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More on the Prize Packs
Deuter updated its flagship Aircontact Core 65+10 backpack with new materials, stretch-mesh pockets, and a J-shaped zipper on the front for easier access to what’s inside. (The 45L model foregoes the zipper.)
The “+10” refers to the removable lid, which can serve as a day pack or summit bag. Gear loop and trekking pole holders help secure big items on the outside.
The chassis works with the brand’s ActiveFit shoulder straps and adjustable sternum straps to help dial in the fit. The back panel uses Air Spacer mesh to provide ventilation and cushioning, all designed to make the haul more comfortable. According to Deuter, the Aircontact Core scores a 5/5 for trekking needs, and a 4/5 for travel, too.
The Speed Lite backpacks are made for day hikes and other fast-and-light missions, and they have a mesh back with an emphasis on breathability. Daisy chains let you stash a layer or clip on other gear to the back. The hip belts have pockets for holding small items, and on the smaller models, they can be tucked away.
Larger Speed Lite packs (23L+) have strap pockets to hold hydration flasks or snacks, as well as a zippered pocket for securing a phone or wallet.
The packs use responsible DWRs and Bluesign face fabrics with no PFAs as part of Deuter’s sustainability practices.
More on the Brand
Founded in 1898, Deuter built its brand making sacks, backpacks, tarps, tents, and a variety of leather goods. It stepped into the world of outdoor outfitting and began supplying expeditions in the late 1920s.
Deuter was carried on the back of Anderl Heckmair’s first ascent of the north face of Eiger in 1938, and Hermann Buhl used Deuter tents on his first ascent of Nanga Parbat in 1953.
Fast-forward to 1968, when the brand debuted the first nylon backpack series on the market.
Deuter launched its first Aircomfort backpack with a mesh back carry system, a concept that has been built upon in several models in the decades since. The brand continued to innovate and influence the pack market, including the introduction of bike backpacks and more minimalist bags.
Today, Deuter’s use of Bluesign-approved materials and removal of PFAs from its products are hallmarks of its move toward more sustainable manufacturing.