User Review: Deuter Futura Pro 42
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 120$
Great weekender backpack with incredible organization and storage possibilities. Mesh AND zippered pockets on the side, waterproof zippered pocket, top compartment, bottom compartment with the rain cover (included) and the inside zipper connecting bottom half to top makes this an ideal backpack for anyone obsessed with storing things right.
- Slightly heavy (3 lbs)
- No hip belt pockets
- Not good for more than 3 days
This was my first backpack as I ventured into backpacking territory. As soon as I took it off the hook at the store, I realized that my Futura and I would go many places and I would always know where I stored things. This backpack has so many pockets that they warrant a list!
- Side mesh pockets: Big enough to take a Nalgene, I usually keep my flip flops / CamelBak insulated bottles.
- Side zipper pockets: Store sunscreen/snacks/maps for quick access without rummaging through the main pocket.
- Waterproof zipper pocket: While not accessible without putting the bag down, I use this pocket to store my car keys / phone, things I won't be using until the end of the hike. For rainy weather, I also store the map in there.
- Top compartment: Only accessible pocket without taking the backpack off, I store my camera/sunglasses/other things I might need to access without stopping.
- Inside pocket at the top: Store stuff you won't urgently need, but still wouldn't want to open the whole backpack for. Also has Alpine signal chart printed on it.
- Rain cover pocket at the bottom: If it's a dry season, I put my groundcloth in here instead of the rain cover, which gets compressed by everything else in the backpack.
- Sleeping bag compartment: Nicely positioned right below the waistline, big enough to store a synthetic sleeping bag in a compression sack. Bag is designed to make sure your sleeping bag is not going to cause anything else to displace.
- Main compartment: Has a bladder pocket, and big enough room for tent, food and clothes bags.
- Side cinch straps: I store my Z-Lite pad, and rolled up tarp.
- Hiking pole/axe loops: Comes with cinch straps at the top, and two loops at the bottom to keep the poles snug to the backpack.
I've done up to 3 days with this backpack, and everything I needed fit well within. I was at around 35 lbs and it carried with grace. Because of the pockets, nothing needs to be hanging outside the backpack, so I never had to worry about trees snagging things off it.
I've used it as a pillow, as foot rest, as an emergency sled, and it held up to everything I can throw at it. If it was a little bit lighter (or I could take out the back support), it would be my UL backpack as well.
As far as comfort goes, everything is adjustable, and Deuter has a taut mesh panel that keeps the backpack away from your back, which allows for ventilation and weight distribution, means you will never get the sweaty back from carrying this guy.
At the price, weight, and volume, this pack is a winner and I recommend it to anyone who's looking for an entry backpack.