Hi all! Does anybody have experience with the Deuter SL Compact 10 backpack for running?
My OMM needs replacing and I am looking into alternative options. I would like some pockets at the waistbelt or shoulder straps, it has to hold a hydration bladder (in a way that the tube is securely held in place on the shoulder straps, which the OMM does not do very well).
The Deuter pack is made for cycling and seems to have a metal 'rod' thread through the back padding. I have found in other packs that this can be very irritating when running, as it can make the pack very rigid. I was wondering if anybody has used it????
I have tried on the osprey talon but only the 'longer' version (20l???) - it feels very comfortable, it really hugs your body and felt perfect for running but it was too long for me (I am about 5'2), the slightly smaller version (?18l) may be perfect.
www.deuter.com - they have women-specifice and also leightweight models, but for those the sternum strap can not be adjusted high enough (nice man in the UK office for advice)
obviously www.camelbak.com - also great women-specific range, very nice models and colours
www.tatonka.com - their women-specific are more for hiking but their activity packs have a nice torso length and the chest strap can be adjusted high enough for a woman. I didn't like their 'frame'-system as there is what feels like a thick plastic sheet in there. But reviews are very good, especially for the pleney.
I have a tatonka pack for 5 years now, in daily use in all sorts of weather conditions and travelling and it will last another many years.
www.vaude.com - read their website carefully, they offer sometimes two different back/frame systems for the same model - both with airflow but one sits closer to the body and would therefore be better for running. They have UK distribution which gives good advice.
All of them are eyewateringly expensive and most have on top of that the bladder not even included (except deuter, I think).
also check: osprey http://www.ospreypacks.com/index.php (they offer different torso lenght for some of their models, though no women specific for running), sternum strap can be adjusted nicely.
www.ebags.com and www.ebags.co.uk often have some nice pictures. If you have a local outdoor shop they can often order certain models for you to try on if they stock the brand. Internet companies sometimes have really good return policies, if you want to try something on (worthwhile for expensive packs).