The Deuter ACT Lite 75+10 pack provides backpackers with 4577 cubic inches of storage capacity and carrying comfort at just over 4 pounds, 10 ounces, making it ideal for extended backpacking trips.
Lightweight at under five pounds and spacious at 75 liters, the Deuter ACT Lite 75 Plus 10 is more than capable of extended backpacking trips, mountaineering adventures and more. With its sleek and purist design, this is a great trail companion. Let’s take a closer look.
I am going to turn the pack around and take a look at its suspension system. With this pack we have got Deuter’s Air Contact Lite Suspension System. It is a very well padded and ventilated suspension system. It is going to give you a lot of comfort on the trail. We have got really nice, beefy padding here. It is a 3D air mesh. And the nice part about that air mesh is that every time you push on it, or that it gets compressed, it kind of forces out warm air and allows cooler air to get sucked in. So it has got a nice kind of bellows effect to keep that air circulating and keep your back relatively cool.
We do also have this very quick adjustment system. So it makes it very easy to adjust between users. So you can easily undo this Velcro here and make your minor adjustments to make sure that the pack is fitting your frame as it is supposed to. So really nice easy adjustment system there.
You have got contoured shoulder straps with some of that 3D air mesh in there and we have also got anatomic hip bends that are going to give you really good comfort around the hips as well as stability for that load capacity. We have also got two aluminum stays that create an x in the back panel of the backpack. And that creates a really good amount of torsional rigidity while still allowing for some flex. So you have got that load transferred down to the hips, but it is still going to be able to carry some decent weight, so really nice construction in the back panel and suspension system of the ACT Lite.
Before I turn the pack around I do want to mention a few features on the suspension side here. We do have a hydration compatible pack. There is a pocket on the inside where you can route that hydration bladder and the hose will come out right on this backside here. There is a little port that say: H20. So you have definitely got hydration compatibility. We do have some hip belt pockets with the pack as well, so some nice sizable, zippered, hip belt pockets down low. You could put snacks, a cell phone, keys if you need those or any small additional items you may want quick access to. So some nice features with the back panel of the bag here.
We are going to turn it around and take a look at how we are going to access our gear. So we have got two main access points for the backpack. This is a traditional top loading style backpack, so we do have a hood with a top loading spin drift collar. So if I throw that hood back you can see that we have got a nice top section here. And this sis actually where the pack gets its Plus 10 naming. So it is a 75 liter bag, but you do have this kind of extending spindrift collar that is going to give you that additional 10 liters of capacity. So you have got a really nice, large kind of oversized spindrift collar. And that hood does float, so you can accommodate for an overstuffed pack if you need that. So you have got really good capacity here and really good access to your items.
The other access point for the pack is down at the bottom here. We have a sleeping bag compartment or a lower compartment if you choose to use it for something else, but it is a nice, sizable compartment down low that is good, like I said, for sleeping bags or other items if you choose to put those down there. Nice pocket. There is a zippered divider here so that you can, if you choose to, make this one large compartment rather than two separated compartments. So definitely a nice, additional bonus to having that compartment down there.
There are some other pockets that I do want to mention on the backpack. We will go back up to the hood. On the hood we have actually got two different pockets. So on the backside of the hood there is a large, zippered pocket here so you can stow away some maps, maybe a first aid kit if you need it or anything you may want faster access to, something you need to keep aside from the other items.
There is also a pocket on the underside of the hood. So that is considered a valuables pocket or something that you may want to keep a little bit secured and protected, but a nice small pocket on the underside of the hood for your valuables. So definitely some nice organization there.
We do have two stretchy water bottle pockets or gear pockets on the sides of the pack. So either side is going to have one of these stretchy mesh pockets, nice for, like I said, water bottles or maybe some other gear. We do have a nice, large, stretchy pocket on the front of the bag as well, so you can stow a wet jacket there if you need to or maybe just an additional layer that you want to get to a little more quickly. So nice big stretchy, oversized pocket on the front of the bag.
Some additional features that we have got on the bag include two tool loops or ice axe loops. So you have got bungee tie offs up here and the tool loops are down at the bottom of the pack there. So you have got really nice access. If you need to put your mountaineering axes or your ice axes, you can definitely stow those away on your bag. We do have some sleeping pad straps on the bottom here that double as compression straps or just gear lash straps in general. So nice adjustable straps on the bottom to lash a sleeping pad or any other gear that you may want to stow down there.
We do have an SOS label on the underside of the hood. So that this kind of a cool feature. It has got instructions on how to alert someone if you are in need of help or if you are not. So there is some interesting instructions here on how to kind of alert someone if you are in trouble, so a cool additional feature there. We do have some gear loops on the top of the hood. So there is four loops on the top for lashing gear to if you need to. So you have got definitely some additional points of lashing more gear to the outside of the pack.
Back to the front of the pack, we have got some more of those loops. We have got four loops on the front of the pack and that is for an accessory helmet holder. It is not included with the pack, but you can get it and it will attach to those loops there. So nice if you are doing any mountaineering or ice climbing and you need to carry your helmet with you. We have also got compression straps and they are on both sides of the pack, so top and bottom compression, it will make you... give you the option to cinch down your gear if you need to or expand the pack if you have got a larger load. So nice compression straps on the top and bottom there.
So there you have it. It is the Deuter ACT Lite 75 Plus 10, while still remaining lightweight and flexible, this is a great pack for extended trips.