User Review: Deuter Guide 45+
Max. Load Carried: 40 lbs
Height of Owner: 6'2"
Price Paid: $145
I tested this pack for 30 days straight hiking in the Himalayas. I don't know what people keep talking about when they say the guide 45+ hugs your back. I find the pack only makes contact at my lower back and at my shoulders.
The pack is so concaved, that you can almost slide your hand between the pack and my back. So, all the load is basically cynched to your lower back and not distributed by way of friction to the rest of your back. This pack gave me lots of back discomfort.
Also, the load stabilizers kept loosening off on me so often, that I regularly hiked with my finger in the loops to keep them snug.
I would have liked it to have a bungee-type mesh waterbottle holder on the side of the pack so you don't always have to take the pack off to get water out. I'm not a fan of hydration systems and prefer the tried and tested water bottle because it is so much more multi-functional.
All the other features were awesome -- especially the multiple entry points so you can always find the thing you need buried in your pack.