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Spring Ladies Night at TMS – Presented by Deuter

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Spring Ladies Night at Tahoe Mountain Sports
An inspirational evening presented by Deuter Backpacks

Join your fellow ladies in the Truckee-Tahoe area for a fun night at your local outdoor gear headquarters and get excited for summer along with the rest of us! Lake Tahoe, CA native and Senior Backcountry guide, Laura Steinbach will lead a motivational presentation and slideshow on the basics and intricacies of backpacking, planning a backpacking trip and providing some tips and tricks for success based on her years of experience in the field. She’ll be focusing on educating entry-level female backpackers, with some topics including logistical and permit planning, Leave No Trace (choosing camps, water sources, etc), Choosing the right gear (focusing on backpacks), and packing a backpack for different situations/gear combinations.


Special Guest – SYMG’s Laura Steinbach (Photo: SYMG)

  • What: Special ladies’ centric evening with a presentation on how to make the best of camping and backpacking
  • When: Wednesday, April 29th | Doors-Shopping Specials: 5:00 p.m. | Official Program: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Tahoe Mountain Sports, 11200 Donner Pass Rd. E5 Truckee, CA 96161 (Safeway Shopping Center)
  • Presented by: Deuter Backpacks, Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides and Tahoe Mountain Sports
  • Food and Beverages: Light, healthy snacks (locally sourced) with wine and NA beverages
  • Benefiting: Tahoe Food Hub ( > Raffle tickets will be on sale
  • Join the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Adventure Group:

Attendees of this FREE (all ages) event will enjoy store-wide savings and special deals on women’s specific apparel, footwear and gear. Utilize this great evening as the perfect opportunity to do some spring shopping, or to simply spoil yourself! A portion of proceeds from Ladies Night will benefit the Tahoe Food Hub, a local non-profit organization that is working to restore local food distribution by building a regional food system for North Lake Tahoe. They serve as a foodshed council educating our community on the environmental, economic and social health benefits of regional food system.

In addition to great deals on gear and clothing for women, there are great prizes to be won in the raffle (benefiting the Tahoe Food Hub), including gear from Deuter Backpacks and lots more! With summer just around the corner, Tahoe Mountain Sports has everything you need to enjoy the outdoors. If you’re into hiking, backpacking, yoga, Crossfit, rock climbing, trail running or triathlons we’ve got the gear to get you out there! Enjoy special shopping deals in an intimate and customized setting that will leave you inspired to take your skills to the next level.

Laura Steinbach has been guiding in Yosemite and the High Sierra for over a decade. She’s a veteran of the John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails and is the Senior Backcountry Guide at Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides (SYMG) for whom she leads expedition-style multi-week trips. She currently lives in South Lake Tahoe and can be found backpacking, rock climbing, backcountry skiing and mountain biking at every free moment she can find.

Deuter Backpacks Shine in Yosemite

Monday, November 24th, 2014

The following trip report and gear review is brought to you by Kevin Snow of Tahoe Mountain Sports:

“I should have bought another banana,” I thought as I turned onto Highway 140, entering the Merced River Valley. I wasn’t sure how long the drive was going to take me, and I’d hastily misjudged my morning hunger level as I flew through the gas station just outside of Lee Vinning hours earlier. “I heard there’s a pizza place down there somewhere,” I remember thinking, when all of a sudden, I realized what was happening, my car slowed, and a tear came to my eye. I had just entered the Yosemite Valley and what had just come into view was one of natures’ most awe inspiring, grand, and massive gifts of beauty, towering three thousand feet above the valley floor. I stood before El Capitan, in all of its majesty, in pure astonishment, as I contemplated not only the massive geologic events it would have taken to make this gargantuan monolith, but the amount of monumental historic events for the climbing world that have taken place on its walls and in its shadow. I felt like an ant. All of a sudden the world had been pulled into perspective for me, I felt small in it, and another tear came to my eye.


The gang at the trailhead in Camp 4 in front of Midnight Lighting. The iconic bouldering problem is defined by the chalk lightning bolt in the background, and has been kept up by climbers outlining it in chalk for 3 and a half decades.


