rides high; not great external storage
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: True to size
If you are a lover of the previous version of Deuter's Airlite, as is my family, this pack will disappoint. Without the crisscrossed cording on the outside, it is much harder to figure out how to shed a layer and have room to carry it! We absolutely loved that feature as it allowed us to carry very small packs and still have room for our jackets.
The external pocket on the top has been enlarged, which seems like a great idea, but it comes up too high off the pack and rubs at the base of your head!
We are huge fans of the previous Airlite 14 and 16, and would trade this in a heartbeat for one of them. This one, however, is being returned and we are buying our first Osprey to replace it.