Deuter Camino Backpack
The foundation of any great trekking pack is in a great carry system. For Deuter’s Aircontact Lite trekking packs, this is achieved through a body contact philosophy where stability and effective energy transfer are optimized by bringing the weight of the pack close to the body and therefore close to the center of gravity of the wearer. This results in full control and an efficient carry of heavier loads.
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ELITE PERFORMANCE - Lightweight, accommodating, and brilliantly versatile, the Aircontact Lite 40 + 10 is an all-season pack excelling on advanced-level hikes and extended backcountry excursions
MAX VENTILATION, MAX ENDURANCE - Aircontact Lite back system is proven to reduce perspiration by 15%; Breathable padding made of open-cell, hollow-chamber foam and ergonomic internal X-frame let cool air in and hot air out
REVOLUTION IN COMFORT - Auto-Compress, Ergonomic Comfort Lock hip fins of dual density foam deliver a custom fit for load stability; Vari Quick adjustable back length fits torsos 15 - 20 in.; S-shaped shoulder harness has soft edge and airy 3D mesh lining
LIGHTEN UP - The Aircontact Lite is fully adjustable for enhanced load weight management; Hip belt with Pull-Forward construction is easy to fasten and tighten with heavier loads; Adjustment straps at shoulders deliver effortless weight distribution from shoulders to hips; Pack totals 3 lbs. 11 oz.
TRAIL UTILITY - Extendable 10L pack collar for volume expansion; Height and width adjustable chest strap with signal whistle; Side compression straps for regulating pack volume; Abundant internal and external loops and pockets; Hydration system compatible; Limited lifetime warranty
3lbs 8 oz
reason to purchase for the camino:
The Deuter backpack has an awesome reputation for being one of the best overall backpacks for thru-hiking because of his comfortable padding and breathing capability. It holds the weight evenly and has the ability to access the content from the bottom of your bag. With the hip belt pockets, it comes fully featured and ready to hold plenty of weight. It's on the heavier side for a Camino backpack, but it sure is comfortable and will last beyond this trip.
Budget friendly alternatives:
The 40+10 version is also a great option and a little cheaper!
About the gear list Curator
It's always good to know who is designing an optimized backpacking list since you should be getting information from experienced backpackers that have not only done wilderness backpacking, but also the Camino itself. There are distinct differences between wilderness backpacking (i.e. Appalachian Trail or Pacific Crest Trail) and then walking the Camino de Santiago.
About the Camino Gear List Curator:
Caleb has hiked the entire Camino Frances in the fall of 2016 and has done many wilderness hikes along the Appalachian Trail, Superior Hiking Trail, Machu Pichu, and other smaller week-long treks. His hiking style tends to be a lightweight backpacker rather than an ultralight backpacker. His pack base weight for wilderness thru-hikes tend to be around 15-18 pounds rather than ultralight backpacking weighing below 10 pounds. He also does not recommend the base pack weight above 22 pounds. In general, the Camino is unique because you can cut out some heavy pack items such as a tent and substitute more hygiene products or clothing. The Camino is different from other thru-hikes since it has higher hygiene expectations in it's hiking culture. This list allows for a handful of luxury items and targets the necessities for a Camino hike. If you are planning on doing the Camino in the winter or the Primativo, make sure to read the description of each product to see if you should get it in those circumstances.