The Deuter Guide 35+5 is a superb, extremely durable 1760g rucksack that is very comfy thanks to its well-padded back system. Good side zips help locate gear in the pack. There’s a good range of attachments, including ice axe loops and you can remove the back system to save weight. There’s very little to fault, but it is squeezed out of the finalists by the Macpac Aspiring, which occupies a similar niche.
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The Deuter Guide 35+5 is a highly rated pack that some walkers will find far more suitable than many of the finalists.
Review by Matt Swaine
First published in Trail magazine September 2010