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Comments about Deuter Transit 50 Travel Backpack:
I purchased this pack as a more compact alternative to my Osprey Waypoint 65 but with the same main pack capacity (see also my review of the Farpoint 70 for more discussion on the pros and cons of the Osprey design).
This is a excellent mid-range travel pack if you're looking for something that's more luggage with a suspension system than a full-on backpack. Invented years ago by Eagle Creek with its European Journey and more recent Rincon detachable-daypack designs, this style of travel pack is wider than a typical backpack, somewhat shorter, and with a straighter back panel. This keeps the pack size close to domestic or international carry-on standards and permits efficient packing using organizer cubes and clothing folder boards but at the expense of long-distance carry comfort. Most people purchasing these packs will carry them no farther than from the train to the hotel room; compactness and maneuverability is more important than long-haul comfort.
The Transit 50 holds just what it name implies in the main pack - 50L, maybe a bit more. This is a great size for a pack. It's not officially carry-on dimensions - legal carryons max out at around 45L in a 22 x 14 x 9 format; this pack is 24 x 13 x 10 with a 22 x 12 frame - close enough that a partially filled pack can squeak in under the llimit. Fortunately, the Transit 50 has a very effective load compression system which can shrink the pack down in depth dramatically - just like a backpack. And perfect if you're starting your trip light and coming back heavy. The main pack is further divided into a 12-14L bottom compartment with its own entry. This can come in handy for shoes and wet things, but most importantly it tends to push your heavier gear higher up your back where it belongs. Single-compartment packs and duffels have to be very carefully packed to carry right.
Internally, there's just enough organization to be useful - one mesh compartment under the front panel, and a strap-and fabric wrap system for internal load stabilization. Auxiliary pockets and personal small stuff storage is relegated to the 12L daypack.
The suspension system is quite rugged. The hipbelt and shoulder straps are very thickly padded and torso-length-adjustable - unusual in a pack at this price point and a very welcome design feature. There is a good lumbar pad, but alas no padding between it and the shoulder straps. That's reserved for their higher end models.
Unfortunately, there's no comparing the Transit 50's carry comfort to that of a more backpack-like travel pack - for example, the Osprey Waypoint 65 or even the Farpoint 70, which are its closest equivalents in terms of volume. This comes from the straighter and shorter back panel of the Transit 50. The pack tends to pull away from your shoulders, and its shorter length makes the load adjuster straps at your shoulder ineffective - unless you are very short of torso. I'm not.
There are certain design details that one comes to expect with the higher end packs like Eagle Creek and Osprey that are missing on this pack. The pack compression straps don't have keepers - so there are a lot of loose strap ends dangling around to be caught in an airport luggage carousel. But there are waistbelt strap keepers. Deuter has kept its focus on the functionality and durability of this pack - like it does for all its products. The zippers are big, beefy #10s with large pulls. The fabric is a heavier weight ripstop or Cordura that will survive a lot of torture, unlike, for example the lighter fabrics Osprey used on its Farpoint series. And it comes with a shoulder strap and D-rings that let you carry it like luggage. That's very unusual.
If you want a better carry, more style, or less weight and don't need a lot of size adjustment, go with the Osprey Farpoint 70 or 55. This pack doesn't break any new ground beyond that trodden by Eagle Creek. But all in all, this is a right-sized pack that can be coerced into an overhead luggage bin or stuffed to the gills with about as much as you'd ever want to carry on a year-long RTW trip. It's priced right, and will last years. It's not for those who want ultimate comfort in a travel pack, but perfect for the Eurailpass traveler. And it works much much better than a convertible wheelie pack on the rough cobbles of Old Europe's streets or the 3rd world's dirt and gravel roads.
I'll be keeping my Waypoint 65, but would not hesitate to recommend this pack.
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