The Deuter ACT Lite 60+10 SL Women's pack provides female backpackers with 3661 cubic inches of storage capacity and carrying comfort at just over 4 pounds, making it ideal for multi-day and extended backpacking trips.
Catering to female hikers, the ACT Lite 60+10 SL Women's pack incorporates ergonomic design features. The hipbelt has been given a more conical shape to provide a proper anatomical fit and the shoulder straps have been set closer together, are narrower and shorter in length, and have smaller buckles and narrower tapered strap ends to prevent chafing under the arms and eliminate pressure points in the chest area.
Built on the concept that it's easier to carry heavy loads when the backpack and wearer form a single entity, Deuter's Aircontact back system relies on the compression and expansion of hydro and thermo-phobic foam to provide ventilation and load-carrying comfort. A continuous air channel along the spine of the ACT Lite 60+10 SL Women's pack allows warm air to escape and permits cool air to funnel between your back and the body of the pack. Soft, breathable fabrics and ventilated pads in the back, contoured shoulder straps and hipbelt further help to keep you cool and comfortable on the trail. An anatomically-profiled aluminum X-frame system offers a balance of rigidity and flexibility, effectively distributing weight. Further enhancing fit, Deuter's Vari-Quick harness system adjusts easily to provide optimal comfort and load distribution for torso length sizes ranging from 14"-20" in length. Side compression straps enable you to reduce and expand the size of the pack body as needed, securing contents and ensuring load stabilization.
The pack has a large top-loading packbag and a lower front-accessed sleeping bag compartment. A zippered divider between the two allows for organization and separation of wet and dry gear. When hauling longer items or in need of access between the two, you can unzip the divider and convert the packbag to a single, large compartment. The pack's extendible lid houses dual pockets with secure, zippered entries.
Other special features of the ACT Lite 60+10 SL Women's pack include ice axe/trekking pole loops, gear attachment rings on the lid, zippered hipbelt pockets, mesh side pockets, and a large, elastic front stash pocket. A lined internal pocket, built-in tube exit point, and tube clip on the shoulder strap make the pack hydration system (sold separately) compatible.
The Deuter ACT Lite 60+10 SL Women's internal frame backpack is available in your choice of color options.
- Stretch front pocket
- Compact bilaminate construction with Pull-Forward function makes the hip belt easy to fasten even with heavy loads
- Vario Quick back length adjustment with two-layer foam construction and optimized shape
- Anatomically shaped shoulder straps with soft edges
- Lightweight multi-chamber aluminum X-frame
- Separate bottom compartment
- Height adjustable lid
- Lid pocket
- Internal valuables pocket
- Zipped pocket on hip belt for valuables
- Gear attachment loops on lid
- Ice axe and hiking pole loops - also for foldable poles
- Spacious stretch side pockets
- Compression and load adjustment straps
- Double-layered base
- SOS label
- Hydration system compatible
- Loops for helmet holder (accessory)
- Wet laundry compartment
Best Use Backpacking, Hiking, Mountaineering Access Top Loading w/ Bottom Access Warranty Limited Lifetime Volume 3661 cu in Type Internal Frame Backpack Torso Adjustment Yes Sternum Strap Yes; Adjustable Position Maximum Weight 42 lbs Material Super-Polytex/Ripstop 210/Micro Lite 210 Item Weight 4 lb 3 oz Hydration Compatible Yes Frame Material Aluminum Fits Torso 14"-20" Dimensions 33" x 14" x 12"
Real Customer Reviews
- Great backpack at a great price
Likes: great color, lots of intuitive ways to personalize the fit
Dislikes: doesn't come with a rain cover like some of the newer versions
- Love it
Likes: I love the bag I used in the mountains of California for several months. As a smaller female the bag was adjustable to fit me especially while hiking the terrain my only disappointment came when the strap seam pulled apart but the bag got me through. The vendor backcountry edge deserves even higher marks as they provided excellent customer service and sent me out a new bag excellent warranty with their company and very knowledgeable staff
Dislikes: Other then the seem nothing love the bag and already used new replacement with no problem
- Cool Pack/Love the internal Frame & Woman's Fit
Likes: As a heads up, I have not hiked in this yet. I was planning on taking one earlier this spring/summer and haven't gotten an opportunity yet. But that being said, even just trying this thing on with weights in it made me realize how amazing an internal frame can be. Seriously, people. It's incredible!!!
