A mountain-devouring pack made just for the ladies.
With its slim-body profile and women-specific design, the Deuter Women's ACT Lite 60+10 SL Backpack is a mountain wandering gal's dream. Not only does this backpack have narrower, anatomically-shaped shoulder straps and a shorter torso length, but it also has an adjustable torso length, so you can dial in your perfect fit. In addition to its customizable fit, the pack has ample storage capacity for weekend treks through the wilderness as well as a bottom compartment, wet/dry storage area, internal valuables pocket, and a height adjustable top lid to accommodate more or less gear depending on the trip. Stash you rain jacket in the front stretch mesh pocket for quick access, and put two water bottles at the side for easy access while you hike.
- SL Women's fit system
- Adjustable torso length
- Anatomic profiled x-frame
- Vari Flex system
- Air contact back panel
- Top main compartment access
- Height adjustable lid
- Hydration system compatible
- Ice axe and trekking pole carry gear loops
- Side compression straps
- Item #DTR001M
- Q & A
Fire lookout backpacking with my BFF!
Initial Impression - Love!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I've only used this backpack on one trip so far but I'm really impressed by it! For a not super high-end price point, it's a really bomber constructed bag and it's pretty feature-rich.
I was concerned it wouldn't fit me because I'm 5'9" which is usually out of the "one size fits all women" range and the Deuter SL packs only come in one size, but the torso fits perfect with still a few more bars to go if I need to extend it more! The adjuster for the torso couldn't be ANY easier - it literally takes about 30 seconds to change to torso length.
This pack feels really light to me. It's a pound lighter than a couple of other ones I was looking at, which is a pretty substantial difference to me. I think the weight-to-features ratio is awesome.... it has everything I need, but isn't overbuilt at all. I'm not a fan of packs that have SO many straps, zippers and pockets that you end up getting lost in it. This has all the straps and pockets that I need and better than too many more straps (IMO), it has tie-down points to lash stuff to it only if you need to.
The back is super comfy. I haven't worn it in hot weather yet, but imagine it's going to be a lot less swampy than others, and the support feels really nice.
The most important thing, and what I really love, is that it carries a burly load REALLY well. I had it stuffed to the gills and the suspension was spectacular. I like that Deuter doesn't sacrifice that for a lighter pack. I was really stoked on how close it carried to my body and how well-suspended a heavy load felt. My shoulders were singing for joy!
Other things I really like:
- deep stretchy side pockets
- cavernous sleeping bag compartment... big enough to fit my bag, pillow and down clothes so all the really light stuff can cram into the bottom
- the stretchy front pocket: good for wet stuff or little things you want asap
- expandable from 60L to 70L with a floating lid. This is awesome for a multi-day when you'll start out with way more food and need to compress down
Little things I would like to see done differently:
- a whistle on the sternum clip
- bigger hipbelt pockets (my beast phone doesn't fit)
- drawstring for the top load could be smoother - you have to help it some to cinch it up
I named her Bethany
This backpack has been such a wonderful adventure companion. I love that I can adjust the back in so many ways. The only thing is I wish the buckles we stronger but Ive only started having problems with them breaking in the last couple of years. I've had mine for 6 years now. I'm most likely going to buy the same one again.
Bought this pack for multi day trips for work. Got it because I love my 30L one so much and it has proven just as great! Sturdy, very adjustable and feels great on my back. The only cons are the brain does not detach and it does not come with a rain fly. I even ended up taking it as a carry on to visit my sister! The pack is not super light, but I am willing to sacrifice weight for durability given that I work on a trails crew.
I don't see any sizing specs here; what is the adjustable torso range, and how small a waist fit?