Deuter Race X Air Review

Hydration Pro Reviews

This is a pretty nice hydration pack, with some exemplary features. The foremost feature, is their Aircomfort System, which uses thin steel springs and a mesh backing to tension the pack away from your back, providing excellent ventilation and air flow without getting a sweaty back. Everything works in tandem with mesh shoulder straps, padded hip and neck sections (where the springs attach), and waist and sternum straps. The system also helps distribute the weight load evenly, for a noticeable comfort, and good anti-swaying characteristic. Deuter is a German company that was founded in 1898, initially making mailbags, and they now manufacturer sleeping bags, and backpacks for all sorts of activities, including outdoor sports, traveling, business and school work.

Deuter Race X Air
The Race X Air has a 850 cubic inch or 14 litre carrying capacity, weighs around 820 grams or 9 ounces, and comes with a 2 liter reservoir bag, and a plethora of features. The tear dropped shaped pack is made with a combination of HexLite 210 and their Deuter Microrip Nylon fabrics, for lightweight and durability, and comes in Ocean/Silver and Black/Titan colors. The Race X Air is the smallest of their Race series of packs, and uses their Advanced Aircomfort ventilation system, which is a very innovative and highly functional entity.

Features
The reservoir bag is made by Source Vagabond Systems, and is called the Streamer, and it’s pretty trick. The Streamer’s closure is a variant of a river runner dry bag closure system, and is durable and leakproof. Just slide the top bar off the reservoir, fold open the bag, clean or fill as needed, then fold over and slide it back on. Source was founded in 1989 and manufactures in Haifa District in Israel, where they make hydration systems, adventure sandals and travel accessories. Besides the excellent opening system, the reservoir has the Helix Valve silicone mouthpiece with a Dirt Shield cover, PE film material with Grunge-Guard (an anti-microbial treatment) and a Glass-Like surface which prevents a bio-film build up.

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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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