Deuter Aircontact 65+10 Backpack

Priced: $199.00 - $269.00 Rated:   - 4 stars out of 5 by 13 reviews.
Deuter Aircontact 65+10 Backpack
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Deuter Aircontact 65+10 Backpack is designed to carry the biggest loads with ease and comfort, used by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
Anatomically shaped, pivoting Vari-Flex hip belt saves energy and adds comfort by moving without over uneven terrain.
The pull-forward hib belt buckle and compression straps on the hip belt fins bring the pack against your back for excellent weight transfer.
the multi-chamered aluminum X-frame transfers weight from your shoulders to your hips.
Top loading access, a sleeping bag compartment, and new U-shaped front panel access make it easier than ever to find what you're looking for in your pack.
Three side compression straps control the contents of your pack and create extra lashing for items outside the pack.
The adjustable top lid rises up to accommodate the expansion collar, and has two pockets for gear organization.
A molded head pocket at the top lid creates extra space so your head doesn't hit the pack when you're looking around.
Two daisy chains offer a variety of attachment points.
Ice axe loops also work well for trekking poles.
Side water bottle pockets are made out of the same tough fabric as the rest of the pack so they won't snag or rip when hiking in thick vegetation.
A zippered hip belt pocket gives you easy access to small items like food, lip balm or a camera so you don't have to stop and take off your pack.
Double layer fabric in the bottom means this backpacking pack will stand up to use and abuse for years.
A zippered map compartment keeps navigation handy.
An integrated, detachable rain cover keeps your gear dry when the sky opens up.
Deuter's Aircontact back system combines breathable hollow chambers in the foam, anatomically shaped panels and channels to keep you cooler and less sweaty than a normal backpack - 15 percent less perspiration and up to 5 degrees cooler according to lab results.
Variquick adjustable shoulder harness makes it super easy to get a custom fit.
If you're looking for a super comfortable, reliable and durable backpacking pack, the Deuter Aircontact line is tough to beat.


  • Expandable collar adds up to 10 liters of additional space

Support and Cushioning:

  • Hollow-chamber foam back panel offers excellent ventilation, with a "pump" effect that circulates air through the cushioning for comfort and reduced perspiration


  • Aircontact system features anatomically shaped, air-mesh-covered shoulder straps and a hipbelt that pivots to follow your movement and help you keep your balance
  • Variflex pivoting hipbelt and pull forward hipbelt straps
  • Forward-pull hipbelt features an anatomical cut; bi-laminate foam and reinforced polyethylene sheet enhance freedom of movement and load transfer


  • Stable multi-chamber aluminium X-frame transfers load to the hip belt
  • Aircontact ACT Zero back system with anatomically shaped X frame for carry comfort of medium to heavy loads


  • Variquick height adjustment makes quick changes to the torso length

Weather and Wind:

  • Integrated rain cover keeps your week's worth of clothes and gear safe and dry


  • Energy saving comfort due to the anatomically shaped and pivoting Vari Flex hip fins, which follow your every move - doubly reinforced
  • Comfortably carries loads up to 55 pounds (25 kg)


  • Top lid features inside and outside zippered pockets and is height-adjustable to create extra space for ropes or other bulky items
  • Large U-shaped front panel access and bottom panel zipped access with internal divider
  • Zipped map pockets at the front
  • Zipped side bellow pockets keep a low profile when not in use
  • Hip belt zipped pocket
  • Top-loading main compartment offers lots of room for your gear; U-shaped, zipper on the front panel offers easy access to the main compartment
  • Separate bottom compartment lets you stuff your sleeping bag directly into the pack; bottom compartment shares a zippered separator with the main compartment
  • Pack exterior features a zippered map pocket, 2 side stretch pockets, compression straps, daily chains and dual ice axe/trekking pole loops


  • Head moulding and positionable lid pocket with compression strap allow freedom of head movement
  • Ample pockets keep your essentials organized and at the ready
  • Lower side pockets for tent poles
  • Top lid with front pocket and valuables pocket
  • Stretchy side map/guidebook pocket


  • Stretch-woven front pocket

Lining and Layers:

  • Multi-layer hipbelt with intuitive "pull-forward" adjustment
  • Double-layered base


