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Deuter Compact Air EXP 8 SL

photo: Deuter Compact Air EXP 8 SL hydration pack


Price MSRP: $125.00
Historic Range: $81.21-$125.00
Reviewers Paid: $130.00
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


1 review
5-star:   0
4-star:   0
3-star:   1
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

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.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $130


Why only three stars? Just because of the zippers? How much have you used the pack and did the zippers break in over time? Storage of all types of things but what types of things did you actually store? The frame fit snuggly, what size person are you and what size pack did you get? Are the bottle pockets accessible and do they stow the bottles well? Where does it sit on your waist? What types of things were you using it for? Does it contain a water/bladder res.? Are there waist band pockets? Which zippers tended to stick? Are there exterior gear loops and what kind of gear actually attaches well?

7 years ago

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