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Deuter ACT Trail 24L Backpack

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Tech Specs

Deuter-Microrip-Nylon (210D), Deuter-Super-Polytex (600D polyester)
24L (1464cu in)
Aircontact Trail System, Delrin U-frame
Shoulder Straps:
contoured with 3D Air mesh
Waist Belt:
yes, anatomical
Hydration Compatible:
yes, 2L capacity
top, front zipper
1 lid, 1 valuables, 1 side zip, 1 side mesh
Helmet Carry:
Ice Axe Carry:
Trekking Pole Carry:
Rain Cover:
yes, detachable
Weight Capacity:
23 x 10 x 7.5in
Claimed Weight:
2lb 7oz
Recommended Use:
hiking, climbing, skiing, backcountry touring
Manufacturer Warranty:

Deuter's all-around adventurer.

Deuter's ACT Trail 24 Backpack follows you on any outdoor adventure whether you're hiking, climbing, skiing, or touring. Its AirContact Trail suspension system evenly distributes gear across your back. It also features stabilizer straps, a flexible frame, ventilated channels, and breathable 3D AirMesh padding at the shoulder straps, waist belt, and back panel.

There are two access points to the ACT Trail's main compartment, one at the top for packing and another at the front for getting gear quickly. Deuter also added a sleeve for your hydration reservoir, a compartment for dirty clothes, and a rain cover that you can remove for sunny days. There are multiple pockets inside for organization as well, one on the side for a water bottle and another zippered side for security. The loop at the bottom stores ice axes, trekking poles, or a helmet―whatever your adventure calls for.

  • AirContact Trail suspension system
  • Top and front main compartment accesses
  • Hydration system compatibility
  • Wet laundry compartment
  • Detachable rain cover
  • Lid, front, internal, and side pockets
  • Loops for ice axes, trekking poles, and helmet
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Handy Little Day Pack

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This Day Pack has been a top contender during my search for a new daypack. I wanted something that can function just as well on a hike or climbing trip as well as on my college campus. Fortunately, the ACT Trail 24L is able to hold my 14in laptop in the hydration sleeve and has enough space left for miscellaneous school supplies.
The pack itself functions perfectly on hikes and I love the webbed design of the hip straps. I didn't expect them to provide too much support, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was both breathable and secure.
The only feature I found to be lacking was how shallow the water bottle side pocket is. My 1L Nalgene looks like its poking out a little too much, though I have yet to see it slip out.
Overall, I think this bag gives the standard Osprey and Patagonia packs a run for their money.

Deuter day packs are the best

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have both this 24L and the similar 32L pack (Futura 32L). The mesh back works well and getting a good fit is straightforward. For me the only drawback to the 24L is it has only a single water bottle open pocket, which is also a little short so a 750ml bottle is about the max, instead of the matching pair of the 32L pack (which holds 1L bottles better). The 32L can be split into a top and bottom compartment and the 24L has a zip access panel in addition to the top flap. If you've always carried a standard top-loading pack neither matters much. With the near the side edges aluminum stays and the full contoured mesh back the pack is really like a scaled down full pack (e.g. 55-65L) which may or may not appeal depending on your style of use. If your carrying rigid cargo (e.g. climbing gear or a full frame SLR with a couple zoom lenses) it's great. If your carrying just food and clothing it may be overkill for some. Overall these two packs are the best daypacks I've used and I've had quite a few over the decades. Highly recommended.

Great day pack

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Perfect size for one-day treks, especially when you need to bring light climbing gear and/or prepare for multiple conditions. Very comfortable up to 30lbs (haven't tried anything more yet), great use of pockets and zippers, and the built-in rainfly is awesome.

Love the side zip opening

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I bought this for day hiking and traveling. The back is sturdy and the contents in your backpack does't protrude to make you feel uncomfortable. The best feature is the side loading this backpack supports. After filling any backpack its hard to dig from the top, with the side zipper you can access the entire content without having to dig through it. The color I got was blue and love it. I like the way all the smaller zipper compartments have been organized, easier to put things in. The only con I felt was that the interior space could easily be a more larger than what it is for the size. I am hoping the more I fill it, it will expand a bit more providing more space.

Great Day Pack

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought the ACT Trail 24 Pack to use for snowboarding and have been able to get out and use it a few times since I got it. I'm extremely happy with almost everything about this pack. The size, fit, pockets, everything about this pack just works out perfectly for what I've been using it for.