  • The result is a snug fitting, stable carry and a reduction of perspiration by 15%
  • Adjustable harness lets you easily change the height to create the perfect fit
  • Anatomically shaped VARIQUICK fit adjustable shoulder harness adjusts for customizable torso length and is made of breathable 3D-AirMesh
  • VariQuick customize your fit by making your individual height adjustment
  • Variquick adjustable shoulder harness helps you quickly find the optimal fit (adjusts from 16-21in)


  • AIRCONTACT back system blends ventilation and contact to keep load stable while allowing heat to escape through the breathable hollow chamber


  • Hydration-compatible design features reservoir pocket and drink tube exit port for on-the-go hydration (reservoir sold separately)
  • Hydration-compatible design for less stops so you can get to camp in time to enjoy the sunset
  • Hydration system compatible side bellows pockets


  • Precise load control due to compression straps on hip fins


  • Top lid attachment rings
  • Pull-Forward hip belt buckle, easy to fasten even when heavily laden
  • SOS Label
  • Multiple access points help you get at your gear quickly
  • The Aircontact system reduces perspiration by up to 15 % which can reduce back temperatures by up to 5°
  • Ice axe and trekking pole attachments
  • Deuter Aircontact 65 + 10 pack features an integrated, detachable raincover that helps keep your pack and its contents dry
  • Two daisy chains
  • VariFlex pivoting hip belt will follow every movement and helps you keep your balance on difficult terrain without
  • Molded cutaway for freedom of head movement
  • Anatomically cut hip belt with bilaminate foam provides great load transfer and movement
  • Duratex / 330D Micro Rip Pro 6.6
Oregon Mountain Community
The Deuter Aircontact 65+10 Backpack is a workhorse of a pack. Made to withstand major trail-abuse, this pack performs like a dream. The adjustable shoulder harness helps customize fit, while the molded cutaway at the neck allows your head to move freely, rather than hitting the lid of your backpack. With multiple pockets, compartments, and different points of access, the Deuter Aircontact 65+10 Backpack will serve you well for years to come.

The Aircontact 65 + 10 Internal Frame Pack by Deuter will help haul your gear from trailhead to pinnacle. The Hollow-core aluminum X-frame offers torsional rigidity, flexibility for body movement and effective weight transfer. The AIRCONTACT system provides full load control and evenly spreads weight and the VariQuick system adjusts to any back length for a perfect fit. The convenience of multiple pockets, hydration compatibility, multiple storage and attachment options all add up for peak performance.

Deuter's Aircontact 65+10 Backpack combines tough construction with intuitive technology for a weekender pack that is as rugged as it is comfortable. Deuter's proprietary AirContact back system manages moisture, pressure, and comfort for extended use.

FEATURES of the Deuter Aircontact 65 + 10 Pack.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Deuter Aircontact 65 + 10 Pack.

Backcountry Edge

The Deuter ACT Lite 65+10 internal frame pack provides backpackers with 4550 cubic inches of storage capacity and carrying comfort at a weight of just 3 lb 15 oz. With its excellent balance of weight and performance, the ACT Lite 65+10 is ideal for multi-day and extended backpacking trips.

Rock/Creek Outfitters

The Aircontact series carries the biggest loads of all Deuter trekking packs. The Deuter Aircontact 65+10 has all the features, offers a comfortable suspension system, and sports durable fabrics and construction to put up with major trail-abuse.

Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
Reliable and lightweight, the Deuter Aircontact 65+10 is a streamlined hauler suitable for travel and trekking anywhere on the globe.
FREE Deuter Wash bag / toiletry bag with purchase. MSRP value $24.95. While supplies last.

The Deuter Aircontact series carries the largest loads of all Deuter trekking packs and offers a comfortable suspension system. Extremely abrasion and tear resistant fabric makes this pack able to withstand major abuse on the trail.


The Deuter Aircontact 65 + 10 pack is a feature-rich gear hauler. Enjoy its quality, durability, capacity and comfort on your next long weekend in the wilderness.


