Deuter Futura 30SL 2009

The Deuter Futura 30SL rucksack has a tested capacity of 33 litres; very short back; excellent contoured shoulders for narrow-topped women; top and underside lid pockets, 2 large mesh pockets, 2 pole or ice axe loops, well-vented back, bottom compartment, blue rain cover in base. But third heaviest tested at 1592g; curved back intrudes into main sack; short hipbelt wings; small front pocket zip; compression strap obstructs hip pockets.

Deuter – tel. (0191) 296 0212;

Verdict: The Deuter Futura 30SL is a well-vented rucksack for smaller women, but it’s very heavy.

First published in Trail magazine July 2009