For the versatile explorer.
Deuter made the Women's ACT Trail 22 SL Backpack versatile so you can ski, climb, and hike with the same pack. Its AirContact Trail SL suspension system features a women-specific design, stabilizer straps, a flexible frame, ventilated channels, and breathable 3D AirMesh padding at the shoulder straps, waist belt, and back panel.
There are two access points to the ACT Trail's main compartment, one at the top for packing and another at the front for getting gear quickly. Deuter also added a sleeve for your hydration reservoir, a compartment for dirty clothes, and a rain cover that you can remove for sunny days. There are multiple pockets inside for organization as well, one on the side for a water bottle, and another zippered side for security. The loop at the bottom stores ice axes, trekking poles, or a helmet―whatever your adventure calls for.
- Women-specific AirContact Trail SL suspension system
- Top and front main compartment accesses
- Hydration system compatibility
- Wet laundry compartment
- Detachable rain cover
- Lid, front, internal, and side pockets
- Loops for ice axes, trekking poles, and helmet
- Item #DTR002D
- Q & A
Good pack for Short people only
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Backcountry sent me this pack and asked me to review it. This is a beautifully made, full featured pack, with several clever touches, and its price is low for the value. However, it did not fit me (Iâm 5â6â, 125 lbs, 18â torso length), and it barely fit a friend who is 4â shorter. The problem is that if I position the hip belt across my hip bone, as is needed for maximum comfort and efficiency, the shoulder straps need to be loosened significantly, resulting in a pack that sits low on my back and with load-stabilizer straps that tilt uphill, instead of being level or sloping down. It fit my friend a bit better (see photo), but the stabilizers were still almost useless. The reality is that when the pack bag is small, the distance between the belt and the top of the shoulder straps will be correspondingly short. In sum, belt, shoulder straps and stabilizers will work as intended only when the wearerâs torso length is also short. Taller folks should look for day packs without a hip belt.
So, if youâre a short woman, is this the pack for you? Kudos for nice touches such as fabric âkeepersâ for compression straps, attachment points for ice axe/trekking poles, daisy chains on either side and more attachment points for a jacket or even a rolled sleeping pad, stiff spreaders in the zipper pulls that make it a cinch to find and pull the zipper, zippered compartments on each side of the hip belt (no phone, but lip balm and a bar will fit), and a key/wallet/phone compartment thatâs accessible from the top outside, yet keeps your goodies safe inside the pack. One major ding: the port for your hydration hose is a small, vertical slit that will not accommodate either end of an MSR hose (old-style Camelbak hoses will work, as they have a straight 180 degree coupling at the bag end).
Quality and Comfort
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This is a great pack. I purchased this backpack mainly because i was impressed with the cushion it has on the shoulder straps. I have used it and continue to use for my day to day activities. It can carry everything you require for your day and remains very compacted.
I also own the Deuter ACT 24 L standard because that one matches my torso size, I just hiked 110 miles in England with it, . Therefore, i am now extremely familiar with the Deuter brand and would not change it for any other one. Super comfortable, versatile, beautiful colors and definitely looks very durable.
Rainbow Falls in Stehekin
This backpack accommodated all I required for a day trip - extra shoes, jacket, water, book and small handbag.
The 22L was perfect for my 5'6" slender frame.
It required a simple strap adjustment and I rode a horse 1000 feet up over rocky terrain for 4+ hours without any shoulder issues.
This is the most comfortable of all the backpacks I own.
I plan to use it snowshoeing come Winter.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I ordered this backpack after trying it on along with a few others at a local store. It fit my frame much better than the comparable Osprey pack (I'm 5'8", 145 lbs) and is perfect as a smaller pack for day hikes. It is definitely on the small side and I wish it had a pocket on the waist strap-but as long as you're ok with that its a great pack!