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Access:Top Loading w/ Lower Sleeping Bag Compartment
Adjustable torso:16 - 21 in / 40 - 53 cm
Aluminum Stays:1" X-Frame
Available Color(s):Midnight/Ocean, Granite/Emerald
Backpack Features:Hydration Compatible, Included Rain Cover, Sleeping Bag Compartment, Front Loader, Top Loader
Backpack style:Deluxe backpack
Capacity:3970 cu in / 65 L (+10 L Extension Collar)
Carry Capacity:65 lbs / 30 kg
Detachable Daypack:No
Dimension:(H x W x D)
Dimensions:32 x 16 x 11 in / 84 x 40 x 28 cm
Fits torso:16 - 21 inches
Fits waist/hips:30 - 50 inches
Frame Material:Aluminum
Frame type:Internal
Gear capacity (L):65 liters
Gear capacity (cu. in.):3,970 cubic inches
Hydration Bladder Included:Not Included
Hydration Compatible:Yes
Item Weight:3 lb 15 oz
Laptop Sleeve:None
Material:Deuter Duratex / 330D Micro Rip Pro 6.6
Max Load Capacity:65 lb / 30 kg
Number of exterior pockets:6 + main compartment
Number of stays:3
Numer of pockets:6
Pack Fabric (Primary):210 ripstopDuratex Lite
Pack Size:3000-3999 cu in
Pack access:Top / front
Pack loading:Top / Panel
Raincover included:Yes
Recommended Use:Lightweight Multi-Day and Extended Backpacking
Size:33" x 16" x 11"
Sleeping bag compartment:Yes
Suspended mesh back panel:No
Torso:Adjustable, 16 – 21” / 40-53 cm
Torso Length:16-21" / 40-53 cm
Trip Length:Extended Trip (>3 nights)
Type:Internal Frame Backpack
Volume:3970 cubic inches (65 liters)
Volume Range:60-69 liters
Weight:6 lbs / 2.71 kg (includes rain cover)
Weight - metric:2.72 kilograms
Weight Capacity:Over 50 lb.
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Deuter Aircontact 65+10 Backpack Reviews:


Big Ole Bag

First inaugural trip for this bag was on the Black Forest Trail, located in the Tiadaghton State Forest in PA, 42 mile loop with several 1000ft peaks and valleys and 17 stream crossings.

Overall, the bag held out great. Utilized the rain fly that came with the bag for two of the four days of the trip- very fortunate to have that feature. Bag held a lot of equipment and food - didn't even need to utilize the extra 10 liters. The zippered flap on the outside midsection made for great easy access when trying to get to my large gorp bag during breaks. Zippered pocket on belt was somewhat useful to carry a protein bar and camera phone. However, could have easily not used the extra zippered belt pocket - which tended to stick every now and then and used only the two side pockets instead. Maybe not the most ideal pack for a hike of this difficulty because of the weight, but definitely good for those extra long and slow backpacking trips. The easy adjustable shoulder harness was amazing, considering I lowered the the shoulder strap one rung after the first day of hiking. Made all the difference in comfort.

One disappointment/flaw in the design was the top sack. It was not detachable and additionally would not snug securely around the frame when tightened. Granted, if the entire backpack had more cargo, this would not be an issue, but by the end of the trip the top sack tended to slide down the pack when tightened and did not stay at the top as intended. Still able to get a tight fit, just not the ideal tight fit balancing the weight at the top of the sack.

Would definitely buy this bag again, but maybe not for this particular hike with so many sharp inclines. Seeing as this is my second 40+ mile hike, I'm beginning to understand the draw toward minimalism.
WillTDC at REI on 05/05/2013

High Quality, Excellent Pack

This pack has a great design, very comfortable straps and appears to be made from really durable materials. I picked up this pack as well as he Osprey Aether 70 and took them home to try out with my normal gear loaded up. I have to say that this pack seemed a little more sturdy and was more comfortable on the shoulders than the Osprey. On the other hand the Osprey was over 1 lb lighter, and most importantly it just balanced better on my body. After adjusting the straps on the Deuter, there was a little too much weight in the area above my shoulders which I felt would make balancing on rough terrain more difficult.
I am a little over 5'8" with a short torso. A taller person would not have this problem.
It was a tough call, but for me weight and balance took precedence over maximum comfort since I bought this mainly for 1-3 day alpine climbs in the Northwest. If longer hikes were my goal, the comfort factor would probably lead me to the Deuter.
MikeD at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 12/12/2012

Money well spent

Had this pack out on its maiden voyage in Utah for spring break. It was very comfortable with about 25-30 pounds in it. I had room for all of my bedding, shelter, and clothes, along with all of the essential trinkets and more. Very adjustable, took a day to get it where I wanted it, but once there, the next three days were great. I got this one as a gift. Admittedly I am a tight-wad with my money and probably would not have purchased it for my self. However, my wife got it for me as a Christmas present, and it was worth every penny, plus a couple more. Very roomy, comfortable pack. I would recommend it to anyone.
Only downside in my opinion is the weight of the pack. That said, this baby makes up for the extra weight in carrying capacity, durability, and comfort (thus I take no stars for this). If ever I needed another pack, I would buy this one again my self.
MrEngineer at REI on 03/03/2013

