Deuter Compact EXP 12 review

Compact but spacious backpack

Our rating 
2.5 out of 5 star rating 2.5
£70.00 RRP
Deuter Compact EXP 12

Our review

The Compact is a Tardis-like thing with a lot of features, but it can feel a little stiff on your back
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This is a fairly heavy pack (970g) but it’s a serious work of construction. Well made and well featured, the pockets are large and compartmentalised for easy sorting (plus there’s an ever-useful pump sleeve), and you can expand or cinch it in. 

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It’s so well done it feels like a Tardis – better even, as it swallows much more than it should be able to without attracting Cybermen. 

The back has a central channel with flexible stays for support. But, while it does keep it balanced when loaded to capacity, they only flex vertically and not horizontally – meaning you don’t get that optimum feel of it moulding perfectly to your back. 

Mesh straps save some weight, but in truth we’d take a few more grams in exchange for solid straps with a little more padding, especially on the wings of the hip belt. The EXP 12 doesn’t come with a bladder (it has runs for the tubing, though) so bear that in mind when considering the price. 

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This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Compact EXP 12 backpack (12)
Brand Deuter

Description *Pack capacity 12 litres *Pack weight 970g *Bladder capacity N/A *Bladder weight N/A *Soft pocket Yes *Removable tube N/A *Helmet carrier Yes * Key clip Yes