Deuter Futura Pro 34 SL (2011)

Lots of padding on the hip fins and shoulder straps means the Futura Pro really excels at carrying lots of heavy winter kit. On the downside, it actually makes the pack quite heavy in itself. However, the hip fins and lumbar support hug the hips beautifully, keeping the load stable, comfortable, and distributed evenly across the hips. Pull-forward adjustment allows the hip belt to be easily tightened. The large main compartment is split in two with a removable divider. There are expandable pockets on each side, a pocket on the front for small items, and two large lid pockets. Comes with an all-important rain cover, plus walking pole and axe attachments.

Capacity: 34 litres

Weight: 1,800g

Main compartment: Lid and drawcord

Back system: Suspended mesh

Contact: 0191 296 0212

Review from Country Walking magazine, December 2011