Deuter Trans Alpine, Compact EXP Air and Race Hydration Packs

Hydration Video

Christian from Deuter shows us three of their packs that are popular for biking – the Trans Alpine, the Compact EXP Air and the Race EXP Air. Deuter has some great features in their packs and they are great options if you ride in warm to hot climates.

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Trans Alpine

Actually designed and proven for mountain bike trans-alps but do with it what you want. It’s no wonder everyone just loves the Trans Alpine. This all-rounder is perfectly suited to almost any activity. In response to your wishes, this roomy bike backpack now has a map compartment that is in the back section and easy to access via zip closure. The rain cover is in high visibility neon yellow and has an additional safety light loop, providing better safety margins at dawn and at dusk. With its Airstripes back system, mesh wings and anatomically shaped shoulder straps, the Trans Alpine is super comfortable and gives a carry that is as steady as a rock.

  • Larger volume packs oriented towards bike packing and bike commuting
  • Available in 30-liter, 26-liter (women’s specific) and 25-liter
  • Airstripes back system
  • Suspension channel that runs down the middle with softer outer foam and sculpted inner foam
  • Offers good ventilation vertically and horizontally
  • 80% of pack doesn’t make contact with back for less sweat buildup
  • Mesh hip belts with 2 zippered pockets
  • Soft to the touch foam shoulder straps with load adjusters
  • Hidden raincover
  • Bottom compartment pocket
  • Zippered divider
  • Helmet holder
  • Lots of pockets for organization
  • Removable foam pad inside pack and can be used as a sitting mat
  • Malleable aluminum stay inside the suspension so you can custom mold to your back
  • Trans Alpine 30: $129
  • Trans Alpine 26 SL: $109
  • Trans Alpine 25: $119
  • Women’s Trans Alpine 26 SL “short length/slim line” is made by women, for women
  • Trans Alpine 25 has same features as 26 and 30 but just smaller volume and a different color

Compact Air EXP

The popular all-rounders also in a maximum back ventilation version: the Aircomfort FlexLite System features an elastic spring steel frame and an effective, three sided ventilation system – high carrying comfort, low weight! The Compact AIR unites all advantages of our classic, such as the expansion feature, internal tool pocket and the separate compartment for the drinking bladder, with fantastic breathability. Plus it looks fantastic in its textile design.

  • Available in 10-liter and 8-liter (women’s specific)
  • Excellent ventilation
  • Tension mesh back panel made of spring steel
  • Aircomfort back
  • Reduces perspiration by 25% on back, shoulder and hips
  • 2 mesh zippered pockets
  • Adjustable sternum strap
  • Hidden rain cover
  • Helmet holder
  • Zippered expander for additional volume
  • Side entry for reservoir
  • Compact Air EXP 10: $129
  • Compact Air EXP 8 SL: $125

Race EXP Air

This sleek, technical backpack is engineered for quick day tours with minimal baggage. If you need to take that little bit more with you, it has practical volume expansion options. Deuter Aircomfort back system effectively prevents heat build-up or sweaty backs. Streamer 100 oz / 3.0 L BPA-Free Hydration System included.

  • Most popular bike pack
  • Ventilated Aircomfort back
  • Added back panel spring steel stays in the form of an “x” so it moves with you
  • Reduces perspiration by 25%
  • Freshened up the design and lightened up the fabric for 2013
  • Helmet holder
  • Hidden rain cover
  • Expandable volume
  • $129 with 3-liter Streamer reservoir

For more info: www.deuter.com

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato has been the Site Manager of Mtbr.com for over 12 years and enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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  • MissedThePoint says:

    Deuter is the brand that showed me how lacking my Camelbak was, which was leaky, sweaty, and cumbersome with how it distributed its weight and could flop around..

    One feature the guy missed is how the pack is profiled to duck under branches and stuff easier, without worry of snagging.

  • Bikethrasher says:

    I’ve had my Race X air for almost 10 years and still love it. I’ve tried many others over the years and still haven’t found another I like better.

  • Stripes says:

    I have my second Deuter pack, the Racer X Air. These guys get the ergonomics of the back straps, and make the pack comfortable for those of us with shoulder issues.

  • gurthang says:

    Been using Deuter for years, much better designed than Camelbaks. They make much better use of the space and many other things. And those bladders that can be fully opened are wonderful to fill and keep clean. I ain´t no Camelbak hater, but credit where credit is due.

  • peter says:

    Any website where I can find the trans alpine 30 (new 2013 model)?
    I really need to find a page where I could order from, regardless it’s shipped from USA or any conuntry in UE. Any clue?

  • Nate says:

    Deuter pack has been great but their bladders rank among the worst pieces of gear I’ve ever used in over 25 years of mt biking. First bladder out of the box had a tear or a cut in it, warranty replacement lasted about 6 months before some part of the system abraded the bladder and caused a leak, that warranty replacement now hast the same problem. There is a burr on the internal flange for the hose mount and it has worn a tiny hole in the bladder nearly at the lowest point so a long drive to Canada almost flooded the floor of my camper but I double checked at a gas stop since I really have no trust for these things anymore. Little tip: Deuter hose seems to fit Dakine bladders and these seem like they are made with much better materials. Since like the mouthpiece cover, the Deuter hose is still my favorite.

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