Brand: Deuter USA

Model: Spectro AC 28SL

New model for this year (Do not check this option if this model was listed as new in last year’s Gear Guide)The Spectro AC packs showcase Deuter’s new Aircomfort FlexLite System® which marries its ultra-flexible twin-frame construction and patented Aircomfort-System®.
The twin frame construction gives the Aircomfort-System® its lightweight properties while guaranteeing excellent flexibility and stability. By combining flexible lightweight steel with a flat profile body, it follows the movement of the carrier and transfers the load perfectly to the hip belt. The Aircomfort-System® is the first of its kind to be patented; laboratory-tested and still the only pack with three-way ventilation. Ingeniously simple, the pack’s suspension system is like a spring-loaded trampoline. A special mesh covering the frame creates the optimum space between the backpack and the wearer’s back. It distributes weight evenly and keeps the weight of the pack off the back — moist air can freely escape through the three-sided system, preventing heat buildup. Additional ventilation is assured via anatomically formed shoulder straps and sturdy waist belts with perforated foam and large-celled 3D AirMesh linings.

The Spectro AC packs feature: hydration compatibility, stuff-it front pocket; mesh diagonal side pockets compression straps; hiking poles and ice ace loops and sternum straps. No more rummaging around for your gear – the two-way zip on the front allows direct access to the entire pack even when the lid is closed. The Spectro AC packs, available in 24, 28SL, 32, 36SL and 38-liter sizes range in price from $129-$149 and weigh in at just 1050 grams (28SL model).

The women’s specific Spectro AC models, (28SL and 36SL) feature Deuter’s SL back system, streamlined designs, shorter torso and narrower shoulders. The packs are outfitted with a tapered shoulder strap harness, and offer a more slender shape and curve for a smaller frame. The shoulder straps are narrower, shorter and closer together to fit women better. The hip belts feature multi-laminate fins that are adjusted in their length and height to match the SL system and also have a softer surface padding. The conical, padded, formed hip belt wraps perfectly around the hips.

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