How To Pick A Backpack: Which Deuter Back System Is Best For You?

Thursday, May 9th, 2013


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Over the past century Deuter back systems and technologies have been re-designed time and time again. The brand is centered around three core principles: quality, innovation and sustainability. Their packs: function, fit and ventilation. Since Deuter has a handful of different back systems designed for all sorts of disciplines, we thought we’d make the shopping process a bit easier to help you choose the best pack. Since we have such a great relationship with Deuter here at TMS, even if you don’t see the pack you want on our website, or it’s currently out-of-stock, go ahead and give us a call. We’ll order it immediately and Deuter will drop-ship it straight to you!

After reading, click here to visit our YouTube page where we have numerous videos detailing specific Deuter backpacks.


 Deuter SL systemSL – Women’s Fit
Deuter’s SL packs (Slim Line or Short Length) are designed specifically for ladies or smaller, slender guys. The shoulder straps are set closer together and are more narrow with softer edges. The back/torso length is shorter and the hip belt has a conical shape (like a cone) for a more anatomical fit. As a testament to the fact that they fit smaller guys better, the youngest person to climb Mt. Everest was 13-year-old male Jordan Romero, and he did it wearing the ACT Lite 60+10 SL. Any pack with a VariQuick torso adjustment is compatible with SL shoulder straps (sold separately), so you can customize an SL fit without having to buy a new pack. Examples of  Deuter SL packs: ACT Trail 20 SL, Quantum 55+10 SL. For the taller hikers, this fall you’ll be able to get packs with a new Deuter EL back system. EL stands for Extended Length, and Deuter EL packs will be perfect for guys taller than 6 feet or with extra long torsos.



Deuter aircomfortDeuter Aircomfort
The Aircomfort system is a little different on several packs, but they all share one important feature: sweat reduction. It reduces perspiration up to 25%, thus greatly improving your performance and comfort. With 3-way ventilation, one at either side and one at the bottom, you’ll feel good hauling your pack load all day long (comfortable up to roughly 40 lbs.), even in hotter temps and damp climates. Examples of Aircomfort packs: AC Lite 22 , Futura Vario Pro 50+10, AC Aera 30 & AC Aera SL

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Deuter Air contactDeuter Aircontact
Aircontact systems spread the weight of your load evenly and keep your pack’s center of gravity close to your body’s center of gravity. These systems reduce perspiration up to 15% by leaving an air chamber between the breathable back padding and allowing warm air to escape and be replaced by cool, refreshing air. The Aircontact system is used in Deuter’s larger backpacking backpacks, and is meant for loads heavier than 40 lbs. Examples of Aircontact packs: ACT Zero 50+15ACT Lite 45+10 SL

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Shasta/Lassen Mid-Winter Assault

Friday, February 15th, 2013


Who: Zach, Mike and Dave

What: Winter roadtrip from Tahoe to Shasta and Lassen Volcanoes

When: February 2013

Gear: The North Face VE25 Tent and Inferno 0- Deg. sleeping bag, Deuter Backpacks and Dynafit Huascuran Skis with Dynafit Bindings

The Tahoe doldrums had set in and we were ready to hit the road. Zach rallied the troops, we jumped in the Subaru and off we went to the North, the zone where the Sierras end and the Cascades begin.

We B-lined it for the Bunny Flat trailhead, which is the highest you can drive on Shasta in the winter months, and found ourselves alone at about 1am. Bust out the tent, sleeping bags, water bottles in the bags (hot water in a bottle + bottle in bottom of sleeping bag = warmth), and we were off to sleep in sub 10-degree temps. At this point, the wind was not nuking but it was blowing steadily. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We woke with a plan to camp on Shasta and summit on Sunday, but from the wind clouds and blowing snow that we woke to, that plan quickly changed to a day assault on the mountain and summit goals were left for another trip. You can see the howling winds in the pics below and bottom right:




When we returned to the car that day and checked some remote wind meters, we saw crests of about 65 mph at 9,000 ft. Considering we made it to 11,000 ft, we were judging the winds consistently at 40-50 with gusts to 80-100 mph at times. We made it above Lake Helen, dug ourselves a little trench so we could get a little shelter before heading back down. The views and our time up there were beautiful and we were all bummed to have to leave so quickly. The picture below and left is the trench we dug that pretty much filled right back in within minutes of us digging it: Shasta Winter TripSki lookout over Shasta









Shasta in background






After a few beers in the parking lot (more…)

Test a new Deuter Backpack out on the Tahoe Rim Trail

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Ever wish you could try outdoor gear before you buy?

