Deuter Virus 20 Pack

Deuter Virus 20 Pack

England, Mike
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Deuter Virus 20 Pack

After years of merciless ribbings for owning way too many backpacks, I decided to reduce my inventory and look for a one-design-fits-all daypack. I found the Deuter Virus 20, a compact yet highly functional daypack that’s loaded with features. A large main compartment has room for extra clothing, food, and a few items of surplus gear. An elastic-rimmed hydration pocket, complete with hose exit and Velcro retention strap, to keeps your water bladder secure and well-centered. Two zippered side mesh pockets reveal their contents while keeping them secure, and a Velcro top pocket allows quick, gloves-on extraction of more urgent items like an energy bar or no-fog cloth. Several strong, quick-release cargo straps mean you can load skis, a snowboard, or snowshoes onto the pack quickly and easily. A slew of subtler features—3M reflector, fleece-lined front pocket for sunglasses, contoured shoulder straps, ice-axe loops, handy hip-belt pocket—round out the Virus 20’s functional roll call.

Perhaps most importantly, the Virus 20 is comfortable. Loaded to maximum weight, it fits snugly to the back and doesn’t hurt the shoulders. Deuter’s proprietary Alpine Back System uses two vertical pads to offer air circulation, reducing heat and sweat on the back without sacrificing comfort. All in all, with its 20-liter capacity and bomber construction, the Virus 20 is one of the most versatile daypacks on the market. From a Bridger Ridge hike in February to a late-summer summit push on Granite Peak, the Virus 20 is all you’ll need. deuter.com; $65.

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