Big and burly, for the scenic way home.
No-resupply expeditions require lugging an expanded backcountry kit, and the Deuter Aircontact Pro 70+15 Backpack is the undisputed heavyweight-hauler. With the Aircontact Pro system―featuring tons of breathability and anatomically cut cushioning―and an adjustable torso and V-shaped aluminum frame, this pack sits comfortably on extra-long treks and across treacherous terrain. Its extended capacity of 85 liters includes two large pockets for your reservoirs to keep you hydrated and hauling.
- AirContact Pro system blends breathable, hollow-chamber cushioning with smartly designed harness for less perspiration, snug fit, and stable carrying comfort
- Contoured shoulder straps with 3D AirMesh lining and height adjustment spare your neck and shoulders from pressure
- Molded cutaway behind head allows neck natural positioning
- VariFlex pivoting, anatomically cut hipbelt with pull-forward straps moves with your body so you stay balanced over slippery or uneven terrain
- VariFit system lets you easily adjust the pack to your torso size from 14-22 inches to achieve perfect fit
- Ergonomically formed, V-shape aluminum frame with one-inch stays provides flexibility and stabilizes heavy loads
- Carries an ample 65-pound load for extended trips and wild adventures
- Large U-shape, and bottom-compartment access lets you get in and grab easily without unpacking
- Zippered bottom-compartment divider keeps your sleeping bag or other separate item easy to reach or out of the way
- Removable, compressible 15-liter lid keeps frequent-use essentials handy and converts to daypack for light, fast summits
- Super-durable ballistic HexLite 210 and Duratex shell material stands up to years of use and abuse
- Detachable rain cover spares your dry layers from passing storms
- Side bellows pockets each hold a two-liter reservoir from your hydration system so you always stay hydrated
- Zippered front, two top-lid pockets and hip-belt pockets conveniently store your essentials
- Ice axe and trekking pole attachments keep your tools handy at all times
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- Q & A
So far so good.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Pack seems to be well built and for the most part it has solid layout and function. Nice variety of pockets and access. The main reason I chose this model is the "heavier" frame. I know I will be carrying a heavier load most of the time since I will be carrying the bulk of the load for my wife and our toddler. Seems to support the load well up to 50lbs, not sure how the hip belt will feel after a 7-10 mile day though with that much weight.
I do not like the fact that the water pouches fill "in" as opposed to "out". I have 2, 3L Widepac Hydration Packs (same as the Deuter ones) and when they are full, not only is it hard to get them in the side pockets, but it is virtually impossible if the pack is loaded. They don't seem to expand outward, instead they take up space inside the main compartment of the pack, to me this seems like poor planning. Also, the main compartment itself seems narrower and smaller than I expected. I am going to work with the compression straps and see if I can work some more space out, but it is barely large enough for my small cook kit and a 3-4L drybag for my clothes to fit side by side. I'm pretty sure fitting a bear cannister is not going to happen.
I'm going to "practice" my setup some more on the next few outings and see how things work out before making a final judgement.
Good but not great
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The pack is heavy but rugged and worth the extra weight since I do most back country trips. I've carried this multiple times working out getting ready for summer and on two trips totaling 79 miles so far. I loaded heavy (55 pounds) to simulate a trip I'm doing to GNP in August. I wish they'd have just made it an 85 liter pack to start with without the expansion. The expandable top neck takes a bit of effort to pack so that it doesn't push your head forward. If you access gear through the top you have to get everything right again when you repack it. The divot that is supposed to be for your head to fit into to allow you more room is useless. I'm only 5' 10" and it's way too low for me. The water bottle pockets are positioned too high, too far back and too vertical. They could have leaned them a bit forward but as they are getting your bottles in and out by yourself is nearly impossible. The little zippered pocket on the right belt is great ... why they didn't put one on the other belt is beyond me. I've backpacked for years and with many different packs ... the air contact pro suspension system provides no extra ventilation over any other backpack I've owned. They're all hot and this one is really no different. I'm still not sure the final outcome ... I'll either use this for Ruby Crest, GNP Great Northern Traverse and Trans-Zion this summer, I'll break out my old REI Mars 80 or I'll pick up a Mystery Ranch Terraplane and this will be relegated to the closet of misfit packs.