Not your average daypack.
When your day hikes consist of miles of off-trail travel, a little route finding, and some technical climbs up jagged ridgelines, then the Deuter ACT Trail 30 Backpack is just what you need. This technical daypack is well equipped to handle hikes off the beaten path with every feature you'd ever need for days wandering below treeline and big missions into the alpine.
For support, a tensioned, U-shaped frame runs through the pack, making heavy loads as comfortable as possible. Deuter's Aircontact Trail suspension system allows air to pass between your back and the pack for a cool and comfortable feel. 3D Airmesh at the back and shoulders only increase the comfort, while generous amounts of padding make for a cushy and comfortable hike. For on trail convenience, the pack is hydration system compatible, features a detachable rain cover, and stretch side pockets for quick access to hats, water bottles, or extra layers. This top-loading pack features a front access point for those items way down in there. A zippered front pocket is great for carrying trail maps, and the lid is fitted with both an external zippered pocket and internal valuables pocket. Gear loops at the front of the pack will hold your trekking poles and ice axe, and additional loops allow you to attach a helmet holder (sold separately).
- Aircontact Trail suspension system
- Delrin U-shaped frame
- Anatomically shaped shoulder straps
- Top loading with front zippered access
- Detachable rain cover
- Hydration system compatible
- Zippered lid, front, and side pockets
- Internal valuables pocket
- Wet/dry storage compartment
- Ice axe and hiking pole gear loops
- Item #DTR002G
- Q & A
Deuter is my favorite!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I own 3 Deuter backpacks. Each one is incredibly comfortable, has bomb proof construction, and has every feature I need. Nothing more, nothing less.
I had originally purchased the womens 28L The max torso length is 19". I am 6'1", 155lbs and needed at least a 20" torso length for the hip straps to be effective. The shoulder straps for the womens bag were also slightly small and just felt strange. I had to return this and ended up buying the mens ACT 30L which has a perfect fit!
I love that you can leave the bag fairly empty without feeling (or looking) like it is overkill for your leisurely hike. Its also great that you can STUFF this thing full of gear and carry it comfortably for hours on end. Want to go climb with it? Sure! Easy to stuff a trad rack and rope in along with shoes. You can haul it up a rock and not worry about it falling apart. I love that you can stow the hip straps for use while wearing a harness.
The zipper on top of the bag is easy to reach and operate without removing the pack. Having a zipper that allows you to access the bottom of the bag without taking everything out is incredibly helpful.
I know I will have this pack for many years and I am looking forward to using it this winter while ski touring and snowshoeing.
ACT Trail 30
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Needed pack that wasn't too much overkill for shorter day-hikes, but that would also have enough room and features for long alpine days. This one fits the bill. Tried many others, but this felt like a near-perfect fit as soon as I put it on. initially I was skeptical of the floppy mesh hip belt, but after using it, found that it provided plenty of support and the mesh did prevent sweating around the waistline. And the ACT back panel also works for me - no cold, sweaty back when taking the pack off. The side water bottle pocket is a little short and I'm afraid the bottle will fall out, so I run a little cord around the loop on top of the Nalgene just in case. Also, the hip belt is just right for me, but the plastic buckle where the webbing joins the main hip belt is right in front of my hip bones and initially rubbed on one side. I think it stretched out though, or I just got it adjusted better, and is ok now. I have 31 in waist and fits me better than most other packs I tried - so not sure how it might fit on bigger folks. Size M chest (38-40 shirts) - shoulder straps are just right.
I've been a top-loading, stripped-down-pack kind of guy, but am really liking the panel access and pockets on this pack. Haven't stuffed with crampons and climbing gear yet, but I know it won't be a problem. Pack is supportive and seems quite tough, and I'm sure I'll get as many years and adventures with this as I have had with my old pack.