I did the Loyalsock Trail (60 miles, Pennsylvania) with a borrowed pack from my father. It was a Kelty Yukon and 20 years old. Where the belt rode there was 2 lumps the size of baseballs. Black and blue. My shoulders and neck ached horrid and I had to yank on the belt to get it tighter ever half mile. My brother, who had the same Kelty (purchased used) had the identical marks. I simply assumed that this was long-distance hiking for people--what do you expect carrying 40 pounds 60 miles up huge mountains?!?
Then, searching for my own pack, I read the reviews on this Deuter and found--wonder of wonders--other people had the same problems and this pack fixed it. I can see why when you put it on it literally "hugs" you, like part of you. It doesn't flop back and forth and keeps firm against you. Not every pack does that! I can't wait to actually use this on the trail.
We were so happy with Deuter that we have decided to get a youth pack for my brother who is 12 years younger than I. He wants to be part of the sibling hikes and we'll be glad to have him.
Dislikes: This isn't really a total dislike, but just thought I'd mention that this thing has a lot of pulls everywhere to adjust it/tighten pockets/tighten straps/tighten everything. Which is pretty cool. And fun. But if you don't like your pack to have a couple dozen pulls flapping in the breeze or if you're not so great at adjusting everything right the first time and enjoy having just a couple options to make things less confusing (lol) this is a heads up!
- Great Pack for Petite Women
Likes: Padded straps and hip belt
Adjustable torso length.
Hip belt pockets for cell phone, etc
Good sized sleeping bag compartment
Water bottle holders keep bottles in place
Dislikes: Main compartment is a little small for a 60 + 10 bag.
Hydration bladder sleeve seems poorly protected.
- Awesome Pack
Likes: I used this last weekend as a test for longer trips. I have back issues and had concern on the weight on my back. The pack made it feel like there was very little weight.
Dislikes: Front pockets are too small to put my cell phone out.
- Good pack for week long trip
Likes: When I was planning a week long backpack trip on Isle Royale I knew I needed to get a larger pack to carry 7 days of food plus my heavier sleeping bag for possible cold weather. My other pack is a 40 liter Osprey Tempest. This Deuter pack was recommended by Solo Over 50, so I ordered it sight unseen and without being able to try it on. I have been happy with it and it served me very well. I used the entire capacity of the pack at the start of my week trek. Total weight including 2 liters of water, the bag and all food was approaching 40 pounds. I was able to take everything I needed and wanted for the week and was very comfortable. I did not have any sore spots at the end of the week. This was my first week long trip and only my fifth backpacking trip ever. I had used the pack on a three day shakedown trip prior to taking it to Isle Royale. I think the pack handled the weight well and it rode well on climbs and descents. I also used the pack on a short two night trip after Isle Royale. For that trip I did not need the extra volume capacity but we did not have access to water the first day and night. I used the Deuter for that trip as I think it carries a heavier load (due to the extra water) better than my Osprey Tempest.
I have not used a water bladder with the Deuter, carrying all water in bottles in the side pockets. I am not able to remove and replace a water bottle in a side pocket myself. I use a drinking tube on a water bottle for which I bought a magnet set to attach to the sternum strap and water tube. There is easy access to a large bladder pocket inside the main compartment. I have used a water bladder with the Osprey Tempest and find it very difficult to place the bladder in the Tempest. I think it would be much easier with the Deuter. The outside side pockets are large enough to each hold two 1 liter Smartwater bottles and deep enough so that the 1 liter bottles are well into the pockets.
I really like the Deuter torso length adjustment. It is easy and accurate to adjust to get the right torso length. This is something I dislike on the Osprey Tempest which I find difficult to use. The Deuter adjustment is designed so both shoulder straps will be even across the back. It requires a very careful adjustment of the Osprey Tempest to ensure the pack is not tilted to one shoulder or the other. If for some reason you would like to adjust your pack to one side or the other, the Osprey might be for you.
Dislikes: I prefer the front stretch woven pocket on the Osprey Tempest. This is the single large outside pocket. The Deuter pocket contains a mix of material that I think adds unnecessary weight and reduces the stretch capacity of the pocket. Also, due to the design of the bottom sleeping bag compartment and zipper placement, the Deuter pocket is wider than it is deep. I like that the Osprey pocket is deep compared to its width. Items just feel more secure in the Osprey and I really think with the extra stretch of the Osprey I can get almost as much in its smaller front pocket than I can in the Deuter. I only plan on carrying items I need quick access to during the day in this pocket and the Deuter falls short of the Osprey here also. The two side straps that hold the brain down on the Deuter over the outer sides of the front pocket. Those straps on the Osprey Tempest are far enough to the side that they really don't cover the front pocket. Maybe this is just due to the relative sizes of these bags and the front pockets but I found myself unsnapping all 3 straps to access the Deuter front pocket, the two brain snaps and the center strap over the front pocket. With the Osprey Tempest, I just unsnap the center strap. The ease of access to the Osprey front pocket is aided by its extra stretch.
