Equipped with 36L of storage capacity, a flexible but supportive suspension system, and an array of high-performance features, the sleek Pace 36 delivers the fit and functionality for adventure racing, snow sports, or alpine climbing.
Designed for the adventure racer, the alpine climber or the ski tourist, the Deuter Pace 36 is a great lightweight and flexible option with a plethora of features for adventuring outdoors. Let’s take a look at some of those features.
I am going to turn the pack around and take a look at its suspension. You have got a very simple, lightweight and flexible suspension system on the Pace 36. It is the Deuter Light Suspension System. So it is very simple, 3D air mesh here. It gives you good breathability and padding. And there is a tensioned Delran frame on the underside, so it is just a lightweight flexible frame sheet. So you do get some structure to the bag, but the most important thing is the flexibility and the movement that it is going to offer. So you have got really lightweight mesh contoured shoulder straps that are going to give good breathability. You have got really nice mesh in here that is going to provide even more breathability. And in those hip belts you have got just simple mesh hip belts. So you have got kind of some loops here for hauling, but breathability is going to be the key. You get a little bit of stability and support, but it is mainly to keep everything in place so you get that snug and contoured fit while you are moving quickly outdoors.
We do have a mesh pocket on the right hip belt here. So you can store some items there. But there is no real protection. It is just open mesh. So it is probably going to be something like a snack or a gel, some type of thing you may just want to access quickly.
You do have a nice easy to adjust hip belt system here, so it is just a single pull on either side hip belt. It makes it easy to snug that down and make it nice and tight. You do have a sliding sternum strap with an emergency whistle. So, again, if you get into trouble when you are out there, you can certainly use that whistle to be heard. It is a very loud sound.
We do have some load lifter straps at the top, again, to enhance that fit and really dial it in.
The pack is hydration compatible, so on the inside there is a sleeve where you can hang your hydration system and it will route out of the back here and you can route it through one of your shoulder straps so you can have it quickly accessible while you are out and about.
On the front of the pack we will take a look at some of the ways to access your gear. So it is a top loading pack. There is this little hood here. It is not really a floating hood, but it still gives you some of those features that a nice hood will give. If we tilt that back we have got a nice spin drift collar here that we can access all of our gear. It is a nice easy opening, a very wide opening and you can get into everything very quickly and efficiently when you are outside.
On the front we have got a pretty nice, really large stretchy pocket. So there is two buckles on either side. If we undo those, you can really open that up and you have got a really big pocket. I have got a whole hooded down jacket here and you can really stuff gear into that pocket. So easily accessible. It does have a lot of stretch to it. Very easy to use. Nice for layers and additional items like that.
And this Velcro tab there to keep it up should you not have it buckled.
On the hood of the pack we do have some pockets. So we have a nice valuables pocket under the hood and you can easily get some things into that pocket. And there is also this SOS label. So it gives you instructions on how to alert somebody if you need help. There is very easy to read, easy to use instructions on making sure that you are found should you need assistance in the back country. So a nice SOS label there.
On the top of the hood we do have one pocket, so a nice bit pull tab there. A pretty sizable pocket. You can get some larger items in there. You have got a key clip, if you want to clip your keys so they don’t get lost. I have just got a lightweight hammock system in there right now, but a good pocket there for some other things you may want to get to pretty quickly.
On the front of the pack we have some really neat compression that I definitely want to call out. So on either side we have got two compression straps, top and bottom and a really fun feature about those compression straps is you can actually extend each one and it will connect with the other side. So what that is for is for attaching skis to the pack should you be climbing up a slope and you want to ski back down. You can clip these compression straps across the front—I will check out the bottom here, too—so you can easily attach your skis to this pack and make sure that they are coming with you. You own, you don’t have... you are not skinning up the slopes, you can carry your skis with you. So a really nice, easy to use compression system with those straps there. And when you don’t want to lash your skis to the pack, you can just use them as normal compression straps and clip the to the sides here. And that will allow you to really cinch down the load and enhance that fit and comfort while everything stays in place as it should. So a really nice compression system, really nice straps and buckles with the Pace 36.
We do have some water bottle pockets on the sides, so stretchy water bottle pockets for, obviously, water bottles or other gear if you choose to stow some other gear there. You have got one on either side.
We do have some tool loops at the bottom. So you have got adjustable tool loops for trekking poles, ice axes, mountaineering axes, anything like that. And you have got bungee tie offs up on the top of the bag, too, so you can easily stow those tools there.
We do have a reflective Pace 36 logo, so if you are out in the dark and you need to be seen, that is a nice reflective 3M material so it will be nice and bright if somebody shines a light on you. So really good features, definitely has safety in mind while keeping everything you need with the Pace 36.
One last thing about those tool loops at the bottom. They can actually be stowed away into this stretchy mesh pocket. So there is a nice little kind of port at the bottom and you can tuck that tool loop away and make the pack a nice and streamlined fit. So it is a really nice system there. You can make sure that everything stays kind of out sight, out of mind. So when you are not using those tool loops, you can tuck them away and keep the pack nice and simple.
So nice additional benefit to that pack there. It just makes it a little bit nicer and cleaner.
And there you have it. For those days out on the trail when you need some serious technical performance, whether it is ski touring, alpine climbing or just backpacking in general, the Deuter Pace 36 is a great option.