Deuter Futura Pro 38
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.
3 lb 10 oz / 1640 g
2320 cu in / 38 L
28 in x 14 in x 10 in / 70 cm x 35 cm x 26 cm
Deuter-Ripstop 210 / Deuter-Super-Polytex