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Backpacker Magazine – April 2009

Gear Guide 2009: Deuter ACT Zero 60+10 Backpack Review

If you want ultralight, look no further than Deuter's tough and roomy ACT Zero 60+10 pack.

by: Steve Howe

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This cavernous, single-compartment top-loader offers big capacity and comfort in a pack that barely tops three pounds. The combination of plush harness and huge, minimalist packbag immediately made it one tester's go-to sack for weeklong trips and cold-weather jaunts with puffy (read: light but bulky) gear. "It's like a new genre of expedition pack," he noted. "Roomy, simple, tough, and big-load capable, but still lightweight."

A ladder-adjusting shoulder harness (16- to 22-inch range for this unisex version) is buttressed by a plastic backpanel, crossed aluminum stays, and wide, thickly padded ridges running up the lumbar and rib areas for spinal padding and good airflow in hot weather. The harness yoke proved stable even when we overloaded the pack with 50 pounds. A mesh shovel pocket, two huge bottle pockets, an extendable two-compartment top lid, and lightweight lash-on loops round out the features. It lacks hipbelt pockets, but the sweet price leaves you plenty of change to buy accessories. $169; 4,250 cu. in.; 3 lbs. 1 oz.

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May 21, 2009

In more than 30 years of backpacking, I have owend a lot of backpacks. This pack is everything they say it is and more. I have to remind myself that this is a week long pack. I carries better than most of my day packs, and is the most compfortable pack I have ever had.


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