Many features in the 28 liter Deuter Airlite daypack are designed to maximize ventilation while hiking to reduce uncomfortable perspiration up to 25%, but that’s not the end of it. The Aircomfort Back System holds the pack several inches away from the back while strategically placed mesh encourages airflow against the back and hips. The high-quality fabrics shed water, but in case of a downpour an included rain cover slips out of a hidden pocket. The well-designed pack offers much adjustable storage.
The Aircomfort Back System is comprised of several components. Twin-frame construction makes the pack lightweight without sacrificing flexibility. A mesh platform stays taut against the back while a spring steel frame is under tension so it curves away from the body, allowing plenty of air circulation. The wide hip belt and chest straps are made with large cell mesh panels. Foam hip fins transfer to load to the hips while adjuster straps allow for fine tuning and compression for different size loads.
The pack is hydration system compatible and it comes with a waterproof pack cover stowed in its own unobtrusive pocket on the bottom. Side pockets are stretchy and can accommodate different size water bottles and other items. A small pocket on top holds valuables such as wallet, smartphone and keys with a key hook. Loops on the bottom can hold trekking poles and a longer loop in the center is made of reflective material for safety. A large front panel expands or contracts with the compression straps. The main compartment is roomy. The pack is made with ripstop and microrip nylon with a PU coating for waterproofness.
The pine/silver (green/gray) Deuter Airlight 28 pack has been pressed into service on foot patrols several times a week at a local California State Park. The pack easily holds required gear such as first aid kit, extra water, maps, hats, leather work gloves, clippers and other gear. The front pocket is perfect for stashing a fleece jacket or rain jacket during this uncharacteristically unsettled summer. Having the built-in blue rain cover is a bonus but the pack sheds water even without the cover.
The pack rides comfortably on the hips and is made of quality materials that feel light, soft and flexible but are strong and durable. The stretchy front panel and side pockets easily adjust to different size loads and holds small items securely. The straps are easy to work with even when fingers are stiff and cold. The pockets on the hip belt are large enough to be useful, holding a smartphone, small camera or energy bar.
The Aircomfort Back System system provides a comfortable pack that maximizes air flow to reduce perspiration. On the warmest days, the pack didn’t cause sweating as it kept the fabric well away from the back.
Deuter, founded by Hans Deuter in 1898 in Germany, has a long history of manufacturing bags, initially supplying the Bavarian Royal Mail service with postal sacks. In 1905, they expanded to providing tents for rental, then a variety of field products for the military. Over the decades they expanded to a wide variety of expedition-worthy products, outfitting mountaineers in the furthest reaches of the earth, including a Nanga Parbat ascent in 1934 and the first ascent of the North Face of the Eiger in 1938. The first iteration of Aircomfort was patented in 1985. Now manufactured in Vietnam, Deuter headquarters are still located in Germany and the product line has expanded further to include child carriers and a variety of backpacks for various outdoor pursuits.
The Deuter Airlite 28 is a lightweight daypack made from high-quality materials that sheds rain and is ideal for warm weather conditions.
Deuter Airlite 28
Volume: 28 liters
Weight: 2 lbs, 4 oz
Colors: pine/silver or black/stone
The Deuter Airlite 28 is available from Amazon for $119.
Disclosure of material connection: I received a sample for testing purposes but the opinions expressed are solely my own.