This Deuter backpack incorporates a back protector and has elicited mixed reactions among the test crew at BikeRadar Towers.
On the one hand, we liked the combination of the ability to carry stuff, the space for a three-litre water bladder space and the back protection. Freeriders and downhillers often get dehydrated because their bikes don’t have bottle cages and wearing a hydration pack can interfere with any spine protection.
Problem solved with the Deuter Attack, you’d think. It’s a very stable, confidence-inspiring thing to have on your back when things get hairy. It does a good job of hauling a limited amount of gear.
However, ‘limited’ is the word. The spine protection cradle restricts the available space. Capacity is just five litres, which is not much compared to the 10-12 litres typical of hydration backpacks this size.
To wear it properly feels like strapping yourself into an F1 car, too. It’s just… odd. And at 1,150g empty it’s not exactly light.
Nevertheless, the backpack’s ventilation is good thanks to the raised padded sections along the spine, and the protector conforms to TUEV and CE regulations. There’s also a removable full face helmet cradle on the back.
It comes with some neat features such as an emergency whistle on the chest strap and a guide to distress signals inside.
Worth a look, then, if you need the combination of features, but very much a curate’s egg.
One thing you can be sure of is that the lairy yellow and orange colour scheme means rescue helicopters will easily find you. If you’re really planning to crash, maybe stay away from the alternative camo colour scheme.