- March 3 2011
Arc Teryx welcomes Ultra Lighters
The reason that I am writing this review, is that so far, this backpack has not received the recognition it deserves as a an ultralight multiday pack. The pack is marketed correctly and carefully, it is a "day-trekking" pack, so as to avoid confusion. If you are not an experienced backpacker, thru-hiker, or "trekker," then this is a day pack. If you are, and have a reasonably light base weight (15-20 lbs.) I would suggest looking at this pack. First, the pack weighs 2lbs 12oz, which, is right in line with the Granite Gear Vapor at 2lbs 5oz. After finishing the Colorado Trail this past season with the discontinued NAOS 55, I felt my pack was too big at 55-60 L and 5lbs, I bought the AXIOS 33. The pack is meant to hold between 20,40L. It can do this. For a two day test trip, I carried a bivy, sleeping bag/pad, one set of clothes, down jacket, rain gear, misc. small stuff, and cold food. I had more than enough room. I'd say I could have carried a stove, hot food! with up to three more days of food. The pack looks questionably waterproof. It is definitely not waterproof. After ten minuets of rain it needs a pack cover or liner. There have been complaints on the suspension system, the shoulder straps being too close. This for me was not a problem. If the pack is adjusted appropriately the fit is comfortable. The hip belt is great. The details: Arc' Teryx put minute attention into the design of this pack in order to keep it as light as possible. The buckles, clips, straps, and zippers, are smaller than any I have ever seen on a pack. The kangaroo pouch is incredible. It allowed me to carry my wet bivy, or wet rain fly, on the outside of my pack. Everything inside continued to stay dry. The brain. Two zippers! hate digging around for water treatment in a huge one zipper brain with clothes, hats, or other bulky items in there? No longer; bulky goes in the front zipper, small items in the back. Easy. The hip belt which is quite comfortable has very secure stow pockets on it too. To you more dedicated ultra-lighters, the brain is removable, and a sleeping mat can certainly fit buckled atop the pack. There is even a side access zipper. Luxury. I find it bit a unnecessary for such a small pack. But it's there, and still the pack weighs just over 2lbs!
- June 16 2010
Very comfortable pack, I can put all my clothing to it, the size fits me perfectly, I am so satisfied with it.
- October 28 2011
This backpack is beautifully made and very lightweight. Pros: (1) There is a zipper on the right side of the backpack so that you can access the items packed in the middle of the pack without having to go through the top, which I found really useful. You usually only see this on large backpacking backpacks, so it was a nice feature to have on a daypack. (2) The top lid had three zippered compartments - one underneath and two on top, which allows you to easily keep items organized. (3) The mesh pockets on the hipbelt don't have zippers on them, but I put lip balm and a small pack of tissues in them and they didn't fall out. (4) You can pack quite a lot in the pack (sufficient for a weekend backpacking trip) because there's a drawstring cord to close the top of the main compartment, and the top lid extends to cover it. But if you don't have much in the pack, there are enough straps to compress the pack so that it looks smaller than it actually is. One feature I wasn't thrilled with - The hydration bladder sleeve is small. It only fits 2/3 of a filled 1.5 liter bladder (although the bladder still stays in place). But the more annoying thing is that the sleeve is on the left side of the pack, rather than in the middle. So when I put in a full 1.5 liter bladder in the sleeve, I would have to put another heavy item (such as a water bottle) on the right side to balance out the pack. Ultimately, I had to return the pack (not because of the hydration bladder sleeve issue), but because the tops of the shoulder straps (where they're sewn into the pack) were too close together. They kept rubbing the side of my neck. This was very strange as this has never happened to me with any other pack (including other Arcteryx packs).