Craigwrote a review of Deuter Futura 28 Backpack - 1700cu in on January 10, 2013
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I originally bought the Futura 28 in 2002. I used it for 10 years with both hard and softer use. It recently made its last trek and needed replacement.
This newer model is great but seems to be a little bit less of a bag than the older one. It is missing an internal pocket and the external pocket is much smaller than before. I often made full use of those pockets on the old one and it is hard adjusting. If you are not big into small pockets, no big deal to you then.
The amazing comfort is still there though. I love how the pack feels on my shoulders and the chest and waist straps made it all that much better for longer treks. I wish the waist strap was detachable since it is a smaller pack and is not always necessary. I just attach the strap together behind the mesh and it is not a big deal.
That brings me to the mesh. I love the mesh. It is fantastic during hotter days and can really keep your back ventilated. I will often place a book in there for easy access too.
The rain cover is also a great feature. You never even know it is there but is super handy when rain hits. I Have noticed also that if you place the cover just right to cover the mesh. That air buffer trapped between you and the pack makes for some good insulation to keep you warmer.
Overall, great pack. I only wish that the pockets had not changed