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Backpacker Magazine – Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2010

Gear Review: Deuter Pace 30 Pack

An ultralight pack that's under $100...and comfortable.

by: Kelly Bastone

Deuter Pace 30 (Courtesy Photo)
Deuter Pace 30 (Courtesy Photo)

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Minimalist packs often provide minimal comfort—but not the Pace. “It’s light and seemingly featureless, but it delivers great fit and unheard-of load support for the weight. Perfect for big, all-day adventures,” our tester reports. Even loaded with 25 pounds of avalanche gear and oxygen bottles (for a Wilderness First Responder class), he hiked without neck or shoulder strain, thanks to 2.5-inch-wide shoulder straps that evenly distribute the load and a funnel-shaped main compartment, which directs the weight to the mid-back and hips.

A U-shaped aluminum frame adds load-supporting structure. As a result, he says,  “the load transfer is super—it rides right on your hips.” The top-loader offers plenty of capacity for snacks, extra layers, even an ultralight sleeping bag, and its simplicity makes it versatile enough for dayhikes, snow climbs, resort skiing, even commuting (a laptop slides inside the hydration sleeve).

For gear organization, it has two removable ice-axe loops, one gear loop (holds a small rack), one hip pocket, two side pockets, and a large stuff-it pocket to keep warm layers handy. Tradeoffs: The porous backpanel absorbed sweat on stiff climbs, and because it’s soft (no framesheet), it bowed outward when the pack was overstuffed. $99; 1,850 cu. in./30 liters; 1 lb. 15 oz.;

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Oct 31, 2011

I got a hole at the bottom after only one weekend of climbing in Yosemite. Very light backpack, not very durable...
I sent it back to Deuter. Thay quickly sent me the new model, the Speedlite 30 2011.

Oct 31, 2011

Hole at the bottom after only one weekend of climbing in Yosemite. Very light backpack, not very durable...
Sent it back to Deuter. Thay gave e the new model back, the Speedlite 30 2011.

Andy from NYC
Dec 22, 2010

I've carried this pack about 3-4 days a week for about a year now. It should be so incredible, but I've had some serious durability issues, which surprise me for a Deuter pack. First of all the stitching around the sinch tie on the main compartment has come undone and now the aluminum support frame bar has burst through the bottom of the pack and is sticking out rather dangerously. Quite disappointing


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