According to Mavic, the Deemax Belt can carry a lot more than most minimalist race belts that fit under a jersey. Supposedly, it can take a pump and a spare inner tube at the same time. In practice, however, you should resist the temptation to follow the manufacturer’s suggestions.
Initially, the Deemax Belt makes a high-quality impression and looks pretty elegant when it sticks out from under the jersey. On the outside, Mavic’s racing belt gives you direct access to a zipped, albeit small, phone compartment and one smaller open pocket each side of it.
The interior is accessed via a full-length zipper. While this has two sliders, you’ll have to decide for one or the other if you want to get to your stuff quickly. Once the pack’s open, the first thing that catches your eye is the poor processing of the upper edge. There are five more small mesh pockets at the front and three rubber straps at the rear. That’s exactly where the alluring message invites you to store a pump and an inner tube which made us a bit sceptical.
Unfortunately, the initial impression proves correct. Neither with a pump, nor with an inner tube – and certainly not with both – can the Deemax Belt provide a half decent wearing comfort. With the chunky inner tube, the thin race belt becomes a bulky lump of a monster, with the horizontal, stiff shape of the pump pressing hard against the back. Not cool! Which is a shame, because the concept of the other two Mavic models works extremely well.
If you only use the mobile phone compartment and strategically place your minitool, CO2 cartridge and other small items around your hips, the Mavic Deemax Belt is comfortable and unobtrusive. With its soft and slender construction and the rubber straps on the left end, the Deemax Belt scores good points and fits snug around the hips. The other end of the belt is way too long, but can be cut to length if needed. In terms of stability, however, Mavic’s compact race pack struggles to keep up with its direct competitors, the Dakine Stealth and EVOC RACE BELT.
The Mavic Deemax Belt is a race pack for minimalists. Because you should never fill it up too much, even if the many compartments tempt you to do so. Because if you use it as suggested, the Deemax Belt offers minimal comfort. Carrying an inner tube or even a pump as advertised is not an option. If you’re using the hip belt just for your mobile phone, minitool and CO2 cartridge, this is a slim, unobtrusive, albeit pricey, option.
- Variety of compartments
- Comfortable and unobtrusive when loaded lightly
- Overloads quickly and becomes uncomfortable
- Less stable than the competition
- Bad workmanship in places
For more information head to mavic.com
The test field
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All hip packs in review: Bedrock Bags Greysill Hip Pack (Click for review) | Bontrager Rapid Pack (Click for review) | CamelBak Podium Flow (Click for review) | CamelBak Repack LR 4 (Click for review) | Dakine Hot Laps 5L (Click for review) | Dakine Hot Laps 2L (Click for review) | Dakine Hot Laps Stealth (Click for review) | Deuter Pulse 3 (Click for review) | Deuter Pulse 2 (Click for review) | EVOC HIP PACK PRO 3l (Click for review) | EVOC HIP PACK RACE 3l (Click for review) | EVOC HIP POUCH 1l (Click for review) | EVOC RACE BELT (Click for review) | High Above Cascadia (Click for review) | High Above Lookout (Click for review) | High Above Das Radpack (Click for review) | ION Hipbag Traze 3 (Click for review) | Leatt Hydration Core 2.0 (Click for review) | Mavic XA 3L Belt (Click for review) | Mavic Crossride Belt (Click for review) | Mavic Deemax Belt | Race Face Rip Strip (Click for review) | SOURCE Hipster 1.5L (Click for review) | SOURCE Hipster Ultra 5L (Click for review)
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Words: Photos: Andreas Maschke, Christoph Bayer