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Backpacker Magazine – 2010 Editors' Choice/Gear Guide

Gear Review: Deuter ACT Lite 65 + 10/60 + 10 SL Weeklong Pack

This pared-down pack hauls big loads.

by: Steve Howe

Deuter ACT Lite 65 + 10 (Courtesy photo)
Deuter ACT Lite 65 + 10 (Courtesy photo)

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Big packs with small prices usually sacrifice comfort, weight, or durability. Not this one. One Alaska tester jammed in a week’s worth of cold-weather gear and experienced a sway-free ride as she trekked from the Alaska Pipeline to the Delta Range south of Fairbanks. “It never distorted or scrunched, even with 50 pounds, and I was able to focus 100 percent of the weight on my hips,” she says.

That’s because the cost savings come from organizing features, not suspension. The semi-rigid backpanel and aluminum stays that cross in an X are big-load capable, and a padded dual-layer back/lumbar pad literally pumps air off your back as the foam compresses and expands. The sack has few amenities other than deep wand/bottle pockets, a giant sleeping bag compartment, and a stretchy shove-it pocket.

Quibbles: “The side pockets are too tight for bottles when the packbag is stuffed,” says one tester. “The hipbelt pocket is too small for energy bars or point-and-shoots. And the triangular stretch shove-it pocket holds clothes well, but ejects items like bottles and bladders.” $189; 4,550 cu. in.; 3 lbs. 15 oz.

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Tim
Jul 12, 2013

I have used this pack for four seasons on the AT, most recently completing a long section hike of 240 miles. I have loved it since I first tried it. Most all the weight can be centered on the hips, and it adjusts very well. It is comfortable, lightweight, durable, and the side pockets stretch to accommodate my liter bottles no mater how much I seem to pack.

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Tim
Jul 12, 2013

I have used this pack for four seasons on the AT, most recently completing a long section hike of 240 miles. I have loved it since I first tried it. Most all the weight can be centered on the hips, and it adjusts very well. It is comfortable, lightweight, durable, and the side pockets stretch to accommodate my liter bottles no mater how much I seem to pack.

Star Star Star Star Star
Tim
Jul 12, 2013

I have used this pack for four seasons on the AT, most recently completing a long section hike of 240 miles. I have loved it since I first tried it. Most all the weight can be centered on the hips, and it adjusts very well. It is comfortable, lightweight, durable, and the side pockets stretch to accommodate my liter bottles no mater how much I seem to pack.

Star Star Star Star Star
Tim
Jul 12, 2013

I have used this pack for four seasons on the AT, most recently completing a long section hike of 240 miles. I have loved it since I first tried it. Most all the weight can be centered on the hips, and it adjusts very well. It is comfortable, lightweight, durable, and the side pockets stretch to accommodate my liter bottles no mater how much I seem to pack.

kalen
Nov 27, 2011

I have used this pack several times very comfortable, the only downside is the hip belt pocket zipper sticks at times. I found this bag was great in size when I put my cloths in a stuff sack.

Chuck Diesel
Oct 04, 2011

I fell in love with this pack when I tried it. Solid construction & quite light for the level of comfort. I was comparing it directly to the Arc'teryx Altra at more that 2x the price. I preferred this model due to the comfort level. It has a bit more lumber support like in the baltoro afs system. I prefer the Baltoro over this but it's weight difference is significant to me.

Faith in German Brands
Apr 26, 2011

Very lightweight and comfortable. The hip belt actually compresses small enough for the tinniest of humans and when the bag is set down (when full) it stands up straight every time.

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