Deuter Aircontact Lite 65 + 10 backpack for men is the largest pack in the new series, best suited for hikers and backpackers, a reliable pack and a top-quality workmanship.
Key features & benefits
- Vari-Quick adjustable torso system.
- Bottom compartment.
- 7 pockets.
- Detachable lid.
- Numerous attachment elements & straps.
What kind of backpack is this
Deuter has many backpacks with this ‘aircontact’ or its variant in the name. You can see this Aircontact 65 + 10, or ACT Lite 65 + 10, or Aircontact PRO 75 + 15. But this Aircontact Lite 65 + 10 is a new 2018 version from this series. The series includes also packs of 40 + 10, and 50 + 10 liters for men, and 60 + 10, 45 +10, and 35 + 10 for women.
So do not get confused with so many similar names; all these packs are on the market. Just remember that ACT Lite is not the same as Aircontact Lite, and Aircontact packs are also not the same as Aircontact Lite packs.
Now, the Deuter Aircontact 65 + 10 is with the weight of 6 lb 6 oz (2900 g), and Deuter ACT Lite 65 + 10 is 4 lb 2 oz (1870 g). But this Deuter Aircontact Lite 65 + 10 is with the weight of 4 lb 6.2 oz (1990) g. So now you have at least some idea about where to place this new pack. But it is not all about the weight, see also the features.
The number +10 in the name indicates the extra volume in liters which you get when the collar is expanded, see the picture. So you have a classic top lid which is movable and removable and you can raise it to close the pack in the case of such an extra volume.
Note that the lid can be used as a lumbar pack or a shoulder pack when you remove it from the top.
The pack is top loading, but you have also the bottom compartment. The divider between the two compartments is removable and it is a real divider with a zipper. This is what I love to see, contrary to some shelf dividers which you can find in Gregory’s packs and in some of Kelty’s packs. You can open it fully when you need one single compartment inside.
This is a hydration compatible pack with a sleeve in the main compartment and the port in the middle.
Who is it for
With 65 + 10 liters volume, this pack is big enough for multi-day hiking and backpacking tours. They describe it as a pack for hiking, trekking, and for hut-to-hut tours. The picture above shows how the lid can be raised when the collar is expanded to add extra load.
You also have multiple attachment options from outside, and the suspension is strong enough for the extra load, so this pack is indeed a multi-functional and versatile outdoor tool.
Overview of the remaining features
The suspension system
The suspension is based on an aluminum X-frame which makes the structure stable to the side movement, and it transfers the load to the hip belt. On the hip belt you have a generous padding, and on the front you have dual straps that create V-shapes from both sides and they converge to the front buckle, see the picture. So when you tighten the belt, this pulls the upper and lower portions of the hip fins separately, and they hug the hip area in the best possible way.
The back padding creates two zones on the sides so you have a vertical chimney in the middle, see the picture above. This is the same in all packs with this aircontact design.
The torso length is adjustable and here you have what they call the Vari-Quick back length adjustment. This implies a ladder-type system where you move the harness up or down to specific positions in the ladder. This is easy because of the Velcro connection which you have there. This allows for the adjustment in the range 15 – 21 inches (38 – 53 cm), so several family members of different body size can use this pack and adjust it in seconds.
You have them 7. Two are on the lid, one with the access from outside and one from inside. There are two zippered pockets on the hip belt, and on the sides you have two stretch pockets for water bottles or for any other item which may fit. One large stretch pocket with buckle is on the front.
Attachment elements and compression straps
- Starting from the top, you have 4 loops for equipment attachment on the lid. This can be anything, like a solar panel or pad, etc.
- Similar loops are on the front and these are designed for helmet attachment.
- Attachment loops are also on the bottom.
- On the sides you have dual compression straps. The lower are with the inside-out feature, so you can pass them through the pocket to cinch the load in the main compartment, or over the pockets to secure the items in the pockets.
- The largest pack in this Aircontact Lite series is equipped with dual compression straps.
- There are side straps on the hip belt for stabilizing the load and shifting the pack towards the body.
- Load lifters straps are on the top of the harness.
- The adjustable sternum strap is on the front.
- There is a compression strap over the collar. Here you can fix the rope or any pieces of clothing.
Please see more in this video by Deuter:
Good and less good features & rating
Here is my short summary:
- Expandable collar for extra volume.
- Removable lid doubles as a daypack.
- Very good and adjustable suspension.
- Quality materials and workmanship.
- No rain cover.
- No upper side pockets.
The price & rating
As of the moment of writing this text, the Amazon price for this pack is $220, so this is not the most affordable option on the market, but the price is quite typical for such top brands and for such a size. See how I rate this pack:
My rating breakdown of the Deuter Aircontact Lite 65 pack
- Weight: 4.387 lb (1990 g).
- Volume: 3966 + 610 in³ (65 + 10 l).
- Size (H x W x D): 33.1 x 12.6 x 10.2 in (84 x 32 x 26 cm).
- Torso fit: 15 – 21 in (38 – 53 cm).
- Rain cover.
- Colors: 3.
Deuter Aircontact Lite 65 + 10 vs Competitors
Here I give the Aircontact Lite 65 side by side with two other packs of the same volume. As you realize, each of them has some features missing in the others. Please follow the links to read my detailed reviews, this will help you make an educated choice.
COMPARE PACKAGE FEATURES
Weight, lb (kg)
Hip belt pockets
Payable Every Month
65 + 10
Payable Every Year
top, front, bottom
10 + 2
Payable Every Year
In the summary of this Deuter Aircontact Lite 65 + 10 pack review, I would stress that you can always rely on the quality and workmanship of Deuter’s packs. Perhaps you do not know, but this company started in the late 19th century, and you can imagine they have learned how to build quality packs. I have included this pack in my list of the best backpacking packs for men.
So this pack has more features than many users might need, but I still have some objections. The rain cover is missing and for my tours in the Alps this is essential, but this may be of no importance for you of course. I love to have the upper side zippered pockets which are missing here; you have them in the Kelty Coyote 65 pack in the comparison table above.
Would I choose this Aircontact Lite 65 rather than the Deuter Futura Vario 60 or Futura Vario 50? The answer is no, and the reasons are the mentioned missing features plus the tensioned mesh which you have in the Futura packs. I have made a comparison between these two series so have a look here, the Futura Vario is a better pack. But again, there is no doubt the Aircontact Lite 65 is a very good pack. Note that they have also the version for women the Aircontact Lite 60 + 10 SL with the same features.
Thank you for reading. If you need something different in this size range, please check my page with packs 56 liters plus, you will find many top-notch models of the best-known brands reviewed in detail. Check this Mystery Ranch Stein 62 pack with several unique features.
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