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Deuter Mens Aircontact Lite 65+10 Navy Arctic

Deuter Mens Aircontact Lite 65+10 Navy Arctic

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The Deuter Aircontact Lite is a large, technical pack perfect for carrying heavy loads in comfort. The back system is highly breathable and fully adjustable to suit a wide range of shapes and sizes. 

Description

Season : 2020W C

Code : 4340318-3396

Weight : 0KG

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Deuter began in 1898, constructing postage bags and mail sacks to the Royal Bavarian post office. Since then, they've progressed (just a little) to making some of the finest packs money can buy. From the first ventilated mesh back system, to the invention of the functioning bike backpack, Deuter have been progressing since the birth of the backpack. 

The Aircontact Lite is a large, technical pack designed to carry heavy loads for long periods of time. The key to carrying this high weight in comfort is down to Deuter's intelligent back system. The open-cell foam provides exceptional ventilation by leaving a gap in the centre of the back for sweat to escape and for air to pass through. Not only this, but the whole system can be adjusted quickly and easily to fit a wide range of shapes and sizes. 

After the backsystem, the hipbelt provides the greatest amount of support when carrying heavy loads. Around 70% of the weight will be sent to the hipbelt, leaving just 30% on the shoulders; this reduces stress on the lower back and increases the overall comfort. Deuter's hipbelt (or hip fins as they like to call them) are ergonomically cut, custom shaped pieces of foam layered with mesh which mould to the shape of your hips after just a few minutes. The centre of the foam has also been cut away, leaving a slit; this allows the hipbelt to rotate, twist and adapt better than if it were rigid. Other adjustments include a chest strap which can be moved vertically as well as horizontally, and compression straps along the side of the bag to bring the weight closer to your back. 

No large pack would be complete without a series of clever pockets to organise and seperate out your kit. The Aircontact Lite features two zipped pockets on the hipbelt for snacks and other small items, an extendable lid to stuff further gear in, a compartment in the lower of the pack for a sleeping bag or other heavy items, a spacious lid pocket, a hydration sleeve, an internal valuables pocket and a wet gear compartment (especially useful for that tactical mid-walk sock change). Other useful storage and organisation options include loops for attaching helmets, walking axe and trekking pole holders and large elastic side pockets for drinks. 

  • Breathable, adjustable back system
  • Fits a wide range of heights
  • Moulded hipbelt
  • Helmet attachment points
  • Trekking pole/axe attachment points
  • Load adjustment straps
  • Hydration compatible
  • Wet gear compartment

 

Care & Advice

Getting the correct fit for your rucksack is as important as getting the fit right for your boots. A badly fitting pack can inflict misery and discomfort and completely ruin your adventure. This guide is designed to help you get the best fit and comfort from your chosen pack so that carrying all your kit becomes a pleasure and not a chore.

ADJUSTING THE BACK LENGTH

If the pack has an adjustable back length, adjust this to your correct level. Your back length is not related to your height but your torso length. Many packs, and specifically the bigger and more technical packs are available in different back lengths or feature adjustable back systems. Contrary to popular belief, your torso length and not your overall height is the key to getting a well fitted pack. Tall people don’t necessarily have long torsos, just as shorter people don’t always have a short torso length.

Your torso length can be found by measuring from your C7 vertebra (the bony protrusion at the back of your neck when looking down) to the height of your iliac crest (top of your hip bones, where you put your hands on your hips). This measurement will give you an idea of which pack back length to choose.

Once you've got the back length sorted, either by selecting the correct size pack or adjusting the back system, you can begin to follow these simple steps to help achieve a comfortable carry.

LOOSEN OFF ALL STRAPS

Before you start fitting the pack, loosen off all the straps as this will make it easier to get the correct tension later.

TIGHTENING THE HIPBELT

Fasten the backpack hipbelt, the general position is the same as where you’d put your ‘hands on hips’ This area is called the pelvic girdle, and what you can feel when you rest your hand on the area is the bony protuberance, the iliac crest. The iliac crest can support the weight from a pack comfortably, and for sustained periods. The padded section of the hipbelt should encompass this and fit securely.

