-Super-Polytex



Seems like after spending time developing the 10/10…

Rating: rated 1.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $120


Seems like after spending time developing the 10/10 Aircomfort VariFlex, they really left the rest of the pack's features to some conceptual designer who has never been on the trail. This pack seems more like a prototype concept than a real-world peice of equipment meant to be utilized in the bush.


  • Aircomfort VariFlex Suspension system
  • Hidden rain cover
  • Comfortable with 35 lbs for 4 hour hike


  • Waist strap design
  • Top and side zippers on the front of the pack
  • Poor quality zippers (low end and not smooth)
  • Poor quality strap attachment
  • Non-adjustable lid
  • No bottom compression straps to lift load

The Aircomfort VariFlex Suspension system is a 10/10 concept for allowing maximum airflow to your back. This is where this pack's pro's end. I had to remove and invert the waist belt in order to have it on my hips and not in my belly. So it is a good thing, in this case, that there are no pockets on the waist belt as they would now be upside down, much like the rest of the pack, as the side pockets and lid pockets have the zipper on the inside/front (towards your back) of the pack. 

The problem is really noticable when you lay the pack on the ground to unpack and 'live' out of it...these pockets are not accessible with out flipping the pack over and they allow small items (purpose of small pouches) to spill out if accidentally left unzipped.

Sleeping bag compartment zipper is low end coil zipper that jams easily and will split as it is stressed.  Hydration port very difficult to weave a mouth piece through.

Finally, the various compression and load straps seem to be cheaply attached and not reinforced. 

Manufacturer's Description

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Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Deuter Futura Pro 38 Pack - Midnight/OceanGreat adventure awaits with the Deuter Futura Pro 38 Pack. This 38 Pack combines the Aircomfort ventilation with anatomically formed Vari Flex hip belt and excellent load transfer that have consumers raving. The hip belt with bi-laminate construction, along with the wide Air-Mesh cover, and Pull-Forward closure, provide a snug yet comfortable fit for any body shape. These amazing features even allow the bag to transfer weight evenly. This pack also includes a round, durable spring steel frame that is incredibly lightweight, and flexible, providing fantastic freedom of movement for a perfect fit. as a result, you can travel in the most comfortable way imaginable. Furthermore, the bag is equipped with numerous pockets, loops for ice axe and walking poles, gear loops on the lid, and reflective attachment for drinking tube. When it comes to providing functionality and convenience, the Deuter Futura Pro 38 Pack is your safest bet. Go ahead and grab it!

- SunnySports

The Deuter Futura Pro features the Aircomfort Pro System that brings together three key elements which work to full advantage when your dream trip necessitates carrying a bit more gear: top Aircomfort ventilation, flexible carry comfort and a comfortable, snug hip belt. The key to this clever combination lies in its frame construction and the floating Vari Flex hip belt. The packs now shine in new colours and fine material. PRODUCT FEATURES: Compact, anatomically formed Vari Flex hip belt in bi-laminate construction and with Wide Air-Mesh cover Pull-Forward closure allows the hip belt to be easily tightened Side compression straps on the hip belt anatomically cut Wide Air-Mesh shoulder straps with load adjusters side bellows pockets lid pocket zipped front pocket stretch outer pockets inner valuables pocket wet laundry pocket loops for ice axe and walking poles gear loops on the lid reflective attachment for drinking tube Weight: 3/10 lbs/oz Volume: 2320 cubic inches - 38 litre Size: 28 / 14 / 10 (H x W x D) inches Material: Deuter-Super-Polytex / Deuter-Ripstop 210

- Appalachian Outdoors

The new Deuter Futura Pro 38 Backpack brings a whole new dimension to the Deuter Futura Pro hiking backpack series. 38-liter volume with a 30-pound carrying capacity - this new pack is the mid-size Deuter Futura Pro model. The Futura Pro series brings together 3 elements: top Aircomfort ventilation, great load transfer and a special pivoting VariFlex hip belt for the ultimate freedom of movement. Contoured, padded shoulder straps have wide 3D AirMesh to keep you cool; stabilizer straps allow you to adjust the fit on the move. Suspended Aircomfort mesh back panel provides active ventilation so hot air escapes freely from 3 sides. This venting system has been proven to reduce perspiration by 25 percent. Durable spring steel frame provides a flexible and light structure while tensioning the mesh, and features a horizontal stay for superb load transfer. VariFlex hip belt pivots to follow your every movement so you can keep your balance and keep up your energy on rough terrain. Ventilation hip pads are made of bilaminate foam to ensure a great fit and comfort. Side compression straps so you can cinch the pack in when you're carrying lighter loads. Bottom compartment with internal zip divider for easy access and sleeping bag storage. Integrated, detachable raincover included in a secret pocket in the bottom of the pack. Pockets to keep you organized include: side mesh pockets, side bellows pockets, top lid pocket, front stash pocket and interior valuables pocket. Gear loops on the front for trekking poles or ice axe. Hydration compatible (reservoir sold separately). Alpine Emergency guide SOS label printed on interior to refresh your memory on aircraft signals and emergency contacts if you're in a bind. Deuter Futura Pro 38 is a great mid-sized hiking backpack, ready for day-long and multi-day treks. Colors: Midnight/Ocean. Volume: 2300 cubic in, or 38 L. Weight: 3 lbs 7 oz, plus 3 oz rain cover. Dimensions (in): 27 H x 14 W x 10 D. Dimensions (cm): 70 H x 35 W x 26 D. Torso: 17-20 in, or 43-51 cm. Carrying Capacity: 30 lbs, or 14 kg. System: Aircomfort Futura Pro. Hydration compatible. Materials: Ripstop 210, an ultra-tight, hard-wearing nylon with criss-crossed ripstop threads, and Super-Polytex 600 denier. Deuter Limited Lifetime Warranty

- Tahoe Mountain Sports

The AIRCOMFORT Futura Pro system brings together three elements: top AIRCOMFORT ventilation, superb load transfer and VARIFLEX pivoting hip belt system.

- Rocky Mountain Trail

Deuter Futura Pro 38


The Deuter Futura Pro 38 is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen February 25, 2014 at SunnySports.

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