First of all, hi to everyone! Just found out about TP and I already like it a lot.
Now for my question: I'm looking to buy a new backpack as I've got a HUUUUGE one (100l by Ferrino, an Italian company) and a small one (Deuter 38l), so I'd like something in between, maybe 60 or 65.
I had a look around and I ended up looking at three packs:
- The North Face Terra 60
- Deuter Aircontact 55+10
- Deuter Futura 50+10 Vario
The Kirramor Panther 65 also doesn't seem bad, but not as good as the above.
So, has anyone of you got any experience with the above backpacks?
Also, I know TNF comes with lifetime warrany, but I couldn't find anything about Deuter...
Any help would be much appreciated...thanks in advance!
The name Deuter pretty much means life-time warranty. Most people who need to replace a Deuter backpack because it is worn out do so after over 20 years of regular use. It is usually no problem to fix something if it is broken (a strap or such which rarely happens), their customer service is very good.
I would like to throw another Deuter product into the ring: The Deuter ACT lite 60+10. It is made specifically for the North-American market, so you might have some problem finding it in Europe. But its smaller brother ACT lite 50+10 is easily available in Europe, try it on. The reason I suggest it is that it is the lightest backpack with that volume and carrying capacity on the market. Not meant for heavy loads though.
BTW, the Futura has the annoying tendency to "pull you down backwards". The net in the back places weight away from your body, this places more pressure on your shoulders. It also messes with your sense of balance - not a good feature if you hike up mountains and might fall down a steep slope if you don't watch out. Don't get me wrong, it is a good backpack - but mostly for travelling around in hot weather from hostel to hostel by bus and train or hiking through flat terrain.
Backpacks differ like the weather, when it comes to personal choice. What's good for one back - ain't so clever for another. Never assume that a top name means it's ok for you.
You MUST try before you buy. It's not as if you're just gonna be using it for a few minutes. You need to get the whole feel of the thing before parting with your well earned money.