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Published on December 30th, 2015 | by Greg

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Deuter’s ACT Lite 40+10: Easy Packing

Between holidays, approaching a brand new year, likely with plenty of gift cards burning a hole in your pocket. As long as the weather is in your favor, it might just be the best time to escape the crowds during New Year’s Eve and head for the hills- literally. Over the recent break, we finally got a chance to do some hiking around Florida, and though unseasonal temperatures were widespread throughout the United States, there’s nothing like the Everglades to make winter seem far away.

The Deuter ACT Lite 40+10 is perfect for those occasions when you need a lightweight bag with a fair bit of carrying capacity. Designed for multi-day trekking and mountaineering tours, this versatile pack offers plenty of technical features but doesn’t have the bulk of a full frame. Instead, an X-style frame and excellent suspension meant comfortable carrying of your gear, and the heavy-duty construction for a bag this size meant stability. Mark us down as fans of these contoured shoulder straps with what they call ’3D Air mesh lining’- even during long days and fairly heavy loads the straps felt cozy.

One other nifty trick is the ‘Vari Quick back length adjustment’, a system that allows you to get the bag fit nicely to your personal needs. The ACT Lite has a rear built on two layers of foam, with compression straps to keep everything nicely together. In terms of storage, the upper compartment has tons of space, and there is also a lower separate area too. Stretchy side pockets, a lid pocket, and a fairly large pocket on your hipbelt as well mean plenty of places for your valuables, water bottles, and extras. As you might expect, this bag is also hydration system compatible, and there are loops for an ice axe and hiking pole too.

A raincover is available separately, but the bag held up well to some wet conditions. Available in a few color schemes- fire/granite, forest/moss, or black/granite- ours was the latter and a nice subtle variation on a classic. The Deuter ACT Lite 40+10 is gender-flexible, and works well as either a men’s or women’s pack, thanks to adjustability and it’s balanced capacity. For weekslong journeys, you may need something larger, and this one may be too large for a quick weekend jaunt. But for everything in between, this is a great option and available now online and in stores for around $179.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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