Combining women's-specific design features and a performance-enhancing suspension system, the Deuter Futura Pro 40 SL Women's backpack is made for day hiking and ultra-lightweight overnight backpacking trips.
Offering a clean, minimal design with technical features that are going to be versatile for any adventure you throw at it, the Deuter Futura Pro 40 SL Pack is perfect for a multitude of adventures.
There are three main features that really stick out about this pack. You have got a lot of ventilation, air comfort. You have flexible carrying comfort. So the pack moves with you as you move. And that includes the hip belt. You have got a floating, movable hip belt. So let’s turn the pack around and take a look at the suspension. It is the part of the pack that carries the load and really supports the weight of the pack. And the suspension system here is Deuter’s Air Comfort Future Pro suspension system.
You can see that there is a big mesh panel right here on the front. This is the part that will come in contact with your back. And there is plenty of comfortable ventilation there. So as you are moving, you are doing aerobic activates, you are out there on the trail. This is going to keep you nice and cool and it is a trampoline style kind of tensioned back panel. As you can see, I am pushing on it in different spots, so this is going to move with you and kind of contour to the contours of your body. So it is going to prevent hot spots as you are hiking.
This panel right here that connects the shoulder harness to the back panel is extremely flat. And that is really comfortable. There is no spots poking out. There is nothing that can really come into contact with your back there and cause a hot spot or cause something to be uncomfortable or cause any chafing. So this is something that I really appreciate about this back panel. You have got some cut outs there. So it is going to be extremely breathable on your back and on your shoulders.
The shoulder harness itself is not adjustable. So it is sewn in to that fixed point, but you do have really nice load lifter straps. These load lifter straps are going to accommodate torsos of about 14 and a half inches up to 18 inches. So this is the SL version. That stands for slim line. So any Deuter pack that is the SL version is meant for smaller frames. This shoulder width is a little bit more narrow or closer together. The shoulder straps are more contoured. And the shoulder straps are a little bit shorter to accommodate those smaller frames.
So this is kind of the women's specific version. Talking about the shoulder straps, the padding on there is really, really nice. It is going to contour to your body and it is going to move with you. And then another stand out feature is down here on the hip belt. This is Deuter’s Very Flex hip belt. And the big stand out feature here is that, as you can see, it kind of floats there. So it moves up and down. As you move, as you hike and climb, your body is going to move and your hips are going to move independently of your spine and this hip belt is really going to move with you. Again, that cuts down on hot spots on your hips. The hip belt is extremely padded and, again, contours to women’s frames. So this hip belt is going to keep you really comfortable for long, long days on the trail.
There is some other quick features here. You do have an adjustable sternum strap. That sternum strap is flexible, so as you breathe it is going to offer all of that support that you need there, but it is also going to move a little bit there with you.
This is hydration compatible. A two liter bladder is going to fit in there. And you can route that to either side of the shoulder straps. And then you do have some pockets down here on the hip belt. So you can store small items that you want to get your hands on quickly.
Also the rigidity of this pack is really nice. You do have a really lightweight frame here in the back. This is a spring steel frame. So you can kind of see it there. It is behind this back panel and it offers rigid support. So it transfers the load of the pack right down onto your hips, right where you need it. So all of those features offer just a really comfortable, really ventilated ride for the backpack.
We will take a look at the pockets here and all of the other features.
Starting up here on the top you do have a top lid pocket. I have got a couple of maps in here, some extra fuel. This is a medium size pocket to store some items you want to get your hands on quickly.
Turning the pack around you have got stretchy pockets on either side and they are pretty deep pockets. So I have got some tent poles stored in here just to show the depth of this stretchy pocket. You have compression straps on both sides there. ANd then I have got a water bottle on the other side just to show how that pocket works.
Behind that pocket you do have a really nice compartment that runs up the side of the pack. This pocket is pretty deep. I don’t have anything in there right now, but this is a bellows pocket. So you can have some more organization with this pocket, but if you are not using it, it tucks away really nicely. It is a really clean design. So if you don’t have this packed out completely, you don’t need that pocket. It is tucked away and it is really clean.
This is a top loading pack. And this lid here does float up and down. The lid is attached, so you can’t take the lid off. There is a small pocket right here underneath of the lid. That this a hidden pocket. And then you have access into the main body of the pack.
I really like the way that this collar is designed. It is really big. It allows you access to all your gear there on the inside. And then you have access to your hydration system as well and the hydration is sold separately.
Moving down the pack here the very clean lines on this pack. I really like how streamlined and simple it is, while you also get these loops for trekking poles or tools. You can lash things to the outside of the pack as well.
You do have this other pocket down here on the bottom. It is your sleeping bag compartment. So really easy aces into that pocket. And another thing that adds a lot of value to this pack, you do have a zippered compartment there. So you can keep items down here in the bottom away from the main body of the pack. But if you need to access some items into the bottom of your pack, you can do that here. Or if you have bigger items that take up the entire pack, you can zip that away and have access to that. So it adds a lot of value there.
You do get a rain cover included with this pack and that is down here on the bottom. So you can see this little tab says rain cover. You can access that rain cover with that zippered pocket down here on the bottom. It is tucked away really nicely, so when you don’t need it, it is hidden away. But it is custom built for the pack. It stretches over the pack really nicely and while we are down here, this material on the bottom of the pack is extremely durable.
So they try and keep the weight down, lightweight materials in the rest of the pack, but down here on the bottom you have got very durable materials. This is the place that is going to come in contact with the ground. So this is definitely a durable pack. It is going to last a really long time. And with all of those features you get some pretty good organization, really clean lines, clean design and an extremely comfortable back panel, extremely comfortable padding on the shoulder straps and the hip belt.
This pack is going to be able to handle anything you throw at it. It is the Deuter Futura Pro 40 SL Pack.