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The best days in the backcountry may be the longest and most challenging, but they always yield the deepest and most legendary rewards that the mountains have to offer. For those days, the Deuter Women's Cruise 28 SL Backpack can ensure easy access to your avy and alpine gear while providing a sure fit from first light to sunset.

  • Alpine Back System features a padded back panel and two foam strips with a ventilation channel between them that draws cool air in and expels hot air out like a chimney
  • Back System also transfers the weight of the load to your legs for less shoulder and back strain
  • SL women-specific fit includes a shorter back length and a curve-accommodating harness to match female frames (as well as smaller males)
  • Adjustable shoulder harness and waist-belt feature anatomically shaped pads for exceptional all-day comfort
  • Back panel hemispherical access to the main compartment lets you get to layers, crampons, or snacks with your skis or board attached to the front of the pack
  • Top lid with a spindrift collar lets you load the pack like a traditional top-loading pack
  • Ski loops (130mm wide) and wrap-around compression straps enable A-frame-style ski carry or vertical snowboard or snowshoe carry
  • Padded pack carries up to 22lb on the longer alpine approaches and only weighs 2lb 12oz
  • Foam back panel can be removed for use as a bivy mat
  • Durable ripstop and Polytex fabrics shed snow and withstand abuse from years of mountaineering
  • Front pocket holds your shovel and avalanche probe where you can easily get to them in an emergency or practice scenario
  • Top lid features a main pocket to stow a map or headlamp and also includes a security pocket on the underside to hide valuables
  • Two side stretch water bottle pockets hold your liquids within quick reach
  • Ice axe and trekking pole loops attach your tools to the pack when not in use
  • Climbing gear loops on the waist-belt hold hardware during more vertical alpine ascents and descents
  • Four side compression straps lock down the load to keep it feeling solid while skiing or climbing
  • Pack fits torso sizes between 15-20in long
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No more endless digging!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love the fact that the pack can be opened on its full length from the back. This makes accessing the content so easy. hate it if you have to digg in a pack to find things on the bottom.
While I wasn't fully convinced whether to keep the pack when I got it as it is quite tall and heavy, I now actually love it. It is extremly comfortable to wear. Its not the most light weight but once you put on, you don't feel the weight at all.
One thing to notice is that the bottom is made of a different material than the rest. I found this material to be of less strenght. We were

No more endless digging!

Can't wait to snowshoe now!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Finally! A pack that fits my 5'6" frame, 19" torso length. I have narrow shoulders and a women's fit makes all the difference for me. Love all the pockets and means of attaching gear. I'll be using this pack for biking, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing and overnighters. The online help was exceptional in the selection of this pack. Thank you!

Deuter Cruise 28L Women's backpack

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I bought this pack for my daughter who is around 5'2" and was having issues with fit with several other packs. It's primary use is intended for day trip backcountry ski touring. So far can report that the fit is excellent, she finds it comfortable both on the climbs and descents, and that it seems well designed for its intended use.

I, too, am a small (5'1") woman looking...

I, too, am a small (5'1") woman looking for a pack that will work well for alpine climbing and ski mountaineering. My question about this pack and the GuideLite are whether or not the padded hip-belt can be taken off/stowed so that it is not it the way when I'm wearing my harness.

I know that the men's Guide has a removable hipbelt pad, but I don't see evidence here.

Thanks for answers/suggestions for alternatives!

I have been searching for a 25 to 30 L...

I have been searching for a 25 to 30 L pack that will fit my smaller length torso. I really want to like this pack. I intend to use this for ski/mountaineering and alpine climbing. The only catch is that there is no way to carry a rope under the lid. Any ideas for how to throw a rope on this pack quickly if I needed to? Or any suggestion for a similar sized pack that would accommodate a rope better?

When I take a rope, I run a piece of accessory cord from the haul loop over the top of the pack to the nylon webbing holding the buckle on the front of the pack. I put the Mountaineers coil under that and then secure the ends of the rope under the side compression straps. It's not ideal, but it works in a pinch. Honestly, though, you might be better off with a Deuter Guide Lite 28SL. Same size, but designed better for mountaineering and alpine climbing.

With careful packing, I was able to fit my 70m rope in the bag with my sport climbing gear plus two 32-ounce Nalgenes. In a hurry, I've attached a rope to the outside of this pack by tying the end strands of a butterfly coil to the haul loop and then cinching the coil tight to the length of the pack using the wraparound compression straps. Kept the coil nice and tight against the pack and took most of the weight off the haul loop. Pretty comfortable for an easy/moderate approach.