From the very beginning, our aim has been to make products that perform well for their owners. But not all packs are created the same. Rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking and trekking all place extreme demands on both body and equipment – in different ways. Deuter products are perfectly suited to their specific area of expertise.
Full of enthusiasm, we put all our effort into developing faithful companions for passionate athletes, climbers and travellers. In this way, many new innovations have come into existence. In 1930 the Deuter “Tauern” was one of the first packs ever to have a comprehensive carrying system. It was taken on numerous expeditions with mountaineers like Anderl Heckmair on the first ascent of the North Face of the Eiger. In 1984 we revolutionised the backpack world with the first fully ventilated mesh carrying system. Just a few years later, together with Andi Heckmair, son of the Eiger hero, we developed the first bike-specific pack. Since 2006, active women have enjoyed our integrated rucksack collection with its SL women’s fit. And with the EL-models (extra long fit) we also have special packs for very tall athletes. Our product managers approach these developments with as much passion and enthusiasm as they do their own alpine undertakings. But they are not the sole decision makers when it comes to the design of or packs. To make doubly sure that it will be a good companion, we work together with numerous professional athletes, who test the products on their daily exploits in the mountains.
Our collaboration with the German Mountain Guides’ Association is particularly useful in this respect. Following a 200-day practical endurance test carried out by professional mountain guides, we are able to assess in just one year how the product would fare after eight or ten years use by a non-professional or “weekend” climber.
We regularly submit our child carriers and backpacks with integrated PSA back protectors (Descentor and Attack) to TÜV Süd in Munich to be certified with the “TÜV/GS-approved” seal. One of the many things that are tested is whether a child carrier with a 20kg load can withstand over 40 hours of extreme load-bearing use without any defects or breakages. Aside from their off-road capabilities, these products are naturally also tested for chemical safety to guarantee both child and parent the best possible safety standards. To obtain the TÜV certification, our back protectors have to conform to the EU Norm-EN 1621-2. This includes the ability to absorb mechanical impact. To test this, a square-shaped 5kg weight is dropped onto the protector from a height of one metre.
A measuring device then determines how much of the impact was absorbed by the protector and what proportion of it was passed on to the wearer. Our Shield back protector ranks far higher than the required CE values. To ensure the lasting quality of our products we make sure our manufacturing is constantly checked by independent bodies! TÜV employees inspect our production process every year.
Fact: An athlete is truly happy with his or her backpack when it fits exactly and is suited to the task at hand. Another piece of wisdom that applies here: “The proof of the pudding is in the eating”. Mountain enthusiasts can try out our backpacks for free in our test centres and take them out in the mountains.
A backpack has to sit comfortably on the back not just for a few minutes, but for many hours and during active use. One of our test centres is the Jamtal Hut, which is surrounded by the Silvretta range’s highest mountains - the Fluchthorn, Jamspitzen and Dreiländerspitze to name but a few. There are endless route options here both in summer and winter, on rock and ice, and throughout the grades. The area is also a wonderful hiking destination for families with smaller children. The second place you can test Deuter backpacks in the field is at the DAV training base at Taschachhaus in the Pitztal valley. The area is perfect for high mountain routes, ice routes, education and training, expedition training and also for beautiful multi-day hikes through stunning scenery.