REPAIR AND RECYCLING
- Clean your product: your Deuter product must be completely emptied and cleaned when taken to your Deuter retailer for reasons of hygiene and out of consideration for our employees. Only then can we carry out a repair and guarantee a short processing time. Please note our care instructions.
- Include the purchase receipt if you still have it: with the help of your purchase receipt from an authorised Deuter retailer, we can check whether your product falls under the free warranty (2 years from the date of purchase).
- Mark the defect well: defective areas must be precisely explained in a letter or clearly marked, since we are not always able to detect a defect. Your retailer can also help you here.
- Take your product to the retailer: your retailer will send your product to Deuter. They will also be able to inform you about any costs incurred. Unfortunately, we cannot carry out remote diagnoses and can only make detailed statements on costs and repair options when the item is available for us to inspect. We do our best to repair any defects, regardless of the age of the product.
- Wait for a cost estimate: as soon as your product has been received by us, we will check the defect. We will let you know via your retailer whether we can repair your product and which costs may be incurred. We only process the defect after receiving your approval.
- Repair is carried out: we repair your Deuter product. Within the first two years, the repair or exchange is naturally carried out free of charge, if the warranty claim is justified. Otherwise, or after the expiry of the voluntary guarantee, we carry out the repair under a low-cost sharing arrangement. As soon as your item has been received by us, the processing period generally amounts to ten working days.
- Collect your product from the retailer: we will send your repaired item back to the retailer. They will inform you as soon as you can collect your Deuter product.
Our tailors Özlem and Eugen will do their best to repair your favourite piece. If we can no longer repair your product, then the cost of processing may be incurred (processing fees and postage), even though your item is returned to the retailer without repair. We ask for your understanding. However, the retailer can help you estimate whether your product is still repairable.
Please contact your authorised Deuter online retailer directly. As with the stationary retailer, they must then send the claim to Deuter.
From the date of purchase of a product, the authorised retailerfrom whom the product was purchased has a 2-year statutory warranty obligation with regard to deficiencies. This includes material defects and production errors. Within a warranty claim, the defective item is repaired, replaced, or credited free of charge. Defects that are caused by normal wear and tear of the product, improper use, personal negligence and external influences by humans, animals or force majeure are not included in the warranty claim. This warranty applies on an EU-wide level, including Switzerland, and is binding for all consumer goods. If the retailer fails to fulfil their warranty obligation, your product still falls under the warranty.
The so-called guarantee is an individual and voluntary promise of the manufacturer. We guarantee that defective Deuter products are to be repaired for as long as possible. The warranty excludes defects that are caused by normal wear and tear of the product, improper use, personal negligence, and external influences by humans, animals or force majeure. After the two-year warranty expires, the Deuter promise still applies: We do our best to repair your Deuter product through our repair service.
A backpack consists of up to 220 different parts produced from different materials and can only be separated with great effort or not at all. Unfortunately, technology does not yet make it possible to recycle a backpack.
We deal intensively with recycling or the so-called “end-of-life” of our products. We do this here on-site, but also together with other companies in the sector within the framework of the Sustainability Working Group of theEuropean Outdoor Group (EOG). Ecologically and economically, it would not make sense if every company were to establish its own return system.
If you want to act sustainably, you should use your backpack for as long as possible – either yourself or by passing it on to someone else. All our backpacks can be repaired through our own repair service in Gersthofen. And friends, acquaintances, second-hand shops or used clothing collections of charity organisations are delighted to receive still functional products.
If the backpack is no longer functional or repairable, it should be disposed of with other recyclable materials – under no circumstances do backpacks belong in household waste! Of course, you can return your worn-out backpack to us. We would then dispose of it via the disposal of recyclable materials, i.e. the recycler in charge will sort out the usable components as far as possible and either reprocess them or dispose of them (by incineration).
The fabric from which Deuter products are manufactured is impregnated outside with a water-repellent layer. On the inside, the fabric is equipped with a polyurethane (PU) coating, so that especially very fine nylon or polyester fabric (which we, for instance, use for rain covers) is initially waterproof according to German industrial standards (water column <1400 mm).
In contrast, more coarsely meshed backpack fabric, usually used for highly durable products, only reach water columns under 1,000 m. When new, rain runs off the water-repellent outer surface of the fabric. As the backpacks are used, however, both the water-repellent finish on the outside and the PU coating on the inside lose their effectiveness, so that they are no longer deemed “waterproof” according to DIN standards.
Also, during long periods of rain, moisture can penetrate into the backpack through the seams and zips. We therefore recommend protecting backpacks by using a rain cover in wet weather or rain. Items that must remain dry should be stored in waterproof pack sacks.