That’s exactly what Tahoe Mountain Sports, Deuter Backpacks and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association have partnered up to do on Thursday, June 28.

We’ll be hiking one of our favorite stretches of trail – the Tahoe Rim Trail from the Mt. Rose Highway to Galena Falls, lead by a Tahoe Rim Trail Association guide.

Hikers will get to try out a variety of Deuter packs, from small hydration packs, ventilated daypacks or even big backpacking backpacks, with the help of outdoor gear experts from Tahoe Mountain Sports and Deuter USA. We’ll be able to make sure you get the best fit out of any pack you try, and answer any questions you might have on pack design, features, or which one is right for you.

Deuter has been making backpacks for over 100 years, and here at Tahoe Mountain Sports, there some of our favorites because of their great fit, features, carrying ability and ventilation. They’re also the choice of the National Outdoor Leadership School.

The 6.5 mile hike will take the group between some of Tahoe’s tallest peaks, through flower-studded alpine meadows and to the beautiful Galena waterfall.

We’ll have a snack, talk about proper pack fit, and everybody will walk away with a little something from Deuter and Tahoe Mountain Sports. Or if you find a pack you love, you’ll be able to purchase it, all set up and ready to go!

Here’s Christian from Deuter USA, who will be joining us on the hike, talking about the Deuter Aircontact Pack series:

Space is limited to 20 people, so sign up today at the Tahoe Rim Trail Association Event Listing Page to make sure you get a spot.

Putting the Deuter Aircontact Pro 70+15 Backpack through its paces on the John Muir Trail

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Kevin on the John Muir Trail with the Deuter Aircontact Pro 70+15. Photo by Eric Yates

I was lucky enough to get my hands on the Deuter Aircontact Pro 70+15 last year for a thru-hike of the John Muir Trail. This is definitely the number one pack out of the Deuter line for heavy loads! I chose to go with a large, burly bag  since we planned our trip as a three week hike with very few food stops.

We also went for the performance of a heavier, liquid-fuel Whisperlite stove and I was planning on carrying a fairly large DSLR camera and two lenses.

The Aircontact Pro has quite a few features which will appeal to those looking to carry everything. The first thing that I noticed was that the exterior side pockets are HUGE. On one side I was able to cram a 30 oz fuel bottle, Therm-a-Rest Compack chair, AND an SLR Zoom Gorillapod (the really big one).  On the other side I stashed my Chaco Z2’s with room to spare!

These pockets will also hold a 3liter reservoir, and have tube slits so that you can use them for water. This is a fantastic Idea, not requiring the hiker to unpack the top half of a pack just to access the reservoir to refill, and then attempt to re-install a full reservoir with all the stuff in the way.

Filling up. Photo by Eric Yates

The sleeping bag compartment is also gigantic. My Sleeping bag had company; a Fillo Pillow, Nano Puff Hoody, and Mammut rain shell all fit in along with the sleeping bag. This made my extra layers easy to access in a weather emergency (which turned out to be a good idea).

The front U-shaped flap allows access to the inside while your pack is lying on the ground. Unfortunately, this didn’t get used much (there was a huge bear canister taking up the middle of the pack), except for attempting to cram something into an un-utilized space after I had already packed up for the morning. I’m really looking forward to traveling with the Aircontact Pro, where I know the U-flap will get used a lot.

The last feature of note is the lid. Deuter is not known for making removable lids on toploader packs, but that seems to be changing. Converting the lid of this pack into a summit pack is simple with the included shoulder straps.

However, I found that the design makes wearing it pretty awkward, and it doesn’t hold much stuff. That being said, it did just fine on our scrambly ascent to the summit of Split Mountain and it also performed well on fishing duty while running up and down creeks.

