Deuter Speed lite 20 pack review


Well, Jebb here again, or as I am apt to start calling myself “Back-country Jebb”,  checkin in for another report on good gear for gettin out thar.
This week I have the pleasure to report on the Deuter Speedlite 20 pack. I am using this for short ski tours AND to keep all my Ski Patrol First Aid supplies together and with me on my adventures on and off- piste. The pack is 20 liters, so rather compact, but it has plenty of space for my kit, some water, and various small necessities. The Speed lite 20 is light even with a reinforced pack bottom, and comes in weighing 1 lb 3 oz (530 g) and holds 1220 cu.in. for you partial to imperial units. The pack is made form Deuter-Ripstop 210, and HexLite 210 and measures 19 / 10 / 7.1 (H x W x D) inches (48 / 26 / 18 cm).

Whether you use it for short ski tours or on area supplies as I do, or for things like adventure racing, alpine sport-climbing, or for summit gear on longer trekking tours, this compact light weight pack can help to reduce the overall load you are carrying. When the pack is stuffed, and maybe even loaded with skis or a board (thanks to compression straps that double up), there is a nice U-frame made from Delrin® with a 3D Air Mesh pad for  your back to manage and distribute the load. With that on your side and the removable waist belt, the pack feels like it is hardly there.

The Speed Lite has a tapered profile, so you have good arm freedom, but you can still reach your other snacks and such from the side mesh pockets. The feature I really appreciate is the height adjustable chest strap that works in a slide motion with a good deal of travel. There are nice pull strap loops on the zippers and a small top pocket with a key ring clip, which is a nice touch.

The pack seems very robust and durable, the zippers have a good feel to them, and the shape fits me well, with my sort of average white guy body (5’10”, 170lb). Buying this pack is recommended. Enjoy!

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