Deuter ACT Lite 45+10 SL
Well organized, makes weight balancing a breeze. I love the easy of getting stuff into and out of this pack, including myself. I wore this thing while hiking the W in Patagonia over six days with zero hotspots.
- Weight balancing is easy
- Compartments / straps are organized usefully
- Very adjustable for a range of frames
- No sleeping mat strap, so I lined mine up vertically
- Hip compartments were the least useful because of size/access
I was fitted for this pack at a big retailer—and I was most impressed with all of the points of adjustment that this pack offers. It is designed for women, but even then, I'm very short torso'd. Most packs gave me sore hips due to length, but this one cinched up great.
The pack is also organized well. The bag compartment keeps my sleep stuff in one place and the central compartment works well for weight balancing. I found the front of the pack (meaning the straps and hip belt) the least useful for anything other than tissues or lip balm, but what are you messing with the front of your pack for while hiking anyway? ;)
Like all top load packs, how well the gear is organized/accessible is up to you. I have an REI pack for day hikes and car camping that front loads and that gear is for sure more accessible, but you lose stability that way. This pack, when full, felt very secure.
The first time I took this out it was for six days and I had zero hotspots and my load felt stable and solid for the duration.
Volume seemed very accurate. I pack everything inside of a thin trash bag, stuffed in the sack to improve waterproofness, and even with the extra layer I had no problem loading my tent, bag, stove, change of clothes, and food for an overnighter on my own.
When I hiked with a buddy I could split the gear up with, this pack was more than sufficient for six days in Patagonia, with winter weather conditions some days, and sunny spring weather on others. It held up great.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $140
It fits well and expands to hold anything I really need. The area for the sleeping bag is large enough and I like the side pockets...hold enough for the little daily things. I am short and large and it still fits me and allows me to pack in comfort.
- Side pockets
- Comfortable suspension
- Would like slightly larger water bottle pockets.
I replaced a 20-year-old pack with this one and it feels like a dream. It is very adjustable, the sleeping bag area is large enough, and I like the expansion capability of it. Even when I load it up, I still feel comfortable and it has enough air circulation on the back.
I have used it for three years and it is still in good shape and wearing its flower.
I am short with a long torso, and a big waist. It fits even me. The pack is large enough for trips of a week.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $135
This Deuter pack is quality made, lightweight, and extremely comfortable! Excellent for overnight and weekend trips out. The extra 10L from the lid is perfect for squeezing in additional gear such as a bear canister or blanket. I would highly recommend a Deuter product!
- Very comfortable, many adjustable points
- Quality made, Deuter is a well respected company
- The only con is that I was limited by color (purchased on sale)
This pack is specifically constructed for a woman's body type, which is a plus. All straps are fully adjustable and well designed including torso length and adjusts for shorter or longer torsos. Great design for ventilation, doesn't eliminate sweating, but no packs do. It's the nature of the beast!
The 45+ 10L I feel is an excellent design based on the option of utilizing the extra 10L under the lid. I don't require this additional space all the time, which allows this pack to be very versatile. The organization is pretty basic with side pockets for water bottles, lower sleeping bag stow-away, and several internal pockets including two in the lid.
This pack is extremely comfortable supporting 25-30 lbs of gear for a 3-4 day trip as well as 10-12 lbs if doing an overnight trip. This pack has met and exceeded every expectation, especially the manufacturer's reputation for production quality gear.
I've had this pack for about a year and have had it loaded at capacity several times and on overnight trips as well. The pack itself is one of the most important and critical in performance required of all camping/hiking gear, and I can honestly say I have full confidence in the functionality, quality, and reliability of this Deuter pack!
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $143
I love this pack. It's comfortable even when heavily loaded (hauling firewood FTW!) and has a great hip belt/suspension system. It's also stood up to a fair bit of abuse.
My only complaint: I wish the hip belt were removable.
- Great hip belt and suspension
- Stands up to abuse
- Hip belt is not removable
I have a long torso but generally small build; fits great.
Great hip belt and suspension. I can even haul firewood for cabin camping with this thing. Easy to get a well-balanced, comfortable ride — not fiddly at all.
I've put this thing through the wringer, from hauling firewood (see above) to backpacking in nasty weather and using it as an improvised pulk belt to haul a sled loaded with coolers, which were in turn loaded with fish. Still does just fine and even looks pretty decent, too.
If you're careful and experienced, it carries enough gear for a four-night solo outing (including bear can) without having to be a hardcore ultralight type. Awesome overnight pack for newbies who need extra space.
As described above... have used it to haul firewood, haul coolers full of fish, backpacking in nasty weather (hail, high winds, etc.) and even some backpacking in nice weather too.
Disclosure: The reviewer received a sample of this product from the brand or its representatives in exchange for a review.
Source: tested or reviewed it for the manufacturer (I received a sample of this product from the brand or its representatives in exchange for a review. I kept the product after testing.)
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Reviewers Paid: $135.00-$143.00
3 lb 4 oz / 1480 g
2750 cu in / 45 L
29 in x 11 in x 9.4 in / 74 cm x 28 cm x 24 cm
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