A great, robust travelling backpack that will see you right around the world with no problem. It’s a tad heavy and slightly on the small side for multi-day trekking and camping expeditions, but does make a decent trail pack for hut-to-hut hikes.
Great female-specific back design
Removable day pack
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Deuter Aviant Voyager 60+10 SL: first impressions
The Deuter Aviant Voyager women’s rucksack is built for big backpacking adventures at home and abroad. Dual access, from the top and the front, make this a really practical choice for travellers, which is why it’s been included in out list of the best women’s hiking backpacks.
The main compartment holds 60 litres, which is enough for multi-day walks or international backpacking adventures. In addition there is a removable 10-litre daypack, which has a padded laptop pocket and is ideal for sightseeing or for using as a carry-on rucksack (which helps get around that old problem of What size backpack do I need?).
A rain cover is included and can be easily secured to protect your rucksack during transit, and external pockets, handy clips and a valuables pocket help keep everything squared away when you’re country-hopping.
Deuter’s female-specific bags (their women’s models are easy to spot – they come with a yellow lily clip which is, luckily, removable) are clearly designed with women’s bodies in mind, with shorter back frames and well-placed hip and chest belts. If your buying for a male frame, there are some alternative suggestions in our Best hiking backpack article.
RRP: $260 (US) / £220 (UK)
Weight: 2,730g / 96.3oz
Capacity: 60+10L / 4272 cu in
Sizes: One size
Colors: Black / Maroon & Aubergine
On the trails
We really loved the removable little daypack cleverly incorporated into the design of the Deuter Aviant Voyager. In fact, we found ourselves using the day pack almost, well, daily for more casual errands and smaller walks, which helped make the Voyager’s fairly weighty price tag seem more palatable.
On test we found that the top and front access to the main rucksack made it easy to find things and pack/unpack the Voyager, or to grab items of kit quickly when you’re on the go. This makes it an ideal pack for travelling, whether you’re hiking from hut to hut, or jumping on trains, planes and automobiles to globe hop.
The female-specific design works well. Wide hip fins help to support your back, and we found the adjustable back panel very comfortable on test, helping to mitigate some of the pack’s weight – it’s a fairly heavy 2.7kg, which might deter some from using it as a trekking pack.
The Aviant is big enough to take lightweight camping kit if needed, making the Voyager a versatile choice, but if you’re looking for a trekking-specific backpack over a travel-friendly model, we’d pick the Deuter 70+15l Aircontact, which is designed for carrying heavy loads and easily swallows a tent and a sleeping bag with room to spare.
An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.