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deuter ski touring backpacks – perfect for your backcountry adventures

Whether it’s ski mountaineering, freeriding or on a ski traverse – if you spend all day on skis or a snowboard, you need an alpine touring backpack to carry all the gear you need for your on- and off-piste adventures. Keep reading to find out which ski backpack is best for you, or check out our women-specific touring backpacks for skiing, and how to adjust them properly: 

Backcountry safety: Our avalanche backpacks

Whether it’s on skis, snowshoes or a snowboard, winter sports are an exciting hobby. But it’s essential that you know how to behave both on and off the piste, and that you carry the correct avalanche equipment with you, to make sure you aren’t placing yourself or others on the mountain in unnecessary danger. And so, in addition to having an avalanche shovel, beacon and probe, an avalanche airbag backpack is a sensible option. Once triggered, the airbag inflates within seconds and keeps you closer to the surface of an avalanche, helping to prevent full burial. To find out more about the benefits and features of deuter ski touring backpacks with airbag then check out our information on ABS avalanche backpacks.

Alproof Lite 20 SL & 22

Perfect as a ski touring daypack. With a body-hugging fit and leg safety strap, this ski touring pack sits firmly in place.

Alproof 30 SL & 32

With space for everything you need – even on longer ski tours. With an easy-access avalanche equipment compartment in case of emergencies.

Alproof Tour 36+5 SL & 38+5

Your ideal partner on multi-day ski traverses etc. With even load distribution and easy handling in all conditions.

buying a backpack for challenging ski touring projects

Lightweight, compact, and functional: gear for longer ski tours doesn’t need to be heavy. Like our daypacks for ski touring. The Updays, Freescape Lite and Freerider series offer all the space you need, without the extra weight. These ski touring rucksacks feature zippered compartments, gear straps and avalanche safety compartments that provide quick access to your gear in the most challenging conditions such as steep slopes or on ice. Crampons, skis or a snowboard can be securely attached to the outside, like on a snowshoeing backpack by using gear straps, while hook & loop tabs keep an ice axe or ice tool snug against the pack.

The deuter Updays Series

  • Daypack for ski touring
  • Climate neutral production for responsible nature lovers

The Updays ski touring packs from deuter are built for fast-paced, sweat-inducing skinning sessions. This lightweight pack sits snug against the body thanks to the combined effect of adjustable shoulder straps, ergonomic hip fins and a waist belt (that can also be detached when not needed). Its many features are designed with speed of access and easy handling in mind: Quick-fix ski attachments, an easy-access bottom compartment and the hydration system set-up are all accessible without having to take the pack off. The deuter Updays comes in 3 different versions to meet a wide range of preferences:

  • Updays 20

The smallest in the series is best suited to short ski tours. Clever organization of the pack means it can house everything you need, where you need it, and without ending up with a heavy set-up.

  • Updays 24 SL

At 24 liters’ capacity the Updays 24 SL is great for longer day tours. And in an SL women’s fit it caters to both women and those with a shorter back and narrower build.

  • Updays 26

At just 710 grams this is an ultralight backpack for ski touring with kids or skinnning up the side of the piste, where you might need to carry more gear.

Our top tip:
Gear, route choice, weather – find out how to plan a ski tour in our ski touring advice pages (DE).

Tips & tricks from mountain professionals — in the deuter Basecamp

How do I assess avalanche risk? How do I plan a ski tour? And what should I take? You’ll find answers to these questions, and more, in our deuter Basecamp web pages. It’s where we’ve compiled a load of useful information on how to enjoy the mountains – both in winter and in summer.

Explore the deuter Basecamp

Ski touring backpacks for multi-day backcountry skiing & Off-Piste Journeys

The Freerider and Rise series of backpacks from deuter come in clean streamlined designs with clever layouts for quick access. The following are the features for each individual model:

deuter Rise

  • For multi-day ski touring
  • Top functionality with simple handling

Your partner for multi-day ski tours – the Rise 32+ SL or 34+. Equipped with a reinforced avalanche equipment compartment, a dedicated hydration bladder compartment, practical straps for skis, snowshoes, a helmet etc. – allowing you to focus fully on your ski tour. Snow-resistant fabric on the back system, and an opening on the back panel, keep contents protected from wind and snow.

