Here, we review a range of backpacks brought to you by the brand Deuter. In the words of the company itself, “mountain sport is the very soul of Deuter”, so it makes sense that they produce a range of outdoor equipment.
Whether climbing, hiking, biking, or skiing is your thing, you can be sure that Deuter has made a backpack for the occasion. Here, we’ll delve into some of their top products, pointing out the pros and the cons, so you can decide for yourself whether you need a Deuter backpack in your life. Here is our Deuter backpack review…
Deuter is a German company and was founded way back in 1898. It’s been producing bags since 1910 and as the company has developed so has its expertise.
With a genuine passion for the outdoors and a dedication to quality and sustainability, Deuter has built a long-lasting relationship with their customers based on trust. This is evident from their worldwide lifelong repair service offered for all their products.
Despite their knowledge and craftmanship, Deuter hasn’t raised their prices to match some of the other top brands, making them an affordable yet high-quality option.
Quite simply, Deuter backpacks are aimed at anyone who loves the outdoors. They pay particular attention to the needs of those participating in outdoor activities. For instance, it was Deuter that created the world’s first bike backpack in 1990 after realizing no such thing existed and that it would make life easier for cyclists around the globe.
Their affordable prices make Deuter an inclusive brand that doesn’t like to price people out – they don’t see why everyone shouldn’t be able to have what they need to explore the outdoors – and this is one of the things that’s made them so popular over the years. So, if you’re considering purchasing an outdoor backpack anytime soon, we reckon it’s definitely worth finding out if a Deuter backpack could be the one for you.
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The first backpack to make it into our list of favorites is the Deuter Futura PRO Hiking Backpack – a great bag for overnight hiking trips.
This backpack is super versatile and has been made for all-season use. It comes with an integrated rain cover, so you don’t need to worry about getting caught out in any sudden downpours during the rainy season. It is also fantastic in sunny conditions, thanks to its incredible ventilation system – the bag has been specifically designed to minimize sweat, and the frame is springy and flexible so that a breeze can pass between your back and the pack for that much-needed cool down when you’re heading uphill.
You can also spread the weight of your load how you please, thanks to the adjustable straps around the shoulders, chests, and hips. The padded hip fins only add to the comfort of this pack, alongside the S-shaped shoulder harness. It’s nice and light too to aid overall comfort.
It has some nice extra features too, such as the in-built pockets on the hip belt, which are great for easy access, hiking pole attachment loops, and a bottom compartment that’s separated from the rest of the bag by a zip.
One minor complaint is the lack of loops at the bottom of the pack that people often use for a carry mat. Thankfully though, there are lots of other loops on the bag you can use for mats if you get inventive. Also, you can only reach your belongings inside the bag via the top and bottom compartments (there isn’t any side access) so you might end up rummaging for a while. However, overall, this is an excellent hiking bag thanks to its ergonomic design, great ventilation, and lightweight.
The Deuter Futura Vario Backpack is another great option for overnight hiking trips. It has lots of the features we love in the previous bag but, crucially, it has more space.
This bag has 5L of extra capacity and on top of that there’s a further 10L of space available if you need it – simply expand the pack collar and you’re sorted. It does weigh a little more, but that goes hand-in-hand with the extra capacity.
Additionally, the SL model featured here is designed specifically for women, demonstrating Deuter’s desire to produce purpose-built gear, rather than taking a one-suits-all approach. The back length is slightly shorter, the shoulder harness isn’t as broad, and the hip belt is designed to sculpt the frame of the individual over time.
We also like that the main compartment is accessible via an extended U-shaped zipper to cut down on rummaging time.
If you’re going to put your faith in anyone to make a great bicycle backpack, then it should be Deuter, creator of the world’s first bicycle backpack. The Deuter Race Bicycle Backpack is lightweight and can fit in 8L worth of goods – more than enough for a raincoat, some snacks, and an energy drink.
At just 22cm by 43 cm and weighing only 1.3 lbs, this backpack will keep you streamlined and won’t weigh you down. Two foam strips and some mesh material reduce contact between your bag and the backpack, allowing some much-needed airflow.
