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Deuter Backpack Review: Deuter ACT Zero 50+15

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Deuter Backpacks has the best pack going for 2011, the Deuter ACT Zero 50+15. It’s the one backpack that can do it all from ultralight overnighters to big load–hauling multiweek trips.

But don’t take our word for it, Outside Magazine, who awarded the Deuter Backpack the 2011 Gear of the Year Award, said; “It’s the best kind of mutant. Part minimalist fast-packer, part monster hauler, the ACT Zero seemed like the perfect tool no matter what the mission.”

The Outside editors went on in their ACT Zero 50+15 Deuter backpack review to say “At this price, the pack’s a steal.”

Check out our overview of the Deuter Zero series pack features here:

We like the fact that you can haul up to 65 liters (3,950 cubic inches) or 50 pounds in a 3 pound 5 ounce (1.48 kilogram) backpack — the hauling realm of 5+ pound packs in the recent past.

And if you don’t want or need to bring that much, you can strip the floating top lid off, turning the Deuter ACT pack into a streamlined roll-top ultralight pack.

Of course you get great storage and organization with water bottle pockets, a stash pocket on the back, the top lid and hipbelt pockets, but you can also attach an ice ax or trekking poles to designated loops, and stash your reservoir in the built-in hydration system holder.

Fit is a snap, with men’s and women’s specific geometry, and the VariQuick shoulder harness dials in a custom fit for a variety of torso lengths.

Once you’ve got the fit dialed in, it stays comfortable mile after mile no matter how challenging the terrain you face, thanks to the VariFlex hip belt that follows your movement organically.

The ACT system pumps cool air up your back in a channel to keep you cool on a warm summer hike, and all the harness padding is extremely breathable — developed for use in Mercedes and BMW air filters — so you stay more comfortable.

So if you’re looking for the perfect backpack for a fast-and-light overnight, a multiweek wilderness trek, oversees travel or any other adventure you can conjure up, the Deuter ACT Zero 50+15 and the Deuter ACT Zero 45+15 SL Women’s backpacks are tough to beat.

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