The lightweight Deuter ACT Trail 30 day pack combines load-bearing capability, convenient access features and a streamlined profile. Numerous external pockets and lash points grant excellent versatility.
Lightweight and streamlined, but full of features, the Deuter ACT Trail 30 is a great option for those long days on the trail or commuting through the city. Let’s take a look at some its features.
The first thing I want to talk about with this backpack is its suspension system. You have got a fairly simple suspension system, but there are some nice features to go along with it. You have got the Deuter Air Contact Suspension System and it is a very simple and lightweight one at that. You have got some 3D air mesh here that is going to provided some stability and support as well as some cushion. And you have got this nice kind of recessed channel in the middle. We have got kind of a frame sheet behind there. it is nice and flexible, so you get good movement out of the backpack and we have also got some nice lightweight 3D air mesh in the contoured shoulder straps, not nearly as beefy as some of the other Deuter packs available, but it is meant to be a lightweight and streamlined system and it certainly achieves that.
Down in the hip belt we have actually got a tuck away hip belt, which is a really nice system for those going climbing, doing any types of alpine approaches where they may be wearing a harness and can’t have a hip belt getting in the way. This is a really nice system that tucks away when you don’t need it and you can certainly use it if you wanted to. But got a really neat system there. You can just pull those hip belts out and you have got all kinds of straps to adjust that accordingly. So it is a full hip belt, just mesh there, so it is very breathable. But it does offer a little bit of support should you need that, so I really like that hip belt. It really gives it a lot of different versatility.
Pack is hydration compatible, so we do have a hydration route in the back of the backpack here. On the inside there is a sleeve that you can slide your bladder into and you can route the hose out of the back there. So another enhancement to the suspension system up the bag.
We do have some load lifters for stability and ensuring the proper fit and a sliding sternum strap as well. So a nice back panel, nice back system with the ACT Trail 30.
Turning the pack back around we will take a look at some of the access features. So this is a top loading pack, traditional top loading pack, so just got one buckle to the hood. And if we throw that back we have got just a simple little spin drift collar here, nothing too fancy, nothing too crazy, but it gives you really wide access to the top of the pack. So you have got a nice spin drift collar up there, easily accesses all of the gear in the backpack.
Another nice feature about this particular bag is that should you not want to open that bag and get to the items on top, say you want to get to something that is lower down on the bag, we can access this kind of like a luggage style. So you have got two clips at the bottom. You can undo those and you have got a zipper. It is like a U shaped zipper that extends all the way up and around the bag. So you can undo that and easily access any gear you may have in the backpack. So without ever having to go in the top, you can still access all of your gear.
So a nice bonus there. I really like that feature. It makes it a lot more easy to access your items. Some other pockets we have on the bag include a couple of pockets on the front and the face of the bag. So we have got a nice little stream lined pocket here. It is very thin. It is not super deep. So it will be a great place to put maps or a book of some sort, something really lightweight and low profile to access quickly.
We have got zippered pockets on the sides as well. So one side no water bottle pocket here, but you have got a nice kind of small pocket there. Again, small items whether it be a lightweight filter, maybe a lightweight stove or something along those lines you can easily store on that side.
On the other side we do have a stretchy water bottle pocket or a gear pocket, should you choose to use it that way, a nice small pocket on the other side. We do have a couple of pockets on the hood. So on the inside of the hood we have got a small pocket, just a zippered pocket for valuables so you can easily stow some valuables up in the hood section of the bag. Another cool feature is that Deuter has this SOS label. So you have actually got some emergency instructions should you need to flag somebody down or, you know, alert someone while you are in the backcountry that you need help.
On the back side of the hood we do have a zipper. So there is another pocket on the top of the hood, a very small pocket. I have just got a super lightweight hammock in there right now, but you can easily throw in some items up there, whether it be snacks, food, you know, you have got a key clip there so your keys never get lost. Very easy to use system, very simple pocket on the top of the bag.
Some of the other features on the bag include trekking pole loops at the bottom with a bungee tie off so you can easily stow your poles when you are not using them, so easy attachment there. You have also got an ice tool or a mountaineering tool loop here with another bungee tie off on the other side. So you can really lash all your tools to the outside of this bag. We do have these kind of lash points here, some loops there. It is good for an accessory helmet holder should you choose to use it that way. Or you can just use that to lash more gear to the pack. So it makes it nice and versatile. Again, you can really do a lot with this bag being as light and as streamlined as it is.
Another bonus to the backpack is that it does come with its own accessory rain cover. So at the bottom we have got this kind of tab that says: rain cover. And to access that, on the back side you have got this little blue zipper tab at the bottom. All you have to do is open that up and you have got a removable, detachable rain cover that comes with the pack. So that adds a lot of value to the backpack. You don’t have to go searching for an accessory rain cover separately. It is included with the ACT Trail 30.
So there you have it. Streamlined and simple with a plethora of features, the Deuter ACT Trail 30 is a great option for days on the trail, alpine climbing, approaches or toting around the city.