Deuter ACT Lite 40+10/35+10

Trail (UK) - - RUCKSACKS -

£130 Ca­pac­ity 40 to 50 litres/35 to 45 litres Back sizes adjustable (men’s Act Lite 40+10); adjustable (women’s Act Lite 35+10) Weight 1714g

There is more ca­pac­ity, and sup­port in the back sys­tem, than some de­signs and you also get a float­ing lid to al­low that ca­pac­ity to be ad­justed by rais­ing the lid. Im­por­tantly, there’s a baf­fle link­ing the lid to the body which pre­vents water creep­ing in un­der the lid when the pack is half empty. The very sup­port­ive Vari Quick back sys­tem al­lows users to raise or lower the shoul­der straps, while raised pad­ding cre­ates airflow. The body has lid and base com­part­ment ac­cess. Good lid pock­ets and a front stash pocket are pro­vided, as well as one zipped hip­belt pocket and good com­pres­sion straps with quick-re­lease buck­les.

This is an ex­tremely heavy ruck­sack com­pared to oth­ers on test – even with­out the ad­di­tion of a rain­cover – due to the very stiff and sup­port­ive back sys­tem de­signed for heav­ier loads. So if you are not car­ry­ing a lot of stuff this pack may be over-en­gi­neered for your needs. Oth­ers have slightly bet­ter pock­ets, such as two rather than one on the hip­belt, a deeper front stash pocket and even an ad­di­tional zipped ex­ter­nal pocket. The price tag is a lit­tle higher than some de­signs, and you are not getting a body made from pricey ny­lon either (it’s a polyester­based ma­te­rial).

Ideal for big loads and fre­quent overnight trips thanks to extra sup­port from the back sys­tem; the draw­back is the weight and the less com­pet­i­tive price.

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