Deuter ACT Lite 40+10 ReviewMay 11, 2013
- True ‘One Size Fits All’ adjustability
- Very comfortable back panel padding
- Burly frame stays
- Good value
- Woven mesh fabrics on exterior pockets are fragile
- Lid is not removable
Though Deuter’s ACT Lite packs are somewhat conservative in their feature set, they combine a highly adjustable harness with intelligently tweaked classic functionality to create versatile trekking bags. The 40+10 can accommodate heavy loads with ease and was among the most comfortable packs in our tests.
Terrific padding, a generous hipbelt and amazing adjustability all contributed to best-in-class comfort rating.
Robust x-style aluminum frame and well-designed suspension combine to provide huge carry-capacity while maintaining excellent mobility.
50-liter internal volume put this bag near the top of the category, but its exterior carry-capacity was minimal. With some strap-additions and a little light rigging, this ACT Lite pack could support true multi-day loads.
Access to the main compartment is standard for a pack this size, and while we appreciated the available organization, some users wished for a second hipbelt pocket.
While most of its features were well appointed, the ACT Lite’s attached lid and fiddly cordlock at the expansion collar were minor annoyances. Lightweight stretch-mesh on the exterior was somewhat fragile, though not catastrophically so.
Excellent performance for the price, and a good value for almost any user.