Now that summer is upon us, the desire to get outdoors and enjoy nature is high on my list. Hiking, backpacking and camping are all things my family enjoys. And when German backpack manufacturer Deuter asks me to review their ACT Lite, I jump at the opportunity. Having carried my weight in the Ranger Regiment, I know the features that make the difference between a good and a not-so-good pack. Founded in 1898 by Hans Deuter, the company of the same name has been manufacturing and refining quality backpacks for over a century. One such pack is the Deuter ACT Lite 65+10.

Deuter ACT Lite 65+10 Backpack | Review
Exterior stretch pockets

Our family likes to hit the wood-line for a few days at a time and we’ve found that a 65L pack suits our loadout perfectly. My wife, oldest son and I each carry 65L packs with our 13-year-old son strapping on a Deuter ACT Lite 40+10. Finding a durable, feature-laden pack that remains lightweight and doesn’t break the bank is no easy task. Yet Deuter seems to have perfected this balancing act. Weighing in at 4lb 6oz, this 4580 cubic inch backpack is about the same weight as my more expensive Osprey Atmos AG 65. Plus, the Deuter ACT Lite has the unique ability to expand +10L to 75L of total volume.

Deuter ACT Lite 65+10 Backpack | Review

The lid pocket, once opened, accesses a cavernous main compartment with a partitioned lower sleeping bag pocket. However, the partition can be unzipped to create a single large pack. An exterior stretch pocket, located on the back, is ideal for storing items that require quick access like rain gear. Found on both sides are additional stretch pockets perfect for 1 liter hydration bottles. Speaking of hydration, the interior compartment features a single hydration sleeve pocket compatible with 2-3 liter bladders. Finally, a pair of ice axe loops, (or tomahawk) and several compression straps round out the exterior of the Deuter ACT Lite 65+10.