Ski Touring-Alpine Pack
Deuter Freescape 40+

$220, 40L/2,441 c.i., 3 lb. 5 oz. (men’s)

One size

Deuter Freescape Pro 38+ SL

$220, 38L/2,319 c.i., 3 lb. 5 oz. (women’s)

One size

There are days skiing or riding backcountry snow or on multi-day yurt trips where you need a pack with extra space for gear, layers, food, etc., and a feature set that lets you push your adventures to another level. That’s exactly what you get with the men’s Freescape 40+ and women’s Freescape Pro 38+ SL. On numerous days of backcountry ski touring, including four days at a yurt in Idaho’s Boise Mountains, I found the Freescape offers a degree of versatility for objectives in the mountains that smaller, skiing- and riding-specific packs do not.

A top-loader with a lid, the Freescape sports a convenient U-shaped, zippered back panel that opens up the entire main compartment, allowing you to lay the pack atop snow and quickly grab anything inside without contents shifting or falling out or having to remove a helmet, skis or a board, crampons, or other gear attached to the front.

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Deuter Freescape 40+ with back open.
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It has abundant capacity for virtually any single-day outing—if anything, it’s a bit oversized for day tours, when I rarely filled it. But its compression keeps contents from shifting when it’s underfilled and I like having the extra space for emergency gear like a backup, large puffy jacket. The floating lid expands capacity by 10 liters/610 cubic inches, useful for the slog to a yurt on multi-day backcountry trips.

Inside the pack, a roomy, zippered mesh pocket keeps accessories like extra gloves and headwear available without having to dig around. The lid’s spacious zippered pocket features a divider with a fleece-lined lower portion for goggles.

The Freescape’s front snow-gear pocket has the usual compartmentalization for that safety gear—and importantly, a large opening and depth that enables you to deploy that gear quickly. The pack’s design also provides essential
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