Arc'teryx Axios 35
The reason that I am writing this review, is that…
Design: top-loading internal frame
Number of Pockets: 4
Max. Load Carried: 40 lbs
Height of Owner: 6'
Price Paid: $100
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 35.
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 minutes 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!
So for those of you with UL solo tents, 30 degree down bags, and 3/4 length sleeping pads, consider this pack your standard go to for overnight trips.
Here's what other sites are saying:
Description of Arcteryx Axios 35 BackpackHitting the mark as a lightweight day trekker or super-light overnighter, this full-featured Arcteryx Axios 35 mens backpack has a highly breathable suspension system that is ideal in warmer climates or when pushing hard. A supportive dual-stay structure and contoured shoulder straps and hipbelt comfortably handle any load. Mid-sized travel backpack with laptop and accessory compartments.FeaturesLightweightAnatomically shaped and breathable shoulder straps and hip beltBreathable AeroForm back panelModular sternum strapTop loadingRemovable extend-able top lid with two zippered compartmentsFour compression strapsKey clipMicro daisy chainsHydration compatibleHydroPort
- US Outdoor Store
On Sale. Free Shipping. Arcteryx Men's Axios 35 Backpack DECENT FEATURES of the Arcteryx Men's Axios 35 Backpack Side zipper access Reinforced high wear areas Stretch-mesh kangaroo pocket with elastic bungee cord closure Two stretch-mesh pockets Anatomically shaped shoulder straps and hipbelt Breathable shoulder straps and hipbelt Top loading Lightweight, top loading pack with highly-breathable shoulder/harness straps maintains comfort during aerobic activity AeroForm backpanel disperses perspiration, improves breathablity Twin aluminium stays and anatomically shaped shoulder straps and hip-belt provide solid support while in motion Modular sternum strap Removable / extendable top lid with two zippered compartments Top grab handle Four compression straps Key clip Micro daisy chains Kangaroo pocket Map pocket Stretch-mesh stash pockets on hip-belt Hydration bladder sleeve with HydroPort and modular hose clip Activity: Nordic/Snowshoeing / Hiking The SPECS Material: Spacer mesh 100D Invista HT Mini Ripstop with silicone and PU coatings 420D Invista HT Plain Weave EV50 foam Hypalon trim 210D Ripstorm with silicone and PU coatings 840D Stretch mesh AeroForm mesh EV50 Perforated foam 6005 M-Bar custom extruded stays HDPE frame sheet The SPECS for Regular Weight: 43 oz / 1.22 kg Volume: 2136 cubic inches / 35 liter Extends To: 2319 cubic inches / 38 liter The SPECS for Tall Weight: 45 oz / 1.27 kg Volume: 2258 cubic inches / 37 liter Extends To: 2502 cubic inches / 41 liter Care Instructions Surface clean only This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
Hitting the mark as a lightweight day trekker or super-light overnighter, the Arc'teryx Axios 35 Backpack is a full-featured pack. The Axios has a highly breathable suspension system that is ideal in warmer climates, or when pushing hard to get some mileage. Highly breathable-maintains comfort during aerobic activity AeroForm(TM) backpanel-for increased comfort and breathability Twin aluminum stays for durable support Anatomically shaped shoulder straps and hipbelt Removable/ extendable top lid with two zippered compartments Four compression straps Map pocket Stretch-mesh stash pockets on hipbelt Two stretch-mesh pockets Hydration bladder sleeve Modular hose clip Reinforced high wear areas
Breathable suspension, lightweight construction, and a plethora of pockets and convenient stowage features make the Axios 35 pack from ARCTERYX a versatile pack able to handle full days to quick-and-light overnighters. Keep your gear safe and sound within silicone- and polyurethane-coated nylon that is reinforced in high-wear areas, while you haul your load the most efficient way possible with a lightweight and breathable suspension system that is anatomically corrected for optimal performance.
- Mountain Gear