Summary: It took me about a week to decide between the Deuter Futura 32 and the Gregory Z30. Ultimately I chose the Futura's ease of access and simple engineering over the Gregory's compartmentalized design. The storage compartments are intuitive in their size and placement, and easily accessible.
Summary: I originally bought this pack to take on a Baltic Cruise with my wife. This pack was amazing. I carried 2 light jackets and two raincoats, water bottles and bladder, 2 cameras and still had room for our shopping stuff. It carried extremely well, had much more comfort than another trip we took when I carried a jansport school backpack for the same job. I really like the suspension ans the off the back air flow has been pleasant on some wilderness treks in warmer weather.
Summary: A slim profile, well made day pack. Works well also as a carry-on for minimalist traveling. The person who said that it extends above the head must be very oddly shaped. Above the shoulders maybe, yes. If you like top-loading daypacks with plenty of pockets (not many of those out there, you may have noticed), give it a try.
Summary: At first I was slightly skeptical of the compressed size of the pack out of the box thinking it wouldn't be big enough to hold my gear. Once I undid the straps and opened it up my worries were curbed. It's big enough to handle my larger loads (ropes, harnesses, layers, etc) when I want it too and can slim down significantly for those short day hikes. The air comfort feature creates a space between the pack and your back avoiding the dreaded pack sweat.
Summary: I ended up returning this pack after trying it out on some dayhikes. The back was stiff and the pack was not nearly breathable enough. Great raincover. Pack also extends above wearer's head, making it kind of unwieldy for city use backpacking around Europe. I'd recommend buying a pack with back suspension instead.
Oh my god this backpack is amazing. I owned a good…
15 March 2009
Summary: Oh my god this backpack is amazing. I owned a good Kelty before but when I got this for Christmas I was amazed at how much lighter and easier to adjust, more pockets, lighter by itself, and very comfortable. I would highly recommend purchasing this backpack. And it's worth a lot more than you pay, so you get way more than your money's worth.
This backpack is AWESOME. I'm pretty much a pack junky…
16 August 2007
Summary: This backpack is AWESOME. I'm pretty much a pack junky with a bunch of different backpacks, but for traveling this is the last pack I will buy. The mesh back with the pack pulled away from your back provides all-day comfort even in really hot climates and the space is just enough to put everything you need without being so big as to tempt you to take things you don't!
Great, well thought out design and extremely comfortable…
17 August 2005
Summary: Great, well thought out design and extremely comfortable fit. Contoured, padded hip belt; contoured padded shoulder straps with stabilizer straps; spring steel frame that keeps pack off your back, with mesh backing to dissipate body heat; compression straps on side of pack; trekking pole/ice axe loops;integrated rain cover compartment; international SOS label; one large and two small loops at bottom of pack.
EXCELLENT, well-thought-out pack. I really like the…
18 February 2005
Summary: EXCELLENT, well-thought-out pack. I really like the built-in rain cover. The back panel is, per usual with Deuter, exemplary. The materials/construction are well worth the money. Highly suggest this pack!