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Muli-sport, multi-configuration.

Lightweight, well-designed, and packed with features, the Deuter Guide 45+ Backpack makes a great crossover pack for mountaineering, canyoneering, hiking, ice-climbing, and backcountry skiing. The Alpine back system provides comfort and carrying stability by keeping the pack close to your body. A 'chimney' at the spinal column increases comfort while promoting airflow to help you stay cool.
  • Bottom access compartment with zippered divider for quick access and easy organization
  • Under-lid valuables pocket for quick access and durable protection
  • Detachable rope strap and hip belt can be removed when not in use

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5 5

Excellent Pack

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my go-to pack for day-hikes/climbs and overnights where I don't bring too much gear. A removable lid might be a good touch, and the extra zipper for the bottom of the bag seems like a waste--it's not so huge that you need two access points to the bottom. But I really don't have any complaints. Very sturdy, light enough, with good features. I love that I could adjust it down to fit my ten year-old son for a few days in the Olympic Nat Park last spring. Have not used it for ski mountaineering (yet) but will take it to Everest Base Camp on a trek next fall (where yaks will carry most of our gear in 150 liter duffels, so it's just day stuff in the pack). Can't wait.

4 5

Deuter guide 45+

I have been using this pack for over two years now and I am quite pleased with it. It is big enough for weekend winter trips but not too big for day tours on glaciers or for ice climbing. The suspension system is very comfortable.

I like it's features though I don't think I have ever used the separate compartment option. It would also be nice to have a detachable lid. Besides these minor things I really like this pack, incredibly durable and comfortable.

If you are short you might want to consider a smaller pack, at least for climbing, I'm 185cm / 6'1'' and it fits me well, but I could see the top getting in the way of your helmet if you are a smaller climber.

For winter hydration, if i put in a bladder...

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For winter hydration, if i put in a bladder would the hose be insulated on the shoulder straps? This looks like a pretty good pack, are the ski straps seem pretty durable and large enough for fat skis? Thanks

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As far as the hydration bladder the shoulder straps won't give you any insulating power, Deuter does however sell a sleeve you can put over the hose to insulate it.

Hello all!
I have been using this pack for...

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Hello all!
I have been using this pack for 3 years now, and I am very happy with my choice.

I am also using it during winter, and I am not sure I get it right about the upper strap that is for attaching skis. Can anyone detail / post pics with the way it is meant to be used ?

Thanks in advance!

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Deuter has a picture of the ski's attached here:


4 5

Great Pack.

This is a great pack - I tried 3 others before settling on the 45. The suspension on the Guide is terrific for my 18" torso, and I think would fit larger or a little smaller fine as well. Hip belt is very comfortable and the fabric is bomber. The pack easily slims down with compression straps if you want to carry a little less. I haven't used the ski straps, but I added straps on the back and it carried snowshoes with ease. I wish it had a couple low external pockets though - similar to other packs in the Deuter line - so that you could more easily carry tent poles on the outside.

Also, I don't really see the point in the separate compartment in the bottom - it adds weight for the zipper, and I don't expect to really use it. The top of the pack doesn't detach, but that's fine by me - it has plenty of room to float high with the collar extended.

Overall a great pack - I'm very satisfied - it's perfect for winter days, and should have enough room for overnight or weekend in the summer as well.

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Just received the pack, it seems great and totally bomb proof.
But I can second that, wish there were side mesh pockets and a way to carry trekking poles as well.
Just to make this pack more versatile, in the summer as well as in the winter.
Can't wait to try it out though!

Guide 45: Winter on Mt. Washington

Guide 45: Winter on Mt. Washington

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The Guide 45 easily carried everything needed for a summit day on Mt. Washington

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Like this bag for alpine climbing, but not...

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Like this bag for alpine climbing, but not sure how to attach trekking poles to this securely. Any suggestions.

4 5

Great Pack - Bomber

ski toured wasatch this january w/this pack and routinely carried rock climbing gear on rough terrain climbing cracks in zion

Pros: carries 30+ lbs comfortably on steep terrain. keeps wet or windblown snow out well. bomber fabric and suspension system. side access zipper ='s very convenient - particularly for shovel/probe when in avi-terrain.

Cons: little clip that holds your excess waist strap out of the way snapped off on first use - delicate little piece of plastic! Wish there was a second side zipper access. back gets very hot while skinning w/this pack on - poor back ventilation.

overall great winter pack. won't fail me any time soon

Deuter in Apostle Basin

Deuter in Apostle Basin

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The Guide carrying the heavy load after a successful day in Sawatch Range, Colorado.

Guide (older version)

Guide (older version)

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Touring around Rocky Mtn Nat'l Park with the Guide 45.

5 5

More durable than a Panzer tank

Another quality product churned out by Ze Germans. Have taken this out on countless back and side country outings in Colorado and have yet to find such as a hint of a scratch anywhere on the pack, and its been through some grizzly adventures. Ski carry with durable side straps make attaching and detaching skis a thing of the past and can be used for 2-3 night trips during anytime of year. There is absolutely nothing about this pack I'd change (maybe a hipbelt pocket and more padding in the actual hipbelt, but those are trivial concerns) for its uses).