JaCoMa stop at the Jökulsarlon, the biggest glacier lake in Iceland. Jan and Stanzi are impressed by the mass of ice breaking from the snout of the glacier. Höfn / Skaftafell National Park
1 Breathable padding with special ventilating hollow chamber foam: With every movement, a pump effect circulates air through the breathable Aircontact cushions of this direct body contact system. The Result: 15% less perspiration and up to 5°C less heat build-up between the wearer’sback and the backpack.* The ACT Lite packs have an extra air channel between the back cushions for additional ventilation. The Aircontact models provide comfortable load transfer with their revised padding placements.
2 Ergonomic head molding provides perfect freedom of movement (Aircontact 50+10SL and up). 7
3 Stabiliser straps allow optimal positioning of the backpack. These are easily repositioned on the shoulder straps using a “Triglide“ buckle. Aircontact models above 50+10 SL sizes also have two different fixing points, depending on the back length setting, in order to optimize the load adjustor strap angle.
4 Contoured shoulder straps with 3D Air mesh lining.
6 The anatomic profiled X-frame offers a balance of torsional rigidity and flexibility to follow your body movements, and transfers weight through it's perfect back fit. 7 The anatomically shaped hip fins are made from multiple layers. The inner side has a layer of soft foam with 3D AirMesh lining for heightened comfort. The firm foam on the outside is modelled to the anatomic shape and transfers the load to the hips. Side compression straps on the fins regulate the load and increase stability. On the compact ACT Lite fins this bilaminate construction is perfectly balanced between weight reduction and load transfer ratio. Aircontact models designed to carry heavier loads, maximise stability and load transfer thanks to the additional synthetic reinforcement in between foam layers.
8 All Aircontact models are fitted with Deuter’s Vari Flex System, leaving the generous hip fins fully mobile. The Vari Flex hip fins follow even the most complex movements allowing tricky sections to be negotiated without losing your balance – especially important when carrying a hefty load.
5 Vari-Quick system for easy adjustment to any back length.
* Confirmed in a field test performed by the company Gabriel, Leistungsdiagnostic & Trainingssteuerung (performance analysis and training planning), in cooperation with the University of Erlangen.
These athletic, sleek packs remain true to their lightweight credentials: with their minimal weight and purist, technical look, the ACT Lite models are good-looking, light, yet reliable companions on any tour. Twin lid buckles and a stretch front compartment provide more options to store all your kit. Front gear loops also mean you can easily attach a sleeping mat to the outside. The slimline body of the pack and the compact hip belt allow plenty of freedom of movement when trekking or mountaineering. The SL models offer sportswomen best in class carry comfort, thanks to the narrower SL shoulder straps with their double â€˜Soft-Edgeâ€™ trim and conically shaped hip fins.
ACT Lite 35+10 SL
ACT Lite 40+10
ACT Lite 45+10 SL
Weight: 1450 g Capacity: 35 + 10 l H x W x D: 72 x 26 x 22 cm
Weight: 1500 g Capacity: 40 + 10 l H x W x D: 74 x 28 x 23 cm
Weight: 1480 g Capacity: 45 + 10 l H x W x D: 74 x 28 x 24 cm
Bruno Baumann; The Silkroad team on the Mt.Tomur trek – the great goal of the trip: “understanding each other and learning from each other“; Tien Shan, China (www.silkroadexperiences.org)
ACT Lite 35+10 SL – 60+10 EL •  Stretch front compartment • Compact multi-layer hip belt construction with ‘pull-forward’ function makes the hip-belt easy to fasten, even with even heavy loads • Contoured shoulder straps with soft edges • Lightweight multi-chamber aluminium X-frame • Compression and stabiliser straps
• Top lid pocket with valuables pocket • Separate bottom compartment • Top gear loops on Lid compartment •  Ice axe loops • Inner separator pocket • Mesh side pockets • stretch side pockets • Double-layered base Material: Ripstop 210 / Duratex Lite
ACT Lite 35+10 SL & 45+10 SL
ACT Lite 50+10
see page 35
ACT Lite 60+10 EL
Weight: 1580 g Capacity: 50 + 10 l H x W x D: 76 x 30 x 24 cm
Weight: 1680 g Capacity: 60 + 10 l H x W x D: 82 x 30 x 24 cm
Smart, new details, modern design and strong colours – the mobile and well ventilated Aircontact backpack models are true masters of their trade when it comes to trekking and hiking. The new material is extremely durable, yet very soft and the front zippers are extra robust . Vari Flex hip fins guarantee full freedom of movement on tricky terrain. The ergonomically formed back padding is designed to suit the Aircontact System and your back to the max.
