In 2012, my husband and I, along with our 4 children (then ages 2, 5, 7 and 9) walked the famous ‘Way’ pilgrimage: The Camino de Santiago. I remember spending weeks researching the right gear for the trip. One of the essentials most important to me was my backpack. I spent hours pouring over online reviews. I wanted a pack that would fit well with my smaller frame, but promised to be comfortable. After all, I would wear it for hours each day for days.
The pack I ended up purchasing, and one that I have subsequently recommended to friends and to-be pilgrims was/is the Deuter ACT Trail 28 SL Hiking Backpack.
You might ask, why are you writing about this backpack 6 years after you walked the Camino de Santiago? Well, I am now planning another big hiking adventure and my (now) teenager needed a backpack. I wanted to find a lightweight, women’s fit backpack and guess what pack once again appeared consistently at the top of all reviews?
Yep, you guessed it.
The Deuter ACT Trail 28 SL Hiking Backpack.
So, I bought it. Comparing the pack to my six year old pack, it seems there are few changes, if any, besides the removal of a strap and a less bulky hip belt pocket–changes which I assume help reduce the weight of this already light pack.