Published on December 30th, 2015 | by Greg0
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.