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Excellente backpack in hard field work from biologist
This pack is getting great...
This pack is getting great reviews but it appears that it only comes in 1 size. I am 5' 2'' and 120 lbs, and about a 17" torso. I'm really nervous that it will be to big. Does any body out there have a small friend who can try it on real quick and let me know...?
the manufacturer says it will fit 17-21 inches which means you may be just on the cusp depending on which side of 17" you fall. i suggest going to try it on in a brick and mortar and buy it from backcountry.com if they have a better price...which at my last check they do compared to my local gear shops. and backcountry.com will take it back if you ever have any problems with it.
an excellent pack fit and comfortable ride is crucial to your enjoyment of whatever adventure you are undertaking. I am way too OCD about fit on my packs for anything bigger than 25 Liters to just order it and hope i like it. I have been known to lug all my gear into a store to pack and unpack several different bags only to walkout without buying one. thats the only way you are gonna know exactly how a pack will handle once you get out there. any good brick and mortar worth going to should have no problems letting you do this...and they probably have some sandbags on hand to really weigh you down if you dont want to lug your crap into the store.
bottom line: go try it on. if thats not an option, buy it from and return it to backcountry if you don't like it. their return policies are better than the manufacturers' in many cases.
To answer my own question, I actually went to REI and tried on this pack and it really did fit great. The pack is very adjustable and the shoulder straps are a nice medium size (as a smaller women I find lots of pack with thick shoulder straps wind up strangling me). Long stroy short the pack fit so well that I actually bought it, so there you go...
I was looking for a great midsized pack to start back packing withand I think I've found it. The pack's size is perfect for a weekend hike and possibly more depending on how light you can pack it. The sleeping bag compartment is a little small for me but I just unzip the bottom and everything fits great. The compression straps over the mesh water bottle pocket was annoying until I cut three of the mesh things and ran the strap under the pocket. This allowed me to compress the bottom and still have use for the pockets. Overall, this is a fantastic pack for me and is so much more comfortable than any other pack that I tried.
Mt. Adams Climb
Took this backpack on a two day climb up Mt. Adams in Washington State. It fit all my gear very easily and is probably the most comfortable backpack I have ever had. I am going to hike the Washington section of the PCT in July and I am seriously considering using this backpack. If you pack light is has enough room for several day backpacking trips.
Will a Nalgene bottle fit in the side...
Will a Nalgene bottle fit in the side pocket? Thanks!
Shouldn't have any problems doing that!
The side pouches on the futura range fit are wider than they are deep so I've found Nalgene bottles fit better than the metal euro-style bottles.
I just bought a futura pro...
I just bought a futura pro 42.
However i am a bit concern since i got the one with a thinner strap compared to the one featured in deuterusa.com.
Even the position of the water storage is at the side instead of at the top compartment.
Why do this happens anyway? Is there different type of futura pro 42 in the market?
You can see the difference on the above image being provided by backcountry.com and the one posted by guru.
Hoepfully someone can help me with this issue. Thanks a lot.
I see that a lot of men like this pack,...
I see that a lot of men like this pack, but have any women used it with a full load? Was it still comfortable?
My wife has used it on a few backpacking trips now and has found it very comfortable. She has a ~19" torso and a smaller frame in general.
Love this pack
I love this pack. It is well constructed and the air comfort feature reduces back sweat. If you pack light, you could do a weekend hiking trip pretty easily. Also, they say it doesn't carry skis. You can easily A-frame skis with this pack as I have done many times (the reason I wrote this review).
It is also makes a nice carry-on bag for traveling if you don't completely fill it. The pouch for the water bladder makes a nice laptop sleeve.
I'm an avid sheep hunter in Alaska and have had this pack aroud eight yrs give or take. It's seen sixty below zero on hundred mile snowmachine trips plus 150lbs of gear in it for two week sheep hunts. I have never had a better pack and will never own another! It is still in great shape other then the rain fly is no longer water resistant.
This is my short trip do everything workhorse. I love this pack. Big enough to get what you need done, and no more.
This is my daily pack for my commute to work. The built-in rain cover is a fantastic feature, and I even use the inner hydration sleeve to stash my 15" Macbook pro. After almost a year of daily use, the only sign of any wear is a small hole in the bottom of the inner pack pocket where the frame has worn a hole. Not a big deal. I can cram enough gear in this pack to do me for two or three weeks when I travel, and that includes a lot of photo gear.
I just got this pack and am having trouble...
I just got this pack and am having trouble figuring out how to attach sleeping bag, tent, and roll. could someone show me a pic of theres. I think I figured it out but would like to see someone elses
There are pics up on this page.
This has turned out to be a really solid backpack. The aircomfort system really works. I can't believe nobody else thought of it sooner! The pack is stable no matter how much you stuff in it. My only two complaints are that the top sould be fully adjustable to take advantage of the expansion collar on the inside and the lower sleeping bag compartment could be a little bigger. It can be difficult to get a large bag inside it. Seems to be really well made and a lot of attention to detail.
Great Bag. Great Deal
As if this bag needs another gleaming review. Everything everyone said is true. It's very rare to find a bag this good at this price. For the sake of reality I will list a few negative things I noticed but please note they are VERY minor. It's a little smaller than it looks. I always think I can fit more than I really can inside. Great size for day or light overnight but not much more than that. The front pocket is not really big enough for much more than a granola bar and maybe a small tube of sunscreen. I rarely use it. I've had it overnight on the Appalachian Trail and at 14'000 feet and its the most comfortable versitile bag I have ever owned. Can't wait to get a bigger one for my longer trips.
is it top loading access only?
is it top loading access only?
There is one access through the front in the front pocket
That would be through the sleeping bag compartment, which has a removable divider. Great pack!
unforeseen, but intended consequences
This pack is ridiculously good. Seriously. This is one of my six packs and excepting trips where I can't fit everything inside, this is THE pack. Period. I've sold a couple other packs and am getting ready to get rid of a couple more, since I never use them any more. This pack is the perfect size for a day of climbing and it bears the loads admirably. I cannot say enough good things about this pack so I'll say a bad one: it has spoiled me and is making me spend more money. I am browsing backcountry today because I want to replace my Gregory Shasta with a scaled up version of my Deuter 42. Be careful, it could do the same to you.
rainfly almost covering everything
loaded + stuffsack and pad
update with pictures: I loaded mine up and placed a sleeping pad and a stuff sack the way I would strap it on and tried the rain fly, it covered to the top of the pack but with the extra bulk left a little of the sides exposed. If you tighten everything down it would probably cover the whole pack...
Another question... when you've strapped...
Another question... when you've strapped a sleeping roll, tent, and sleeping bag to this backpack, does the built-in rain cover still cover everything?
It will depend on how much everything sticks out, I had a tripod strapped on the outside and the rain cover went over it fine with room to spare. However if you have a somewhat wide sleeping pad strapped on horizontally like a lot of people do I doubt it would cover that. I'll go see how much I can fit between the cover and outside of backpack and report back. edit: pictures below
If the pack is fully loaded and the roll, tent and bag are strapped to the outside, the cover will not be able to cover everything. The rain cover fits well, with a little bit of room, over the fully loaded pack itself, but that is about it. It is likely that you would need to buy a separate, larger raincover in that situation. It may also be worth considering a much larger pack that you can get some of these items inside of, mostly because internal frame packs like this want you to carry the heaviest items inside the pack, right up against to your back, to carry the load optimally.