Photo by Eric Yates

My only gripe was that the pack seemed to put pressure on my lumbar area. After 5-6 miles I ended up with lower lumbar pain from the pressure. I tried many things to remedy this, to no avail. I am attempting do a bit of bending to the stays in the frame, as I think this is the issue. The Aircontact Pro is otherwise a very comfortable pack.

The shoulder harness adjustment is a cinch, making it easy to switch users, and the hipbelt is very large and well padded to transfer the weight to your hips, and keep you comfortable while logging an 18-mile day.

This is definitely the go to pack for guides, scoutmasters, and those who just end up carrying everything!

Deuter Aircontact Pro 70+15 Backpack
Deuter Aircontact Pro 70+15 Backpack
MSRP: $$324.95

Steals and Deals: 5 Deuter Packs at Unbelievable Prices

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Welcome to a new series on the Tahoe Mountain Sports Blog aimed to keep you in the know on the best prices on the coolest outdoor equipment. Every so often we get great prices straight from the manufacturer on outdoor gear and outdoor clothing we love, and we pass the savings on to the customers we love.

First up, we’ve got Deuter Backpacks, some of the best hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, traveling and backpacking backpacks available. We’ve got a handful of last year’s packs on sale – and when many of them haven’t changed this year except for colors, these prices are a no-brainer.

Deuter Quantum 55+10


Reg: $228.95


Sale: 159.95


First up is the ideal travelers pack, marked down from $228.95 to $159.95, saving you 30%. Ideally sized for world travel, with a detachable day pack, a rain cover that turns into a travel sack if you have to check the pack on a plane, and of course Deuter’s famous suspension system.

Here’s what one reviewer on our site had to say:

“I backpacked through Japan with this product. It had an amazing amount of storage space for not being such a huge bag, and the travel bag turned out being tremendously useful.  The bag was also not too large for travel on the trains in Japan which can be very crowded. I could minimize my impact on space to the point where I was not a burden to those around me.  Overall I rate this bag excellently, it has a lot of storage and it has adequate ventilation and the travel bag is a nice bonus,” Robert Garfinkle.

Deuter Futura Pro 38 Backpack


Reg: $148.95


Sale: $98.95


The Deuter Futura Pro 38 backpack – down from $148.95 to $98.95 (33% off) – can fill the role of the ultralighter who doesn’t need as much room for an overnight, a hut trip hiker who doesn’t need to bring a tent and other camping gear, or a day hiker who wants the suspension and technical features that make bigger Deuter packs so comfortable. The aircomfort system pulls the pack off your back with a mesh “trampoline” making this one of the coolest packs around (studies have shown a reduction in persperation by as much as 25 percent!)

This is the perfect pack when you need something more substantial than a frameless, shapeless rucksack, but don’t need a big, burly backpacking backpack.


Deuter Futura 32 Backpack

Reg: $128.95




The little brother to the Futura Pro 38, this 32-liter backpack has been slashed from $128.95 down to $89.95 (30% off) and is a great all-around day pack with tons of organization, super-comfortable suspension and the same airy back panel that keeps you cool. This is a great do-it-all, use-it-every-day backpack that’ll work for so many different outdoor adventures.

Here’s what one of our customers had to say:

“This backpack is great and I can’t wait to use it on my trip. I love that there are side pockets that allow for more storage and accessibility. There is also a rain protector included with this bag so you don’t have to purchase one, which cuts down on the cost of buying one,” – Jacqueline.

Deuter Pulse One

Reg: $24.95


Sale: $14.05


Sometimes you just don’t need a whole backpack. Down from $24.95 to $14.95 (40% savings!), this well though out hip pack carries a water bottle, canted to one side for easy grabbing, and a zippered pocket for small essentials. Perfect for hiking, biking, cross-country skiiing or running, this waist pack water bottle holster keeps you light and agile.

Here’s what one of our customers who really puts in the miles had to say:

“I bought this to use on longer runs (6 to 8 miles). It works great. Holds the water bottle as well as keys, cell phone and a few other things,” – Dottie.


