Product reviews/06/02/2022

Successful Update for a Backpack Classic

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The Deuter Guide 30 has been around for 25 years – and the latest version of the backpack classic combines tradition with innovation in a practical way. Thanks to its sophisticated features, low weight and robust materials, Guide 30 wins an ISPO Award 2022.

Clean design and sophisticated functions: The Deuter Guide 30, here in the color variant Redwood-Papaya, secured an ISPO Award 2022.

For a quarter of a century, the Deuter Guide has proven itself as a reliable companion with a wide range of applications from mountain tours to easy climbing to climbs of the highest mountains in the Alps. For the summer of 2023, the light and compact alpine backpack on the occasion of its 25th Birthday an extensive update with new features. The six jury members of the ISPO Award took a close look at this version of the backpack at their meeting in May 2022 in the 30-liter version - and awarded the Deuter Guide 30 one of the coveted ISPO Awards.

Fit, weight, design and sustainability were just some of the criteria according to which the jury evaluated the 60 submitted products. When the three ISPO experts and the three sports enthusiasts from the ISPO Collaborators Club put the Deuter Guide 30 through its paces in the Munich SportScheck all-weather facility, it scored above all with its low weight of only 880 grams and the good fit on the back. Guide 30 owes this to the Deuter Alpine back system. In combination with the slim pack sack, it keeps the load close to the center of gravity of the body. As a result, the backpack not only wears permanently comfortably and sits stable, but also offers a lot of freedom of movement and good control, so that you do not lose your balance and maintain a secure stand even in demanding terrain. As a further plus, the jury members saw the fact that the hip fins can be stored laterally. Then you can also comfortably carry the backpack with a climbing harness when you are on the rock or on the via ferrata.

Versatile: The straps and loops result in numerous mounting options. The helmet net (left) is removable and stowable in the lid.
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Pfc-Free and Climate-Neutral: Environmental Advantages

With regard to the topic of sustainability, which is increasingly important for many customers, the ISPO Award jury assessed positively that all materials used are PFC-free and that Guide 30 is produced climate-neutrally: Deuter fully compensates for greenhouse gas emissions that cannot be avoided in the development and production of the Guide line by supporting international climate protection projects. The testers also appreciated the robust, abrasion-resistant materials and the high-quality workmanship. These advantages paid into the ISPO Award criterion "Production Quality", but also into the sustainability index of the auditors: After all, high quality also speaks for a longer shelf life of the product.

The testers liked the minimalist and streamlined design as well as the numerous functions that the Guide 30 offers. These included, among other things, the fastening options for pimples and helmets as well as the stowable rope fixation. The new lid construction allows quick access to equipment and clothing in the main compartment. In addition, a removable helmet net is integrated in the lid. This allows mountaineers to attach the helmet stable at the top of the lid or on the backpack front - depending on what activity they plan and what terrain they have to handle.

Bag variants: On the left in the picture the upper safety compartment for keys and other important equipment that must be quickly at hand. On the right, the side smartphone compartment.
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This Is What Deuter Says about Guide 30:

"For 25 years, the deuter Guide backpacks have been the first choice among mountain guides and ambitious alpinists. For the anniversary, we have revised the compact and lightweight alpine backpacks with modern styles and new, well thought-out functions. This means that the guide continues to be an absolutely reliable partner for a wide range of applications, from alpine mountain tours to pleasure climbing to 4000 ascents."
Johannes Braun, German Product Manager
Clear colors: The Deuter Guide 30 will also be available in the color variants Black-Shale (left) and Wave-Ink from summer 2023.
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This Is What Deuter Says about Guide 30:

Numerous loops and straps increase the versatility of the backpack as well as the division of the inner chambers. Several useful pockets are installed here, including a stretch bag; on the outside of the side sits a smartphone pocket with zipper. The Guide 30 is also compatible with 3-L drinking systems.

In summary, the jury members rated the Deuter Guide 30 as a backpack that offers alpinists a wide range of applications and great comfort with low weight. Given the good quality, they considered the price of EUR 160,-- to be justified, so that the model was also rated positively in terms of price-performance ratio.

This Is What the ISPO Award Jury Says about the Deuter Guide 30:

“Minimalist, lightweight and yet the fit is really snug. Deuter Guide 30 has convinced especially with its carrier system: comparably thin padded straps and hip fins, which sit comfortably even when fully loaded and wearing a climbing harness.”
Dr. Martina Wengenmeier, ISPO Award 2022 Jury Member & Editor

Five Reasons Why the Deuter Guide 30 Convinced the ISPO Award Jury:

  • Low weight.

  • Good fit (close to the center of gravity of the body, comfortable back cushions)

  • Versatility (stowable hip fins; many mounting and storage options)

  • Sustainability (PFC-free, climate-neutral, long service life thanks to good workmanship and quality)

  • Robust, durable and abrasion-resistant materials

Key data:

Sizes: 30 liters (unisex), also available in sizes 22 SL (women), 24 (unisex) and 28 SL (women)
Color variations: Black-Shale, Redwood-Papaya, Wave-Ink
Weight: 880 g
For sale from: June 2023
Suggested retail price: EUR 160,--

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