Deuter Act Light 40+10SL

This is a solid, quality 41-50 litre pack from Deuter. It has been designed in such a way as to make it stand out from the usual offerings. It’s a sleek-looking rucksack that comes with all the standard features plus a few extras. The lid expands and comes with an internal and two external pockets. Access to the base of the pack can be gained by a zip-out panel, which also comes with a security pocket. There is elastic for securing extra items of clothing on the front of the pack, which actually unclips so you don’t have to stuff items underneath. There is also a good-sized snow lock extension. But it would have been nice to have a better water bottle- or map-sized pocket; the ones in the lid will do the job but you will be rummaging through everything else. Some may prefer a pack without base access if choosing a dedicated walking pack. You get more capacity than the manufacturer would have you believe. 


Sex: men’s and women’s
Manufacturer’s capacity: 45+10 litres
Trail tested capacity: 65 litres
Fabric: ripstop nylon
Features: fully adjustable back system, side compression straps, bladder-compatible, walking pole and axe attachments
Weight: 1700g
Made in Vietnam
Stores in UK: England 11 Wales 0; Scotland 0: Ireland 3

Verdict: Buy it if you want the Audi of walking packs – great German design and performance.