Deuter Giga Office Backpack

Reg: $108.95


Sale: $75.95


We’d all love to be in the outdoors all the time, but the truth is work or school seems to get in the way. Priced down from $108.95 to $75.95 for a 30% savings, the Deuter Giga Office is the perfect pack for the everyday grind, designed to comfortably carry your laptop and other daily essentials for the office or the classroom. It’s the perfect size for traveling with a laptop, too.

Deuter really thought out every detail with this pack – it’s not just a padded laptop sleeve added to an ordinary ruck-sack.





These aren’t the only backpacks we’ve got on sale, surf around our backpack page for more deals on the best backpacks on the net, or stop by our store to check them out in person.

Outdoor Retailer Winter 2012 Recap

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

The TMS crew is back at Lake Tahoe, fresh off a few days at Outdoor Retailer Winter 2012 in Utah, and we saw a whole lot of great stuff, from ultra-techy gear to down-to-earth mountain lifestyle goods.

Dave started off at Demo Day at Solitude, testing our Salomon Rocker 2 powder skis, the Volkl Nunutak backcountry rockered skis, Garmont Cosmos alpine touring boots and Moment Bibby Pros – he was really impressed so don’t be surprised to see some additions to our ski lineup next year!

Thursday and Friday it was on to the show to check out the latest and greatest coming next winter.

Mountain Hardwear continues to turn out some of the most impressive outwear whether you’re mountaineering, backcountry skiing or lapping the resort, continuing with their super-breathable waterproof Dry.Q fabric.

A new Suunto GPS enabled watch topped the tech list, along with Smith goggles that have a built-in Bluetooth heads-up display! Look for more on those two soon!

All the techy stuff is great when you’re out in the woods or on top of the mountain, but what Kuhl does best is cover you the rest of the time. Here’s a casual styled soft shell that’ll perform in foul weather but also look good at work and around town. There’s a reason why on any given day you walk into Tahoe Mountain Sports you’ll see every employee wearing Kuhl pants – look for another upcoming blog post on why Kuhl is so cool.

One of our favorite new camping companies is Klymit – with their ultralight X-framed sleeping pads and Cush pillows. What’s coming up next? A super-comfy sleeping pad (above) that comes in at an unbeatable price (talking $60 right now), and some crazy waterproof breathable jackets (teaser: one changes textures when wet, and the other purportedly breathes 25 times better than eVent!) Look for more on Klymit on this blog soon.


















Deuter Backpacks continue to come out with some of the best designs around. On the left, the new Deuter Guide Lite series slots in between the big and beefy Guide series and the lighter Speed Lite series for backcountry skiing, fast-and-lite mountaineering and climbing. On the right, the Cruise series get’s a dedicated front pocket (white zipper) for avalanche gear.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg: we’ve got dozens more photos on our Facebook Page, and we’ll be doing more in-depth overviews of some new gear on this blog, so stay tuned!

Ski Pack Comparison, Picking the Best Snowboard or Ski Backpack

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Ski packs and snowboard backpacks offer a lot of options and features over your average daypack, whether you’re skinning into the backcountry or lapping at the resort, and the variety of options, straps, bells and whistles can get overwhelming. We’ve got more ski packs than we can list here, but we thought we’d highlight a few (seven, to be exact) just to help point you in the right direction. We look at packs aimed squarely at those earning their turns, ones perfect for resort riders who occasionally duck out of bounds, and mountaineering-style packs for skiers and snowboarders with serious peaks in mind.

Each review details ski and snowboard carry options, storage for the rest of your gear, suspension, versatility (would this make a good year-round pack?) and who we think it suits best. To see a complete list of specs, click on the name or image to go to the product page.

Deuter Freerider Pro 30

One of our most popular packs at TMS, this is a solid ski and snowboard backpack. Also comes in Freerider Pro 28 SL (Slim Line) for ladies and slender guys.

Carrying options: With a plethora of compression straps, it can be slimmed down for a day at the resort. The straps are great, giving you the option of snowboard, ski A-frame and ski diagonal carries. Since that’s two compression straps on each side and two on the front, you can still balance your load with the straps you aren’t using to attach your skis or board – making this one of the best packs for carrying your sticks on your back because there’s less swinging and sagging. Each strap is reinforced at its ends so ski or board edges don’t fray or cut the material, and the whole front of the pack is covered in tough Hypalon rubber for serious durability.

