With an array of features and a trail-tested German-engineered suspension system, the Deuter Aircontact 65+10 internal frame pack is built for backcountry adventure. A standard capacity of 3970 cubic inches, increasing to 4570 cubic inches with the use of an extendible spindrift collar, equips the Aircontact 65+10 for multi-day hiking trips.
An anatomically shaped X-frame works in tandem with breathable, hollow chamber foam to grant the Aircontact 65+10 load-hauling capability, padded comfort and ventilation. The X-frame offers a balance of rigidity and flexibility that effectively distributes weight. Further enhancing fit, Deuter's Vari-Quick harness system adjusts easily to accommodate torsos ranging from 16"-21" in length. Adjustability in the padded shoulder straps and pivoting Variflex hipbelt aids in both comfort and fit. In addition, a concave molding at the top of the backpanel works in conjunction with the height-adjustable lid to provide a contoured space for head movement, combating the stiff, sore neck often associated with a long day on the trail.
A zippered divider between the Aircontact 65+10's main compartment and lower sleeping bag compartment allows for organization and separation of wet and dry gear. When hauling longer items or in need of access between the two compartments, you can unzip the divider and convert the Aircontact 65+10 to a single, large compartment. The main compartment has top loading access and in addition, a large, U-shaped front zipper enables you to quickly put hands on gear and or clothes without having to dump out the entire contents of the pack. Side bellows pockets offer large storage capacity and even have drinking tube pass-throughs for carrying hydration systems (sold separately). An interior pocket, a zippered lid pocket, elastic side pockets and a small zippered hipbelt pocket provide additional places to store and organize gear. A streamlined front panel pocket is well-suited for stashing maps.
Other special features of the Aircontact 65+10 include ice axe loops, top lid attachment rings, dual front daisy chain attachment systems, an SOS instruction panel and an integrated rain cover for protecting your pack against the elements. A lined hydration sleeve in the main compartment, built-in tube exit points, and a drinking tube clip on the shoulder strap further enhance the backcountry functionality of the Aircontact 65+10.
- Aircontact back system
- VariQuick adjustable harness
- Anatomically shaped aluminum X-Frame suspension
- Pivoting VariFlex hipbelt with pull forward straps
- Contoured, padded shoulder straps with 3D Airmesh
- Height adjustable lid with top and bottom pockets
- Bottom compartment with internal zippered divider
- Large U-shaped front panel access
- Side map/guidebook pocket
- SOS label
- Integrated, detachable rain cover
- Zippered side bellows pockets
- Hip belt pocket
- Ice axe and trekking pole attachments
- Hydration compatible
Best Use Backpacking, Mountaineering Access Top Loading w/ Front Access and Lower Sleeping Bag Compartment Warranty Lifetime Volume 3970-4570 cu in Type Internal Frame Backpack Torso Adjustment Yes Sternum Strap Yes; Adjustable Position Other Rain Cover Included Maximum Weight 65 lbs Material Duratex/330D Micro Rip Pro 6.6 Item Weight 6 lb 0 oz Hydration Compatible Yes Frame Material Aluminum Fits Torso 16"-21" Dimensions 33" x 16" x 11"
- Love this pack! Has everything I was looking for in a pack: sleeping compartment, front access into pack, hip belt movement (variflex), hip belt zipper pocket, daisy chains for attachinig gear (ie sandals), rain cover (included), adjustable torso/shoulder
Likes: Everything mentioned above. Not sure if I'd like a second zippered pocket on the hip belt as one is better than none, but two might be cool. The one fits everything I need for quick access, but that's really personal preference and could vary from person-to-person.
Dislikes: The two side stretch pockets, which I use to hold 1-liter Nalgene bottles, are harder to access than I'd prefer. There is a water port for a hydration bladder, but I didn't use it on my last extended trip.
- A pack that fits all of my needs
Likes: The shoulder straps/waist strap are very easy to adjust to set the proper torso length and once set are extremely comfortable. The variety of pockets and attachment points for carrying gear externally are very generous. The pack front access panel which allows one to access the contents of the pack is a very nice touch. Material seems as if it will be very durable and long lasting. Even the granite/green color was very pleasing to my eye.
Dislikes: I haven't found any actual dislikes with this pack so far.
Likes: I had a kid pack made by Deuter with the same set up as this pack and I LOVED it. I figured if it was comfortable with constantly moving cargo (my son) it HAD to be comfortable with stationary gear. I was right. The pack feels fantastic and the air flow system really helps. The included rain cover and versatile access points are great too. Great pack for a great price from Backcountry Edge.
Dislikes: No cons. I guess it's a bit heavy compared to some but the comfort of the pack is worth that extra weight.
Likes: At first this could be to big for me, because I'm not very tall, but it fits perfectly. The shouder and hip straps are easy to regulate and make the pack confortable to carry. Also, it's sturdy and very well-made.
There's a lot of storage space in this pack, and the front zipper makes a great access point.
Finally, I like that the side pockets are not mesh and there's a good number of straps and rings to carry stuff secured on the outside of the backpack.
Likes: Very durable material, lots of convenient features like the rainfly, separate sleeping bag compartment, very comfortable straps - air contact material is very breathable and comfortable
Dislikes: A little heavy at about 6 lbs for a backpack this size, wish the top part of the bag could be detached to be used as a day pack or waist pack
Likes: nice all the way around, form, function and construction. This was given a gift to my teenage son. Best review of all is that he liked it.
Dislikes: nothing to dislike about it.