Deuter Freerider Pro 30L ReviewOctober 13, 2013
- Good carry options for both skis and snowboards
- Specially designed strap or pocket for every piece of gear you need
- Built to withstand frequent and serious use
- The most comfortable and user-friendly hip belt and pack panel I tested last winter.
- A bit too heavy
Assuming you’re OK with carrying a bit of extra weight to gain the best function in this winter’s new backcountry pack collection, you’ll love the Freerider Pro. At $159, you can't beat the performance it delivers for the price, and it boasts an excellent ski and snowboard carry system. Overall, the feature set, comfort, and materials quality are very good compared to similar packs.
A wide, well-padded hip belt is cinched by a two-point system that is easy to operate, and the puffy back-panel cushions surround your spine from top to bottom.
This pack has solid A-frame and diagonal ski options, and fully functional snowboard straps—carrying boards is a breeze.
You won’t find a pack with a more intricate, accessorized design. Everything has a purpose.
Yep, the Freerider Pro 30L (3 pounds, 15 ounces) weighs a half-pound more than the AvaLung-equipped Anthem 28L and a full pound more than the Powzilla 30L. But this pack, which boasts two-way access to the main compartment, can perform virtually any task you need it to.
You can tell Deuter builds its packs to keep skiers satisfied for years. The material is reinforced where necessary, and if anything does fray or rip, there are more than enough backup options (straps, pockets) to pick up the slack.
If you want a good pack, you’re going to pay for it. But at $159, this pack doesn’t hit you as hard as some of its competitors.