Deuter ACT Lite 40+10 Review

May 11, 2013
Deuter ACT Lite 40+10
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
90
Comfort
9
Stability
9
Capacity
8
Organization & Access
7
Features
7

The Good

  • True ‘One Size Fits All’ adjustability
  • Very comfortable back panel padding
  • Burly frame stays
  • Good value

The Bad

  • Woven mesh fabrics on exterior pockets are fragile
  • Lid is not removable
THE VERDICT

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.

FULL REVIEW

Comfort/Adjustability
Terrific padding, a generous hipbelt and amazing adjustability all contributed to best-in-class comfort rating.

Stability
Robust x-style aluminum frame and well-designed suspension combine to provide huge carry-capacity while maintaining excellent mobility.

Capacity
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.

Organization/Access
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.

Features
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.

Value
Excellent performance for the price, and a good value for almost any user.

 


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