As one of the larger options of Deuter's lightest day pack options, the Women's Speed Lite 30L SL Backpack is made for conquering long days and steep treks. Weighing less than two pounds, it still holds enough room for layers, lunch, and water, but won't slow you down when you've got your site set on multiple peaks and need to move swiftly. Zippered stash pockets on the waist belt keep your phone or lip balm close at hand, while the zippered lid offers a spot to keep your lunch so it doesn't get crushed. A hydration sleeve makes it easy to sip from your 3 liter bladder without pausing to dig in your bag, leaving room in the two side stretch pockets for a summit beer or two.
If the backbone of the Speed Lite is the tensioned Delrin U-Frame, then the circulation system is the Lite Air back panel. It offers minimalist padding without detracting from stability, and cool ventilation on warm days. The padded shoulder straps and breathable waist belt keep you comfortable on longer treks, and both can be adjusted for carrying larger loads.
- Lightweight day pack for hiking steep and hiking fast
- 30L capacity easily fits an entire day's worth of gear
- Lite Air back panel works with frame for stability and comfort
- Hydration sleeve can hold a two or three liter reservoir
- Compression straps can be connected for stashing more gear
- Toggle loops allow you to bring along a trekking pole or two
- Adjustable shoulders and hips let you dial in an ideal fit
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- Q & A
When the approach is steep AF
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I was given this product from Backcountry, but this review is my personal opinion of the women's Deuter Speed Lite SL 30L Backpack. Typically, I go for Osprey packs, but I figured I'd give this day pack from Deuter a shot...very happy I did. I had trouble in the past finding a day pack that could fit all my climbing gear and sit comfortably on my small frame during longer approaches. I'm 5'2" with a 24" waist and I had no complaints after a hot, steep approach for a day of sport climbing in Moab. The padding and ventilation along the shoulder straps, waist belt and back panels were just what I needed to move fast in warmer temps and avoid the dreaded hip and shoulder rash from carrying weight. I was able to comfortably fit a 60m rope, 15 draws, climbing shoes, harness and, of course, some post-send beers with room to spare. I find that the Deuter Speed Lite SL 30L Backpack has just enough pockets to keep me somewhat organized (which is truly a feat) so I can avoid full-on gear explosion once I get to the crag. I wouldn't take this pack on a multi-day backpacking trip (that's not what it's meant for anyways), but it's my go-to for longer climbing approaches when I don't want to skimp on the gear (or beer) that I bring.