Deuter - Guide 35+ Bag

Bag in use for a two day trip on the Skye Cuillin

Star Rating: *** (3 Star)

Recommended Retail Price: £120

If you want a bombproof mountaineering bag which offers a lot of space for single day mountaineering or multiple days of hiking then this is the ideal bag. 420 denier exterior fabric means the bag is really made to last. Having owned mine since 2012 and grunted up granite chimneys, used it as hold luggage and hauled it up routes, I can attest that it truly is as bombproof as claimed. The bag is packed with features such as a padded hip belt, a rope attachment, an extensible top for extra storage, ice axe attachments, ski attachment, an inner map pocket, a side zipper..etc. 

The array of features and focus on comfort and durability, however, means the bag is heavy for its class at 1690g which compared to the meager 600g of the lightweight alternatives from other brands is quite a lot. I personally found some of the features unhelpful for what I use the bag for and have trimmed 300g off the bag. The other issue I have had with the bag is that the stiff back section is too long for climbing use as it restricts neck movement when looking up with a helmet.

Bag with ice axes attached

Things we like: Durably, comfortable, packed with features.

Things we don’t like: Heavy, back frame gets in the way when looking up.

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