Storage: When it comes to the rest of your gear, the huge back panel access makes getting inside easy, and keeps your shoulder straps and hipbelt out of the snow. Deuter uses a really strong zipper, and buckled load lifter straps across the top to insure the zipper doesn’t fail under the weight of your pack. You can also get inside like a traditional panel-loader pack – think your old school backpack – for quick access. A roomy goggle pocket, accessed separately from the top of the pack, hangs down on the inside of the main compartment. The main compartment also houses your hydration sleeve with a port coming out at the base of the neck. Moving to the front of the pack, another panel-loading style pocket has plenty of room for your avalanche shovel, probe, skins and other odds and ends. It has four pockets and one sleeve (good for your probe or shovel handle), and a helmet holder, which attaches to the front of the pack to hold your lid when you aren’t wearing it. Ice ax loops, water bottle pockets, one hipbelt pocket and one hipbelt gear loop round out storage.

Suspension: A dense foam backpanel and a flexible loop around the outside of the backpanel zipper combine to give a lot of weight transfer while staying flexible enough to move with you. The theme of dynamic movement also goes through the pivoting, well padded hipbelt. If you’re skinning on a warm spring day, down to a t-shirt, you’ll appreciate the foam channeling on the back panel that allows for some ventilation. Overall, this is a very comfortable pack.

Versatility: With both a hydration sleeve and water bottle pockets, this would work year-round, so you don’t have to buy a separate day pack for day hikes. The gear loop (think climbing harness gear racks) on the left side of the belt could hold a few pieces of climbing protection – either for rock or ice, or just a biner to hang your hat.

Who it’s best for: Skiers and snowboarders looking for one pack to do it all – backcountry, sidecountry, in-bounds and even hiking or light climbing duty in the off-season. Comfortable and durable, there’s a reason this is one of our most popular packs. (more…)

Deuter Backpack Review: Deuter ACT Zero 50+15

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Deuter Backpacks has the best pack going for 2011, the Deuter ACT Zero 50+15. It’s the one backpack that can do it all from ultralight overnighters to big load–hauling multiweek trips.

But don’t take our word for it, Outside Magazine, who awarded the Deuter Backpack the 2011 Gear of the Year Award, said; “It’s the best kind of mutant. Part minimalist fast-packer, part monster hauler, the ACT Zero seemed like the perfect tool no matter what the mission.”

The Outside editors went on in their ACT Zero 50+15 Deuter backpack review to say “At this price, the pack’s a steal.”

Check out our overview of the Deuter Zero series pack features here:

We like the fact that you can haul up to 65 liters (3,950 cubic inches) or 50 pounds in a 3 pound 5 ounce (1.48 kilogram) backpack — the hauling realm of 5+ pound packs in the recent past.

And if you don’t want or need to bring that much, you can strip the floating top lid off, turning the Deuter ACT pack into a streamlined roll-top ultralight pack.

Of course you get great storage and organization with water bottle pockets, a stash pocket on the back, the top lid and hipbelt pockets, but you can also attach an ice ax or trekking poles to designated loops, and stash your reservoir in the built-in hydration system holder.

Fit is a snap, with men’s and women’s specific geometry, and the VariQuick shoulder harness dials in a custom fit for a variety of torso lengths.

Once you’ve got the fit dialed in, it stays comfortable mile after mile no matter how challenging the terrain you face, thanks to the VariFlex hip belt that follows your movement organically.

The ACT system pumps cool air up your back in a channel to keep you cool on a warm summer hike, and all the harness padding is extremely breathable — developed for use in Mercedes and BMW air filters — so you stay more comfortable.

So if you’re looking for the perfect backpack for a fast-and-light overnight, a multiweek wilderness trek, oversees travel or any other adventure you can conjure up, the Deuter ACT Zero 50+15 and the Deuter ACT Zero 45+15 SL Women’s backpacks are tough to beat.

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