The shape of the bag is nice and ergonomic too, with its non-restricting V-cut shape and broad shoulder straps. We like the added touches as well, such as an integrated rain cover (with a reflector), hydration system, lots of pockets, accessory loops, safety light loop, and reflectors – Deuter has clearly thought this one through.
The Deuter Kid Comfort is yet more proof of the Deuter philosophy that the outdoors should be accessible to everyone – even those that are carrying a child on their back!
Like the other featured rucksacks we’ve looked at, this child carrier lets your back breathe thanks to the mesh material at the back that lets air flow freely – just what you want when you’re hiking with a heavy load on your back! It also has perforated shoulder straps to catch hat extra bit of breeze. And if it does all get too much for you, this carrier lets you adjust the length of the back and the size of the hip belt, so swapping between parents is no problem.
Rest assured your child will be not only safe but comfortable too, thanks to the safety harness system and headrest, sun cover, chin pad, and adjustable footrests. And for those older kids that know it all, you can use the kickstand and let them enter through the step-in-side all on their own.
On top of that, there are a whole bunch of extra features that set this carrier apart from other on the market – a folding frame for transport and storage, hip pockets for ease of access, a key holder so you can step right in the door when you get home and huge external pockets. Although this carrier is a little on the expensive side, it’s certainly the kind of carrier I’d trust to support me and my child on the trail.
The Deuter SpeedLite Atheltic Daypack is the simplest bag Deuter has produced to date. Its 20L capacity and streamlined design mean you can fit in the essentials without becoming bulky. On top of that, this bag is incredibly lightweight and, as usual, is very well ventilated. Overall, it really is the perfect bag for a day of trail running or other fast-paced endurance sports.
Although primarily made to be used during sport, it would also make a great bag for jetting around a city thanks to its ergonomic design – the hip wings, chest and shoulder straps and waist belt are all adjustable – and it will certainly be more durable than rucksacks found in high street retail shops that are often the same price.
The SpeedLite range is also available in a range of colors, and if you’re finding 20L is simply too much capacity, then why not opt for the 12L or 16L models instead? With water bottle holders, loops for accessories, and even a sunglasses loop on the shoulder strap, this is a carefully thought-out bag that we’d love to have with us on an adventure.
The main thing that sets the Deuter Aircontact Lite Backpack apart from other backpacks of its nature is the fact that it’s designed to bring the weight of the pack as close to the body as possible. Centralizing the weight of the load provides stability and balance, and with a 65L capacity too, this backpack is fantastic for a weekend hiking or mountaineering trip.
It might sound as though the close proximity of the bag to your back might make things a little heated but fear not… Deuter has you covered in terms of ventilation, which is hardly a surprise at this point. Patches of open-chamber foam ensure hot air can escape via a central channel down the middle of the pack.
As usual for Deuter, the shoulder harness is adjustable so the pack can fit torsos of various sizes, and the bag is super comfy thanks to the careful design of the should straps and the foam hip belt. You can also extend the collar of the pack for a cheeky 10L extra capacity if you’re struggling to cram all your gear into the 65L space.
There are a tonne of extra features too including, but not limited to: zip pockets on the hip belt for ease of access, pole attachment loops, accessory loops, separated bottom compartment, and a large stretch pocket – hard to say no isn’t it?
Isn’t it a shame when you find a high-street rucksack you really like only to have it fall apart on you after a few months? Well, why not bring the quality of an outdoor brand to your everyday life? There’s no reason why you should compromise on quality when you’re looking for a bag to take to work or school after all.
The Deuter Giga Laptop Backpack is the perfect vessel to protect your laptop and other belongings as you’re jetting around on your bicycle. The section for your laptop or tablet is padded to protect against bumps and scrapes, although we’d still recommend using a sleeve of some kind, and there’s also a section for documents within the main compartment so you can arrive at work feeling super organized.
It comes with a rain cover too and a key holder so you can lock up quickly in bad weather. It also had a helmet holder and loop for attaching a safety light – it really has been built with cyclists in mind.
Overall, this is a great way to keep yourself and your possessions not only protected but also organized. Ideal for all you inner-city cyclists out there!
What better way to get your kids excited about outdoor adventures than the Deuter Kikki Kid’s Backpack? After all, we’d rather them spend their time in nature than looking at a screen, wouldn’t we?
