Deuter Hydration Packs – Deuter Compact EXP 8 & Hydro Lite 3.0 Pro Review

Hydration Pro Reviews

Trail Use:
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.

Conclusions:
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.

Pros:
Aluminized lining that keeps the water cooler longer, high build quality, unique shut-off bite valve.

Cons:
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/

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  • cmonkep says:

    Maybe I’m picking nits, but the weight of the extra water you decided to carry hardly seems like a con…

  • etal says:

    It looks like the hydration system they are using is:
    http://www.source-vagabond.com/hydration-solutions.html

    I use the same one with an older Deuter model, unfortunately the bite valve on mine did not last long, I replaced it with a Camelback valve and it was a major improvement. They did come out with a newer version of the valve so the new ones might be better.

  • Tal says:

    I use the larger model, COMPACT EXP 12 – very comfortable, well vented, lots of pockets and well organized, small enough for 2 hrs ride but has enough volume to load lots of stuff for a day ride (even without using the optional expending capability). I was considering the Dakine Nomad but felt it did not have a well vented back system. this pack is great, it has all the benefits of the organized space of the Nomad only with better ventilation.

  • jgerhardt says:

    I have a smaller Dueter I and really like it.
    The only issue I have is the bite valve will leak on the trail, I am thinking about switching it will a Camelback one…

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