The Deuter ACT Lite 40+10 for men and the women’s nearest equivalents – the ACT Lite 35+10 (£105) or ACT Lite 45+10 (£120) – are well-established packs. They have Deuter’s VariQuick adjustable back lengths so you can ensure you get a good fit. The back system is padded in the body contact areas, with air channels to reduce how sweaty the pack feels. The back is stiffer than some, making it easy to pack without becoming unstable or uncomfortable. The body of the sack has an upper and a lower main compartment, with a removable divider between the two, plus a zip entry to the base compartment and a conventional lid. This is useful for hut-to-hut tours and camping trips as it allows separation of gear. The lid can be raised to accommodate extra food or supplies, but most importantly there is an additional baffle between the lid and the body of the sack that prevents water creeping in under the lid to the main compartment. Like many sacks you get large stretch wand pockets, and these work really well with the pairs of side compression straps to allow trekking poles or tent poles to be stashed on the sides. There’s also a good front stretch pocket and a good lid pocket. There’s only one hip pocket, though, and it’s only just big enough for my Satmap GPS receiver. The Deuter ACT Lite 40+10 feels more durable than some but is relatively heavy at 1619g.
Capacity 40-50 litres
Internal compartments 2
External zipped pockets 2
Wand pockets? yes
Compression straps? yes
Men’s (unisex) back length adjustable
Women’s back length adjustable (ACT Lite 35+10 SL)
The Deuter ACT Lite 40+10 is a robustly built sack with good features for hillwalking and hut-to-hut tours that’s great value at £110, but it is on the heavy side. It won Trail’s 'Best in Test' accolade.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine September 2014