Arc'teryx Altra 65
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $250 or less
Loads bigger than it measures.
- Loadhauling comfort
- Quality pack
Used this pack in Glacier for 12 days and on the AT in '12 for 5 weeks. While it is a bigger pack and allows for 'overpack', it is absolutely comfy with big loads and, once accustomed to, has plenty of room to haul food stuffs that resuppliees need on the trail.... paid for itself in three weeks! My Arcteryx is well made and trustworthy.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $349
Super comfort, unlimited adjustments, removable belt, opens like a suitcase for easy location of any item, weights only 4#'s, 16 ounces for a 70 liter pack. Compression wings, micro loops, side bladder pouch, waterproof top zippers and big outside front pocket for quick access items with a floating top compartment.
- infinate adjustments
- easy access suitcase like opening
- Can't think of any.
Bought this pack March of 2012 after much research and thought and have been overwhelmed with the awesomeness of this top of the line pack.
This pack has it all; unlimited adjustments, a belt that swivels so the pack stays stable while you bend and twist and an instant adjustment feature for the shoulder straps.
This pack can easily accommodate a 5-day hike to anywhere since it holds 70 liters. The two compression wings double as side strap on's plus it has multible micro loops for further outside attachements.
As far as durabilty, it's an Arc'teryx, need I say more?
The attribute that puts this pack over the top is the full zipper suitcase opening that makes getting to anything instantaneous; just unzip and there it is! No more dumping everything out to find something at the bottom.
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Save energy and keep your trek into the backcountry light with the Arc'teryx Men's Altra 65 Backpack. Ideal for multi-day or weeklong backpacking adventures, the Altra expands and compresses to the size you need while also providing the comfort, support, and stability you require when you're slogging up a scree-covered rock field or a steep trail to high-mountain lakes.
Sized for gear-heavy weekends or light-and-fast multi-day trips, this lightweight pack combines our AC2 technology-GridLock(TM) adjustable shoulder straps, bonded MonoFrame(TM), and rotating Load Transfer Disc(TM) -with lighter materials and breathable suspension components. The Altra 65 delivers maximum load control and warm weather comfort, and includes a full length inverted U-zipper for quick panel-loading access. Technical Features Lightweight Pivoting hipbelt with Load Transfer Disc(TM) provides increased agility and stability Top grab handle Twin removable aluminum stays for durable support Padded bottom Full length U-zipper access Laminated zipper protector, doubles as a compression storage flap Reinforced high wear areas Key clip Map pocket Kangaroo pocket with top compression strap Stretch-mesh stash pockets on hipbelt Two stretch-mesh pockets HydroPort Modular hose clip Internal hydration pocket with zip Arc'teryx AC^2 (Advanced Composite Construction) suspension system GridLock(TM) shoulder strap adjustment system Anatomically shaped shoulder straps Modular sternum strap Adjustable shoulder straps Breathable shoulder straps and hipbelt Thermoformed triple-density hipbelt Top loading Panel loading Extendable collar with drawcord for additional capacity Removable/ extendable top lid with two zippered compartments Four compression straps - two on each side Padded compression wings allow additional storage configurations Micro daisy chains Materials 100D Invista HT Mini Ripstop(TM) with silicone and PU coatings 420ACT fabric 420D Invista HT Plain Weave EV(R)50 foam Hypalon(TM) trim Spacermesh(TM) 210D Ripstorm(TM) with silicone and PU coatings 840D Stretch mesh EV(R)50 Perforated foam 6061 aluminum stays Plastazote(R) HD80(R) Size Information Short - Reg (shr) Reg - Tall (rt) 2.25 kg / 79 oz 2.3 kg / 81 oz 65 L 68 L 73 L max 75 L max Back Length inch cm inch cm inch cm inch cm inch cm inch cm inch cm inch cm inch cm 14 35.5 15 38 16 40.5 17 43 18 45.5 19 48 20 50.5 21 53 22 55.5 MEN'S/UNISEX - SHORT/REGULAR [SHR] MEN'S/UNISEX - REGULAR/TALL [RT]
- Mountains Plus
The Altra 65 delivers maximum load control and warm weather comfort, and includes a full length inverted U-zipper for quick panel-loading access. Sized for gear-heavy weekends or light-and-fast multi-day trips, this lightweight pack combines our AC2 technologyGridLock adjustable shoulder straps, bonded MonoFrame, and rotating Load Transfer Disc with lighter materials and breathable suspension components.
The Arc'teryx Altra 65 pack handles gear-heavy weekends or light-and-fast multiday trips. This workhorse pack combines an advanced suspension system with a sturdy frame and light materials. Highly breathable suspension system creates a direct link between spine, suspension and bag. Suspension is bonded directly to the pack body for comfort and stability; features twin removable aluminum stays for reliable load support. Anatomically shaped shoulder straps feature a core layer of perforated, air-permeable foam lined with breathable mesh for next-to-the-skin comfort. Shoulder straps adjust both vertically and horizontally for a personalized fit. Rotating Load Transfer Disc(TM) lets the hipbelt pivot, following your natural movements for agility and stability. Thermoformed, triple-density hipbelt promotes airflow and evaporative cooling. Removable and expandable top lid comes with 2 zippered compartments and a map pocket. Extendable collar with drawcord adds capacity to the main compartment for handling large loads. Top-loading pack design also features a full-length, inverted-U zipper, allowing quick access to the main compartment through the front panel. Features a hydration-reservoir sleeve with port and hose clip for the drinking tube (reservoir sold separately). Front kangaroo pocket is perfect for stashing gear you may need in a hurry. 2 stretch-mesh side pockets with elastic drawcords secure your water bottles or snacks. 4 compression straps and padded compression wings let you cinch down your load for jostle-free carrying; features micro daisy chains for lashing on gear. 100-denier Invista HD Mini Ripstop(TM) nylon and 210-denier Ripstorm(TM) nylon fabric is light and strong; silicone/polyurethane coating resists punctures and water. Pack base is made of burly, 420-denier Invista HD plain weave nylon to stand up to years of heavy use.