Aircontact 40 SL / 45 •  New front, quick access opening • Pivoting Vari Flex hip fins • Adjustable multi-chamber aluminium X-frame distribute the load to the waist belt • Pull-Forward hip belt buckles • Central hydration channel opening • Two Daisy chains • Compression straps • Zipped pocket on hip belt for valuables • Lid pocket
• Top lid attachment rings • Ice axe and hiking pole loop •  Map pocket on the side •  Integrated detachable rain cover • Roomy pocket on the side Material: Deuter-Duratex / 330D Micro Rip Pro 6.6
Aircontact 40+10 SL
Weight: 2300 g Capacity: 40 + 10 l H x W x D: 76 x 32 x 24 cm
Weight: 2420 g Capacity: 45 + 10 l H x W x D: 78 x 34 x 26 cm
ď‚ľFlorian Hill / Markus Kirchgasser
Hard muscle work on the 16 days to the base camp â€“ Florian and Markus enjoy it, in the end, they know their "Epic" reward is waiting ahead: 550 m of climbing hard granite through the South-East face of the Taku D Peak; Juneau Icefield, Alaska/Canada
The solid crew for journeys of discovery is now even smarter: the excellent back comfort and top spec features make them comfortable, yet sturdy transporters with a new easy access front opening. With their mobile Vari Flex hip fins, Vari Quick System and X-Frames, one carry system suits all moderate to heavy loads whilst remaining stable, flexible and transferring the load efficiently. The Aircontact System with its revised, clever back padding arrangement fits the back extremely comfortably whilst providing excellent allround ventilation. The SL models are designed specifically for women.
Aircontact 50+10 SL - 75+10 • New front, quick access opening • energy saving comfort due to the anatomically shaped and pivoting Vari Flex hip fins, which follow your every move (doubly reinforced in the 65+10 & 75+10) • precise load control due to compression straps on hip fins • Pull-Forward hip belt buckle, easy to fasten even when heavily laden • Stable multi-chamber aluminium X-frame transfers load to the hip belt • Hydration system compatible side bellows pockets •  Top lid attachment rings • Map pocket on the side
Aircontact 50+10 SL
patitucciphoto Christof and Evi trekking in the Italian Dolomites before the busy summer season when the huts are open.
Weight: 2500 g Capacity: 50 + 10 l H x W x D: 79 x 35 x 26 cm
Weight: 2600 g Capacity: 55 + 10 l H x W x D: 82 x 36 x 28 cm
• Top lid attachment rings • Roomy pocket on the side • ergonomically shaped head moulding and positionable lid pocket with compression strap allow freedom of head movement • Hip belt zipped pocket • Lid pocket •  Two daisy chains •  compression strap at bottom compartment • Lower side pockets for tent poles • Two daisy chains • Ice axe and hiking pole loop • Double-layered base • Integrated detachable rain cover Material: Deuter-Duratex / 330D Micro Rip Pro 6.6
Aircontact 60+10 SL
Weight: 2690 g Capacity: 60 + 10 l H x W x D: 83 x 37 x 27 cm
Weight: 2710 g Capacity: 65 + 10 l H x W x D: 84 x 40 x 28 cm
Weight: 2900 g Capacity: 75 + 10 l H x W x D: 90 x 40 x 30 cm
The heavyweight haulage specialist – licensed to carry heavy loads! Apart from the many clever details of the Aircontact Pro series, which make for easy handling, the Vari Flex system gives this pack the edge when it comes to carrying heavy loads. Its mobile hip fins diligently follow every movement you make, making even the toughest terrain passable without losing balance. The fins distribute the load evenly to the hips, thus reducing fatigue, and providing freedom of movement. The aluminium stays combine with the Deuter Vari Flex to create a carry system that brings together the critical performance qualities of stability, efficient load transfer, perfect load control and incredible flexibility.
