Ultralight, hardcore, year round dependability.
If the name of the Deuter Pace 28 SL Women's Backpack hasn't already given away what this pack's all about, let us make it absolutely clear: speed. Weighing under two pounds, the Pace uses Deuter's Lite Back System (a padded Air Mesh back panel, removable waist belt, and removable sternum strap), along with a flexible, removable Delrin U-frame, to provide plenty of support for up to 20lbs of gear, without adding any unnecessary weight. It's also tailored specifically for women, with Deuter's wider-hipped, narrower-shouldered SL Fit System.
All this light-and-speedy tech belies the fact that the Pace is seriously equipped to carry everything you need for a day of hiking, ski mountaineering, or light alpine climbing. There are more pockets than you can shake a ski pole at, including side stretch mesh sleeves, a front drop-in skin and glove pocket, a helmet holder, and a wet-gear compartment, along with a hydration sleeve that holds a three-liter bladder to keep you running smoothly. It has ski and snowboard carry options, ice-axe and trekking-pole loops, and side compression straps to lash down gear or secure smaller, lighter loads with ease. There's even a an attachment point for a safety light and an internal SOS instruction label. Not that you'd ever need it.
- Lite Back System (padded Air Mesh back, removable waist belt and sternum strap)
- SL Women's Fit System with removable flexible Delrin U-frame
- 100D mini-ripstop with micro-ripstop reinforced base
- Two stretch side pockets, one lid pocket, and an internal security pocket
- Wet gear compartment and zippered mesh pocket on hip fins
- Ski/snowboard carry and trekking pole/ice axe attachment
- Hydration sleeve
- Compression straps and front flap skin pocket
- Light attachment, reflective details, and SOS label
- Item #DTR001C
- Q & A
Versatile Backcountry Pack
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I first became interested in the Deuter Pace when I saw that is won a few Editor's Choice awards this year for touring packs. I must say that it has met my expectations. The Pace is lightweight and minimalistic while supplying the features I wanted for touring. The pack is around two pounds which is key for me since I don't like carrying a ton of weight. The interior of the bag has a hydration sleeve that can double as a laptop sleeve with plenty of space for food and layers for short trips to the backcountry. The syspension system is minimalistic while still being very comfortable, however since the bag sits flush to your back I would not suggest using this pack for summer hiking or biking. The snowboard carry system is straightforward and stable and I like that there is a front sleeve for shoving layers into when I don't want to open my pack. While the Tec Specs mention that this pack comes with a helmet carry and you can put a helmet in the front sleeve if you haven't filled up the body of the pack, Deuter makes an accessory helmet holder that you can purchase separately (but not on Backcountry.com unfortunately). Overall I'm pleased with that bag, but I didn't give it 5 stars because I haven't used it enough to determine if there are hidden issues.