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Deuter for Women

About strong female mountaineers


Mountain sports are no longer a male dominated sport. We have been developing backpacks adapted to the female anatomy since 2005. Because a perfect fit on a mountain is simply essential.

Why our three brand ambassadors, professional climber Mélissa le Nevé, downhiller Veronika Widmann and extreme mountaineer Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, have never let themselves be beaten down and what drives them, you can find out in the interviews. 

Mélissa Le Nevé, professional climber from France


Mélissa started climbing at the age of 15 and since then the sport has been an essential part of her life. After having successfully competed in competitions, she now focuses on projects on the mountain. 

Her philosophy: "Believe in yourself and push yourself to the limits!"

Her last achievement:

MÉLISSA IS THE FIRST WOMAN TO CLIMB THE ACTION DIRECTE (9A)

MÉLISSA IS THE FIRST WOMAN TO CLIMB THE ACTION DIRECTE (9A)


What before only the men had managed to do, Mélissa has now achieved: she climbed the Action directe (9a) in the Frankenjura. She had trained for six long years until her dream finally came true. 

Interview with Mélissa Le Nevé

Melissa about the SL series


"In the SL series the (shoulder) straps are centered/the straps are closer together and are adapted to the female anatomy. Backpacks that are not adapted can easily pinch a nerve. The carrying system is slightly more centred and adapted to my bone structure.

At Deuter, every backpack has its own very special characteristics, which are adapted to the respective sport. The Gravity Motion is very interesting for sport climbing or bouldering, for example, because the closure is centred. This makes it very easy to get hold of your material. On 250-300 meter high walls the Haul Bag allows me to easily get to my stuff. Here the sides are reinforced so that nothing can tear. Or the Guide Lite, with which you can easily explore the surroundings, because it is very light and has very practical pockets - like here for a mobile phone".

Guide Lite 22 SL

For ambitious mountain professionals who like to go on tour with an extremely light and puristic backpack that is easy to use.

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Gravity Motion SL

The perfect symbiosis of duffel bag and backpack combines the benefits of both worlds: clever functions for climbers and relaxed style.

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Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, extreme mountain climber


Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner is one of the most successful high altitude climbers in the world. She was the third woman to succeed in climbing K2 without additional oxygen - making her the first woman to climb all fourteen eight-thousanders without additional oxygen. 

Gerlinde has been in our development team for the SL series since 2005 and supports us with her experience and expertise. 

23rd August 2011: K2 summit reached!

K2 WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING MOUNTAIN I have ever climbed

K2 WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING MOUNTAIN I have ever climbed


"It is the eight-thousand-metre peak that has shaped me most over the years. It is also the one that has given me the widest range of experiences. Many wonderful moments, great positive experiences, and also very difficult and sad moments. The K2 is very difficult to climb from all sides and the danger of falling rocks and ice is always considerable. It was only on my seventh attempt that I was able to reach the summit with three of my team colleagues via the very rarely climbed and extremely demanding north pillar, and most importantly, we returned to base camp together again, safe and sound"

Interview with Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner 

A better fit

The difference is immediately noticeable and convincing without many words. On my tours, I only travel with Deuter SL backpacks, says Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner.

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Gerlinde's BACKPACKS

Guide Lite 22 SL

For ambitious mountain professionals who like to go on tour with an extremely light and puristic backpack that is easy to use.

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Guide Lite 28+ SL

It’s true: less really is more. The new, unfussy Guide Lite is a pared-down, lightweight mountain companion.

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Veronika Widmann, professional downhill biker


Vroni does not worry about women being slower in downhill sports. She is an absolute adrenaline junkie and is rarely seen without a bike. For Deuter, she regularly tests the SL bike backpacks and provides valuable feedback. 

That's her motto:

Get up again after every crash.

Get up again after every crash.


"Touch wood was the worst crash, I've been so lucky with some big crashes in the past. One of my worst was probably at the finish in Lourdes 2016, I was covered in cuts and bruises for months with a swollen ankle. Fortunately no broken bones."

Interview with Veronika Widmann 

THE BIKE BACKPACKS FROM VRONI

 Vroni practically never leaves home without her bike - whether downhill with the Attack, on longer tours with the Trans Alpine or when mountain biking with the Compact. We have the perfect companion for every discipline.

Attack 20
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Trans Alpine 28 SL
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Compact EXP 10 SL
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