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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.

An Ode to Deuter Backpacks

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

July 2010 was all about Deuter Backpacks for me at Tahoe Mountain Sports. It was a love-hate relationship really… working on making each of our Deuter products fabulous for your viewing, reading and buying pleasure took a lot of crossed eyes on the computer, opening of zippers, buckling of buckles and sifting through catalogs for mounds of technical info. But through it all, I began to realize how awesome, and versatile, these packs really are.

Everyone knows Deuter is famous for the Deuter Kid Comfort Carrier, which was the first child-carrying backpack to be safety certified by an international consumer safety organization (TUV) and is the only one to integrate trekking suspension. And I’m sure you’ve seen or used Deuter’s hiking and day pack backpacks, but did you know the brand also makes some of the best laptop backpacks around and dozens of bicycle backpacks (like the Race Air Lite), bike accessories and panniers?

And did you know that we’re one of Deuter’s top selling shops, carrying every item in their current catalog?! We even have the largest Deuter pack ever made, and use it as a tourist trap on our front porch (ha ha! see photo of rockstar TMS employee Sara for scale above).

So, in tribute to our fresh Deuter pages, we bring you excerpts of Deuter reviews from far and wide, from our shop’s gear guru, Kevin, to customers from Oregon, Washington and Nevada. Enjoy — and share your own Deuter reviews on our product pages if you’re a proud Deuter backpacks owner.

deuter trans alpine 30 backpack

Deuter Trans Alpine 30 Backpack: Posted on 7/9/10 by Bill of Denver, CO

I bought this backpack to use for a variety of uses. I wanted a hiking daypack and something I could use when I bike to work a couple times a week. This pack is really comfortable and has a ton of cool features, like the integrated rain cover, which is a great value. I really like it because it is a fairly small pack, but still has the separate zipped out compartment for my shoes and work clothes when riding to work and I use it for wet sweaty stuff when I use the pack as my hiking pack. Overall, highly recommended!

Deuter ACT Trail 24: Posted on 4/29/10 by Emily of Portland, OR

I had been looking for just the right size day hiking pack for the last year and I finally found it. This day pack fits my short torso and the adjustable straps allow me to fit it to my frame. It holds all my gear and flower books with easy access from the top and back. I highly recommend it.


Deuter ACT Trail 24 Backpack Review

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

We are very excited to announce that Tahoe Mountain Sports is 1 of only 2 retailers in the entire country to be carrying the brand new Deuter ACT Trail 24 Backpack and it is in stock and ready for shipping. For those of you that don’t know, Tahoe Mountain Sports carries the entire line of Deuter backpacks and Deuter bike products including what we think is the best hydration reservoir out there, the Deuter Streamer. More on Deuter later, this is a blog post about a brand new, super cool day hiking backpack!

Deuter continues its success in the backpack and daypack world with the release of the all new ACT Trail 24. The new ACT Trail 24 is the little brother to Deuter‘s award winning ACT Trail 32. It brings all the popular features of the ACT Trail 32 and the woman’s specific ACT Trail 28 SL into a more compact 24 liter size, making it a perfect summer day pack for a wide variety of activities.  The Trail Series backpacks are small top-loading traditional daypacks with modern features and top-notch quality.  They have the more traditional AirContact back system compared to the mesh back systems of the Futura series and the all new ultralight Spectro series. The Air Contact back system still ventilates quite well, doesn’t cut into the capacity of the pack and is a bit lighter.

Deuter ACT Trail 24

Deuter ACT Trail 24 - Front View

The backpack includes a large mesh stuff it pocket on the front for a light extra layer or anything that you need easily accessible. One of the best features of the Trail 24 is the  large two way zipper on the front of the pack that provides easy access to the entire contents of your backpack and especially the bottom or anything small and hard to find. This “clamshell” opening as it is referred to allows you to put the back down on its back and get a full view into and full reach into the entire main compartment of the backpack. It also has a mesh pocket on one side and a small zippered side pocket on the other, perfect for your map and compass. Ice axe and trekking pole loops secure gear to the outside, and a hip belt pocket keeps a small camera or other essentials close at hand.

