Part of Deuter’s Alpine range and designed for long alpine routes, adventure racing and fast backpacking, the Speedlite 30 is heavier than some other sacks but it feels more robust too. The back system has 3D mesh and a tensioned U-shaped frame, and this creates a back that twists well with the body, is able to sit close to the back, and also has a little more comfort than packs with less mesh padding. The shoulder straps get top tensioning straps while the waistbelt is quite wide and made of mesh for better airflow. Overall this is a very comfortable combination that allows the sack to feel stable on the back. The body is a large single compartment with a single buckle lid, which is very quick to use. There is a good zipped pocket in the lid plus two side mesh pockets that work well with the compression straps to allow trekking poles or water bottles to be stashed on the sides. There is a very useful front stretch compartment that is ideal for waterproofs. I’ve been using the Deuter Speedlite 30 for many months and I really like it for general hillwalking and scrambling, but others are lighter and some have even more airflow across the back if those factors are more important to you than the alpine practicality of this design.
Capacity 30 litres
Internal compartments 1
External zipped pockets 3
Wand pockets yes
Hydration pocket yes
Men’s/unisex back sizes one size
Women’s back size no
The Deuter Speedlite 30 is a great sack for hillwalking and scrambling unless you want an even lighter pack or maximum airflow across the back.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2013