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Mountaineering, ice climbing, skiing, freeriding, or on a climbing expedition – enjoying the spectacular mountains in all their glory. deuter has designed a range of ultralight, minimalist backpacks for the most ambitious mountain professionals, precisely tailored to the demands of alpine use, and the bodies of the mountaineers who carry them. In addition to functionality, carrying comfort and ensuring light weight and durability, when it comes to mountaineering backpacks, the back system or carrying harness is also an important factor. Backpacks with our deuter Alpine back system or deuter Lite back system are ideal for mountaineering and alpine climbing.

All our mountaineering backpacks are also:

  • Free from PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances)
  • Made from durable, environmentally responsible materials
  • Climate neutral
  • Available in specific men’s and women’s models

Check out our packing list for mountaineering to see what you’ll need to take with you when you head into the mountains.

deuter alpine backpacks for the rigors of mountain use

  • For alpine climbing, mountaineering & expeditions
  • Low weight: stripped down to the essentials
  • Carrying heavier loads in comfort


The deuter Alpine back system is all about striking the perfect balance between optimum weight, maximized carrying comfort and creating a secure fit. The Alpine back system has narrow SoftStripe back padding that keeps the slender-shaped packs securely in place – following your every move, no matter how high you reach. It keeps the pack snug against your body to keep the center of gravity close – for zero load wobble in challenging terrain. Despite their low weight, our mountaineering backpacks can withstand abrasion against rock: Water-repellent, hard-wearing fabric ensures your backpack is fully reliable and lasts a long time. deuter’s alpine backpacks also come in two different fits: The SL models of alpine backpack are for women and for anyone with narrower shoulders and a shorter back. And the Regular fit alpine backpacks are for men.

deuter´s backpacks for alpinists

Lightweight mountaineering backpacks featuring the deuter Lite back system

Every gram counts when you’re moving through the mountains. The deuter Lite back system combines the proven carrying comfort of our mountaineering backpacks with extra weight stripped away to help give athletes greater speed and endurance. But the materials used, and all seams and buckles etc. are very hard wearing and designed to withstand the rigors of expeditions in the high peaks or climbing in the Alps.

Into the extreme: deuter´s top mountaineering tips

All packed and set for your next mountaineering adventure? In our deuter Base Camp, deuter athletes share some of their hard-won knowledge about avalanche science, nutrition, how to plan a tour and mountain safety. Check it out ! 

Why choose a deuter mountaineering backpack?

For 125 years deuter has been developing backpacks that are specialized, innovative and tailored to their intended purpose. And with a good measure of success, too. Our alpine mountaineering backpacks have clean styling and clever features that make your time in the mountains a joy. Some of the characteristics our alpinists particularly appreciate include:

  • Sustainability: deuter is committed to occupational safety, consumer protection and environmentally friendly and sustainable manufacturing practices. We use a PFAS-free DWR finish on our backpacks that repels dirt and water but that is not harmful to the environment or health. And we are members of the Fair Wear Foundation and the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles, working together for fair pay and fair working conditions worldwide. To find out more about our social and environmental responsibility, visit our sustainability pages.
  • Durability: deuter’s high-quality products are made using durable, robust materials with high tenacity fibers so your backpack can help you carry loads for many years to come.
  • Lifelong repair service: We promise that we will fix your backpack even after several years’ use.
  • Light weight: Depending on the intended use, model and size of backpack, it can save you up to 500 grams (17.6oz) in weight.
  • Freedom of movement: Ergonomic hip fins, adjustable sternum straps and refined back systems ensure that you can carry your gear safely, in comfort, and without straining your back.
  • The perfect fit: deuter outdoor backpacks come in a Regular fit as well as in SL and EL: The women’s SL (Slim Line) models are specifically designed to suit the female anatomy, while the EL (Extra Long) models are built for taller people with a longer back.

Mountaineering backpacks FAQ:

What is a mountaineering backpack?
A mountaineering backpack is a rucksack that’s specially designed to meet the tough demands of mountain sports like alpine climbing, mountaineering, and climbing expeditions. Technical functionality, carrying comfort, light weight and durability are all important aspects of a mountaineering backpack.

What should I look out for when buying a mountaineering backpack?
A sturdy, supportive and ergonomically shaped back system is what a mountaineering backpack should be built upon. Our alpine backpacks feature back padding that keeps the load snug against the back to keep your center of gravity more central. This means you can carry heavier loads in comfort over longer distances. A waist belt that can accommodate climbing gear, or attachments and straps for things like ice axes or skis, are also a good idea.

How big should a mountaineering backpack be?
It depends on how long your mountain tour is going to be. We would recommend around 32 liters for a day route. And for longer, multi-day routes and expeditions, choose a mountaineering backpack with 34 to 44 liters’ capacity. 

What material is used for deuter mountaineering backpacks?
Our mountaineering backpacks are sustainably made, using durable, hard-wearing materials. Polyamide, in particular, for its fine fibers that are also extremely robust, and polyester for its light weight and resistance to water absorption. deuter mountaineering backpacks   are also coated in polyurethane to give them improved resistance to the cold and moisture.