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Deuter Race EXP Air 15L Backpack

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Say good-bye to back sweat and hello to long-haul hydration.

Go long, ride hard, hike fast, and sweat less? Yes, when you strap on the Deuter Race EXP Air Backpack, with the AirComfort FlexLite back system that harnesses your load in padded, stabilized comfort and provides sweat-reducing ventilation and mesh. Its steel wire X-frame keeps everything in sturdy shape, and the three-liter reservoir keeps you hydrated and happy. It even has a rain cover, for those surprise showers. 

  • AirComfort FlexLite system features shoulder straps, hipbelt, back panel, and frame that stabilizes and stays dry, cool, and comfortable on those epic rides or hikes
  • Padded, anatomically shaped shoulder straps with 3D-AirMesh cover, ventilation hip pads, and AriComfort sweat-reducing ventilated back keep you cool, dry, and comfy on your hike or ride
  • Sternum strap and padded, mesh hipbelt stabilize the pack
  • Durable spring steel wire X-frame gives tension to the mesh back panel and always pops back into place
  • Expandable main compartment gives an ample 10-pound carrying capacity for gear and goodies
  • HexLite 210 and microrip nylon fabrics endure years of wear and tear
  • Integrated, detachable rain cover keeps your gear dry in a storm
  • Three-liter reservoir included for all-day hydration
  • Stowaway helmet holder gives your head a break during a mellow climb
  • Small zippered pocket secures valuables during your activity; two mesh side pockets hold frequent-use gear
  • 3M reflector loop adds visibility in low light

Tech Specs

210D HexLite, Microrip nylon
12 - 15L (730 - 900cu in)
2 mesh side
19 x 11 x 6 in
Claimed Weight:
2 lb 2 oz
Recommended Use:
biking, day hikes
Manufacturer Warranty:

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best packs for MTB

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using this pack for ~2 months in the summer heat on single track. I wear shin pads and elbow pads when I am on single track and I had been using a regular back pack to carry spare tubes, water bottles, multitool, etc. I was overheating a lot.
I bought this pack for the ventilation and it is awesome. My back does not heat up anymore, the ventilation is great.
There is enough room to carry a small pump, tube, multitool, quick links, my wallet, phone, and with room left over. I have used the outer mesh pockets to carry water bottles without issues. I have used this pack a lot and it seems durable. Very impressed!

Just wanted to double check to see if the 3Liter reservoir is included for this item?

Hi Matt, This bag does include the reservoir. If you have any other questions, please feel free to hit me up directly and I'll get you taken care of. - Matthew Pizza - Expert Gearhead

Look no more and buy this pack!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've tried most all other brands over the years and finally found the perfect cycling pack! The AirComfort is an amazing feature even on hot rides in the summer in don't get a soaked jersey from sweat!!! The pack distributes weight so well that you can load this with everything you need for the day without feeling fatigued. The bladder also opens entirely at the top so no more dropping ice cubes on your bare feet! AMAZING PACK, THANKS DEUTER!

Best bike pack I've used!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm generally not a big fan of hydration packs while mountain biking, but with longer rides, it's unavoidable. Pack carries really comfortable and the aircomfort system is a god send when riding in the Utah heat! Helmet carry and rain fly are nice touches. Plenty of room to carry knee pads, a rain shell, shock pump, tools, ect. Only complaint is that there isn't an internal pocket I can stash anything in. Otherwise the construction is top notch and color is just flashy enough.

Best Bike Commute Pack Ever!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pack stays close to my body, doesn't shift, and it light weight. It is just the right size to pack my tablet, clothes and shoes for the day plus I can expand it to fit in lunch. I use it without the water bladder to commute. The suspension design keeps my back cool and my random things I stuff in (like high heels or swim goggles) never poke my back. The helmet holder is super great because I can easily carry all my bike clothes, shoes, and helmet to my desk at work. I just used it with the hydration system on a weekend mountain bike ride and it was awesome!

Pedals down the Best!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is by far the best designed and executed hydration pack for cycling. I still have one from 2007 (and use it occasionally) and that one has been through races like the BC Bike race.

The air comfort back is very comfortable and provides fabulous ventilation to keep your back aired out. This pack is very comfortable over long distances while loaded up.

The pack has plenty of room but does not feel bulky or awkward when riding. Besides the cycling necessities, I carry a full frame DSLR in it on many of my rides.

Deuter in one of the oldest backpack companies around. Their product quality and designs show it.

Simply better than camelbak and osprey

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm an avid, veteran mountain biker and recently discovered road cycling. I own this pack, as well as an osprey raptor 18 and a camelbak luxe (not sure of model name -- won it in a race). I highly recommend this pack, for the following reasons:

1) the aircomfort flex light system is a winner. Both the osprey and the camelbak are sweat sponges and they make me too hot. after a few multi-hour rides, the osprey and camelbak get disgustingly funky. Not the deuter.

2) while the quality of the osprey zippers and fabrics are excellent, the camelbak is cheesy. The deuter is right up there with the osprey.

3) the deuter reservoir, bite valve, and hose:reservoir connector are markedly superior. The osprey is a close second and the camelbak is embarrassingly bad by comparison. I like the magnet that keeps the osprey's bite valve close to your mouth, but the absence of this feature on the deuter isn't a big flaw.

4) the deuter's helmet attachment is simpler and more flexible than the osprey's, accommodating either a full-face or an xc race helmet. No chance of getting a full-face onto the osprey.

I can fit knee and elbow pads, tube and patch kit, first aid kit and gopro in the deuter with a full water reservoir without expanding its capacity via the clever zip-to-expand feature. Or, when I do my 45 mile road bike commute, it easily fits MacBook Air 11" in the hydration sleeve, clothes, and dob kit. After those rides when the pack sits next to my desk at work, I especially appreciate that it doesn't sponge up all my sweat like the osprey and camelbak do.

I owned a previous deuter hydration pack for 12 years and sold it to upgrade to this for expandable capacity. It was rock solid reliable and this one has been too. Give this pack a close look. I am clearly a big fan.