User Review: Deuter Aircontact 75+10
Design: Top loading with divided sleeping bag compartment
Size: 85 liters
Number of Pockets: 6
Max. Load Carried: 50 lbs
Height of Owner: 5' 9"
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $189.99
- great customer service
- long lasting
- strap slippage
***EDIT*** I just wanted to add that in 2010 I hiked the entire Appalachian Trail with this pack. In doing so I have a few things to add in this review.
The stabilizer and tightening straps after awhile began to slip constantly... most other people's packs did this too after 6 days of 95 degree heat at 15 miles a day :) but these slipped the rest of the way to Katahdin, constantly adjusting the whole way:( Halfway through the AT at Harpers Ferry the bottom rung of the height adjuster ladder on the back snapped off, but the company sent me a new pack free of charge!!!
Overall I carried about 55 pounds average and had very little discomfort other than the strap slippage. Still think it's a great pack but going with an ultralight pack for the PCT.
This pack is amazing for extended or multi-day use. I have packed it up to 50 pounds and felt very little discomfort over a 3 day trip to Kentucky's Red River Gorge.
It fits perfectly to most if not all body types, being that it is fully adjustable to height and girth. I have a relatively bigger upper body than my lower body and am only 5'9" and it adjusted with ease and stayed comfortable every time I've used it.
It has a feature I find to be very useful, the pouch up front that I have used for rain gear and other waterproof items that take up lots of room inside. The divided compartment for sleeping bags at the bottom is a must in my eyes. The built in rain cover (it's on the bottom in its own pouch) is a godsend when rain starts quick and you don't want to dig through pack to get the cover. The pocket on the hip belt comes in handy for small items that you use often i.e. chapstick, compass, whistle etc.
The only downfall I have come across is that it is a little heavier than some other bigger packs.
Altogether this has been a great pack so far and I would recommend it to any one trying to carry a pack that is not ultralight.