Deuter Aircontact Lite 60+10 SL
A large winter pack with the option of extending the top collar with 10 more liters of storage space. Great vertical harness adjustability.
- Relatively light at 4 lbs. 4 oz.
- Great harness adjustability
- Well made (in Vietnam, like Osprey)
- Various waist belt sizing/contour not available
I needed a new winter pack as my old but very serviceable Dana Designs Terraplane weighed 7 1/2 pounds!
After a long search I decided on the Deuter Air Contact Lite 60 +10. So far I'm happy with that decision. Yes, DEUTER borrows heavily on American internal frame pack design with the exception of Deuter's aluminum X frame itself, a unique design.
My -20 F. down bag just fits (using a compression sack) in the sleeping bag compartment, thankfully.
Now I'm in the process of packing up my old Terraplane to ship it off to a buyer. Happy Day!
I like the way this pack rides when I am backcountry skiing. I have not used it for backpacking yet.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: On sale at REI, can't remember price but just around $200.
It just seems so weird that there are so few reviews for this brand. I must say that for the miniscule price I paid, I got a superb suspension that rivals all the major brands. I bought this at REI after trying on several packs. I was looking for a mid-sized pack (3500 cubic inches or so) to practice downsizing my long-range gear... and this fit the ticket.
Truly, it has a great suspension system that never cuts into my shoulders or hinders my movement... and keeps almost all the weight securely centered on my hips and legs. Exceedingly good for trails... pretty good for off-trail too. And the way it's designed really allows for amazing airflow to your back so I'm rarely sweaty there.
It does have its problems:
For example, the shoulder straps loosen over the course of your trip. Be prepared to correct this constantly as you go. When it loosens, it gives the pack a sort of sideways sway that can slow some off-trail scrambles.
However, if you're looking for a NO FRILLS pack with a great suspension at a minimal price, check this one out.
Number of Pockets: 2 side pockets, 1 main, 1 sleeping compartment
Max. Load Carried: 30 lbs
Height of Owner: 5'5
Price Paid: $130
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Current Retail: $143.00
Historic Range: $109.83-$220.00
Reviewers Paid: $130.00
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