The ACT Trail range from Deuter are well-established packs that give a close and comfortable fit. This 32 litre version is designed for men, with the women’s equivalent being a 28 litre version at £85. The back system is well-padded with an air chimney to prevent it feeling too sweaty. The body of the sack is a little unusual with a number of design features that you will either love or hate. The main opening under the lid does not get an extended drawcord weather lock, so you have to work a bit harder to make sure the lid really fits when packing this sack or you may get water leaking into the main compartment. That main compartment can also be accessed from a zipped front panel opening, which you may or may not feel is worth having (I can live without it, but it can be useful for stashing wet waterproofs outside of a rucksack liner). There’s a good stretch front stash pocket for waterproofs too. Most interestingly you get a zipped side pocket on one side of the Deuter ACT Trail 32 and a wand pocket on the other, which for me works well as I tend to only use one side pocket, but again some will want two side pockets.
Capacity 32 litres
External zipped pockets 2
Wand pocket yes
Hydration pocket yes
Floating lid no
Back lengths one size
Women’s version yes (ACT Trail 28 SL)
Not everyone will like some of the quirky features, but for some the Deuter ACT Trail 32 will be the perfect close-fitting and comfortable pack.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine July 2012