A down sleeping bag must be breathable and, therefore, air-permeable to provide the appropriate comfort. This occasionally leads to finer fragments of down leaking out through the fabric. However, this “down loss” does not mean that the sleeping bag is defective. If you notice that down is leaking out from the inside of the sleeping bag, then it is best to pull it back into the filling from the opposite side. Through subsequent use, the resulting gap in the sleeping bag tissue should close by itself.
It is not recommended to pull out the down, because there is a risk that more fragments of down will come out too. This is a result of the structure of the down in the sleeping bag; the individual fragments of down are interlinked. In addition, the gap in the fabric might be expanded further by pulling out the down.
Therefore, do not worry if isolated fragments of down leak out overnight. This is natural and does not reduce the insulation performance of the sleeping bag.
CR: PRODUCTION SITES, WORKING CONDITIONS, SOCIAL STANDARDS, CHILD LABOUR, FWF
Deuter works with only two production partners. All our backpacks and accessories come from Vietnam, where our partner Duke has been manufacturing them exclusively since 1994. Our sleeping bags have been manufactured in China since 2003. Since 2015, the synthetic sleeping bags have been manufactured at a branch of the sleeping bag supplier in Myanmar.
In Germany, elaborate and technically high-quality sewing products can no longer be manufactured in line with market prices. In addition, it is hardly possible to find enough qualified personnel for this type of sewing work – each backpack is sewed together by hand from up to 220 parts. Today, almost no one is trained to work as a “bag maker” or “heavy duty fabric sewer” anymore.
The materials for high-quality backpacks, especially typical robust backpack tissue, are no longer available in Germany and Europe. The raw material suppliers usually follow the producer. This is exactly what happened towards Asia many years ago. If you wanted to manufacture the products in Germany, then you would have to import all raw material from Asia.
Deuter is a European market leader, while Germany is still the strongest selling market. Ecologically and economically, it makes little sense to transport defective products over long distances. In addition, claims and repairs should take place as soon as possible so that you can quickly enjoy your products again. Our extremely low complaints rate allows the repair service to operate directly in Gersthofen.
The product development and design are carried out at the Deuter company headquarters in Gersthofen in close consultation with athletes, mountain guides, customers and the retail trade. All Deuter products are hand-stitched in Asia. We work with only two production partners who have been manufacturing our products for many years.
FWF stands for Fair Wear Foundation. The FWF is an independent verification initiative that works with companies and factories. The goal is to improve working conditions in the textile and clothing industry, especially in low-income countries. Since August 2011, Deuter has been a member of the FWF and has therefore committed itself to following strict FWF working guidelines.
This includes the following points:
- No forced labour
- No discrimination at the workplace
- No child labour
- Freedom of association and the right to collective negotiations
- Living wages
- No overtime hours
- Safe and healthy working environment
- A legally binding employment relationship
We rely on many years of trust-based partnership with our suppliers. This gives us considerable influence over production and production conditions. Every 4–6 weeks, employees of our headquarters in Gersthofen visit the production sites in Vietnam. For one thing, this serves as internal quality assurance, but the working conditions on-site are also checked. We became a member of the Fair Wear Foundation in August 2011. As part of this membership, we regularly have our production sites reviewed by independent experts.
As part of our membership of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF),we have committed to the FWF work guidelines. This also applies to our production partners. The employment guidelines include the prohibition of child labour. Employees may not be hired until they have exceeded school-age, and in no case if they are not yet 15 years old (in China even 16 years old). Adolescents between 15 and 18 years of age may not carry out work that can endanger their health and safety. For example, they may not carry out night work or any overtime work hours. As part of the FWF audit, compliance with these specifications is checked by independent auditors.
The Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) and Fair Trade pursue very similar goals, namely the improvement of working and living conditions in the supply chains worldwide. However, the focus and the approach differ from one another. As a result, Fair Trade begins at the lowest end of the supply chain: the small farmers in developing countries that cultivate agricultural products, such as cotton, coffee, or cocoa. The FWF, on the other hand, works with companies who manufacture sewing products in factories (or have them manufactured).
In addition, the Fair Trade seal is a product certificate that ensures that a specific product was manufactured in accordance with the Fair Trade guidelines. The focus of the FWF lies in the company and the systems developed by them to ensure good working conditions in the factories in which products are manufactured for them. As an independent non-profit organisation, FWF checks whether its members are actually implementing the specifications in their supply chain and thus making an active contribution to better working conditions in the textile industry.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, BLUESIGN®, MATERIALS, ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS, DIRT BAG
As part of the bluesign® membership that Deuter started in 2008, we actively work on ensuring that our products and the entire product cycle, from planning on the computer to delivering to retail, are even more resource-conserving and environmentally friendly. As the first backpack manufacturer in Asia, our exclusive production partner Duke became our exclusive bluesign® system partner in the summer of 2010 and has also committed itself to strict standards. In addition, Duke is certified according to ISO 14001 and ISO 9001. Our sleeping bag manufacturer has also committed to the bluesign® standard. The bluesign® screening took place in April 2012.
