Deuter Race X Air Review

Hydration Pro Reviews

Bottom Line
The Deuter Race X Air is quite an exceptional mid sized hydration pack, with many innovative and functional features, and its 14 liter carrying capacity is the perfect accompaniment for long rides. Their Aircomfort System is works like a charm, and it keeps the pack off your back, increasing comfort, ventilation and load carrying characteristics, so say good bye to an overtly sweaty back and pack interface. The voluminous main compartment is simple to load, and the front and side pockets are useful, although additional internal pockets would help to organize smaller items. The Streamer reservoir worked quite nicely, and the internal hanging system was easy to use, and the bite valve has some nice features, but was difficult to draw water effectively. The pack is well made, with good stitching and material choices, and has been very durable.

Strengths

  • Reservoir system
  • Aircomfort system – great ventilation and load carrying
  • Waist sliders
  • Light and durable pack material
  • Well built
  • Zipper snaps
  • Rain cover

Weaknesses

  • Main compartment need additional pockets
  • Bite valve – hard to draw
  • Shoulders strap edges are rough
  • Hip padding metal brace area can dig into back

Overall Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

 

Race X Air Company Specs:

  • Visit the Deuter Race X Air Website
  • Weight – 1/13 lbs/oz or 820 g
  • Volume – 850 cubic inches or 14 litre
  • Size – 19 / 8.7 / 5.9 (H x W x D) Inch or 47 / 22 / 15 (H x W x D) cm
  • Material – Deuter-Microrip-Nylon / HexLite 210
  • MSRP $ 69.00

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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • Teleken says:

    I had the same thoughts on my now 3 year old Deuter pack. Love the mesh back & straps hated the mouthpiece and have used a Camelback bladder/mouthpiece for 2 years now. If the tubing was the same size I would have used the Camelback tube/mouthpeice on the excellent Deuter bladder.

    I found that the bottom of the pack did dig into my side on long rides or with heavy loads but wearing it lower helped fix that.

  • Henry says:

    Once you try Deuter “Air comfort System”, you will sell your camelbak and everything else.

  • erik says:

    I have swapped out the valve for a camelback valve on my streamer bladder, they have worked just fine, I have also swapped out the hose witha camelbackhose on a second bladder as well too.

    I agree a quick disconnect would be great as well.

    I have a few sizes of deuter bags depending on the ride and they have all been great.

  • dobre shunka says:

    I love my 6 year old Deuter pack with the AirStripes but will be ordering one of these because of the Air Comfort System.

    If you’re looking for a quick disconnecting hose, CamelBak sells a connecter you can retrofit onto an existing bladder. Got mine at REI for $10

  • Onie says:

    Any love for yer Ergon, mates? (;

  • Igor says:

    Bought Deuter exp air this season.
    No more sweaty backs but it comes without a hydration pack. Excellent quality but as said above lacks additional pockets in main compartment.

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