This unisex backpack is available in a range of colors and not only is it super cute but it also comes with a lot of extra trimmings. The padded shoulder straps will take the strain off the weight, so you won’t put any kids off hiking at an early age, and there are attachment loops for extra gear. There’s also a label on the inside for kids to fill in their personal details and there’s reflective paneling too as an added safety measure.
Not only is this material nice and durable, but it’s approved by BLUSIGN® too, which means its environmental impact has been considered during the manufacturing process. Ecofriendly, nicely designed, and the perfect introduction to outdoor gear… we only wish it came in an adult size too.
Here’s one for anyone that’s into snow sports… the Deuter Freerider Lite Backpack. Whether you’re a snowboarder or a skier, Deuter has you covered. The bag can be attached vertically to your snowboard thanks to the wide attachment points or, alternatively, backcountry skis can be carried in the middle or at the sides.
The two front pockets are the perfect place to store your safety gear or anything else you might need to access quickly, and the load adjustment straps mean you can get maximum comfort from the bag. There are other pockets too, and even a mat you can detach and sit on, as well as shovel compartments and an ice axe attachment.
Made of durable materials and weighing just 3.05 lbs, this truly is a great bag to have with you on the slopes.
So, that’s our top selection of Deuter backpacks. As you can see, they produce a range of products suited to various purposes. But what is it that stands out about Deuter the most? Well for us, there are three factors that set Deuter apart from other outdoor gear companies – inclusivity, extra features, and ethics.
We absolutely love that Deuter produces a range of products so that anyone can enjoy the wonder of the outdoors. Most lines of backpacks are available in male and female (SL) versions, so you don’t have that annoying moment when you find the bag for you and then realize it’s for the wrong gender.
Also, as you’ve seen, most of the rucksacks are very versatile. Many have adjustable backplates and nearly all have adjustable hip and shoulder straps, which means the bags can fit people of all sizes.
With bags for children, carrier bags so you can hike with your kid on your back, and bags designed for nearly all circumstances, you can be sure to find the one that suits your specific needs.
The extra features Deuter works into its products are second to none. They range from labels with SOS instructions in case you find yourself in trouble, to detachable sit mats built into their snow sports rucksacks, to side entries for children, to integrated waterproof covers… we could go on forever.
These incredibly thoughtful touches are a signature of Deuter products, and it’s definitely one of the reasons why we love them so much.
Finally, Deuter has great ethics when it comes to their way of operating. This is evident in various ways. For instance, Deuter is a leader in the Fair Wear Foundation, which strives to ensure proper conditions for workers. They also regularly seek approval from BLUESIGN®, a company that encourages sustainable and environmentally friendly fabric production.
On top of that, Deuter provides a 2-year guarantee on all products and offers a lifelong repair service too. No wonder Deuter has survived as a company for so long, with ethics like this it’s certainly a company its customers can trust.
The range of bags produced by Deuter means you’ll undoubtedly be able to find the right one for you eventually… but to help speed things up, here are our top choices for inner-city missions, day trips on the trail, and weekend camping trips.
Our best urban bag by Deuter is, unsurprisingly, the Deuter Giga Laptop Backpack. We love that you can fit laptops up to 15 inches and that there’s also space for folders, an organizer section for accessories, and an inner compartment for valuables.
Our best bag for day trips has to be the Deuter SpeedLite Athletic Daypack. We think 20L is the perfect capacity to make sure you have everything you need but won’t struggle to run up a mountainside.
Although it’s super lightweight, it’s durable too, proving that two aren’t mutually exclusive. We like that you can take the hip belt off for more casual use, and the option to attach a helmet means this doubles up as a biking or climbing bag as well as something you can use on the trail.
Our number one choice for weekends away is the Deuter Aircontact Lite Backpack. With a separate compartment for your sleeping bag, walking pole holders, and a rain cover, this bag will make overnight journeys on the trail a dream – no matter the weather.
Commonly remarked upon for its comfort, this bag will make lugging your gear around as pleasant as can be. This is due to many factors, including a padded hip belt that sculpts to the wearer, even weight distribution, and adjustable straps.
Comfy, durable, and with lots of added touches, this really is a perfect bag for those weekends away.