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Deuter Compact Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 3, 2019

based on 48 reviews

We have checked tens of reviews and found 8 reasons to buy the Compact - and 3 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.

85% of the reviewers give the Deuter Compact a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (85%)
Good (0%)
Average (14%)
Poor (0%)
Bad (0%)


Reviews Summary

Here's what the reviewers think about the Deuter Compact:

Reviewers like these things about the Deuter Compact

  • Most reviewers said that it is a well made pack for daily hiking and weekend travelling.
  • They said that the bag is lightweight to carry.
  • A buyer said that the pack frame fits nicely and keeps it snug to the body for easy commuting.
  • Another user said that the pack is roomy and has good number of storage pockets to keep things organized.
  • A few travellers said that the expandable storage option helped them to carry extra amount of gears for their weekend camping.
  • Most of the users confirmed that the pack is comfortable to wear with good adjustable straps.
  • Some users have tested the rain cover in heavy rain and it helped to keep the bag dry.
  • A buyer said that the breathability of the pack is outstanding.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • Some complained that the zippers do not flow smoothly.
  • A user said that the side mesh pockets are too small to fit in large water bottles.
  • Another user said that the waist belt pockets are far too backwards to be easily accessible.


Crowdsourced specs across all Deuter Compact models and sizes:

Weight iconWeight1-2.4 oz (0.5-1.1 kg)
Length iconLength16-18 in (41-46 cm)
Width8-9 in (20-23 cm)
Height4.5-8 in (11-20 cm)

The bag is recommended for these activities:


Popular Models

Deuter Compact Lite 8

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54% choose the Deuter Compact Lite 8

54 %
Colors and combinations:


Deuter Compact Exp 12

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46% choose the Deuter Compact Exp 12

46 %
Colors and combinations:


Deuter Compact lite 8 vs Compact exp 12

The two most popular Deuter Compact models are the Compact lite 8 and the Compact exp 12, so let's compare them:

The Compact lite 8
The Compact exp 12

Popularity and Prices

In total, 100% of the people interested in the Deuter Compact bags choose one of these two models. The most popular choice is the Compact lite 8 which is choosen by 54% (1.2 times as many as the 46% that choose the Compact exp 12).

Compact lite 8Compact exp 12
Most popular

Features and Colors

Both models are available in white. Only the Compact exp 12 is available in black, blue and grey.

Feature Summary

Many sources mention these Deuter Compact features:
  • Raincover included
  • Compression straps
  • Hip belt
  • Sternum strap
  • Hydration compatible
  • Reflective
  • Hydration bladder
  • Carry-on size
  • Hip belt pockets
  • Side pockets

Some sources also mention these features:
  • Ventilated back panel
  • Organizer panel
  • Water bottle pockets
  • Ice axe/trekking pole loops

Actual features depends on the model, so check the features before you buy.


vs Deuter Bags

The Deuter Compact ranks #23 compared with the other Deuter bags.

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vs All Bags

The Deuter Compact ranks #1203 compared with all the bags we have checked.

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1202Deuter Compact
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1204Jansport Odyssey
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Selected Reviews

Bike Radar

The Compact is a Tardis-like thing with a lot of features, but it can feel a little stiff on your back.

Posted 26 October 2012 by Russell Burton - Read full review

Bike Radar

A kit-swallowing load-lugger from the rucksack specialists that's ideal for long-haul rides.

Posted 6 April 2012 by Ric McLaughlin - Read full review

Bike Radar

Organisation is kept to a minimum on the EXP 8, with pump and bladder sleeves in the expandable main compartment and two smaller pockets up front taking care of tools and so on. Lightweight with padding in most of the right places and good storage.

Posted 22 May 2009 by Jenn Hopkins - Read full review

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Last updated on July 03, 2019