Deuter USA Guide 35+

A single compartment backpack that hauls big loads. Don't judge a pack by its price: this pack's a loaded bargain.

Brand: Deuter USA

Model: Guide 35+

[lightweight load monster]

This single-compartment sack is essentially a minimalist mountaineering pack. The goal: Haul big loads with utmost efficiency. The payoff: One tester carried 60 pounds while leading a wilderness-therapy program in Utah, and praised the excellent load transfer. The key is the lumbar pad. “It lets me put almost all of the weight on my hips, and the rubber coating makes it stick,” says another tester.

Fit is exceptional, and each shoulder strap pivots independently on the frame, which enhanced stability during glacier post-holing, ski approaches, and rock scrambles. The barebones, top-loading packbag is strictly for nonfussy packers, which suited a tester who carried it in the Sierra and up Denali. “Just open the top and dump in bulky items,” he says.

Other testers wished for another access option and/or more outside pockets; there are a few alpinist-friendly features (like gear loops and a crampon patch), but just two external pockets (huge mesh ones for your water bottles). Bonus: Even after grindy canyon-hauling and weeks of carrying sharp tools, the ultralight Spectra fabric (similar to Dyneema) showed little wear.
Deuter’s Guide 35+ is a high performance alpine pack for mountaineering, climbing and snowsports that require excellent load carrying ability, gear access, and flexibility. The Guide pack utilizes a low profile aluminum X- frame back, a height-adjustable lid, bottom compartment, side access zipper, lid pocket, snow skirt, combination ski and compression strap system, crampon attachment straps, gear loops, 2 or 3-liter hydration compatible, and ice axe loops. The Guide pack utilizes Deuter’s Alpine-Back-System and Variflex hipbelt. This system utilizes two padded foam stripes that provide carrying stability and comfort with “chimney” effect ventilation between the stripes. The breathable 3D Air Mesh is used on all points of contact, and is very durable.

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