4.6 out of 5
February 26, 2011
I love this pack. I've used it for everything from Lightweight summer trips on the A.T. to winter trips up Mt. Washington. The Good: - Super adjustable. I can dial in the torso more so than any other pack I have tried. And I can loan it to my wife or son with no trouble. - Lightweight, but can carry a heavy load. I think the 45 lb limit is pretty accurate. I wouldn't want to carry more. - Plenty of organization, but still a streamlined simple design without excess straps everywhere. - Hip Belt pocket! This is a must for me :) - Nice and cool on the back for hot summer trips. The Kinda Bad: - The stitching started to come undone on the front shovel pocket after the first time I used it. Nothing structural, but it had me worried about the packs durability. No worries though, even after some rugged trips the rest of the pack is solid. - The side pockets could be bellowed a bit more. if the pack is stuffed full, it's hard to stretch them to fit a bottle. - The hip belt pocket is a little small making it a little hard to get things in and out. BUT...This also keeps it from rubbing on your arms if you let them swing by your sides. Overall it is a well thought out pack with attention to little details that make it nice. The combination of lightweight, great adjustability, load carrying capacity and price, make this a hard pack to beat.Pros: Great design, Ease of use, Great value
High quality, but...
September 30, 2009
After reading many positive reviews on this backpack and doing some research, I decided to give it a go and ordered one. Upon receiving it, I immediately noticed its excellent craftsmanship and overall quality. The materials it's made out of seemed durable and strong during initial inspection. However, after loading up the pack with some gear for a trial run, I noticed it felt rather awkward for me and as a result seemed somewhat uncomfortable. I tried rearranging the gear inside and making some suspension adjustments but to no avail. As a result, I sent it back to Altrec for a refund (at no fault of their own, of course). Had my torso been even just an inch smaller, the pack would most likely felt much more comfortable and natural on my back. If that were the case, I would easily have given this backpack a 5 star rating instead of a 3 star rating. Again, this is no one's fault but my own. Regardless of the fitting issues, this pack 's overall quality, lightness, and apparent durability seem more than adequate.
Awesome alpine pack
April 27, 2009
I bought this pack specifically for a rainier climb. did an acclimatization trek to 10k with about 65lbs worth of gear and it felt like I was carrying 30lbs. Excellent lateral stability; the pack doesn't sway it clings to your back. The Vari-quick adjustment system is awesome in that you can micro adjust the pack fit according to the size of the load in about 15 seconds whereas other packs take bending and moulding to do the same. The pack is bomber, solidly built for euro style alpinism and trekking. The small pouch in the hipbelt was great for handy access items like a small gps/topo/compass or power bars. Overall a great pack because of its usability/quality/fit rivals some ospreys I've used but at a fraction of the price!
July 12, 2009
id been looking for a solid pack that offered light weight, large carrying capacity (volume and weight), comfort, versatility, and durability and all for a good price. after reading some great reviews about this pack, i decided to pull the trigger and ordered it. since then ive taken it on two backpacking trips and put this guy through its paces, filling it to capacity with gear and water. in addition to the above qualities, i found it distributed weight like a champ and it has several pockets that are very useful for organization of camp gear. and somehow it still looks almost like new. the only drawback i can think of is that im not too fond of the color, but im more of a neutral color sort of guy (forest green would be nice). Id definitely recommend this pack to any practical backpacker
November 02, 2009
I bought this pack for use from short (3 days) to long (2+ weeks) trekkings and I'm really satisfied about its size, confort and weight. Its such a great pack!
December 13, 2010
Love the big pocket on the front. Very practical. Pack is just as strong as it needs to be for a lightweight pack. I've used with up to 50 lbs of gear. (though I wouldn't attempt anything beyond that).Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
a bit large, with lots of features!
March 12, 2013
This was the second deuter backpack I have purchased. I really liked it at first, but after my 3rd week of doing trail work. I realized it was just too big, and almost forced me to carry excessive gear just to fill it. But that is what it does very well. A ton of cool features, and extra pockets and straps makes this a great pack for beginner backpackers, and people who like the extra comforts (crazy creeks, B-C hammocks, extra extra layers) The adjustability on this pack was great. If you needed to lend it to someone considerably smaller, it would take just seconds to fit it for them. The aircontact system was not my favorite as it seemed to put pressure in between my shoulder blades, and my lower back ribs. I traded mine in for a smaller, lighter pack, with a flat mesh back panel that covered that kept contact with my whole back. Overall a decent back, for a decent price. just make sure you try it on in a store with some weights or at least stuffed, before you buyPros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Ease of use, Great value, lots of features, Cons: Bad design, Low performance, pressure point back panel, excessive features, sweaty back
February 17, 2009
I ordered this backpack for a trip to Europe. It has a big enough volume to handle food and clothes for 2 weeks. Another important merit is its lightness. I feel comfortable with it.
Cranberry/ Fire, Emerald/ Anthracite and Midnight/ Silver.