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Sleek and solid pack for light and fast expeditions in your nearest alpine zone.
Out on a ridge somewhere amid the whistling winds and frosty spires, you'll decide that it was a really good idea to pack up the simple, summit-worthy Deuter Guide Lite 32 Backpack for your alpine ambitions. Its clean, simple outer and overall minimalist design keep its weight down to 2lb 10oz, and the Guide Lite still includes just the right features and volume to keep you comfortably bagging peaks all year round. Its breathable Alpine Back System and Delrin frame ensure a structurally sound and balanced carry even during the most exposed scrambles and traverses.
- Alpine Back System features a removable 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
- Adjustable shoulder harness and waist-belt feature anatomically shaped pads for exceptional all-day comfort that channels to the weight of the load to your legs
- Height-adjustable top lid lets you overload the pack when necessary
- Reinforced ski loops (130mm wide) enable an A-frame-style ski carry
- Padded pack carries up to 32lb of layers, water, and climbing gear during the longer alpine approaches and only weighs 2lb 10oz
- Foam back panel can be removed for use as a bivy or sitting mat
- Durable ripstop and MacroLite fabrics shed snow and withstand abuse from years of mountaineering
- Top lid features a main pocket to stow a map or headlamp and also includes a security pocket on the underside to hide valuables
- Ice-axe attachment safely tucks away your tools when not in use
- Climbing gear loops on the waist-belt hold hardware during more vertical alpine ascents and descents while a front daisy chain and top lashing loops attach additional gear
- Side compression straps lock down the load to keep it feeling solid while you're skiing or climbing
- Pack fits torso sizes between 16.5-20in long
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Excellent pack for nearly all day trips
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I am a sucker for backpacks and this one has proven itself to be my likely favorite over and over. I have used this pack for every activity I do, from spring volcano touring to cragging to winter alpine climbing. It has the features for every activity without being too specialized.
The ice tool attachment is simple and quick and fits traditional mountain axes as well as modern ice tools. The daisy chains could be criss-cross threaded with an elastic draw cord for carrying crampons, but I always just throw them under the lid because the material is durable enough to handle it.
This pack has the best A-frame ski carry of any pack I have used. The straps are bomber and thoughtfully designed to carry skis, instead of a few pieces of webbing sewn on as an afterthought. The result is that there is minimal forward/backward flopping around (like banging the back of your head), sturdy enough that I often don't bother joining the ski tips with a ski strap for further stabilization. Unlike most packs, it also carries the skis fairly well when the pack is not full.
When carrying avalanche gear I put the shovel blade into the bladder sleeve to keep it from snagging on my puffy. Fits nicely.
There are only a few things I don't like about the pack. The padding on the back panel seems to absorb sweat just as much as it vents it. I do not find my back less sweaty than with other packs, possibly more. It is definitely cold and damp to put back on after taking it off for a break.
The fabric is also not waterproof at all (nor does it claim to be). It will get wetted through after setting it down in the snow a few times. If it rains your gear will be soaked. It is very durable though.
I am surprised to find a lack of reviews for this pack, because I see it frequently in the mountains. We just picked up the women's Guide Lite 28 SL for my wife as well.
If I could only use one pack, this would be it.
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
so I wanted to love this pack. I was looking for an alpine climbing style pack with a good ski carry. Loved the weight and the fit of the pack, however the sewn ski loops are too narrow to fit a splitboard. this one is going back :(