Janet P.wrote a review of Deuter ACT Trail SL 22L Backpack - Women's on October 30, 2018
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).