Out Of The Box: Deuter Compact 10 Air EXP- by Grannygear
The Deuter Compact 10 Air EXP (whew…that is quite a long name there) is a full featured pack from Deuter that tugs at the heart of any mountain biker that needs a pack that can stretch into a long day or haul a full load. we already looked at the weights, etc, in this article so now let’s take a look at some of the features. There are two main compartments in the Compact 10. The first is divided into four sub compartments, one is as deep as the entire front panel running all the way down below the level of the blinky strap. The others are smaller, one being a zipped netted pouch and the others are two open stretchy pouches. And of course, a key clip. The next compartment is the largest of all and is divided into two sections, or three depending how you look at it. There is the quite spacious zipped/netted pouch and there is a marsupial type stretch pouch you can just see in the middle pic that subdivides the main compartment. The pack also expands if need be. Note the last pic below to the far right…it is showing the zipper that allows the pack to expand its capacity by 180 cubic inches/3L. Handy as you shed layers of clothing or pick up stuff along the way.
In the rear most panel of the pack is the 100oz/3.0L reservoir that is accessed from a side zip panel. The hose can be routed over either shoulder strap. The reservoir closes with a quite convenient sliding clip/roll top deal, making it easy to clean inside and dead easy to fill. The bite valve also has a shut off (twist it) and a cap cover for transport. There are also side compression straps, two per side, that can also hold on to body armor or larger clothing. The net side pockets will hold a water bottle easily and the strap is at the right level to hold the bottle in place. The Deuter Air Comfort FlexLite System is quite a set-up. Besides the obvious mesh back panel that keeps the pack extremely well ventilated and supported, there is a spring steel ‘X’ that allows for the pack to track your body torsionally and there are hip wing pads to help carry the load and stabilize the pack. Out beyond the hip pads are two zipped netted hip-belt pouches. The shoulder straps are wide and well ventilated and the sternum strap is height adjustable. Wow.
We are not done yet, as there are a few more things such as the way some of the compartments allow you to snap the zippers closed, the helmet ‘bra’, the rain cover (both stowed away in their own compartments), and a reflective blinky strap . Well that ought to do.
We have had this on trail now and are getting to know it pretty well, so stay tuned for that!
Note: Deuter sent this pack to Twenty Nine Inches at no charge. We are not being paid, nor bribed for this review. We will strive to give our honest thoughts and opinions throughout.