Aircontact Pro 50 – 70 • Vari Fit system with stepless adjustment to any back length for the perfect fit •  detachable lid compartment with zipped pocket and two valuables pockets, which can quickly be transformed into a daypack thanks to the attachment ring and additional straps • pull-forward hip belt adjustment •  quick access through the front zip opening • lid and head molding compression straps position the lid for more head clearance
• zipped valuables pocket on hip belt • inner compression strap • three side compression straps • side bellows pockets absorb excess baggage or can be used to accommodate a Streamer hydration bladder •  outer tent-pole pockets etc. • Daisy Chains and zipped map pocket on the pack front •  detachable integrated rain cover • SOS-label Material: Ballistic / HexLite 210 / Duratex
2 x 2l Aircontact Pro 50 60 2 x 3l Aircontact Pro 65 SL - 70
Aircontact Pro 50+15
Aircontact Pro 55+15 SL
Weight: 2900 g Capacity: 50 + 15 l + 8 l Side Pockets H x W x D: 80 x 32 x 25 cm
Weight: 2950 g Capacity: 55 + 15 l + 8 l Side Pockets H x W x D: 80 x 32 x 30 cm
Weight: 3200 g Capacity: 60 + 15 l + 8 l Side Pockets H x W x D: 84 x 36 x 28 cm
Aircontact Pro 60+15 33827
Aircontact Pro System 2 Tybon / Jordan Bernhard Witz Hitchhike, piles of equipment, bivy – all for the most amazing line in our lives; “The Black Monk“, Switzerland
2 Height adjustable load transfer straps shoulder straps for precision pack positioning. 3 Contoured shoulder straps with 3D AirMesh lining. Heavy duty construction with special dual layer foams.
4 Two ergonomically formed V-shape multi-chamber aluminium stays, direct part of the load from the back to the hips.
Aircontact Pro 65+15 SL
Aircontact Pro 70+15
5 With the simple Vari Fit system you can easily adjust the pack to the individual’s back, making for a perfect fit every time.
Weight: 3050 g Capacity: 65 + 15 l + 8 l Side Pockets H x W x D: 86 x 38 x 28 cm
Weight: 3300 g Capacity: 70 + 15 l + 10 l Side Pockets H x W x D: 88 x 40 x 30 cm
6 When fastened, the hip fins taper upwards in a conical form. The fins are concave and ultra-padded and sit perfectly on the hips. The multi-layered, PE-stiffened foam spreads the load evenly. The ‘pull-forward’ function makes the hip belt easy to fasten, even with even heavy loads.
1 Breathable cushions with ventilating Aircontact technology and durable 3D AirMesh lining wicks away warmth and moisture.
7 With the simple Vari Fit system certainly defines the flexibility of this carrying system. The pivoting hip fins follow complex body movements. Thus, the load can be evenly distributed to the hips, providing freedom of movement and reducing fatigue. Two sturdy GRP-rods and load adjustment straps on the hip fins allow for precision load control. The Vari Flex system and aluminium stays form the core of the carrying system, which combines stability, efficient load transfer, perfect load control and incredible flexibility.
Tall people can enjoy a perfect fit with our Extra Long ELmodels! Sports people who are between 1.85 m and 2.00 m tall often have difficulty finding backpacks that fit their longer backs. Our favourite Deuter backpack models are available to suit taller people with extended back lengths by 6-9 cm.
Anja Wanner basketball player of the Leitershof “Red Kangaroo” and her Futura EL – a great team;
Overall, backpacks in the Extra Long (EL) series have also grown in terms of volume. Back systems, features and details remain the same in the EL models as they are in the standard models, however.
