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I am currently considering these two Deuter backpacks:
AirContact 45+10
ACT Lite 40+10

I will mostly use it for day hikes with my family (which means I will also carry stuff for the kids), and occasionally for a two day hikes.

ACT Lite is "lite" - it is more than two pounds lighter than the AirContact. However, AirContacts hip belt and the rest of suspension is much firmer and sturdier. It feels like being in a shell (good feeling in a store, but is it any good in the mountain?).

Would the AirContact be "easier" to carry despite of the added weight?
How would they fare with lighter weights?
Any other considerations?

Can someone share his/her experience or thoughts?
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PostIcon Posted on: May 22 2013, 10:48 am Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

put this under "other experience" or "thoughts"

Normally i would say go with the better suspension as its always nice to carry a better suspension over lighter weight in my book.

That said 3.5lbs for the light option, 5.3 for the heavy both strike me as chunky for packs in the 40-45 liter range.

How much weight are you planning on carrying?

In my 2 day light/family run around/bike commuter pack (Older verion of this http://www.lowealpine.com/airzone-35) I dont really even use the waist belt most days, but i rarely even carry more than 15-20lbs.

If you see yourself carring 30+lbs often I would say more suspension is a good thing.  If you dont see that happening, the lighter pack might be the way to go.

Either way if you go with the one that feels best you probably cant go wrong  :D
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I have a Deuter Act Zero 60+10 (lighter still) and routinely use it for 5-8 day trips.  The suspension has held up well.  I'd go with the Act Lite, or maybe consider the Act Zero.

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Whichever one has the more comfortable suspension...heavier or not.

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Whichever one has the more comfortable suspension...heavier or not.

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Thank you all for sharing your thoughts.

I am currently leaning towards the heavier AirContact, but there is one thing that still makes me think.

AirContacts carrying capacity is 45lbs. Generally, I do not expect to carry more than 35lbs so there is enough room here. But what about the light side? Is it possible that it will not feel that good (too stiff and rigid) with only 10 or 15 lbs packed?

How well do the larger packs fare with light loads?
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Deuter makes top notch packs.  I have an Aircontact 55+10 and it is extremely comfortable, even with 50#.   Like others have said for short hikes carrying under 35# go with the one that is more comfortable to you.  Load both packs with equal weight, I bet you will not feel the additional pack weight of the Aircontact.

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I'll vote for the Lite.
I have the ACT Lite 65+10. The suspension is plenty. I just can't see needing anymore especially in a 45 liter pack. Unless you are carrying lead.
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Does the pack fit?

I tried one and liked it until I realized the shoulder straps were just not right, they would chafe too much around the neck. The other packs I have that have worked have straps set wider apart.

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I have a Deuter Act Zero 60+10 (lighter still) and routinely use it for 5-8 day trips.  The suspension has held up well.  I'd go with the Act Lite, or maybe consider the Act Zero.

Ditto.
If you're not planning on humping huge loads (45 lbs+),  why not drop over a pound by going with the Lite or Zero?
Unless you feel a significant difference in comfort/fit or really need the convenience features of the AirContact, I'd go with one of the lighter packs.
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ACT Lite it will be.

I've been to the store and put some weight in backpacks. At 40lbs, I felt better with the AirContact. However, at 20lbs the ACT Lite felt better.
Other than that, the AirContact is much more of a pack - better materials, better buckles, sturdier, ...

However, it seems to me that for my intended use the AirContact is probably an overkill, and therefore the decision.

Warning for noobs: I'm also a noob so take everything I wrote with a grain of salt!
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I have Aircontact suspension on a much smaller pack---the Trail 24. I have really appreciated the suspension---I don't know of any other day pack that has such solid suspension. I don't notice the weight at all. In a 55L pack I would not want anything less than Aircontact, especially for a two-day hike, but I haven't tried the Airlite version.
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I have Aircontact suspension on a much smaller pack---the Trail 24. I have really appreciated the suspension---I don't know of any other day pack that has such solid suspension. I don't notice the weight at all. In a 55L pack I would not want anything less than Aircontact, especially for a two-day hike, but I haven't tried the Airlite version.

I just started backpacking and the ACTlite 40+10 is what I purchased, I have had it out for about 20 miles in the last month I love it, I have no experience with other packs except an osprey, and a Gregory I tried on, I forget the models but wasn't near as comfortable to me I generally just do overnight hikes and usually stay under 22 pounds and most of the time I don't even use the hip belt.  I hope it works out.
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Whichever one has the more comfortable suspension...heavier or not.

I agree with this dependent on the load.  Loads over say 30 plus pounds does require a robust suspension to work effectively.  But with the weights that will be carried with a 40L volume, I would reather go for the lighter pack as the additional weight is simply unnecessary.  Odds are that the load will not be over about 25lbs unless one is carrying several litres of water.

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