Deuter Aircontact 65 +10

Not much else to say that hasn't been covered, but I will say that this pack is AWESOME!! I have quite a pack collection,but stubbornly clung to my beloved ALICE. Finally, the left shoulder envelope ripped,and I had to retire it. Saw this pack in-store and was instantly attracted to it. Sleeker design than I am used to,a lot of internal/ external space and easily adjusting waistband. Lumbar support that is not punishing, as I have an auto injury that affects my lower back, neck and shoulders.Tried on, and was surprised at how easily I was able to adjust everything to fit my body! I also like the sleeping bag pocket at the bottom. Very convenient and do not worry about snagging and tearing. Recently "broke" it in on a 3-day outting to the 'Hood, and even with all the gear, I still had plenty of space, should I have needed it. Performed flawlessly...look forward to hopefully being able to punish it in B.C. next year!
Johnny Presto at REI on 10/10/2012

My cousin let me borrow his bag for a few weekend backpacking trip to try it out before I bought one. I liked the bag for a number of reasons. First it's probably one of the most comfortable bags I've used. The padding on both hips and shoulders are great. It also has awesome storage options to stay organized. Third is the expandable top that adds the extra 10L which makes this bag more versatile. What I didn't like was that it became pretty awkward when carrying more than 40lbs. The weight doesn't sit as well as other bags that I've used. BC claims that the max weight for this bag is 65lbs and that must be the absolute limits of the suspension. The other thing is that it's pretty heavy, but that's probably from all the padding which makes it such a comfortable bag.

Alexander S at on 06/12/2013

Comfortable, Tough Pack

I had to write a review since several reviewers apparently haven't bothered to figure out how pack works before posting reviews. Either that or they posted reviews for a different pack.

There is no missing rain cover. The raincover on the AirContact 65+10 is integral to the pack and is permanently tethered to it. On the very bottom of the back is a zipper. Open the zipper and out comes the raincover.

Great pack, if slightly on the heavy side. However, it will still be doing hauling duty 15 years from now when most lightweight packs are in landfills. If you're carrying over 40 lbs. for whatever reason, this pack is a great choice. It is exceedingly comfortable.
Photo Guy 27 at REI on 05/05/2013

Quality comfortable pack

I have used this pack many times over the past 3 years. I am always pleased with the comfort that this pack provides. I have no aches, pains or other issues from the pack, just those from my advancing age. This pack has been a godsend for me to get back into backpacking after taking off for 25 years. The small waist pocket is of limited use, but perfectly fits my digital camera.

The pack is widely adjustable and I find I can really cinch the load tight to my body for traversing rough terrain. The capacity, layout and access is very good. I wish the top cover was detachable for peak bagging.
Mr Bill at REI on 09/09/2012

Good bag

Nice bag that I got on sale plus a coupon (always wait for sales). I travel light but the size of this allows for bulk and I appreciate that. I really appreciate the suspension system as it rides well on my hips with very little weight on my shoulders and it balances really well. I like the narrowness of the bag as it keeps me from getting caught up on bushes and branches along the trail and the hydration compartment held my 3 liter bladder well. My only reason for four stars is that I had to buy a rain cover because it didn't come with it; kind of a cheap trick.
Baughbisbob at REI on 10/10/2012

great pack

Great pack. Very comfortable. Used over a 5 day trip over rough Terrain. Pack was very comfortable and easy to use. The pocket on the waist belt is pretty much worthless and would be better served by a water bottle holder.

The internal bladder, once filled, tend to take up some space. The bottle pockets are large but very hard to get to.

I will continue to use this pack and am very happy with it. Be aware, I did not receive any free items with this pack and there is no detachable pack cover included.
linejudge at REI on 06/06/2012

I tried one of these packs out at a conference where Deuter had a demo stand and fell in love with it. I"ve had it for 6 months now, used it on several week long and weeekend trips and couldn't be happier. Its held up great, good amount of storage pockets, easy access into the pack, and the included cover works great, keeps everything dry. I've tried several different brands and makes of packs before, and this is by far my favorite and most comfortable. Definitely recommend.

merp57440 at on 09/28/2012