Deuter Attack 20 backpack review

Handy but heavy storage and protection

BikeRadar score2.5/5

Bridging the gap between a hydration pack and body armour, the Deuter Attack 20 combines a sturdy 20-litre backpack with a removable, CE certified visco-elastic foam back plate.

From the offset, the Attack 20’s weight is evident – it's 1.9kg with the back plate in and 1.4kg with it removed. This makes it a hefty backpack before you’ve even started filling it with all the essentials you’ll need for a day in the hills.

We packed what we’d consider the basics: a 2L bladder, spare tube, mini pump, a few basic tools and some energy bars. It nudged the scales at 4.6kg.

While the weight is a concern, Deuter has added a substantial level of support via a large and well padded hip belt and broad shoulder straps, helping to limit the pack’s movement during aggressive riding on rough trails.

If you’re a regular visitor to the Alps or a fan of multi-day riding adventures and like the idea of a cavernous capacity and in-built back protection, the Attack is worth a look, but bear in mind that the substantial price tag doesn’t include a bladder.

Olly Forster

Staff Writer, UK
Olly started riding in '94 after reading Mountain Biking UK as a teenager, and by '97 he'd done his first downhill race. Having worked in the bike industry since 2000 in a range of roles, he's still as hungry as ever to test new kit and explore fresh trails.
  • Age: 36
  • Height: 178cm / 5'10"
  • Weight: 82kg / 180lb
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Downhill and trail
  • Beer of Choice: Sierra Nevada IPA

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