Urtywrote a review of Deuter Guide 40+ SL Backpack - Women's - 2440cu in on January 10, 2016
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I was very excited to get this pack for a 3 day backcountry overnight ski-tour near Aspen (Fritz hut trail, 5mi, 2,000 ft). I am 5'5" with a torso length of 18.5" and shoulder to shoulder of about the same. According to the sizing from Deuter, this pack should have fit me well.
This pack organizes and holds equipment well. I like the side pocket to access my water bottle and snack sack easily. I agree with others, a pouch on the waistbelt would be a good addition. I had 40lbs on the pack with my shovel and probe lashed to the outside using the loops. I also had the pack expanded to 48L.
The trek to the hut was a bit uncomfortable with the pack. The waist belt didn't sit well around my pelvis and continued to rise above the iliac crest. If I loosened the arm straps to get the pack to sit lower, the pack would feel too far away from my back, even if the pack straps were cinched to keep it near me. The shoulder straps are narrower with soft cushiony fabric on the edges. Unfortunately with 40lbs, the shoulder straps felt like thin ropes on my collar bones and required frequent adjustments.
On the bright side, this pack worked well during day tours when it wasn't loaded to 40lbs.
I had the opportunity to see the Deuter reps at the OR winter show. They said this pack appeared to fit me well with the 11lbs they put into it, but, when I tried the men's version of the guide, it fit my torso much better. The shoulder straps are wider and the waist belt was more comfortable because it didn't seem to shift as much when I was walking around.
Overall a good pack for the right body type. I plan to get the men's version if Backcountry gets them in stock.