Arc'teryx Cierzo 35
Design: Top loading
Number of Pockets: two
Max. Load Carried: 20lbs
Height of Owner: 5'11"
Price Paid: $75
This pack is better than I expected. I wanted a lightweight, do it all daypack that wouldn't flop around (too big) or limit me on space. Boy, did I find right what I was looking for.
When I got the pack out of the box I was happy to see it wasn't too big. I threw a few things in it to see how it fit. The fit was great. The light weight hip belt can be buckled behind you and cinched tight to keep it out of the way, or wear it to stabilize the pack.
After playing for a minute, I decided to give it two test. I packed all of my weekend gear and the pack just kept eating it like the Snarlack from Star Wars. Then I took it down to a jacket, the 10 essentials, and a water bottle and it compressed the load tight and it didn't bounce or flop. Then I packed the Ten, a jacket, a water filter, bottle, and my climbing gear (rope included, draped style) and it carried like a champ.
I wore it around the house, did dishes, climbed up and over things like the couch. My dog thought I was insane. It never shifted or hurt my back or shoulders. After all of that, it packs in its own lid. This will be good when I take it to Guatemala this summer on a missions trip.
I do have two things that could have been better. One is the dangley straps. It isn't really a problem, but I wouldn't want them to get caught on a branch and drug out of the canoe or drag me down a mountain. The long straps are the reason for the incredible volume adjustment so I definitely can live with them.
Number two is the lid. I wish that it could cinch tighter with the pack. It is kinda limited but is good enough. Like i said, these factors are the ones that allow the super sized weekend pack to become a little daypack.
I love this pack. I am really glad I bought it. It feels great, it looks great, and it packs whatever you need it to for a weekend or day.