The streamlined Deuter ACT Lite 40+10 pack provides hikers with 2441 cubic inches of storage capacity and carrying comfort at well under 4 pounds, making it ideal for long day hiking trips or overnight excursions.
With over 2400 cubic inches of storage capacity, a load hauling suspension system and a weight of well under four pounds, the Deuter ACT Lite 40+10 pack is a versatile option for long day hikes or overnight back packing trips. I am going to take the pack off so we can have a look at how it carries and its organizational features.
The structural support for the ACT Lite 40+10 is given by a light weight aluminum x frame. So coming across the back panel here giving it flexibility and rigidity all at the same time, will comfortably and effectively haul up to 30 pounds of gear and clothing. That said, there is also quite a bit of padding here on the back. It is pretty beefy padding where it is, strategically placed so you don’t have foam everywhere. That helps cut down on the weight, maintain that overall light weight design, but effectively giving you padded comfort where you need it most. It also creates a channel between those columns of padding where warm air can escape. So as you are wearing this pack, you are out there, you are moving fast, you are building up heat, that air can move a little bit and circulate, which helps to keep you cool while you are on the move. That padding continues up through the contoured harness, the shoulder straps, also nice foam padding here on the hip belt. There is adjustability to the hip belt. There is load lifter straps. There is sternum straps. There is also a nice feature here on the harness itself. It is the very quick system. By opening up that panel, you can easily adjust with this kind of ladder design the height of the suspension system. It enables the ACT Lite 40+10 to comfortably fit a wide range of torso sizes, as low as 15 inches in length all the way up to 20 inches.
Let’s turn the pack around and look a little more closely at its organizational features. You can see right away it is a top loading back pack, so you do have a lid here at the top of the pack. That is a height adjustable lid. It is fixed. You cannot take it off, but you can change its position. You can move it upwards. The reason being there is an expandable spindrift collar here at the top of the pack. That is the reason for that 40 plus 10 designation. So you have got a 40 liter pack. When you need a little bit more room you have got expandability there that adds an additional 10 liters and that lid lifts to accommodate that.
You have got a drawstring closure here that cinches down the top of that pack bag so the contents remain safely secure on the inside. You do separately have a front compartment, a nice place for a sleeping bag. There is a panel that separates the upper portion of this compartment and the lower portion. But that can be unzippered. It can be opened up entirely to basically transform the pack from two chambers to one large main compartment. There is a sizable stretch pocket here on the face so you can put lots of gear there, certainly. The lid also has zippered pockets, one underneath the lid, one on the back here. So all of that is additional storage capacity. There is also a zippered hip belt pocket on one side to keep essentials kind of closer at hand, right there on the hip where you might need them or want to get to them in quick fashion.
A few other features to call out here on the pack. You do have stretch mesh water bottle pockets on either side. As that name calls out, certainly ideal for water bottles, but you can run other gear there, too, tent poles, trekking poles and other small items, whatever you prefer to be able to get to rather than having it stashed away on the interior of the pack.
There are trekking pole attachments here, ice axe loops at the bottom of the pack. On the lid itself and at a couple of other points on the pack are some other integrated lash points. On the underside of the lid are SOS instructions. So an interesting little safety feature that Deuter builds right into the pack.
I should also call out the fact there is a lined, internal sleeve on this pack and a hose pass through. So while it doesn’t come with a hydration system, it is certainly hydration system compatible. You can run that hose down either side of the shoulder strap, which ever you find to be the most comfortable.
The Deuter ACT Lite 40+10, absolutely love the versatility of this pack. Again, if you are packing appropriately, this certainly can be used s an overnight pack, perhaps even for a long weekend, long day hikes, certainly gear-centric day hikes where you are carrying a lot of things with you out into the backcountry. This pack is a really, really ideal option.