You don’t often see a lot of Deuter packs when talking about traditional running backpacks, but the Deuter Speed Lite 10 may just change your mind, especially if you’re looking for a little more storage area than is typical.
- It’s going to be hard to beat this pack in terms of storage
- Versatile, can be used for more than just a traditional running backpack
- Removable waist strap to help control weight and stability if necessary
- Large 3M reflectors used for safety in non-daylight hours
- One size fits all
- Typically used for biking treks, though perfect if you want a pack you can take biking and running
- Other than the side holsters there is no storage accessible mid-run
The Bottom Line
This pack is not for the average runner. If you do a lot of trail running or mountain running this pack would work out well, especially if you wanted to use it for other activities like snowboarding or biking.
The Deuter Speed Lite 10 is actually Deuter’s lightest pack, with the exception of a few of their hydration packs. This particular pack was first released around 2007 and was upgraded in 2012 with some new colors and new features.
Comfort and Fit
While storage may be considered Deuter’s number one feature, comfort and fit is a close second.
The pack consists of (2) shoulder straps, (1) removable waist strap, and (1) removable chest strap. All straps are adjustable, and if you’ve ever running with a chest strap you know how important that is.
The tapered shape of the bag also makes for a perfect fit and allows free swinging arms for running.
The part of the pack that fits up against your back and the inside of the shoulder straps are made out of 3D air mesh (basically closed cell foam) for added comfort.
Unlike a lot of running packs this pack doesn’t include any hydration bladder or water bottles. However, on each side of the pack there are mesh pockets with an elastic opening to carry water bottles.
Depending on how much weight you want around your hips and how willing you are to stretch out the pockets you can probably fit multiple 24-30 ounce bottles.
In addition to the side storage the vertical compartments on the back side of the pack are compatible with a typical 2 liter hydration bladder, though you’ll have to supply the bladder separately.
Storage is the bread and butter of the Deuter Speed Lite 10.
If you’ll notice (in the picture to the right) all the zipper slides are equipped with finger loops (or finger pulls) which comes in super handy for accessing all your gear quickly.
There’s 2 vertical storage compartments on the back. One is a your typical large storage area perfect for tossing 99% of your gear. Fitting just behind that pocket is a smaller pocket that Deuter calls the “valuables pocket.” So, if you’ve got anything you want to store towards the top of the pack without having to dig around a bunch then this is the perfect area to do it.
Also attached to the large pocket are 4 nylon hooks in each corner which can be used to strap gear to the back of the pack.
For a little more information check out the video below by Deuter.
For such a lightweight pack, Deuter packs (no pun intended) a lot of punch. Deuter considers most of their backpacks daypacks, and that’s what they excel at. If you’re not sold on the the 10L, you can always bump it up to the 20L, but this is one of our favorite packs to date from Deuter.