Deuter Rise Tour 45
- Durable Construction
- Height adjustable lid
- Comfortable, well-padded straps
- No back panel access
- No hydration hose sleeve
The Rise Tour 45 provides uncompromised durability but that comes at the cost of some extra weight. It is very stable and comfortable for long hauls but does not have the common back panel access. It can just as easily take skis or a snowboard for hitting the boot track.
The Rise Tour 45 is a comfortable pack and highly stable thanks to its internal frame and thick padded waist belt (which can be removed). The pack was very stable and supportive while skiing with a heavy load, and the shoulder straps are burly and comfortable.
The Rise Tour 45 will carry skis in both A-frame and diagonal position, as well as a snowboard. The carry loops and straps are very thick and will hold up to many seasons of abuse.
The Rise Tour 45 is loaded with features. Its height adjustable top lid gives some leeway in stowing a rope or a pad underneath. A side pocket holds a water bottle or grab-n-go food items, and a separate wet pocket for avy gear rounds out the storage options nicely.
Ease of Use
The Rise Tour 45 lacks a back panel access option, which is almost a mandatory feature in any true ski pack these days. The side zip works marginally well for retrieving gear out of the body of the pack but was rendered useless with a pair of skis strapped on in the A-frame position. The bottom line—pulling items out of the Rise Tour while on the go is harder than it should be. Lack of a hydration hose sleeve leaves your water supply vulnerable to freezing and clogging.
Here is where the Rise Tour 45 shines above all the rest. The pack was built like a tank and will last for many years of tough abuse.
How We Tested It
The packs in this test were used on multiple long day trips and overnight trips throughout the Colorado Rockies, including in Rocky Mountain National Park, Yankee Boy Basin near Ouray, Mt. Sneffels, “Peak N” in the Gore Range, and Savage Peak in the Holy Cross Wilderness.
For more reviews beyond this 2017 test, check out our Best Insulated Ski Jackets of 2017 and Best Ski Shells of 2017, along with our ski helmet tests, ski goggle tests, and other related snowsports gear tests.
The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.
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- Type of Backpack: Overnight Pack
- Volume (unverified): 45 liters
- Ski/Snowboard compatible?: Both
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