A one size fits all glass slipper.
You don't have to be a princess to get the perfect fitting backpack when you have the Deuter Women's ACT Lite 45+10 SL Pack. Thanks to the SL Women's fit system, the torso length of the pack can be adjusted to dial in the perfect fit, while the narrower straps are designed to better fit more petite feminine frames. The shoulder straps, back panel, and hip pads are all padded with a breathable foam, which makes for a cool and comfortable fit during mid-summer backpacking trips. Full featured and with enough capacity for weekend backpack excursions, the ACT Lite features a height adjustable top lid to accommodate either more or less gear depending on the trip, as well as an internal dry/wet storage area. A bottom compartment is a great place to pack a tent or sleeping bag, while the front stretch pocket is a quick place to stash a layer.
- SL Women's fit system
- Adjustable torso length
- Anatomically profiled x-frame
- Breathable back padding
- Contoured shoulder straps with 3D Air mesh lining
- 45lb load range
- Top access
- Hydration system compatible
- Item #DTR001K
- Q & A
My favorite backpack
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Deuter backpacks are simply brilliant in design. I picked this bag up before leaving for a backpacking trip around Europe....and I mean the kind of backpacking that required gear to trek across peaks and glaciers, not the Kerouac kind of trip. I trekked this pack through Iceland, high across ridge lines in the Austrian alps, backpacked the English country side, and hiked into Germany with it. It has since seen countless backpacking trips in high Sierras, through the Utah desert, and up into the PNW. It has been the most comfortable for every type of trip. I am 6'1" 155lbs with a lean athletic build. Finding gear that really fits my body is a difficult chore and the adjustable back straps on the ACT are fantastic.
- Adjustable torso has fit my tall frame and my best friends 5'5" body
- Bag is light for its size
- Ability to overstuff and extra 10L means you CAN bring the kitchen sink or a couple beer cans on your trek
- Hip and shoulder straps are very comfortable
- Exactly the right amount of pockets. Has everything you need and nothing you don't
- The tall and narrow design makes it easy to pack for correct weight distribution
- The sleeping bag compartment has an interior zipper so you can fully separate the compartment OR leave it as open space.
- I legitimately hated my bags pine moss color. It was the worst combination of green shades and I really wonder what Deuter is thinking with some color choices.
- Only one hip belt pocket
- No included rain cover (I did not buy a rain cover for this bag and it stayed fairly dry while I was in Iceland and the PNW but I also use stuff sacks for my clothing)
These complaints are very very minor and I still recommend Deuter bags to everyone.
Other side of ACT Lite 45+ 10 SL
Deuter ACT Lite 45+10 SL Pack
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
After several years of putting up with an ill-fitting but expensive pack, I finally decided to buy a new one. I'm used to packs coming in a range of sizes to accommodate various torso lengths, so I was hesitant about Deuter's one sizeACT Lite. Turns out there was nothing to worry about: Deuter's Vari Quick back length adjustment system worked great for me! For reference, I'm 5'7 with an 18 inch torso measurement (C7 vertebrae to iliac crest).
I'll mostly be using this pack as a day cragging pack for rock climbing. In the picture, it's packed comfortably with a rope, hardgoods, layers, water, and a helmet on the outside (helmet holder sold separately). It is so comfortable that I'm already planning a few shorter backpacking trips with it for the summer.
I'll update this review as needed the more I use the pack. Feel free to shoot me any questions, would love to help you find out if this is the right pack for you!
This pack is amazing! My very first backpacking pack and I couldn't be more pleased with it. That cute little yellow flower in the picture is actually a hair tye.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have taken this bag throughout the ADK High Peaks. I've lugged it and its flower up mountainsides and dropped it down chimneys. It's been snagged slipping under trees and between branches. I once slipped while descending a slab and rode the bag downhill until my feet caught a ledge. It has been used as pillow to nap on and a seat to rest on. Trekking poles have stabbed it, and I also dropped it in mud once, too. The point of all of this is to say is that the Deuter ACT Lite is a damn durable pack. Despite all of the above, it has not torn or warped
PROS: I enjoy that this bag has both top and bottom access, thereby preventing the need to unsack everything to reach that one poorly placed item. There are numerous straps around the outside of the pack. These can be used to synch a light pack down, or to tie extra gear onto it. The material of the pack is pretty stretchy, and can accommodate overstuffing very well. The shoulders straps can be repositioned, which makes for an easy fit. There is a small pocket on the hip belt and it is great! I store my phone in there for easy access.
CONS: I wish the bag some kind of emergency whistle. It uses a velcro tap to fasten the bladder tube, which I found frustrating. Also some of the straps are ridiculously long. Like much longer than is necessary. For instance, the hip straps have an extra two feet of length on either side. I guess I could trim those down? It does not include a rain cover.
Packed it, Used it, Love it!
Great backpack, like description, states: I was able to pack it to the top expansion, no shoulder or chest pain! The pack I used previously I was always adjusting. With my Dueter, I adjusted to comfort and enjoyed the trip.
I have a large (-20) sleeping bag. While it compresses, it still would probably be too large to put in a backpack. Are there straps at the bottom on the bag to attach a sleeping bag to?
No the straps on the bottom are typically for a sleeping bag or the fleece liner of a sleeping bag. It could fit a small sleeping bag, but a large one might not fit. You would be surprised though how much you can compress a sleeping bag and shove it into the bottom pocket.