Deuter Futura 32 (2011)

The hip pads are great – supportive all the way around to the front and shaped to offer maximum comfort. The pull-together waist adjustment is great for getting a snug fit, too. The shoulder straps are also well-padded with a dimpled face fabric to help draw away moisture. The Air Comfort back system does allow air to circulate around well, although it uses a thicker mesh and so less air moves than in some others. Pockets are ample throughout, with a front one just about large enough for an OS map and a couple of long, thin pockets on the side (although it can be a struggle to find anything to fit in them). Also, the lower compartment with zip opening is a nice addition, although perhaps a little superfluous in a pack of this relatively small size.

Capacity: 32 litres

Weight: 1,612g

Main compartment: Lid and drawcord

Back system: Suspended mesh

Contact: 0191 296 0212

Review from Country Walking magazine, December 2011.