LTR - Deuter ACT Lite BP - Kathy Waters
Hi! Below is the text for my LTR on this very fine pack! The HTML is in
the test folder at: http://tinyurl.com/okqsjvo
I appreciate all the work you've done on this test and look forward to your
LONG-TERM TEST LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
As in my Field Report phase, during this period of long-term testing, all of
my hiking/snowshoeing experiences were day hikes plus one overnight which
took place in south central Colorado. All day trips were 4 to 8 hour jaunts
into the approximately 100,000 acres (40,468 hectares) of BLM land
encompassing the Cooper Mountain range/Royal Gorge area near Canon City or
the Wet Mountains south of the Arkansas River Valley.
The Cooper Mountain range is mostly piñon pine and juniper-covered high
desert with rough primitive game and mining trails (for the most part) and
is easily accessed just outside of my property fence line. So this was (and
will be) most often chosen for my day hikes and quick overnights. My husband
and I generally pack up, grab the GPS, pick a trail and go without any
planned destination in mind.
The Wet Mountains rise up from the Arkansas River Valley and are dense
ponderosa pine and sage forests. One of my new favorite trails there is the
Rainbow Trail in the Wet Mountains.
Elevations I tested in ranged from 5000' up to 14000' ( 1524 m to 4268 m)
and temperatures while hiking/snowshoeing over the past two months varied
from 17 F to 68 F (-9 C to 38 C).
Mineral Fork Trailhead
Loaded up and ready to Go!
I also had a great hike on the Mineral Fork Trail in Big Cottonwood Canyon
in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah during the recent Outdoor Retailer Winter
Market. This was a moderate 4.5 mile (7.3 km) hike with an elevation gain of
3500 ft (1070 m) from 6700 ft - 10200 ft (2040 - 3100 m). It was a very
chilly 27 F (15 C) though when in the sun, it felt much warmer.
PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
In my Field Report I addressed the comfort of the ACT Lite and during the
last trials, I've found that I have continued to be extremely pleased with
how well this pack "rides". Especially now that I'm wearing more clothing
(shoulders and arms are covered), I barely notice the pack's proximity to my
body. While, during the colder days, my pack is heavier (on one trip I
actually weighed in at lb/), I haven't been bothered by undue pressure on my
back. The hip belt takes the brunt of the needed support which is great!
Even more so than during summer and mild weather, the amount of useable pack
space becomes more important as I need to carry bulkier items to account for
the changing/colder weather. The ACT Lite is no lightweight when it comes to
giving me that space. For example, on a recent trip, I inventoried the
contents of my pack and here is what I stuffed into the ACT:
* 40 Degree Sleeping bag in its stuff sack
* Fleece Sleeping bag liner in its stuff sack
* Sleeping pad rolled up in its stuff sack
* Camp stove
* 2 fuel canisters
* Aluminum pot kit
* 2 Sporks/1 folding cook knife
* 2 Pairs of spare socks, wind jacket, fleece, 2 sets of base layers change
* 1 Pair of camp shoes
* Headlamp and 4 spare batteries
* 8 Food bars/4 gel packs/4 chewies packets/2 packets of oatmeal & 1
* 32 oz (0.95 l) water bottle in one outer pocket
* 3 l (101 oz) water bladder
* Tube of Sunscreen
* Bear spray, small canister clicked to shoulder strap
* 2 Sandwiches
* Tea bags & sugar packets
* 2 Tuna package lunches (the BumbleBee brand in the plastic kits)
* Assorted other small stuff, like a whistle, small flashlight, small first
* Compact binoculars and a small digital camera.
I let Hubby John carry the tent! (Hey! I believe in chivalry - just trying
The initial weight of the pack with all my stuff came in at 34 pounds (15.4
kg) since I was carrying so much water. BUT that weight went down as I drank
1.) Lots of room for all my weeklong warm-weather and 3-4 day cold weather
2.) Easy to pack up and to access the contents.
3.) Rides nicely on my hips rather than dragging on my shoulders.
4.) Allows for decent ventilation.
1.) Sometimes, I have a bit of difficulty accessing my water bottles from
I have really enjoyed using the Deuter ACT Lite backpack over these past
months. It is easy to use and is one of the best-riding backpacks I've ever
used. My previous backpack has now been retired to the "guest gear" shelf.
I'm so pleased with this pack that I got one for my almost-13-year-old Boy
Scout grandson. He likes it, too!
Thank you to BackpackGearTest.org and Deuter for the opportunity to try out
this very versatile pack.
Kathleen (Kathy) Waters
Boy Scout with New ACT Lite!
Nice report and test series. A minor issue to address and then you are good to post your report in the appropriate folder. Please remember to delete your HTML file from the TESTS folder.
Edit: <BumbleBee> - should be "Bumble Bee" -- please correct
See you on the next one.