This hydration pack uses the same reservoir found in the Deuter Compact EXP 8 that I tested before. It uses the same Stream Clip that you must have near you while you are loading the reservoir with water or you will be juggling the hydration pack to the Stream Clip to close the reservoir. Just like the Deuter Compact EXP 8 that I tested before, I had to get used to carrying the additional liter of water that I was not accustomed to. Again, when I was on the trails, the initial extra weight made me feel slower up the climbs. Luckily with adjustable shoulder, chest and waist straps, again this Deuter did not slide one bit during my more technical high speed turns and single track runs. Over time, I would use up the water and then the Deuter would feel no heavier than 2L CamelBak hydration packs that I have grown so accustomed to using. I did notice that built-in zippered pocket doesn’t carry enough gear for a hydration pack that is designed for two hours or more on the trail. It forces you to use your jersey pockets to carry the overflow or use a bike bag. In an emergency, I guess you could use the zipped pouch that the reservoir is in but I would be concerned about the aluminized interior.
I am a big fan of their Airstripe technology. It really keeps your back from being overly heated and sweaty. The hydration pack almost feels like it is barely touching your back. Now does the aluminized lining really keep the water cooler or hotter longer? The answer is a definitely yes. Using the Hydro Lite 3.0 in 95 degree temperatures, the water definitely stayed cooler longer than my CamelBak Lobo that I have been using on the same trails. Water flow is less than my CamelBak. Again, I would say it is about 75-80% of the CamelBak but this reduction doesn’t affect actual trail use. Build quality is again first-rate. Stitchings are tight, no loose threads and the fabric is of high-quality.
This is a high-quality pack that carries 3L of water for longer trail use of two hours. I feel the Deuter Hydro Lite 3.0 is better suited for a hiker than a biker. Because of the limited zippered storage and the size of the water reservoir is geared for longer treks, you as a biker should save your money and purchase instead one of the Deuter hydration packs that has much more storage to carry all your biking needs on a long ride.
Aluminized lining that keeps the water cooler longer, high build quality, unique shut-off bite valve.
Really designed for the hiker in mind and not the mountain biker due to limited storage capacity.
Manufacturer’s Website: http://www.deuterusa.com/
Watch the Interbike Video from Deuter USA: http://reviews.mtbr.com/interbike/deuter-race-exp-air-hydration-pack/