Let’s ignore the (removable) flower that singles this out as the woman’s version of the Deuter ACT Lite 45+10 and focus on the basics. Two compartments make this a good backpacking sack as you can zip the items you won’t need till the evening away from your walking staples. If you don’t want the feature, it’s easily unzipped to create a single chamber. The sack has a good capacity and a floating lid, linked to the main body via a fabric baffle that prevents rain getting into the main compartment between the extended lid and the back of the sack.
It comes in one back length but is adjustable via a slightly fiddly Velcro system that consists of varying loops to hook the shoulder strap onto. That made it fit better, but I found the overlap created by the Velcro fastening dug into my back, making it less comfy than others. The shoulder straps are a good cut, and both they and the padded back structure (which reduces the number of points of contact) provide a good amount of ventilation.
The front pocket offers valuable extra room and wand pockets are well-sized. The compression straps feature one quick-release clip – two would be better. Weightwise it’s middle of the road of those tested, which isn’t bad for the price.
Capacity 45+10 litres
External pockets 3
Wand pockets yes
Hydration pocket yes
Back lengths 1
Floating lid yes
Men’s option yes (ACT Lite 50+10)
The Deuter ACT Lite 45+10 is a well-featured backpack that will take all your gear comfortably, but its adjustable back system can dig in. It won the ‘Best Value’ award.
Review by Phoebe Smith
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2012