This is the Deuter Aircontact Pro 70+15. This
is a heavy weight hauler pack. So it is great for really long days on the trail and its
excellent suspension system will allow you to adjust the pack for a really dialed in
fit. As well as the organizational features will allow you to keep all your gear right
where you need it. Since this is a load hauling pack, the suspension
system is set up to give you really good control when you have a heavy weight in here. So Deuter
puts this pack at around… the load carrying capacity at around 65 pounds or more. You
know, so this is… this is going to really hold up when you put a lot of gear in it.
And that is attributed to the suspension system. So it is Deuter’s very flex suspension system.
This is going to adjust from 14 inches up to a 22 inch torso. So you have a wide range
of adjustability. And I will just show you sort of how to adjust. It is really easy. There is a piece of Velcro in there and all
you have to do is fold that down and you see this orange webbing strap here. As you adjust
all the straps on here you can push the shoulder harness down, tighten this webbing strap,
tuck it in and then secure the Velcro back. It adjusts… it says small up to extra large.
And so it is really easy to adjust. You can dial in the fit right on the trail. You have got a really smart design with the
organization of this pack. So starting on the hip belt you do have this one hip belt
pocket big enough to store a cell phone or a camera, granola bar, whatever you would
need to have right at hand. On the side you have got a water bottle holder
on either side of the pack. And that is pretty easy to get to when you are actually wearing
the pack, because you can angle the water bottle a little bit. You do have a compression
strap on the side. So if you have a smaller water bottle it will definitely fit in there
pretty well. I just have a regular size in there right now. Turn the pack to the front.
We have got a pretty large pocket here and then I just have sort of a sleeping bag in
there, but it is really wide opening. So you can get a lot of … pretty big sleeping bag
in there in that bottom compartment. You see this blue zipper right there. This
is a divider between the bottom compartment and the body of the pack. So you can really,
you know, compartmentalize that. If you have other gear in here that you need to store,
you know, the whole way up and down the pack, you can actually zip that away and just have
one big pocket. There is an integrated rain cover that comes
with the pack and that is stored in the bottom. There is a pocket right in here and the rain
cover actually comes with the pack. So you can see it there. When you don’t need it,
zip it away. And you do have some loops here, some tool loops as well as a daisy chain on
the front of the pack. All right, turn the pack to the side. You
have two compression straps so if you don’t have the pack full you can really compress
that down. And you do have a long zippered pocket that actually expands out pretty far.
You have one on either side of this pack. Obviously you can get into the body of the
pack from the top and a large U-shaped zipper to get into the body of the pack. Some more
organization. This allows your gear to stay inside the pack and you can still sort of
rummage around through there. If you don’t need that you can obviously tuck it away.
But that is, you know, that is a pretty large opening. You can get to the top and to the
bottom through this large U-shaped zipper. Again, the top portion of the pack will come
completely off. And if you aren’t using the extra 15 liters of space that is right
up here, if you need to use that the top compartment will actually adjust up and down to accommodate
for how much gear you have in there. So you can see really how much space you can really
expand this pack out. I mentioned that the top compartment comes
completely off of this pack. And so I have taken it off of there. One thin I will mention
if you for some reason don’t want to use this top compartment, you don’t have the
pack completely packed out, you can leave this at home and just sort of roll up the
top of the pack there. But it does come with these interesting sort of back pack straps.
So you can take this as a day pack. Deuter calls it a summit pack. Just you just snap
it on to there and the you have your day pack. With its large load carrying capacity, versatile
suspension system and awesome organizational features, this pack is going to keep you comfortable
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