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Your pack is one of your gear lifelines, so make sure to pick the right one. The Deuter ACT Trail 32 Backpack is up to the challenges you'll throw its way. Deuter equipped this daypack with its proprietary Aircontact back system that features a Delrin U-frame Rod. This U-shaped rod creates an ergonomic fit that encourages circulation and optimal load distribution.

  • ACT Trail suspension system features two breathable foam pads that 'pump' with an air channel between them to push air up and out while you hike
  • AirMesh lining on the back panel and mesh wings on the hip-belt offer maximum breathability where the pack makes the most contact with your back
  • Delrin U-shaped frame adds a rigid structure to the pack so it doesn't buckle during climbs or approaches
  • Front-panel access allows you to find things easily without unloading the pack
  • Internal wet laundry compartment separates soaked clothes from fresh layers
  • Rain cover deploys from bottom pocket to protect your load from torrential rains
  • Front mesh pocket holds a helmet or rain shell
  • Compression straps cinch down pack and help attach your gear to the outside of the pack
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  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I just took this on a 4-day Inca Trail trek so I thought I'd contribute some of my thoughts. This review is for the 28L SL version but should also apply to the 32L.


1) The raincover was extremely convenient - I wouldn't go on a backpacking trip without one! Trekking pole loops were sturdy and functional during the times that I needed to use them.

2) There are lots of adjustments that help settle a heavier load to make it comfortable to carry over 8+ hour hikes.

3) I love the suitcase-like side access to easily get to things near the bottom of the pack - other people on the trek also commented on how convenient it is to have both loading methods in one pack.

4) The zipped side pocket is handy to put in things like a map, sunblock, etc. Very quick access.

5) The front stuff pocket was great - easily expandable to stuff the layers that get shedded during a long hike.

6) I liked the top and inside zipped pockets on the hood - nice for easy-access stuff as well as keeping valuables more hidden.

Minor quibbles:

1) I would like to have more pockets but that might limit how much you can actually pack into the backpack so I just used smaller pouches to organize things.

2) The water bottle pocket is a bit shallow for my water bottle. I'd like to have a deeper pocket so I don't worry about the bottle falling out. However, I mostly used a 3L bladder which fits nicely inside the interior pouch so it wasn't a dealbreaker to me.

3) The thing that I'd like to improve upon the most in this pack is to have a second hip pocket that's actually large enough to put things in. The single hipbelt pocket is pretty small and only has room for lip balm and some tissues.

Given the height, it might be overkill for other purposes but I'd recommend the Act Trail 28 or 32 as a great daypack for hiking, and weekend trips.

Sweet Pack.

    I bought the pack as a weekend hauler but after I got it and used it a few times as a day pack I realized it wouldn't work for my weekend trips. The pack it self is high quality and I am sure it will last for years. I am very satisfied with this backpack as a day pack and perhaps with my ultra lite set up this pack would be a great weekend pack but I have yet to use it that way. I am kind of chubby at 5'9" 215 lbs so the pack is a bit tight around my shoulders but it doesn't bother me all that much. I have used this pack for many day hikes and there is absolutely no signs of wear and tear so I am very satisfied with it.

    Perfect pack for mountain hikes

    This is a great pack. Deuter has figured out the best features for the serious hiker and has put them together in a sleek and well-designed package. I recently took this pack hiking in the Rila mountains of Bulgaria. Five days and four nights moving between mountain huts were perfectly handled by this 32 liter pack. Its comfortable to wear while hiking and has a great ventilation system through the back (ACT) that was a great feature while hiking at elevation, at a fast pace and for hours on end.My favorite features include the side pocket for dirty clothes or extra water bottle, front zipper for easy access and front pocket for stowing that all-important rain or wind shell. A great buy

    Perfect pack for mountain hikes


      Took this pack on its first hike today, and it performed beautifully. I can't say much for durability, but i can say something for comfort. The big, thick hip straps are comfortable for a long day on the trail, and the size of this pack gives you enough room for those all day summit pushes, or even an ultralight overnight trip. The design on the backplate is very nice and allows plenty of airflow on those hot days. Lots of space, nice pockets. Excellent pack.

      Excellent...high quality pack

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This is my third deuter pack and as packs go....this brand pays excellent attention to detail. Everything is well made...and after putting this pack through the wringer...its held up like a champ.

      Great Pack

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This pack is awesome. Mine gets daily use as a gym bag but I have taken it on a couple short trips. As a day pack it's great; definitely enough room for a days worth of gear and it could work as a weekend pack if you pack light. It stands up to light drizzle without the rain cover and I have not had a reason to use the rain cover yet. The pack it sturdy, well constructed, and comfortable to wear. I really like the main u-shaped zipper in the front. It exposes the entire interior of the pack for easy access to all my stuff. The only drawback to the main zipper is having to unclip the two compression straps on the sides of the bag to open the zipper fully. It's annoying but not a huge deal. Overall I love it, it's my first Deuter pack and I would definitely buy another.

      Hi Dave,

      You mentioned that having to unclip the compression straps in order to access the zipper is a disadvantage. I've traveled to several countries with this pack and I like the extra "inconvenience" of unclipping the compression straps before opening the front zipper because they provide that extra bit of security against thieves.

      Which is a better build quality, Deuter or Osprey? I'm comparing various models around the 32 - 38 size ranger but was curious about the overall built quality of each brand.

      Best Answer

      I wouldnt look at them in terms of who is more durable. Both companies will have similar builds within their respective price range. When looking for hydration and bike products I go to Osprey, when I want a pack that will breathe well on my back I go to Deuter. Its not that one brand is better or worse, just different options for what you are looking to get out of the pack.