The extra long cut of the Futura Pro backpack is sure to be a favourite for full-grown hikers. The carrying system combines three very strong pros in one: top Aircomfort ventilation, flexible carry comfort and a comfortable hip belt that moulds itself to your shape. Just like the other Futura models, the EL version has also been revised and now sports even more clever details, fresh looks and a fantastic back system. Details: see page 13
Optimum weight distribution and load control are the keyfeatures of this universal backpack. It is made to handle everything from a classic day hike to a day’s shopping in the city. The flexible Delrin® constructed Aircontact-back system fits any shape of back with utmost comfort. Details: see page 23
This featherweight version is ideal for trekking or alpine adventures and has plenty of space for all your kit. The extra long version of the ACT Lite backpack also combines minimal weight with sleek technical looks. The slim packsack shape and compact hip belt guarantee optimum freedom of movement. Extra kit such as a Thermarest can easily be stored using the two lid buckles, elasticated front pocket and gear loops. Details: see page 26
Futura Pro 40 EL
ACT Trail 38 EL
ACT Lite 60+10 EL
Trans Alpine 32 EL
Weight: 1740 g Capacity: 40 l H x W x D: 76 x 35 x 26 cm
Weight: 1380 g Capacity: 38 l H x W x D: 70 x 32 x 24 cm
Weight: 1680 g Capacity: 60 + 10 l H x W x D: 82 x 30 x 24 cm
Weight: 1260 g Capacity: 32 l H x W x D: 55 x 27 x 24 cm
Extra Long trekking
Without a doubt, this is the bikers’ favourite backpack.Originally designed for the TransAlpine mountain bike race, it will happily go on any kind of adventure! At the end of the day, it will sit steady as a rock whatever you undertake, thanks to its Airstripes back, meshwings and anatomically shaped shoulder straps. Now available in Extra Long as an added bonus for taller mountain bikers. Details: see page 126
Gaby + Sigi Hupfauer
Gaby Hupfauer on the peak of the Ras Dashan, 4.543 m, Ethiopia’s highest mountain in the Simien mountains. On her most recent trip, she brought new flutes for the shepherd boys.
The cruciform church Beta Giyorgis in Lalibela was sculpted in the 12th and 13th century.
Boy on his way home from the market.
Gaby Hupfauer was the first German female mountaineer to climb Broad Peak, Gasherbrum II and Cho Oyu. Today she is part of the Deuter SL team developing women specific backpacks and she also leads expeditions for the DAV Summit Club – the Mountaineering and Travel Club of the German Alpine Association. She brings back so many memories from all her travels, yet there is one encounter in particular that she will never forget: “We were trekking in the Ethiopian highlands at a height of 4.000 m above sea level when we met really young shepherds. The ten year-old boys were looking after their family’s sheep. The parents come to see them from time to time and bring food. I gave them one of my muesli bars – but they returned it.“ Gaby was irritated and turned to the translator. After all, it was obvious how poor the kids were and that they had not much to eat. The translator explained the misunderstanding: before the boys would accept the meal, they wanted to play the flute for their white-skinned guests – trading more or less a song for a muesli bar. And they had no pockets where they could store the muesli bar while playing. They were wearing simple cloaks made of fur. Gaby has been to Ethiopia three times now and she loves the place: “It really is such a fantastic destination.” World famous cultural sites such as the stone cathedrals of Lalibela, Gondar, where the Ethiopian kings used to live, or the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the holy city Axum as well as such beautiful places as the highest lake in Africa and the Blue Nile waterfalls. Yet for Gaby Hupfauer the highlight will always be the seven day trek with tents in the Simien highland. She explains: “No other travel group goes there. And here is where you really get in contact with the Ethiopians.”
No matter how breathtaking the scenery, the beauty of the volcanoes, the distinct rock formations and 4.000 m peaks – for Gaby the most memorable part of all her travels will always remain the social encounters. “Here you can see how little things bring cultures closer,” she says. Of course, local guides make it a lot easier for the travellers to communicate with the ministers, shepherds, or people from the villages. They make it possible to start interesting conversations. And the travellers also get the chance to help. “The natives often come to our tents and ask us to dress a wound or similar. Of course, we do what we can – and it is a great feeling,” Gaby explains. She tries in general to help as much as she can. “Small things,” she says modestly. “We have so much stuff at home, stored in some corner. Abandoned stuff we no longer need – kid’s glasses, a backpack – but that can still be used. It can fulfil basic needs here instead of ending up in the trash at home.” That is why she also asks all the members of the travelling group to use the luggage weight limit on the plane to the max and bring used jackets or kids clothing. One trekking group even started its own medical relief project. Again: from small things big things grow...
The unique rocks of the Simien highlands.
A woman gets water from the Tana lake for her family. This is a region without any water pipes.
Published on Jun 7, 2012