The Deuter Aircontact 65+10 is an extremely plush pack that also happens to be one of the heaviest. It's overall score landed towards the bottom of our review, but this pack in many ways is the Cadillac of backpacking packs. If you love the features and the fit, it is a good value. If you have the cash, we recommend the Arc'teryx Bora AR 63, our Editors' Choice winner. If you still want a lot of pockets but want a lighter and more versatile pack (that doesn't cost $550), go with our Top Pick winner, the Osprey Atmos AG 65. If you like the adjustability of the Aircontact but wish it was a little lighter and/or less expensive, check out the Osprey Volt 60.
The Deuter Aircontact 65+10 has been updated, with the main changes in the backsystem and the addition of more straps. New color options are also available for this season. Scroll down for a more detailed comparison of the new Aircontact 65+10 vs. the older version.
The Deuter Aircontact 65+10 pack is among the most comfortable packs in our review. We had a hard time choosing a "Top Pick" for most comfortable and the Aircontact was a contender. However, after extensive side-by-side testing, the Bora and Baltoro barely edged out the Aircontact in comfort and suspension. The Aircontact had a burlier suspension and similarly comfortable shoulder straps as the Osprey Aether AG 60 and 70. Even hiking all day with 50 pounds, the Aircontact's straps and waist belt spread the pressure evenly and the pack felt exceptionally good.
We've checked in with Deuter and can confirm that the update we've posted below, comparing the new version of the Aircontact to the original, is still accurate. Keep reading to get all the details!