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Deuter Streamer Review

This simple hydration bladder offers a more puncture resistant reservoir
Deuter Streamer
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Price:  $34 List | $34.00 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Durable outer plastic, easy to use, lightweight and packable, easy care
Cons:  Bite valve is not interchangeable, poor craftsmanship
Manufacturer:   Deuter
By Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 15, 2019
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  • Ease of Use - 25% 5
  • Ease of Care - 25% 9
  • Ease of Filling - 20% 5
  • Quality and Durability - 15% 6
  • Weight and Packability - 15% 7

Our Verdict

Looking for a durable yet straightforward hydration bladder? The Deuter Streamer is a perfect system for on-the-go hydration. We take it hiking, running, biking in the desert and through the San Juan mountains in Colorado. It's easy to fill, easy to use, and super easy to clean. Also, we love that when empty, it rolls up nicely for easy storage. This is a fine all-around use bladder with decent durability. That said, some of the parts are made of a flimsy but the reservoir itself is quite puncture resistant. Overall, this is a great choice if you seek a simple hydration bladder with a unique bite valve and a more puncture-proof reservoir. It's also a great price!

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Pros Durable outer plastic, easy to use, lightweight and packable, easy careThick and durable bladder, handle for easy filling, drying accessory, excellent flow rate, narrow and rounded profile for easy fit in narrow packsDurable, reliable, fast flow rate, easy to fill, excellent valve locking mechanismDurable, great water flow, easy to fill and clean, versatile use, good priceDurable, versatile and lightweight design, good flow rate, great price
Cons Bite valve is not interchangeable, poor craftsmanshipBulkier components don't pack downWider profile, closure is hard to close in cold weather and requires maintenanceCan't flip inside outHarder to clean, bite valve doesn't lock off
Bottom Line This simple hydration bladder offers a more puncture resistant reservoirThis top performer stands out for its quality construction and easy filling profile that is reliable for hydration on backcountry adventures and day tripsThis is a burly and reliable option has an awesome flow rate and convenient features, but long-term testing isn't favoring the zip closureThis is a high value bladder with stellar performance for a decent priceThis durable, lightweight, and simple bladder won't take a toll on your wallet
Rating Categories Deuter Streamer Gregory 3D Hydro Platypus Big Zip EVO CamelBak Crux Reser... Platypus Hoser
Ease Of Use (25%)
5.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
5.0
Ease Of Care (25%)
9.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
5.0
Ease Of Filling (20%)
5.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
6.0
Quality And Durability (15%)
6.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
8.0
Weight And Packability (15%)
7.0
6.0
7.0
5.0
10.0
Specs Deuter Streamer Gregory 3D Hydro Platypus Big Zip EVO CamelBak Crux Reser... Platypus Hoser
Weight of Bladder & Tube (oz) 5.50 oz (3L) 7.1 oz (3L) 6.90 oz (3L) 8.40 oz (3L) 4.2 oz (3L)
Bladder Capacity Options (liters) 2L, 3L 3 L 1.5L, 2L, 3L 1.5L, 2L, 3L 1L, 1.5L, 3L
Dishwasher Friendly? No No No No No
Plastic Taste No No No No No
Bite Valve Bite valve with shutoff twist valve, plastic attached cover. Push-button on/off valve HyFLO Self-sealing Bite Valve Bite valve with updated shutoff valve HyFLO bite valve
Can bite valve be removed? No Yes Yes Yes No
Hose Connection Quick release (no swivel) at base of bladder Mid-tube quick release, but can be changed to the base. Mid-tube, but can be changed to the base. Quick Release Quick release hose (no swivel) Screw-on hose
Closure Type Slide top Screw top Zip top Screw top Screw top (hose connection)

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Streamer is a no-frills hydration bladder that is perfect for on-the-go sports. It features a heavier plastic construct which offers better durability, but the use of poor quality parts makes it seem cheap. That said, it functions well and does the trick on the trail.

Performance Comparison


The  Streamer in its full glory as a simple yet puncture-resistant...
The Streamer in its full glory as a simple yet puncture-resistant hydration bladder option.
Photo: Amber King

Ease of Use


With a simple design, this slide-top bladder design is easy to use. The closure at the top features a hole to suspend it from clips that hold the bladder in place. While this closure is okay, it takes a little longer to line up the plastic to securely fasten the top. Also, it is not connected to the bladder, but that can be fixed with a little bit of string.

