The Deuter Transit 65 backpack is the ultimate partner for trips abroad with its stylish design and timeless colors. Its trademark is the suitcase/backpack carrying options that make traveling easy.
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Rated 5 out of
Just What I Was Looking ForI am now 63 and wanted something that opened like a suitcase, so I can see what I have. I did not want a top opening backpack that I have to take everything out of to get to the bottom item. I also did not want a lot of outside staps that have to be fussed with.
I researched the type of backpack I wanted for the type of camping that I do at my age. I don't go on expedition any more. Mostly out with the grandkids or off to a county park for the weekend. I may hike into a walk in site, but rarely more than a mile. The Transit 65 has the capacity I need, it is a clam shell opening pack, so I can see what I have and have easy access to it. I wanted a handle on the top and the side, because it is a pain to pick up a heavy backpack by the shoulder straps. The back packing harness on it is excellent. Much more than you would get in a typical travel bag. Deuter has done an excellent job on the whole pack. It is much more than a suitcase and really an excellent backpack. It will not impress serious backpackers with its lack of features, but it is a very practical piece of equipment. The only thing missing is a lack of outside attachment points.
Date published: 2014-03-26
Rated 3 out of
Okay pack...has pros and consThis pack is made of good quality, durable fabric and has a really heavy duty main zipper. The waist belt is thickly padded for comfort but makes it a little bulky on the back when zipped into the panel that conceals the straps. The compartment at the bottom (below the main compartment) is quite large and roomy.
Unfortunately, I ended up returning this pack and getting the Osprey Waypoint 65. I was disappointed in the Deuter because the internal frame arcs backward into the main compartment taking up a lot of space. Also, the daypack that zips onto the front was extremely small. It looked like I was wearing a toddler backpack.
I was on the fence with this bag..it is a good quality bag and if you don't need the full 65L capacity, and don't mind the super tiny daypack, then I'd say get it. It was a tough decision, but once I compared it to the Osprey Waypoint (even though the Osprey has a smaller main compartment capacity), the Osprey had more features that I liked.
Date published: 2014-03-21
Rated 4 out of
Excellent DesignThis looks likely an excellent design. I love the way the straps zip-away for easy storage and handling when on a plane or train. I pre-packed with 7 days worth of clothes (about 20#) and there was room to spare. It has good shoulder straps and well-padded waist/hip belt, although the hip back is so well padded it doesn't contour as well as some other bags I have tried. I am a 5'3 woman and although the bag has lumbar adjustment it wasn't the right fit for me. Essentially the shoulder straps are set too wide for my frame which is average for my height. I was disappointed as I liked the bag otherwise. We are planning a 20 day trip in Europe by train and the comfort/fit of the bag is a priority. I have returned it and think I will need to go with the REI Grand Tour 80. It is a female-specific design and seems to be a better fit for me. I only wish it had the zip-in strap feature. If the Deuter is a fit with you I think you will love it.
Date published: 2014-03-21
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