Deuter ACT Zero 50+15
For those of us who might only be doing two or three…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $165
For those of us who might only be doing two or three day trips, 65l of storage in a 50l pack is a good compromise.
I really only have time to do short hikes, a couple of days at a time so I need a pack that wasn't huge. Of course my hiking buddy doesn't always carry his share of the gear, he is nine, so a pack that can expand when needed is nice.
This pack fits me well and there seems to be a place for everything and it is well though out. A place for trekking poles that is accessible but not in your way, a place for my reading glasses and so forth. Now I know a lot of modern packs are like this, but for me things just seem to have a place where I would put them.
Now the bad. The pack is rugged and well made but one of the pull tabs wasn't crimped correctly and broke on the first use. I would have hoped QC would have picked this up. Deuter did offer to fix it for free but the shipping wasn't worth it when a half knot would do.
When my hiking partner stops growing I might get him a Deuter as well, just the largest pack they make so he can carry my gear as well.
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The ACT Zero series was built for the thru hiker who travels light and fast. These packs will allow the experienced backpacker /mountaineer to carry all the necessities without the added pack weight.
Designed with faster, lighter trips and thru-hikers in mind, the Deuter ACT Zero 50+15 SL pack allows experienced backpackers or mountaineers to comfortably carry all of the necessities without any unnecessary pack weight.2011 Outside Gear of the Year winner.This product will be shipped directly from Deuter and will leave their warehouse in 2-3 business days. Eligible for UPS ground shipping only.
The Deuter ACT Zero 50 + 15 pack is perfect for the thru-hiker who travels light and fast and carry all your necessities in comfort. In awarding the ACT Zero 50 + 15 its 2011 Gear of the Year Award, Outside Magazine had this to say:. "It's the best kind of mutant. Part minimalist fast-packer, part monster hauler, the ACT Zero seemed like the perfect tool no matter what the mission.". Aircontact Lite system features padded, contoured shoulder straps and hipbelt with 3D air-mesh lining and a cushioned, breathable back panel with hollow-chamber foam. Forward-pull hipbelt adjustment makes it easy to achieve a snug fit. X-frame with hollow-core aluminum stays transfers load weight to your hips and offers both torsional rigidity and flexibility to follow your body movements. Variquick system adjusts easily to any back length. Main compartment features a removable lid closure and an extension collar that adds 15 liters of space and a hydration sleeve that accommodates a reservoir (sold separately). Top lid features inside and outside pockets; mesh side pockets and hipbelt pocket hold water bottles, snacks and other small items. Large stuff-it pocket on the front compresses down-a perfect spot to stash an insulating layer or rainwear. Gear loops let you lash on trekking poles and an ice axe. SOS label inside the lid includes information to help if you're lost or need assistance. The Deuter ACT Zero 50 + 15 pack is made of tough, 500-denier Duratex and light, 210-denier ripstop nylon fabric that is polyurethane-coated for weather resistance.
Deuter designed the ACT Zero 50+15 Backpack to be as lightweight and comfortable as it is versatile. The AirContact back system supports your load with an anatomically cut harness with breathable hollow-chamber foam and mesh to allow airflow between your back and the pack, reducing perspiration by 15% for a cool, dry, comfortable you. Strong and lean Duratex-Lite, ripstop 210 and hollow-core aluminum keep you light on your feet, and an extendable collar, 15-liter convertible lid, and plenty of pockets give you plenty of carrying options for tons of treks.