A long product life cycle is the simplest and most effective contribution to resource conservation and, thus, environmental compatibility. Even decade-old products, if technically still possible, are repaired in our repair service in Gersthofen and made functional again.
Finally, the finished goods are brought from Asia to Hamburg by sea and from there to the Gersthofen warehouse by rail. The dispatch to the specialist retailer is handled by DPD in a climate-neutral approach.
Deuter is the first German sports item manufacturer to join the “European Outdoor Conservation Association“ (EOCA). EOCA dates back to an initiative of the European Outdoor Group (EOG) and is financed through membership contributions and donations. The association promotes various environmental projects with a six-digit contribution every year.
Together with the DAV Summit Club, we have initiated the campaign “Drecksack – tut Gutes – Großes beginnt im Kleinen” [Dirt bag – do good – great things start small”]. The “dirt bag” holds everything which cannot be disposed of sustainably outdoors and is available in retail stores or at young colors for EUR 3.00. For each “Drecksack” sold, EUR 1.00 goes to the mountain forest offensive. We, the trading partners and the DAV Summit Club, do not earn a penny from this initiative.
The prerequisite for a high-quality backpack is the use of the best materials. For a “Deuter” to be able to endure absolutely anything, it is not enough just to use fabric that is well above usual quality norms. It also involves combining suitable materials effectively and creatively in order to design the backpack for a specific intended purpose.
The two most important materials are the synthetic fibres polyamide (nylon) and polyester.
bluesign® is the most stringent standard for environmental protection, occupational safety and consumer protection. At all stages of the production chain from raw material to finished product, the aim is to optimise the material use, energy and water consumption, handling of chemicals, noise, waste, waste water, and occupational safety.
The system behind the product sign guarantees a maximum degree of safety for the consumer and ensures that the products are manufactured with a responsible approach to resources and the lowest possible impact on humans and the environment.
Every textile product is the result of a comprehensive manufacturing process. This process requires raw materials and many other components, such as dyes and chemical agents. Tested and sustainably produced components are designated bluesign® APPROVED. This creates a seamless chain of sustainable materials and work steps from the raw material to the finished product.
A bluesign® PRODUCT is exclusively offered by brands that have committed themselves to the bluesign® system. Such a sustainable product consists of at least 90% bluesign® APPROVED textiles and 30% bluesign® APPROVED accessories. The goal is to achieve 100% components confirmed by bluesign®. The overall product guarantees a maximum degree of safety for the consumer.
The adult sleeping bagsAstro and Astro Pro as well as the kids backpacks Kikki and the UP daypacks meet the criteria of the “bluesign® product” labelling. In addition to 95% of the textiles, 30% of our accessories such as buckles or belt straps also meet the environmental standard. It is worth mentioning that for Dreamland, the filling also corresponds to the bluesign® standard, and the down filling for the Astro and Astro Pro is 100% certified according to the RDS.
TheDeuter child carriers are suitable for children from about the six-month stage – but can vary greatly.
The maximum load (child plus carrier) is 22 kg. Up to this weight, the product has been checked by TÜV and complies with the European standard. The child seat is designed for 18 kg (weight of the child alone).
Since children grow at different rates, there is no indication of a maximum height. However, the loading weight of max. 22 kg should not be exceeded.
Airline baggage regulations vary greatly.
We therefore recommend contacting your airline directly to ask about specific baggage regulations.
On the product details pages of our website, you will find the maximum dimensions of our completely filled items as a guide value.
We have collected together all the details about wash and care instructions for backpacks, sleeping bags and Streamers.
Daypacks can be purchased as a spare part on request through the Deuter retailer. If the retailer does not have the Daypack in stock, they can reorder it for you. You can find your nearest Deuter retailer here.
Apart from the Waldfuchs 14, our children’s backpacks do not come with a rain cover.
For “Kids”, “Waldfuchs” and “Schmusebär”, we do not have a suitable rain cover in our range.
For the Junior, the Rain Cover Mini would be suitable.
On the product details pages of our website, you will find the maximum dimensions (volume + dimensions with height, width, depth in cm) of our completely filled articles, as well as the dimensions (also volume + dimensions) of the rain covers.
Please compare these volume indications. This is an easy way to find the appropriate rain protection for your backpack.
Generally, the rain cover can be slightly larger than the backpack. The elastic used to attach the cover onto the backpack allows a certain tolerance.
In any case, you should be able to cover the backpack both when it is empty or completely full.
There is naturally plenty of leeway here. In order to ensure that the rain cover fits perfectly on your backpack, we recommend testing the cover directly when purchasing at your retailer.
In case of detailed questions, however, our customer service department is always happy to help!