On my outings with the ACT 24 so far the contents of my pack have been: a 1.5L bladder, splitboard skins, probe, shovel, an extra base layer, hat, goggles, lunch, and my beacon and Black Diamond Expedition 3 poles fit right inside the pack with everything else when I'm not using them. All of this stuff fits into the pack with just a little bit of extra room for another layer or two if i needed it. To make it even better, all of the stuff I put into my pack can be accessed through the huge U-shaped zipper that unzips on the front. If you lay the pack down flat on the ground the zipper runs from the top of either side and right around the bottom of the pack. This feature has been really useful because you can basically peel the whole front of your pack up and remove items from the inside without having to pull things out of the top messing up your organization.

So on a side note, if you're thinking of buying this pack and looking for some collapsible poles that fit right inside the Black Diamond Expedition 3 poles are perfect length and the backpack lid closes right over the top of them without sticking up too far out of the top. For those that would rather store their poles on the outside, it has a pole storage option right on the outside.

As for the fit, I'm 6'1" and right around 195lbs and this pack fits me perfectly. It has adjustable waist, chest and over the shoulder straps to dial in your perfect fitment.

There's also a couple features that I haven't used yet including: a packable rain cover, ice axe loop, and an external helmet carry option if you purchase the Deuter Helmet Holder attachment.

My only small complaint about this pack is that the elastic band for the water bottle pocket isn't very stretchy. I was able to fit a normal 32oz nalgene water bottle in it but I think that is approaching the size limit for a water bottle in that spot.

Also pictured in this photo: Jones Solution Splitboard, Black Diamond Expedition 3 Ski Poles

Great Day Pack

Nice day back

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

At 6'4", I usually have trouble with small day backs since their frames tend to be too short to allow any hip support on my torso. Consequently, I usually have to carry the weight completely on my shoulders. This day pack is better than most with much more attention given to the hip straps. But as you can see in the pic, the pack still has to ride a little low on my back to make it work. So overall it is definitely the best day back I've used as far as hiking comfort, but I don't want to oversell it for anyone over 6'1" or so. The pack itself is well designed and features an easy to U-type zipper for accessing gear anywhere in the main compartment. Really nicely done day pack.

Nice day back

Beautiful picture, thanks for sharing Dan! Where was this taken?

Hey Sierra, thanks! The pic is from the Grinnell Glacier Overlook in Glacier National Park, Montana.

Fits like a light glove.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have the women's version of this, but the main difference is just the shape of the straps, so I thought I would review it on the men's, as well, since there aren't any reviews, thus far.

I've been really happy with this pack. I think the mesh belt is a big stand-out. I loved how well the mesh belt breathed and kept me from getting too sweaty. You sacrifice not having pockets there, for easy access, but it's worth it to me, especially in hot weather. Reaching up over my head, to the top pocket, for my camera, was not a big deal, at all.

Here are some more features that I found really great about this pack:

1) Easy Access to Everything.
It has zippers all over the place, so you can get to the items at the bottom of your pack, without having to take anything else out.

2) Adjustable chest straps.
You can slide the chest strap up and down, so can place the strap where ever you want.

3) Rain Cover.
Of course a rain cover is a plus!

4) Hydration compatible.
It has on interior mesh pocket for a large bladder, and one exterior pocket for a large water bottle.

5) Stays put.
My adventures always take me to rock that I need to climb up. This stays right in line with my body, and doesn't swing, lean or fall forward, throwing me off balance. The water bottle never slips, either.

6)Active Shoulder Straps.
When I moved my shoulders, either by walking or scampering up rock, the pack will stretch ever so slightly, with you. So, you don't feel like there is the weight, resisting you and pulling you back. That will also help you keep in a more natural and healthy posture.

7) Easy to use and secure trekking pole holders.
I put my GoPro Selfie stick on there, since I didn't have trekking poles, and it was very secure.

8) Roomy.
I took a fleece hoodie, rain jacket, sunscreen, lunch, 3L hydration bladder, water bottle, portable speaker (which is pretty big, 7x 3.75 x 2.5 in) and I still had plenty of room for more. I didn't even pack my jackets nicely. I just stuffed them in.

In summary, it's a very comfortable and useful pack. Hit me up if you have any more questions:

Emily Jenson
Expert Gearhead

Fits like a light glove.