The brain has the standard inside and outside pockets. It is not removable. I wish it was for shorter trips when I did not need the extra capacity.
The hip belt strap on the Deuter did not work as smoothly for me as the strap on my Osprey Tempest. Seemed like I had to tug extra hard to tighten it up, but it did the job. This could just be due to the slightly extra thickness of strap on the Deuter but I wonder if it could be due to the Deuter design that uses a V shaped strap attachment to the pack. The hip pockets are of decent size for me and accessible while the pack is on. I do not carry a phone in these pockets. The Deuter hip belt and the shoulder straps are more substantial and have more padding than the Osprey Tempest which is needed for the larger load capacity.
The feature I like the least on the Deuter pack is the bottom zip compartment. I use a trash bag liner in my pack and the sleeping bag goes at the bottom of that liner. The sleeping bag is the last thing I need access to at camp and can be the first thing I stow in the morning so this works for me. The bottom zip compartment on the Deuter is HUGE and I don't need it. I think the placement of the outer zipper for this compartment makes the front pocket shallower and smaller than I would like. Plus there is an inside zip flap to separate the compartment inside the bag. That zippered flap does not need to be used (I don't use it), but it cannot be removed except for permanently cutting it out. I wish the inside flap zipper went all the way around so the flap could just be removed. I will probably cut it out. The Osprey Tempest has a bottom zipper also but it is unobtrusive to the design of the pack.
The straps on the Deuter are all wider and heavier than the straps on the Osprey Tempest. I can see the need for this on the straps that are weight bearing, but think it just adds to the weight when heavier straps are used to hold the top brain flap and the straps to hold any gear you want to cinch to the outside of the pack.
In summary, I would recommend this bag for a trip that requires 25 - 35 pounds of gear and supplies (in addition to the weight of the pack itself. Although I might be able to carry 25 pounds of gear and supplies with my smaller Osprey Tempest it just is not built to carry 25+ pounds as comfortably as the Deuter pack. That is to be expected. The reason I give this Deuter pack 4 stars instead of 5 is largely due to my dislike of the bottom zip compartment on the Deuter and the front pocket vs the front pocket on the Osprey Tempest. Eliminate or greatly reduce the size of that lower compartment, lighten up on some of the non-loadbearing straps, make the brain removable, and make the front pocket deeper with more mesh and less heavy nylon design material and I would give this pack 5 stars.
Likes: I liked the open main compartment with the chamber for the sleeping bag. The pack also had lots of compression straps to ensure your load to was compact and secure. The fit was also great!
Dislikes: However, in my opinion, there was one major flaw for which I returned the pack. The hydration port for the hose was directly behind my neck and angled the hose left or right for exiting the main compartment. Well when I tried a full pack with the hydration bladder, the hose angled towards my neck and then down the shoulder strap. The hose would hit me in the neck while I was walking around the living room. I tried repositioning the hose, but nothing helped. It was annoying for the 5 mins of test-wearing, I can't imagine an all day hike. Perhaps my hydration hose was too rigid, regardless as much as I wanted this to work, I returned the pack.
- Great backpack. Light with just enough pockets.
Likes: I bought this for my wife as a surprise right before a backpacking weekend. She said, "I don't need a new backpack". About 4 miles into our hike she was joyfully thanking me. Women's hips are different and this pack made a huge difference in how it set on her hips. She couldn't get over how comfortable and what a difference a good pack made. Just enough pockets and bells and whistles too.
- Great Pack and Great Deal
Likes: This backpack is super comfortable. I've used it for multiple multi-day trips and it has held up wonderfully. I love the many different ways that it can be adjusted for the best fit. By far the most comfortable pack I've tried.
Dislikes: The hip pockets are a bit small, a phone does not fit well.
- Great pack for a first time backpacker!
Likes: This last weekend my boyfriend and I went on a backpacking trip in the North Cascades. It was just for one night and the pack worked great! Easy access for everything you could need! Also I love that it is adjustable, so you can change any part of it to fit you better. I've only used it once so I can't speak to durability. M
Dislikes: My only complaint is the size of the pockets around the waist. My phone couldn't fit (iPhone 6s) however my little travel camera did, so I was happy about that! Good pockets for tissues and maybe some chapstick. Quite small, however I didn't realize that not all backpacks had those pockets. My boyfriends pack didn't and he would have really liked to have them.
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