Deuter Compact Air EXP 8 SL

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Weight 2 lb 2 oz / 970 g
Capacity 490 cu in / 8 L
Size 17 in x 9.4 in x 6.3 in / 43 cm x 24 cm x 16 cm
Material Deuter-Ripstop-Nylon



It's a nice looking pack with some good features.

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $130


It's a nice looking pack with some good features. Some of the zippers do not zip smoothly unless they are at a very specific angle.


  • Nice features, like the zip-out extension.
  • Frame fits nicely and keeps pack snug to body.
  • Lots of storage pockets.


  • Zippers do not flow smoothly.
  • No place for bike light on rain cover.

It's a nice looking pack with some good features. The frame and body of the pack fit very nicely and snug to the body, even when going over rough terrain. The pack is comfortable to wear fully loaded or empty.  

I think the best feature is the expandable body, it has come in handy many times. Another nice feature is the stow-able rain cover, though it would be nicer if it still allowed for the bike light to be attached to the pack.

There are several options for storage of all types of things both inside the pack and strapped to the outside of the pack. All have been very secure.

An issue with the pack is that some of the zippers do not zip smoothly unless they are at a very specific angle.  It's annoying but manageable. Also the lettering on the pack came off immediately. It was just like an iron on press on or something, not sewn in.

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Manufacturer's Description

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The Deuter Compact EXP Air is a full featured hydration compatible bike pack that will do everything. With its expandable main compartment, built in rain cover, stowaway helmet holder and reflective hip belt pockets, this pack will keep you organized.


The fact that you approach dusty, rocky, and muddy trails with the ferociousness of a tiger means that you need a pack that won't weigh you down. The Deuter Women's Compact EXP Air 8 SL Backpack is just such a pack: small, streamlined, and designed with the right features to hold your stuff without holding you back. Slim Line (SL) is a women-specific design that features narrower and shorter spaces between straps (both vertically and horizontally), S-shaped shoulder straps, and a curved wasitbelt for maximum comfortAircomfort ventilating back features ventilating hip pads and a low-profile steel frame to keep the tensioned, mesh back panel in place3D AirMesh lined, contoured shoulder straps are anatomically formed to match your back's curvatureStowaway mesh helmet holder keeps your climbing or bike lid handyExpanded volume feature offers simple size increase when you need to bring along a few extra itemsHydration pocket compatible with a 3L bladder (bladder not included)Double-sewn, bound seams offer lasting durability and eliminate frayingIntegrated rain cover features a sewn-in reflector for added safety


Deuter Compact EXP Air 8 SL Hydration Pack comes in a women-friendly slim-fit, perfect for hiking or riding. Mesh shoulder straps and hip fins let the air through to keep you cool and comfortable. Deuter's Airstripes back panel combines breathable foam and channels to pull cool air across your back. Comes with a 3 liter Deuter Hydration Reservoir and velcro-sealed tube channels to keep the hose in place. Two zippered front pockets, a bike pump sleeve and a front mesh pocket big enough for a helmet or jacket give you plenty of organization and storage. Two side water bottle pockets give you extra water capacity for long days. A safety light loop and 3M reflectors on the front, sides and back keep you safe after the sun goes down. Side compression straps compress your load on days when you're packing less, and double as extra places to lash down more gear. Hipbelt pocket keeps small items easy to reach without taking off the pack. A raincover easily deploys when the weather turns. A lightweight frame in this Deuter biking backpack helps transfer weight to your hips while remaining flexible to move with you. Weight: 2 lbs 2 oz (970 g). Volume: 490 cubic inches (8 liters). Dimension: 17x9.4x6.3 in (43x24x16 cm). Materials: Deuter ripstop nylon. Available Color(s): Blueberry/Spring

- Tahoe Mountain Sports

On Sale. Free Shipping. Deuter Compact EXP Air 8 SL Pack FEATURES of the Deuter Compact EXP Air 8 SL Pack AirComfort Flexlite Back System Integrated, Detachable Rain Cover Included 3L Reservoir Stowaway Helmet Holder Lumbar Pads Designated Zip Hydration Chamber Expandable Main Compartment 3M Reflector Loop FEATURES of the Deuter AirComfort Flex Lite Back System AirComfort ventilated back system reduces perspiration by 25% Anatomically shaped, padded shoulder straps with 3D-AirMesh cover Durable spring steel wire x-frame tensions the mesh back panel, and always pops back into place Ventilation hip pads allow the back system to rest comfortably against the back SPECIFICATIONS of the Deuter Compact EXP Air 8 SL Pack Carry Capacity: 10 lbs / 4.5 kg Volume: 490-600 cubic inches / 8-10 liter Weight: 2 lbs 2 oz / 0.97 kg (includes rain cover) Dimension: (H x W x D): 19 x 9.5 x 6in. / 43 x 24 x 16 cm Ripstop-Nylon

- Moosejaw