The Deuter Futura 28. The almost perfect lightweight world travel backpack.
I originally found the Deuter Futura 28 on a blog I follow being recommended for lightweight world travel. A few other roundtheworlders were using them too. I looked at a few outdoor stores and couldn’t find anything better, so I ordered it online.
Deuter is a German company that I soon found out was known for making backpacks for bicyclists. Their quality and ingenuity are top notch and their reputation is well deserved.
When it got here, I was surprised at how large it looked. There is a passage between the bag and your back which makes the bag appear much bigger than other bags its size. That passage is one of three reasons that make this bag better than all others I came across. It allows air to flow behind your back and keep the heat out of there, reducing sweat buildup.
Another big advantage of this pack is the 2 big pockets that zip into 1 large pocket if desired. This is a great way to split your gear up by weight, need and organization. In the top pocket there is a sleeve designed for a hydration system, I put my laptop way down at the bottom of it.
On the front sleeve of the laptop pocket I have sewn in some pockets I cut off an old backpack. It adds a perfect sized area to slip in my Kindle, a pocket for paperwork and maps, 2 pockets for pens and a small pocket for loose small things that need a home.
That still leaves most of the space in the top pocket for all my clothes that are organized in color coded stuff sacks. I leave the very top of my pack empty for maneuverability of things inside, food/water and souvenirs.
The bottom pocket is quite a bit larger than it looks. Due to the design of the support system, the back of the pocket curves way back on either side giving you a bunch of stash spot room you can cram all kinds of stuff into.
And finally the third big advantage of the bag is the pocket at the very base of the bag, it hides a rain cover to fully protect the bag from both rain and sand storms.
The other features are pretty normal in a quality bag. Quality zippers, the best fabrics used in different wear areas, cinch straps, side water bottle pockets, and all the basic stuff you will read about in other reviews.
The reason I say almost perfect for a lightweight travel bag is there are a couple things I was looking for. First, more pockets. I carry a lot of little things I would like to keep better organized, while still easy to get to. Second, I prefer a bag with better hip support. The waist belt doesn’t wrap around your hips enough to take more load off your back, though the built in support system does a good job of moving the load a little lower.
Rating: 9.5/10 with mods
Weight: 2lb 3oz
Size: 28 liters