Deuter Futura Pro 38 ReviewMay 11, 2013
- Durable textiles throughout
- Excellent pocket design
- Rain cover included
- Super comfy hipbelt
- The Aircomfort suspended mesh back panel moves the load far away from the back
- Somewhat stiff padding in harness
- A little heavy
A tough mountain pack that exhibits brilliant design execution in its organization and carrying comfort, the Futura Pro is a high-performance trekking bag that’s built to last.
A full featured trekking pack built with abrasion-resistant fabrics and featuring a suspended-mesh back panel ventilation system.
While its harness padding was too stiff for some testers, the Futura Pro received high scores for its comfortable Variflex hipbelt and best-in-class ventilation.
If Deuter’s Aircomfort backpanel could keep the pack’s load even two inches closer to the user’s back, the Futura Pro would get a 10 here—the interplay between mobility and stability was nearly perfect.
Though it is high-volume for a daypack, the Futura Pro was the smallest of the ‘All-Mountain’ packs we tested this season. This pack also lost a point here for its curved main compartment that could make for awkward loading and organization.
With the exception of the slightly annoying main compartment, the pockets on the Futura Pro were spectacular—even with the pack fully loaded, it was easy to use every extra compartment with ease.
Smart details like a two-loop trekking-pole attachment, snag-resistant water bottle pockets and included rain cover helped to make this pack a tester favorite.
An easy-to-use pack that carries extremely well and exhibits excellent initial quality, the Futura Pro is a good all-around value.