Gear Review: Deuter Pace 28L SL (Women’s)

We have loved Deuter packs for many years now, using their ACT and Lite series for backpacking, the Comfort Air kid carrier and many of their kid’s backpacks for a variety of adventure. So when I was looking for a day pack that would work for Backcountry ski touring as well as day hikes in the summer, I naturally turned to Deuter.

Deuter Pace 28 SL

  • Tested in: Backcountry skiing, Day hiking, and beach combing 🙂
  • Cost: $119.00
  • Availability: Many major outdoor retailers
  • Best Use: Ski touring, hiking, alpine climbing


Selling Points:

Stretchy Outer Sleeve Pocket: As I’ve become more interested in backcountry skiing over the last few years, finding a pack that can fit a shovel and probe in addition to my other gear has been difficult. Even bags advertised as “backcountry packs” did not work! The Deuter Pace 28 SL has a great outer sleeve perfect for my shovel and probe, allowing me to pack food and layers inside and separately. A hood pocket is perfect for goggles, sunglasses, small snacks, and often assessed items.

The pocket is perfect for a helmet, shedded layers, and/or wet layers.

The Pace also has a webbed waist belt and shoulder straps. While lacking in padding, it is ideal for alpine and winter adventures. It will not absorb water, thus becoming wet and heavy like many other shoulder straps/waist belts. The gear loops are great for multi-pitch climbs.

The two water bottle pockets are stretchy, allowing for different size bottles, and are deep.

Lastly, the size of this pack makes is incredibly versatile. Not only have I used it for day hikes with the kids, but for picnicking on the beach and as an airplane carry on.

Deuter packs for beach adventures Deuter Pace 28 in Kauai

Significant Stats:

1 lb 14 oz
850 g
1710 cubic inches
28 litre
23 / 10 / 8.3 (H x W x D) Inch
58 / 26 / 21 (H x W x D) cm
100D Pocket Rip Mini

Desired Improvements: None at this time.

The crux: An amazingly versatile pack for those looking for an alpine pack for all seasons. For any of you women looking for a women’s specific backpack, check out Deuter’s SL line. I am a huge fan of their fit!


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