Deuter Race X Pack Review

Deuter Race X Pack...

Deuter Race X Pack…

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The Deuter Race X pack is a sleek, compact bike pack for fast and light tours. Its cunning design and features let you adapt it to a variety of excursions.

  • Made with Hexlite nylon with a double-thick panel on the bottom.
  • Airstripe system with mesh shoulder straps keeps your back cool and dry on long uphills.
  • Anatomically formed shoulder straps are mesh for breathability.
  • Mesh wings on hip belt for ventilation.
  • Small zippered pocket at top.
  • Interior valuables pocket.
  • Front zippered pocket.
  • Integrated, bright-yellow rain cover.
  • Reflectors on all side and a loop for attaching a light.
  • Hydration compatible holds up to a 2L water reservoir.
  • 600g
Deuter in action...

Deuter in action…

How was it tested?

For the past 18 months this has been my go to hydration pack for all my mountain bike rides where I wasn’t carrying a DSLR and for some bikepacking rides.

Race X keeping me resupplied while navigating...

Race X keeping me resupplied while navigating…

Comfort

The wide shoulder straps and waist belt make this pack very comfortable on long rides. There is a moisture wicking fabric on the rear and air channels that do a good job of keeping your back cool in hot weather. Deuter makes a version of this pack with a mesh pannel on the pack itself is suspended away from your body. I tried this version on and didn’t find the support frame comfortable so I didn’t buy it, however, some people like it.

With the straps adjusted properly the pack was stable when mountain biking and didn’t interfere with any riding movements. Riding with a full 2L bladder, tools, camera and snacks was no issue.

This pack fits like a conventional pack. Unlike some of the lumbar wrapping style packs that sit low and wrap the bag around your hips. For smaller bags like the Race X this difference isn’t so important, but as you add weight I find the lumbar wrapping style packs are more stable and more comfortable on the bike.

The back and rain cover...

The back and rain cover…

Durability

Other than some stains this pack looks pretty much new. The fabrics used and zippers are totally up to the task of outdoor recreation.

Race X on the move in Sedona...

Race X on the move in Sedona…

Features

This is pretty basic pack. There is rear pocket big enough for some energy bars and a cellphone. Inside the main body there in a sleeve for a hydration bladder [2L fits fine] and a roomy portion that would fit tools, pump, a jacket and a lunch. On top there is a small sunglass pocket that is lined with soft scratch free material.

One thing I missed on this pack is side pockets on the waist belt. I zip tied a camera bag for my P&S camera, but that was never an awesome solution.

This pack worked great for day rides up to 4-5hrs as long as I didn’t want to carry my DSLR camera.

Having a rain cover tucked into the bottom of the pack proved handy a few times as did the reflective material and loop on the pack for a red blinky.

What now?

I’m passing this pack on to Sharon because she wants a pack that fits her better than the Gregory Reactor I gave her a year ago. The Reactor fits me great and I like the side pockets it has so we both win. Sharon finds waist belt pockets unflattering and she doesn’t carry a camera on bike rides.

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