How to choose the right ski touring backpack

Choosing the right ski touring backpack for you can be a daunting prospect. There’s such a big selection to choose from, and what about getting the right size and fit for you? To make things easier for you, we’ve compiled some of our top tips:

Choosing the right fit: ski touring backbacks for women & men

At deuter, we design a range of ski touring backpack models for both women and men, so that when you’re moving through tough alpine terrain, your ski pack stays securely in position.

Our ski touring backpacks for women have the SL acronym at the end of the product name. With a shorter back length, narrower ergonomic shoulder straps and tapered hip fins, the SL models are designed to suit the female anatomy. But these are not just for women. The SL models are also for anyone with narrower hips and wider pelvis.

The size of ski backpack you choose will largely depend on what you have planned. Is it a ski traverse over several days? Or just skinning next to the piste for a few hours here and there? You can read about backpack sizing in our advice pages. 

The size of a ski touring backpack is directly linked to the fit; ski touring backpacks for men have a longer back, and therefore can offer more capacity than SL models.

The weight of the load you can carry in your ski touring backpack depends on what it’s made of and how much capacity it has. If you decide on a small ski backpack, suitable for single-day ski tours, then the recommended total load might be around 4 to 8 kg. For a multi day ski tour, deuter has ski packs with more than 30 liters volume – which can accommodate weights of around 6 to 10 kilograms.

deuter uses polyamide fabric for most of its backpacks: it’s extremely durable and abrasion resistant. Its ripstop properties make the material very hard wearing, which means your backpack will accompany you for many years.

deuter’s backcountry ski backpacks have multiple features. Depending on the kind of ski touring you’re going to undertake, you might want to think of features such as: 

  • An easy-access compartment for avalanche equipment 
  • Ski straps, ice axe loops & a helmet holder 
  • A back system that’s covered in snow-shedding material 
  • Adjustable waist belt and shoulder straps 
  • Insulated hydration system preparation 
  • Clever partitioning such as a valuables pocket or wet clothing compartment 

Creating a good fit with your ski rucksack, means you need to adjust it properly when you put it on. Key components here are the hip fins, shoulder straps and hip belt. 

  • First, load up your pack with whatever you’d usually take with you on a ski tour. If you don’t load it first, the fit will be different. 
  • Position the hip fins across your pelvic bone – that will help stabilize the pack for you. 
  • Make sure the shoulder straps are at the correct height: the start of the shoulder straps should be between your shoulder blades.  
  • Buckle all the straps and adjust the length.


If you’d like to follow a clear, step-by-step guide on how to adjust a backpack correctly? Then head to our advice pages. 

Why choose a deuter ski touring backpack?

At deuter, we’ve been making top-quality backpacks for more than 125 years. We collaborate with professional skiers and mountain guides in the design and creation of our ski backpacks. Practical handling and added safety are the pillars of our ski touring backpacks. Find out what other mountain features our ski touring backpacks have here:

  • To us, sustainability means more than responsible behaviour towards the environment, it also means treating our employees fairly. That’s why we have adopted the bluesign® System standards, the most stringent standards in the textile industry. As members of the Fair Wear Foundation we champion fair working conditions, especially in our manufacturing locations. These efforts have been recognized with our FWF Leader Status eleven years in a row – the highest accolade the organization awards its members. 
  • If something goes wrong or breaks on your ski touring backpack, we will repair it, for its entire lifetime.
  • Our ski backpacks not only reduce strain on your back, they increase your safety in the mountains. The narrow cut of the rucksacks reduces wind drag too.
  • The hard-wearing materials we use to make our ski touring backpacks mean they will be long-lasting products.
  • Our team of athletes and product developers continue to work together to make our ski touring backpacks even lighter for the most ambitious backcountry skiers and freeriders out there.