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Alison fits the 3L Deuter Streamer into her small running pack. Even...
Alison fits the 3L Deuter Streamer into her small running pack. Even though the pack is built to hold a 2L bladder, the 3L option doesn't need to be filled the whole way and offers a little more versatility for use in other packs.
Photo: Allison Snyder

Its slim profile fits nicely into most hydration packs, running vests, and backpack sleeves. The bite valve is different than most, offering a smaller stream of water that shoots out with a little more pressure than other bladders. While we appreciate this difference in design, it doesn't provide as much water as those manufactured by HydraPak. To unlock it, it must be twisted which requires two hands, and the cap must be removed. This takes a little more time than other options. When we left it unlocked while hiking, it didn't leak.

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The hose is interchangeable with other models, like the Source...
The hose is interchangeable with other models, like the Source Tactical and the bladders designed by Hydropak.
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There is a plastic cap that covers the bite valve which bangs against the body when in motion if not properly secured. We would prefer that it didn't exist as we can't see the real function of this cap other than hygiene. Sadly, if you don't like this bite valve, you're stuck with it as it can't be removed from the hose. However, you can change out the hose with pretty much any other option in this review. One notable feature that we really like is the high-quality clips that secure the hose to the bladder. We like this design as it makes releasing the hose easier, and it doesn't get gummed up like other competitors.

Ease of Care


The slide-top opening allows you to access all parts of this bladder and turn it inside out. The hose disconnects at the base of the bladder. The heavier film used is less-porous than other thinner films, which helps to avoid bacterial build-up. While it is not dishwasher-safe, it is easy to maintain. Make sure to blow all water back through the hose and empty after each use. Put it in the freezer to ensure no bacterial growth between uses.

We love the easy clip system. To clean, simply rinse it out, let it...
We love the easy clip system. To clean, simply rinse it out, let it dry, and use it again. This system can also come undone pretty easily to clean parts independently.
Photo: Amber King

Ease of Filling


The slide-top opening is large enough to fill from a tap, lake, or stream. While the slide-top opening isn't as elongated or as heavily featured as the Osprey Hydraulics, it certainly has the affinity to collect water from small trickling streams. Lay it down flat to collect water when there isn't a lot around.

The wide mouth offers a large opening for easy filling. The small...
The wide mouth offers a large opening for easy filling. The small handle offers a little more friction to grab and pinch it open. However, it's not large handle.
Photo: Amber King

Quality and Durability


Not the most durable bladder out there, we are not the happiest with the quality of some of the features. While we appreciate the thicker film that makes it more impervious to punctures, the seams at which the plastic holder connects started to delaminate almost as soon as we pulled on them during our quality tests. That said, we didn't observe any leaks or issues with other parts of the bladder in our testing period.

We love the thicker plastic that is puncture resistant.
We love the thicker plastic that is puncture resistant.
Photo: Amber King
Here we see some shotty craftsmanship. The handle is flimsy while...
Here we see some shotty craftsmanship. The handle is flimsy while the glue looks like it could delaminate after just a few uses.
Photo: Amber King

We didn't observe any issues with bad taste right out the box! Score!

Weight and Compressibility


The heavy plastic film used in this bladder's construction makes it a heavier hydration bladder, but still useful for sports that require a lightweight design. When emptied and the hose is disconnected, it rolls up nicely into a nice, neat package that fits easily into the side or lid of a backpack.

It is super lightweight and easy to pack away when not in use.
It is super lightweight and easy to pack away when not in use.
Photo: Amber King

Value


This bladder sits in the middle of the road for the price. This isn't a high-value option, but if you're seeking a bladder that is a little more durable and versatile, this may be a great value for you.

Use this hydration on the go! Take it running, hiking, biking, and...
Use this hydration on the go! Take it running, hiking, biking, and more! Its versatile, lightweight, and durable to punctures.
Photo: Amber King

Conclusion


The Deuter Streamer offers hydration for an array of outdoor sports. We love its bomber exterior that provides additional protection from punctures and tears as well as its easy-to-use construction. A great option for hiking, biking, running, and more.

Alison hydrates on the go with the Deuter Hydration System. While it...
Alison hydrates on the go with the Deuter Hydration System. While it is not the best value out there, we appreciate its durable plastic polymer that can be used as a water storage or hydration bladder for on-the-go use.
Photo: Allison Snyder

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