ACT Trail 24 - Two Way Bottom Zipper

ACT Trail 24 - Two Way Bottom Zipper

All of these great features are packed into a compact 2lb 12oz package with typical Deuter durability and quality. The AirContact back system with Delrin™ Frame Rod keeps loads up to 20lbs stable and comfortable. The built in removable rain cover may not see much use here in Tahoe, but is an invaluable feature in wetter climates. Don’t forget, the rain cover by itself would cost you $20 and it is included with this backpack. The pack is hydration reservoir compatible, but the reservoir itself is not included. We highly recommend a Deuter Streamer 3 Liter Reservoir to go with your ACT Trail 24. We always recommend the 3 liter version because if you ever want that much liquid, you have that option, but you don’t always have to fill it up to capacity.

ACT Trail 24 with Rain Cover

ACT Trail 24 with Rain Cover

Overall, this is a great little pack that carries everything you need for a summer day hike or a day at the beach. The 24 liter capacity is perfect for me.  I find 30+ liter day packs a little too big for most summer uses and often a small hydration pack is not big enough. The ACT Trail 24 fills this niche beautifully.  I took the pack out on a 3 hour afternoon hike and it carried everything I needed nicely, including extra food and water for the dog.  I could see this pack being my “Go To” backpack for most summer activities including hikes, bike commuting, and days at the beach. All in all a great little pack and Tahoe Mountain Sports is proud to be a partner with Deuter USA in releasing this backpack to our U.S. customers.

ACT Trail 24 Side Pocket

ACT Trail 24 Side Pocket

UPDATE: Want to read more Deuter ACT Trail reviews? Check out the Deuter ACT Trail 24 review on or and TMS customer reviews on the Deuter ACT Trail 24.

Deuter 09/10 Winter Packs Review – Freerider Pro 30 & Freerider Pro 28 SL

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Here at TMS, we’ve been a big fan of Deuter Backpacks for a long time, but their new winter ski and snowboard pack line has  really stepped things up for this winter. The new Freerider Pro 30 and Freerider Pro 28 SL are his and hers top of the line backcountry skiing and snowboarding packs. They combine the high quality and durability that characterize all Deuter packs with a set of features that are sure please even the most picky backountry old timer.

The Avalanche Safety Gear Pocket on the Deuter Freerider Pro 30

The Avalanche Safety Gear Pocket on the Deuter Freerider Pro 30

The packs feature 28 and 30 liter capacities, just the right size for all the essentials for a day in the backcountry. With ample options for attaching gear to the outside of the packs, these also work great for a light overnight or hut trip.  Inside the pack, there is a front pocket that keeps your shovel, probe, and other backcountry safety gear organized and easy to access. Next is the main pocket which features a sleeve for your Streamer Hydration Reservoir and full back access through a zipper that runs 180 degrees around the outside of the back panel. This allows you easy access to your gear even with skis or a snowboard attached to the front of the pack, and keeps the back panel and shoulder harness out of the snow while you’re looking for your gear. The Freerider Pro also features a fleece lined pocket for goggles or other small essentials and stuff pockets on the sides for a few energy bars or a small water bottle.

The Back Panel Access on the Deuter Freerider

The Back Panel Access on the Deuter Freerider

The great features carry over to the outside of the pack as well. It can carry skis both diagonally and a-frame style as well as carry a snowboard vertically. It also features attachment points for trekking poles, ice tools, or a mountaineering axe. Another great feature is the great removable helmet holding system. Another bonus is that the front of the pack is made almost entirely of extremely durable hypalon, so none of this gear attached to the outside is going to scuff or damage the pack.  All of these features are tied together with Deuter’s tried and true Alpine Back System and Vari-flex waist belt that moves with your body for a more comfortable fit.  The hip belt has a great pocket on one side that can fit a small camera or a few energy bars and a gear loop on the other for essential climbing gear.

Helmet Holding System on the Deuter Freerider Pro 30

Helmet Holding System on the Deuter Freerider Pro 30

All of these features add up to an overall package that is one of the most appealing backcountry daypacks on the market. The Freerider Pro 28SL has all of the great features of the Pro 30, with a slightly smaller capacity and SL fit tailored for a woman. While these two are the standouts of the Deuter Winter Line, they are not alone.  There is the Freerider 26 for someone looking for similar features to the Freerider Pro 30 in a smaller and less expensive package and the Guide Series for someone looking for a pack more suited to winter climbing and mountaineering. Finally the classic Cruise 30 and Cruise 28SL are perfect for the skier looking for a timeless top loading style  backcountry daypack.

The Deuter Freerider Pro 30 in in action near Carson Pass, CA

The Deuter Freerider Pro 30 in in action near Carson Pass, CA

Check out our video below for a quick walk through of the Freerider Pro 30 in action in the Tahoe Backcountry.

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