This post is part of a series in which ladies on the road offer a review of their backpacks. Today’s review comes from Cailee.
What’s your backpack brand and model? How much does this backpack typically cost?
My backpack is the Deuter ACT Lite 45+10 SL. After hours of research to find the perfect bag for my budget, I was able to find this pack for $170. It was hard for me to find everything I wanted in a bag for the perfect cost especially when color was a big deciding factor for me (typical girl). But this women’s fit bag has everything I need for less than $200!
>> Check out the Deuter ACT Lite 45+10 L backpack on Amazon.
How long have you had your backpack and where have you travelled with it?
I have never used a backpack bigger than 30 liters to travel with before, I typically use rolling luggage, so my month long trip to Peru was the first time I used the pack.
What factors were most important to you in choosing a backpack?
With a variety of companies, sizes, styles and colors to choose from, I realized in the beginning of backpack buying that I had to make a list of what the pack needed to have vs. what I would like it to have.
>> Check out the HPL guide to picking a backpack.
I needed the bag to be made for a woman; the bags are made for a smaller back, have better hip adjusters and fit better across the chest. The bag also had to have a “sleeping bag” lower compartment separate from the main compartment where I could easily access things without having to pull everything out. Size was also a main concern for me. I didn’t want the pack too big since I would be wearing it most of my trip, but it needed to have enough space for me to pack all I needed with room to buy along the way.
What do you like most about your backpack? Any down sides?
I love that the pack is big enough to get all my things in it, but not too big that I over pack.
The ACT Lite top features include:
- Adjustable lid – it holds 45 liters but with an extra 10 liters if needed with the lid that gets taller
- Vari Quick System – it can quickly adjust to any length back (anyone could wear it)
- Wet pocket and valuable secret pocket help me feel secure wherever my trip takes me
- Aircontact Back System – the back of the pack allows for air to flow through – helps with overheating
The only negative is that there’s no rain cover, but that is something that can always be bought for $30+ depending on pack size (definitely not a concern).
Tell us about the fit and comfort level of your backpack.
The pack is lightweight at 3 lbs empty and not too heavy when full to capacity. I was traveling Peru in the summer when using this backpack for the first time so my bag was packed with lightweight items. The pack has adjusters at the top so you can pull the bag closer to your body at the height of it which makes it feel more secure. The weight is evenly distributed nicely and fits a smaller back because its built for a women’s shape. This made it feel more part of me than looking like I’ll topple over with one quick breeze.
If you want to take your backpack as carry-on luggage, can you?
Unfortunately most airlines do not accept carry-on luggage to exceed 24 inches in length and this bag rings in at 29 inches. This was a huge concern for me (that my bag couldn’t ride carry-on) when I first started looking, but after researching all shapes, sizes, and weights of bags, I realized for the amount of liters I wanted, the bag just wouldn’t quite fit the regulations.
Have you found the size to be too small, just right, or too large?
Just right. I always overpack but this bag makes me pack just what I need with room (+10 liters) to buy things along the way. (Always need souvenirs)
Overall, would you recommend your backpack?
Absolutely! Choosing the right bag takes a lot of research but this bag was the perfect women’s shape, color and size for me. It also had just enough secret pockets that I’m eager to explore the world with it some more!
>> Read more Deuter backpack reviews.
About the Author: Cailee wants to taste the breeze of every great city. After graduating college in 2011 she has taken on the world by living on the Atlantic Ocean in Martha’s Vineyard, the mountains of Vail, Colorado and the urban life of New York. With a great urge to travel, Cailee finds herself whisked away by any and all adventures and continues her passion to explore by managing her boyfriends band, Feed the Habit.