Boasting a ventilated, high-performance suspension system, torso length adjustability and a long list of features, the Deuter Futura Vario Pro 50+10 pack is well equipped for weekend and multi-day backpacking trips.
Perfect for long mountain hikes or trekking, the Deuter Futura Vario 50 Plus 10 provides a lot of flex, air flow and comfort for those long days on the trail. Let’s take a closer look.
I am going to turn the pack around and take a look at its suspension system. So with this pack we have got the Deuter Air Comfort Vario suspension system. It is a super breathable and ventilated suspension system that gives you a lot of flex as well as air flow while remaining very comfortable. We have got a really nice, rounded steel frame around the outside of the pack. It is just a nice tensioned bar that keeps this nice and tight so you have got a really good tensioned mesh back panel that is actually suspended off of the back of the pack. So you have got plenty of space under that panel for air flow, for ventilation to keep the air moving, keep your back nice and cool, still remaining comfortable again with that flex to mirror your body’s movement.
The harness on this pack is really adjustable, so you have got a nice easy adjustment system back here. There is just this red strap. And you can move it up and down to accommodate various torso sizes, so a really nice system there. We have got nice mesh in the shoulder straps to provide some air flow and breathability while enhancing comfort and a nice, flexible hip belt that is going to mirror the movement. And it has got a bilaminate foam in there so it is going to provide a lot of structure as well so that load can be transferred down to the hips effectively. So you have got a really nice system in play in the suspension of the pack here.
I am going to turn the pack back around and take a look at how we are going to access our gear. So this pack actually has three different points of entry. You have got the traditional top loading hood style pack, the bottom sleeping bag compartment, but there is also a really neat kind of U shaped front zipper that creates almost a luggage like access point. So we will take a look at that one first.
We have got these two clips down here at the bottom that are going to allow for the access. So if we unclip those it exposes these two zippers here and if we just unzip those up around the outside, you can see that you have got a really nice kind of large opening that is going to allow you to access the contents of your pack very easily without having to go through the top or up through the bottom. So if you have got something buried down deep in here, you can get to it nice and easily with that front panel. So definitely a nice feature there and then it just clips down and zips up when not in use.
We have also got that top lid access as I mentioned. So if I throw that back we can take a look at that entry point. There is that Plus 10 in the naming and that refers to this spin drift collar here. So you can see that it actually extends well beyond the end of the pack and gives you that additional 10 liters of capacity. So you have got a lot of extra space if you need to over stuff the pack. This spin drift collar will allow you to do that. And the hood is floating, so it can move up and down to accommodate for that overstuffing if you choose to go that route. And when you are not overstuffing it, it will cinch down nice and easily and you can kind of tuck that away, cinch down the pack and stow everything away there. So excellent top access entry to the pack.
And, again, down at the bottom we have got our lower compartment or our sleeping bag compartment and that has got a nice easy access point. It has just got a little zipper here that will allow you to access that bottom compartment. I have just got a nice stuff sack in there now with a bag.
And you have also got this divider here. So if you choose to, you can make this one large pack or divide it into two separate compartments. So if you want to keep things separated, you can definitely do that. But if you like to have one massive compartment, you can certainly go that route as well, so a lot of versatility with the access of the pack.
Some of the additional pockets we have on the bag, there is quite a few, so we will take a look at some of those. On the lid itself we have actually got one pocket on the back here, so a nice, small pocket. You can access some extra gear if you want to put some snacks, a map, a first aid kit or anything you may want to keep separated from the main pack contents. You can certainly stow that at the top in the hood there.
On the underside of the hood we have actually got a small valuables pocket. So anything you may want to keep a little more secure you have got this pocket down here that will keep it more protected, more private so you can certainly keep things like a wallet, some money if you need that or anything you may want to have a little more protected from the elements. You have got a nice pocket under the hood there.
On the sides of the pack we do have stretchy water bottle pockets. So either side is going to have that stretch pocket for water bottles or additional gear. So nice feature there. And we have also got these really neat, kind of bellows pockets. So you have got a zipper on the back portion here which will allow you to open that pocket and get a nice kind of bellows effect. So you have got a really cool expandable pocket on the side of the bag. And, again, that is on either side. Got one here as well as on the other side of the pack.
On the front of the pack we have a zippered pocket that is a good map pocket or anything you may want to access pretty quickly, so a nice front pocket. It is pretty low profile. So not many bulky items will fit in there, but you have definitely got room for some smaller things.
Two other pockets that I do want to mention are the hip belt pockets on the back. So on the suspension side we do have two pockets on the hip belt. It is just small zippered pockets. You can stow some snacks there, your cell phone if you want to or any other small item that you may want really quick access to. So nice pockets on the hip belt of the pack.
Some additional features on the Futura Vario include tool attachments or trekking pole attachments. So you have got a tool loop or a trekking pole loop at the bottom of the bag here and two lash points on the front so you have definitely got room to store some tools. We do have compression straps throughout. So these straps down here will kind of act as compressions straps. You have also got compression straps on the side of the bag to really cinch down gear in the event that you have a smaller load. So really nice compression on the bag.
We do have a pretty neat SOS label on the under side of the hood. So it is just really neat instructions on how to alert someone if you are in trouble or how to tell them that you are ok. So there is many different instructions here for emergency situations. So that is definitely a nice bonus to the pack.
It is a hydration compatible pack, so you do have a hydration port on the side. There is a sleeve on the interior which will allow you to stow that hydration bladder and this port will allow you to route the hose out so that you can access your water, so a nice additional bonus there as well.
I should mention that this pack does not include that hydration system. You would have to purchase that separately. So it is compatible, but does not come with the pack.
Another neat feature on the pack is that on the hood we actually have these lash points. So you can lash additional gear onto the top of the hood if you choose to. So there is four loops there for you to do that. It is a nice bonus there. And another little thing that adds a lot of value to this pack is that it comes with its own rain cover. So down at the very bottom on the reinforced base, we do have a small zipper so you can undo that zipper and there will be an included and removable rain cover. So you have got good value, an additional bonus there. Not all packs come with their own rain cover. The fact that this one does make it an excellent value.
And there you have it. Spacious, super comfortable and well ventilated, the Deuter Futura Vario 50 Plus 10 is an excellent option for those long mountain hikes or trekking.