Arc'teryx Arrakis 50
A unique offering. Excellent waterproof qualities.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $400
A unique offering. Excellent waterproof qualities. Exceptional adjustability and the load transfer disc really is an incredible concept.
- Quality construction
- Made in Canada
- Unknown long term durability
- Useless load-lifters
I finally pulled the trigger on this bag after lusting for over a year. I have not been let down!
First off. Most all Arc'teryx products are now produced overseas. This is one of the few exceptions. Their flagship packs continue to be made in Canada. This may not matter to some but it was a plus for me.
The quality of this pack is absolutely top notch! The bonding points seem bomb-proof. Time will tell (had this pack a bit over a year) but the technology looks to be sound. All zippers are waterproof but this bag is not submersible.
The ACT fabric is wonderfully tough. It is white on the inside which is really nice for seeing inside. It holds its shape as it is pretty stiff which can make the pack a bit awkward if underpacked because of the absence of compression but not an issue of function. Just leave the sleeping bag uncompressed to take up extra volume as needed. This is a very adjustable suspension system. The peg and slot system for the shoulder straps is quick and easy to use and unique in that it allows for width adjustment.
On that note, this pack will probably not fit you if you have a huge upper body. (I have the tall size) If you're built like a linebacker, the straps are going to dig in to your neck. Spend the time to bend the stays to fit your back. It will make all the difference but do this AFTER you get the shoulder straps set. The hip-belt is just wonderful. Zero complaints. Doesn't slide down or shift one bit and is not over padded or bulky. Overall this is a wonderfully comfortable pack!
This is a simple bag with a few exceptions. Essentially it is a roll top drybag but with a full length side zip as well as a kangaroo pocket (which is a lot bigger than I initially thought) and top pocket. It also has a long, skinny pocket designed for an avalanche probe. (fits my machete perfectly!) I find this is plenty of organization for me. If you're used to a pack with tons of zippers and pockets it will take some getting used to.
The hydration pocket looks to be sized for a 3L bladder but it is a tight squeeze and a major pain to get it in. On each side and the back there are cinch straps which can be adjusted and removed as desired. This is a great feature! Allows all types of tools and oversize items to be SECURELY strapped on. Also has a zippered hydration port.
The load-transfer disk is awesome! It lets you move much more freely that a conventional pack. I was initially concerned about grit and sand getting in between the disks and grinding away at the plastic but after a years use including camping on the beach, it seems the tolerances are so tight that nothing really gets in there. The only draw back to this idea comes when loads climb past 40lbs. You start to feel all the weight transfer into the disk and not the belt as a whole. This degrades comfort quite a large amount. The pack will take it but your back will suffer. Also of note: your back will sweat under the belt and pads!
I use this for general backpacking. Usually shorter trips due to the size and my non-minimalist style :) Mountains to beaches, I take this baby anywhere!
Overall this is a fantastic pack. Amazing comfort under 40lbs. Top notch build quality. Utterly waterproof. Top it off with good looks and its hard to go wrong. It is pricey and never goes on sale but a deal comes up every now and then. I say jump on it. One of the few packs that lives up to the hype.
Stunning state of the art product. There are plenty…
Price Paid: $450
Stunning state of the art product. There are plenty of specs available so I don't need to comment on that other than to say its top quality materials and design are slick and a pleasure to use. Get one!
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The Arc'teryx Arrakis 50 Backpack is your year-round pack for heavy day trips and light overnights from cragging at Indian Creek to ski touring in the Colorado backcountry. The unique roll top design and seam-sealed, weather-resistant fabric make for drybag-like protection so even if you're slogging through a Cascade soaker, your gear will enjoy desert-like dryness inside this water-stopping pack.
Weather resistant and seam-sealed, durable backpack, ideal for skiing, cragging and hiking. This weather resistant multi-sport pack is sized for light overnight skiing/hiking trips or gear-heavy climbing days. A dual-stage RollTop(TM) closure compresses small or extends for an additional 10 litres of volume. Our customizable Lash-Ladder(TM) system accommodates skis/boards, ropes, or camping gear. Featuring a full-length side zip, external probe pocket and extra large kangaroo pocket. Topaz/Jasper colour is only available for sale in Norway through Anton Sport. . Full Feature List Weather resistant Durable Fully seam-sealed for waterproofness Monoframe backpanel provides rigid back support Laminated, molded AC^2 fusion points provide strong, waterproof attachment points Pivoting hipbelt with Load Transfer Disc(TM) provides increased agility and stability 3D shaping eliminates excess fabric and reduces weight WaterTight(TM) external zippers WaterTight(TM) full length side zip Top pocket with key clip Kangaroo pocket with drain hole External probe/ tool pocket Mini security pocket for ID cards or Recco(R) system Hydration bladder sleeve Hose clip GridLock(TM) shoulder strap adjustment system Adjustable, removable sternum strap Radially formed shoulder straps RollTop(TM) closure Two front Lash-Ladder fusion points with removable webbing Five side Lash-Ladder fusion points with four removable webbing straps One ice axe holder with dongle Key clip Materials 420ACT fabric Spacermesh(TM) Tweave(R) Durastretch(R) 7075 aluminum stays Plastazote(R) HD80(R) Sizing Information Regular Tall 2.2 kg / 78 oz 2.4 kg / 85 oz 50 L 53 L 57 L max 60 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 [SRT] MEN'S/UNISEX - TALL [TALL] MEN'S/UNISEX - REGULAR [REG]
- Mountains Plus
On Sale. Free Shipping. Arcteryx Arrakis 50 Pack FEATURES of the Arcteryx Arrakis 50 Pack AC2 (Advanced Composite Construction) suspension system Built with ACT highly-durable, weather resistant, fully seam-sealed fabric Extendable RollTop closure provides a weather resistant seal Top pocket with key clip Mini security pocket Thermoformed shoulder straps GridLock system adjusts for height and width Laminated AC2 fusion points Kangaroo pocket with drain hole Hydration bladder compatible via the Hydroport and Hydro Tube Clip WaterTight external zippers Ice tool carry system Probe / tool pocket Thermoformed hipbelt with rotating Load Transfer Disc SPECIFICATIONS of the Arcteryx Arrakis 50 Pack 420D ACT Fabric 6005-T6 extruded aluminum M-bar stays HD 80 foam Hypercell foam Spacermesh The SPECS for Regular Volume: 3051 cubic inches / 50 liter Weight: 78 oz / 2200 g Extend to: 3478 cubic inches / 57 liter The SPECS for Tall Volume: 3234 cubic inches / 53 liter Weight: 85 oz / 2400 g Extend to: 3661 cubic inches / 60 liter This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
Gear up for ice climbing or a weekend of backcountry skiing with the water, rock, and snow-ready Arrakis 50 backpack from ARCTERYX that supports your back with a high-density foam backpanel, lumbar pad, and pivoting hipbelt that allows the free movement of your hips. Complete with pockets for tools, small items, and a convenient side stash compartment, this pack is ready for ice and snow with laminated moulded AC2 Fusion Points, sealed seams, and laminated zippers.
- Mountain Gear