Australian Geographic Outdoor - - Gear Tests - RRP$360 TESTED BY Justin Walker

THINK OF TRAVEL PACKS and some of us would think of a com­pro­mise not worth tak­ing. Af­ter all, why not just go for ei­ther a ded­i­cated travel bag or duf­fel, or just use a back­pack when you’re trav­el­ling? Deuter has an an­swer for those doubters: the Tran­sit 65. And when you con­sider how long this Ger­man pack­mak­ing pow­er­house has been pro­duc­ing high qual­ity prod­ucts – 109 years if you re­ally want to know – it make sense they’d re­lease a prod­uct that aims to be the de­fin­i­tive travel pack.

The Deuter Tran­sit 65 (the num­ber de­not­ing the ca­pac­ity in litres) has been de­signed to of­fer the best of all worlds in re­gards to some­one who is look­ing to head off on that ‘big trip’ and wants to com­bine a num­ber of out­door ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing their jour­ney. To this end, Deuter has en­sured the Tran­sit 65 in­cludes some of the brand’s iconic fea­tures, such as the Air­con­tact har­ness sys­tem (which zips away when not needed) and Deuter Su­per Poly­tex outer fab­ric (600-de­nier weight and PU coated).

For its size, the Tran­sit 65 is light, com­ing in at just over 2.4kg in weight. This has been achieved via a combo of the Su­per Poly­tex fab­ric be­ing used in high-wear ar­eas, and Macro Lite 210 (a lighter ny­lon) in the ar­eas of the pack less likely to cop scrapes and bangs. The main zip on the pack is U-shaped, al­low­ing for ex­cel­lent ac­cess to the main lug­gage sec­tion of the pack. The bot­tom zipped sec­tion is ideal for stowage of items such as sleep­ing bags or outer shells and is, like the main com­part­ment, very easy to ac­cess. (All zips can be locked.)

The pack is very easy to lug around even when you’re not tak­ing ad­van­tage of the har­ness sys­tem; there are two grab han­dles and a carry-strap (de­tach­able) that mean you can lug it around how­ever best suits the lo­ca­tion/cir­cum­stances you find your­self in on your trip. For me though, I wouldn’t hes­i­tate to al­ways use the ex­cel­lent Air­con­tact har­ness sys­tem. This is one of the best har­ness setup go­ing around in my opin­ion, with its combo of ef­fec­tive ven­ti­la­tion, eas­ily ad­justed Var­iQuick sys­tem to en­sure it fits your back length and comfy hip fins and what Deuter dubs “Ac­tiveFit” shoul­der straps. Add this har­ness sys­tem to the fact you can se­cure your pack’s lug­gage via sta­bil­is­ing straps in­side, and walk­ing even short dis­tances would see me go­ing for the back har­ness ev­ery time. This doesn’t mean I am dis­miss­ing the other op­tions – the grab han­dles in par­tic­u­lar seem su­per-strong and could most likely with­stand be­ing dragged around or used as lever­age for lug­gage han­dlers at the air­port and not fail.

The day­pack zipped to the Tran­sit 65 is a pretty ba­sic job­bie but built to the usual high stan­dards of Deuter’s gear. Plus it is, again, very easy to un­zip and use straight away with no faffing around. For those days tour­ing around towns, etc., it is also size­able enough to fit in an outer shell, lunch, and wa­ter with room to spare for a small cam­era and other per­sonal be­long­ings.

When­ever we have tested Deuter prod­ucts at AG Out­door, they’ve al­ways just worked and, as this writer can at­test, they just keep on work­ing; one of my high-use day­packs is a Deuter model that has been treated with a lit­tle less care than it should have been, but it just keeps do­ing the job. The Tran­sit 65 seems to be of the same ilk: a wellde­signed, well thought-out, highly ver­sa­tile travel pack that could eas­ily do duty as your ‘one pack’ and be just as ef­fec­tive on a mul­ti­day trek as it would be on a road trip – or a combo of both.

The Deuter Tran­sit 65 is the per­fect combo of travel bag and back­pack, with the com­pany’s ex­cel­lent Air­con­tact har­ness a stand­out.

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