The Deuter Speedlite 30 tips the Trail scales at 873g. But compared with lighter rucksacks it feels a little more robust and better able to handle the rough and tumble of a few years’ use in the hills when hillwalking and scrambling. I’ve used it for a year now and really love it for typical Lakeland hill trips. The back system has a 3D mesh and an internal tensioned U-shaped Delrin rod, and this allows the back to twist with the body. It also sits close to the body and doesn’t bow when carrying big or little loads, with top tensioning straps on the shoulders and a wide waistbelt further enhancing fit and comfort. The hipbelt is a mesh design that’s not as well-padded or as supportive as others, but for the typical lighter loads this pack is designed to carry it does a good job of stabilising the load. The body is a large single compartment with a single-buckle lid, and this works well. The lid pocket is slightly larger than some packs and ideal for stashing maps quickly and effortlessly. The outside of the Deuter Speedlite 30 has three mesh pockets, which work well with the compression straps for stashing gear. Deuter is also a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), an international verification initiative dedicated to enhancing workers’ lives.
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 sizes none
The Deuter Speedlite 30 is a great rucksack for general hillwalking and scrambling; but you can get lighter packs with more airflow across the back.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2014