Well-padded shoulder straps and hip fins make this Futura rucksack a comfortable pack to carry and there’s plenty of adjustment in the chest strap. It’s slightly shorter in the back than others at this price point. The Futura is about as good as it gets on the hill with excellent hydration system compatibility, a good rain cover and useful compression straps. Not sure it needs a split main compartment.
Capacity: 32 litres (plus four litres side pockets)
Main compartment: lid/drawcord
Back system: Aircomfort (concave)
Other features: Waist belt, side compression straps, front pocket, lid pocket, wet clothes compartment, pole holders
Colours: Granite/cobalt, granite/pine, fire/granite
Contact: 0191 296 0212; www.deuter.com
Verdict: The Futura 32 AC is a rugged pack that will pass any test on the hill. Still one of the best around.