In many outdoor adventures, you need a reliable backpack to carry your equipment and supplies. As you gain more experience and you begin to streamline your gear, you begin to realize you don’t really need a huge, bulky, towering backpack. A lighter, smaller, all-terrain, all-weather backpack is sufficient.
Well, Deuter has exactly that kind of pack for you! The Deuter ACT Trail is lightweight, versatile, sleek, and sporty. In fact, its design has won it the Wanderlust Top Tipp Allrounder award.
High-Tech Fabric Construction
The Deuter ACT Trail is made of two kinds of synthetic materials—210D PA Ripstop and 600D polyester. Both materials are designed for ruggedness, consisting of strong but lightweight PU-coated nylon threads that resist abrasion, tears, and moisture.
Aircontact and Derlin Frame Back System
The heart of the Deuter ACT Trail is its simple yet comfortable body contact back system. It is designed so that when the hip belts are fastened, the system brings the weight closer to your back. As such, the weight is close to your body’s center of gravity, giving you better stability and control even when you move rigorously.
Deuter’s open-cell Aircontact foam technology allows air to circulate through the cushion to keep you cool and comfortable.
Finally, the tensioned Delrin U-frame adds strength and form to the pack without adding a lot of weight.
Shoulder straps are made of thin high-tech foam that provides sufficient cushion without adding extra weight. The straps don’t bite into your shoulders. They are adjustable via a series of straps and buckles.
Like many other mountaineering and trekking backpacks, the Deuter ACT Trail is a top-loading kind, using a drawstring to open and close the top access to the main compartment. A zippered lid compartment stores quick-grab items such as a wash bag, first-aid kit, and camera batteries. There’s also a clip where you can safely stow your keys.
Finally, you can use the internal pocket underneath the top lid to store documents, wallets, and other important stuff.
Pockets and Loops for Extra Gear
The right side of the pack has a pocket for additional storage space.
Store your water bottle securely in the elastic side pocket on the left side.
The front of the ACT Trail has another pocket where you can store maps and itinerary sheets. Additional front features include elastic attachments for your trekking pole or ice axe as well as loops where you can attach a helmet holder (sold separately).
Lightweight Mesh Hip Fins
Lightweight rubber mesh hip fins effectively transfer the weight of the pack off your shoulders to your hips, allowing a longer, more comfortable, and less painful trek. The mesh can be stowed in adjacent pockets, which allow you to easily wear a climbing harness with gear loops.
Front Opening Panel
For us, the best feature of the Deuter ACT Trail is the front-opening panel, which can be opened by a zipper. The entire front section opens, allowing easy access to the entire main compartment. Now, that’s extremely convenient! The main compartment is spacious enough to hold a 3-season tent and its poles, sleeping bag, burner, cook set, and everything you need for an overnight trekking adventure.
The back of the main compartment is equipped with a sleeve that is large and deep enough to hold a 2-liter hydration system. The hose exits through a hole at the top of the backpack.
Finally, to protect the pack from UV rays, rain, mud splashes, and dirt, the Deuter ACT Trail comes with an integrated rain cover that can be stowed in a zippered pocket at the bottom.
Comparison with the Older Deuter ACT Trail
As with any product, we do have a few criticisms, and we can’t help but compare it with the older ACT Trail. The new one doesn’t have side compression straps, which is present in the older model. Compression straps can be tightened to streamline the pack if you are carrying a lighter load.
The new ACT Trail does have two straps at the bottom and another one at the front to secure the lid; these can act in lieu of side compression straps.
The old model has an elastic pouch at the front where dirty clothes, harnesses, and jackets can be stowed. Unfortunately, the new model doesn’t have this feature.
The Deuter ACT Trail comes in 22, 24, 28, 30, and 36 L models. The 22L and 28L models have SL versions that are specially designed to fit the female torso.
Overall, the Deuter ACT Trail is a perfect lightweight outdoor pack. We have been using them in our multi-day treks and trips, and they are definitely a boon in the outdoors. Easy on the back, easy on the weight, and easy to access! You can’t get a much better backpack than that!
If you are looking for top-quality and reasonably priced travel and outdoor accessories, adventure backpacks, and urban bags, then look no further than Deuter. Deuter products are available at their concept store at the second level of Active Zone, Ayala Center Cebu. They are also distributed nationwide by Chris Sports. For inquiries and details, send a message through the Deuter PH Facebook Page.
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