The immensely popular Deuter ACT Lite 65+10 pack provides backpackers with 3966 cubic inches of storage capacity and carrying comfort at just over 4 pounds, 6 ounces, making it ideal for multi-day or extended backpacking trips.
Light and fully featured with an anatomical shape, the Deuter ACT Lite 65 Plus 10 is a great backpack for trekking, backpacking or some lighter mountaineering adventures. Let’s take a look at all of its features.
First thing I want to do is turn the pack around and take a look at its suspension system. So we have got Deuter’s Air Contact Lite Suspension System. It is a really unique suspension in that it is very adjustable and the adjustment is extremely easy to make. But talking a little bit about the shoulder straps and the hip belt, you have got nice contoured shoulder straps with some soft edges so they give you really good comfort against the skin and a contoured hip belt as well to fit anatomically very comfortably. All throughout the back panel we have got a 3D air mesh. So it is a really nice kind of beefy and thick mesh that allows for good air ventilation. So each time you kind of push on it, it forces the warm air and allows cooler air to circulate. So it really regulates temperature well for being very well padded.
It has also got this nice air channel on the middle to allow for even more ventilation. So really well ventilated, but padded backpack system. The Variquick Harness is a really nice system as well. You have got really easy adjustment there. All you have got to do is break this Velcro here and you can adjust it up and down on these tabs. You just undo the Velcro, kind of fold it down and you can see that you have got kind of its linked loop behind those loops. And all you have to do to adjust it for your torso measurement is to take it out and place it where you need it. So it is a very simple, quick and easy adjustment system there.
Throughout the rest of the back panel you have got load lifter straps. You have got a sliding sternum strap. You have got nice hip belt, easy closure on the hip belt so you can tighten it up and get a snug fit even with the heavier load.
Two hip belt pockets down low for anything like granola bars, a cell phone or anything you want to keep close at hand. And the system is hydration compatible. There is a port at the very top of the backpack here and there is a sleeve on the inside where you can hang the hydration system. It doesn't come with the ACT Lite, but it is compatible. So it routes back right through there and you can attach it to wherever you prefer.
Nice suspension system in the back panel in play with the ACT Lite.
Turning the pack back around we will take a look at some of the access points for the backpack. It is a traditional top loading style backpack, so you do have a floating hood here. So we will tilt the hood back and check out our access. It is just one large access point at the top. So you do have a traditional spin drift collar. And that is where that Plus 10 naming comes in. The pack bag itself is 65 liters, but the spin drift collar can extend and it adds that additional 10 liters. So if you need to over pack the bag, you can certainly do so uphere with the spin drift collar, really easy to store plenty of gear up there. And when you are ready to cinch it down, it has got a nice easy draw cord, so you can just cinch that bag down.
On the hood we do have some pockets, so underneath we have got a really nice pocket. It is just kind of a valuables pocket, easy to throw things into if you need to, small pocket under the hood. So it is kind of hidden, tucked away, a little more protected. There is also a nice SOS label there. So it has got some really neat indicators on how to kind of alert people if you are in an emergency in the backcountry. So additional safety bonus with the Deuter bag there.
On the top of the hood we do have another pocket. So on the back side there you have got fairly sizable pocket. Got some small items in there. You can easily throw maps or books or anything you might want to keep a little closer at hand, first aid kits and what have you, so good pockets on the hood of the ACT Lite.
Taking a look at some of the other pocketing we have got, we do have a stretchy front pocket here so a very sizable front stretch, mesh pocket. You can easily throw extra layers in there if you choose to or some other items you may want to get to. We have got two water bottle pockets, stretchy water bottle pockets on the side or gear pockets, whcihever you may prefer to put in there, but nice stretch pockets on the side. And there is compression as well. So you have got top and bottom compression to really cinch down the load if you aren’t carrying as much as the bag is capable of.
We do have a lower sleeping bag compartment on this bag. So if you clip out the sleeping pad straps there, you do have one really large U shaped zipper and it opens up to a nice sleeping bag compartment. So you can store pretty sizable sleeping bag in there. It is a pretty large one I have got here. So you can definitely take a bigger, kind of heftier or lower temperature rating sleeping bag and, as you can see right here, there is a nice zipper divider. So if you choose to, you can make both of the pack bags one continuous section or you can section it off to have this sleeping bag compartment. So it is a really nice additional bonus to the bag there. A very sizable sleeping bag compartment. I am a really big fan of that.
At the bottom of the bag we do have tool loops and we do have bungee tie offs as well. So we have got some good system here for ice tools, mountaineering axes. If you want to do trekking poles, you can certainly do those there.
We have some other attachment points on the bag. There are these kind of loops here and that is for an accessory helmet holder. So you can definitely mount that accessory helmet holder to the front of the bag, keep your helmet really ready at hand, but that helmet holder doesn’t come with the backpack, but there are loops to lash it on there.
On the top of the hood we do have some other additional loops for gear storage, so you have got a couple... there is like four loops on the top of the bag there for additional gear lashing, nice addition.
Another thing I like about this pack is that it is very durable. The materials are very durable while still being lightweight. So we have got a 210D rip stop nylon and it is a really nice abrasion resistant material. And the bottom of the pack is actually double layered. So you get additional durability where it is going to see probably the most wear. So a nice, durable build with the pack, while weighing in around four pounds six ounces. So it is still fairly lightweight for a bag of its size.
And there you have it. It is the Deuter ACT Lite 65 Plus 10, a great backpack for trekking, backpacking or some light mountaineering.