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Deuter Futura 30 review: an unbeatable all-round daypack

An extremely capable all-around pack, the Deuter Futura 30 combines excellent fit with solid, functional design

Deuter Futura 30
(Image: © Deuter)

Our Verdict

The price and comfort of this pack, combined with its excellent design and durable build, means the Futura 30 can't be beaten as an all-around performer.

For

  • Exceptional fit, especially when climbing or scrambling
  • Smart pocket layout
  • Affordable

Against

  • A bit big and heavy for minimalist hikers
  • No side pockets (bonus for some, minus for others)

First impressions

With 30L of storage, there should be no problem carrying day gear for every season and all conditions in the Deuter Futura 30. Winter gear, dog supplies and even a modest amount of climbing gear all fit comfortably inside the pack, alongside as much food and as many layers as you will need.

The pack comes with a rain cover, a nice bonus. Internal pockets include a hydration sleeve, a wallet/key fob pouch under the lid, and a generous top lid compartment. A final point of emphasis: the Deuter Futura 30 carries reasonably heavy loads with ease, but also doesn't float up your back when carrying lighter loads.

The only consideration that might be off-putting for some people, is the larger size – some hikers might prefer a more minimal pack set-up. Others might like to see some side pockets.

Specifications

RRP: $130 (US) / £95 (UK)
Weight: 52oz / 1480g
Volume: 30L
Compatibility: Day hiking, mountain hiking, winter hiking
Colors: Lapis-Midnight / Khaki-Ivy / Black

On the trails

As a professional hiking guidebook writer in Colorado, the Futura 30 is my go-to bag. It's been my number one daypack on hundreds of adventures, and will continue to be for years to come.

The fit of this pack is spot-on, carrying both light and heavy loads without shifting, even after hours on the trail or miles of scrambling. Venting panels on the shoulder straps and back support strike a good balance of moisture wicking and padding.

Deuter has wisely eschewed side pockets (which often are more trouble than they are worth) for a streamlined, tight rear panel pocket and one-sided bungee strap for poles.