The Deuter Futura Vario 50 10 review which you are reading now is about a backpack ideal for trekking, hiking, traveling, for hut to hut tours, and for practically any other outdoor activity. It offers a lot of flexibility and adjustment options, the best possible back ventilation, and much more.
- This pack has it all: integrated cover for protection from rain, adjustable harness, side zippered pockets, and you name it. Adjustability is never an issue with Deuter Futura Vario packs.
- The ventilation system which you have here is without a match on the market.
- This is a product from the Deuter company established at the end of 19th century, with a lot of experience in building backpacks, a globally renown company.
- You have a comfort of accessing the stuff in the pack through 3 different points.
Note, there is a new 2018 version of this pack and it is reviewed in this text.
Deuter Futura Vario 50 + 10 is one of the packs from the Futura Vario series, in my view the best what Deuter has ever built, and I am confident in saying the best that exists on the market in general.
The design of this pack includes the traditional top lid and the access under the lid. However, you also have a U-shaped front zipper.
This is not all, there is a very large bottom compartment as well, with the zippered divider between the two compartments. This divider you can remove and have yet another entry point to the main compartment.
The U-zipper is under a flap, and it is secured with two extra buckles on the lower front part of the pack.
Under the lid, you have a spindrift collar which extends up and gives + 10 liters of volume if you need this. You have 2 cords there to cinch the pack appropriately. The lid is of the floating-type to accommodate such changes in volume.
Attachment loops for the ice axe and for trekking poles are on the bottom, and they are paired with bungee cords higher up on the front of the pack. There are 4 attachment loops on the top of the lid. You also have 2 compression straps on each side of the pack.
The pack comes with a sleeve in the main compartment, and with the hose port on the side.
♦ You will notice that this pack is heavier than its competitors. But you should see the other side of this. It comes with a spring steel frame and with the Vari Flex system.
So you have both rigidity of the construction aimed at transferring the weight to your hip belt zone and an incredible flexibility.
The hip belt is ergonomic, contoured, and with a bi-laminate foam plus PE reinforcement, which offers both structure and comfort, and it transfers the weight to the hips in the most efficient way.
This all contributes to its unsurpassed comfort, and it helps saving energy as it follows your body movement.
♦ You also have Deuter’s Vari Fit System, so the harness is completely adjustable to fit any torso length. It is very easy to adjust it to the individual back, there are no predefined positions for the harness, it is continuous so you can choose any length you want.
♦ On the back of the pack, you have the Deuter’s own invention, a tensioned mesh system introduced by this company several decades ago. This was their original invention introduced for the first time, and it has been made better and better all the time. This what you have here is what they call Air Comfort Vario system.
Basically, this is a mesh tensioned by the steel frame mentioned above. It is designed to keep the pack completely separated from the body. So you have the best possible ventilation here. My own backpack has the same system and I know well how good it is.
You have them 10 in total. One external zippered pocket is on the lid, and yet another zippered pocket on the underside of the lid, and I wish to stress that this is not a mesh pocket.
Stretchy pockets are on the sides of the pack. You also have bellows side pockets higher up, zippered and nicely designed not to take space from the main compartment when you make them full.
One zippered pocket is on the front of the pack, just on the panel entrance mentioned above.
Two zippered pockets are on the hip belt as well. One extra zippered pocket with the included and removable rain cover is completely on the bottom.
All very durable materials are used here. Apart from the steel frame, you have the body fabric of polyester 45% and nylon 55%.
They have developed what they call Deuter-Super-Polytex, 600 den polyester thread and with a thick PU coating. This is a very robust fabric and yet lightweight. You also have Deuter’s Macro Lite 210, a nylon material in hard wearing 420 denier and 210 denier density. It offers a high abrasion resistance, I know it well, I have my own pack from the same brand.
See all these nice features in this video from Deuter:
Pros & cons
I am always keen in finding weak points in the equipment. You can realize this if you have a look around and read some of my reviews. However, in the present case I shall just shut up, there is nothing to add in the cons:
You have realized so far that Deuter Futura Vario 50+10 has several extra zippers (on the front access and on the internal divider, and also on the side zippered pockets). These elements, together with the incredibly strong steel frame, contribute to the weight. But you get a lot in return, so in this particular case, I would not consider the weight as a negative factor.
- Weight: 4 lb 15 oz (2240 g).
- Volume: 3050 + 610 cubic inches (50 + 10 liters).
- Size (H x W x D): 31 x 14 x 11 in (78 x 36 x 28 cm).
– Macro Lite 210.
- Aircomfort Vari Pro System.
- Rain cover.
- the base of extremely tough Duratex.
- Lid attachment rings.
- Bottom compartment.
- Floating (height adjustable) lid.
- Pull-forward belt adjusters.
- Side bellow pockets.
- Dual zipped hip belt pockets.
- Stretch side pockets.
- Zipped front pocket for maps.
- Anatomical 3D Air-Mesh shoulder straps.
- Lid with 2 zippered pockets.
- Compression straps.
- Ice tool and hiking pole attachment loops.
- Hydration system compatible.
Comparison with competitors
Here are a few top models presently available on the market, side by side with the Deuter Futura pack:
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In the moment of writing this text, the prices for the packs in the table are respectively: $220, 230, 140. So the Deuter Futura Vario pack is in the group of more expensive packs, but see all that you get with it.
All the packs in the table are indeed top brands, so if the price is an issue, you have good alternatives. But please follow the links to see more about their features, and perhaps to realize the true reasons for the differences in the price.
To conclude this Deuter Futura Vario 50 10 review, it is hard to find proper words to describe how I feel about this great pack. It really has everything you might want to have in a pack. I have included this pack as my number one in the list of top 5 packs of 50 liters.
You should know that Deuter always builds versions for women, so in this particular case, this is Deuter Futura Vario 45 + 10 SL. It is a bit smaller and with some features in its design introduced to fit women’s body.
Note also that if you need a bigger pack from the same series, you have 60 liters version described in this site. Several smaller models are also available just follow the link.
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