Tighten the straps so the hipbelt feels secure and held firmly around your body. Ensure that the lumbar pad is centered to your lower back to give you maximum support. Remember that your hips carry most of the weight of the pack, so this should be firm but comfortable.

ADJUSTING THE SHOULDER STRAPS

Next, adjust the shoulder straps, pull them until they start to become snug, but ensure that they are not too tight as to lift the pack off your hips. Remember tightening them will stabilise the pack but will increase pressure over the shoulders. If the back length of the pack is correct the shoulder straps will be flush to your shoulders whilst the hipbelt sits in place comfortably. The point where the shoulder straps attach to the main body of the pack should be roughly half way down your shoulder blades; this ensures  that the shoulder straps rolls evenly over the top of your shoulders to distribute the weight correctly.

FASTENING THE CHEST STRAP

Fasten the chest strap and pull until taut but not tight, the elastic section should not be extended. This helps keep the shoulder straps from catching in your shoulder joints and keeps the stability of the pack when moving over rough ground.

ADJUSTING THE TOP TENSIONERS

Top tensioner straps link the shoulder straps to the top of the pack. When tightened, their main function is to stabilise the top part of the pack. The optimum angle for these straps in 45º, but they will stabilise the load even when horizontal or at a more obtuse angle. Tighten them until you feel the top part of the pack rest against your pack, over tightening them will create excessive pressure on the front of your shoulders.

ADJUSTING THE SIDE TENSIONERS

Side tension straps are linked to the hipbelt. By tightening these straps you can stabilise the load but reduce the hipbelt flexibility. Where balance is critical tightening them can help you feel more secure. However, if you are striding out over easy terrain it’s better to loosen these straps to allow full hip flexibility.

ADJUSTING THE SIDE COMPRESSION STRAPS

Side compression straps come next, pulling these tight does two things: firstly, it stabilises the load, secondly it can lift the lower part of the pack, repositioning the load closer to your back.

ADJUSTMENTS ON THE GO

Following these steps should give you a comfortable but secure fit on your pack. Sometimes adjustments will need to be made on the go depending on the terrain or the load you are carrying. The perfect fit is very much a personal preference so experiment with different tensions on the pack to find what suits you best.

Technical Information

Weight: 1990g

Fabrics: 100D PA High Tenacity/600D PES

Sizing Information

Height: 84cm

Width: 32cm

Depth: 26cm

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    Reviewed by Rich,  On 26/03/2018 12:28:47

    Yay, finally! Tested 7 Backpacks before finding this. Ive tried the Osprey Atmos AG 65, Aether AG 70, Exos 58, Xenith 75, the Gregory Paragon 58 & Stout 65 and the Deuter Futura Vario 50+10. None of them clicked with me. This AirContact Lite 65+10, however, ticked all the boxes. The construction & materials feel solid. The webbing straps & buckles are strong and hold well under tension. The back system feels really comfortable for my back and posture. Loads of room - 2 big pockets on Top Lid. The Top Lid can be removed & carried on your belt. Good weight onto the hips (15kg). Lots of loops & lash points. Weighs ~2kg. The quality is equal to Osprey packs. Ive only given 4 Stars because no pack will ever give you exactly what you need. Theres no Rain Cover but thats fine, I used an old 65 litre one - fits perfectly, even at full load. I compare this to the Osprey Aether AG 70 (which I really wanted) but its lighter, has more lash points, has a bit more room and fits me better. Trekitt, your customer service (and patience) has been outstanding! Thank you very much.
    YES Rich would recommend this item
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    Excellent customer service. Really detailed easy to understand product descriptions on the Trekitt website, and gear reviews on the Trekitt YouTube channel made it so easy to choose the right backpack for me.
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    Amazing service! Very helpful in regards sizing and what most matched my needs, despite this being done over the internet. YouTube videos of products being examined are very useful also. Would definitely use again, very fast and efficient delivery. Brilliant! Highly recommended!
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    Highly recommend. I usually go to the shop in Hereford as staff are alwasy very helpful and knowledgeable. So this was the first time I have purchased online and the service was just as good as the shop.
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