Arc'teryx Needle 55
Size: 3600+ fully extended
Number of Pockets: 2
Max. Load Carried: 40lbs
Height of Owner: 5'-11"
Price Paid: $220 (Canadian)
The most versatile pack I have ever owned, and I have owned many. I have loaded it up with some very awkward, heavy (40 lbs max so far) loads such as 3-5 days' worth of full winter stuff or, in the summer, AT skis and boots and three days worth of gear, and it still carries quite nicely. It is decently light (see below) while being quite durable. The inside of the main sack is a light colored and very tough fabric which makes it easier to find things in the early morning hours. It has a nice hollowed out section behind the head which vastly helps to improve ones ability to crane the neck while rock climbing with a helmet.
Although there is a single central main sack there is also a generous, easily accesible back pocket which is perfect for skins or parka or food. The lid also has two pockets. All the external zippers are waterproof and the pack can be stripped down for a summit day pack. One can easily remove the lid pocket, the frame sheet/alum stay assembly and the padded hip belt. When this is done the total pack weight can be reduced from 4.1lbs to 2lbs even. Not bad at all for 3600+ cubic inches.
Even in this stripped down configuration it can still comfortably carry a day's worth of stuff including the skis and boots. In this mode it does help to make your own 1" waist belt to fit into the tightening strap fittings which normall suppliment the padded hip belt.
Although I bought the Needle 55 in Canada two years ago and, because of the exchange rate then, picked it up cheaper, it would still be worth the $270 it typically costs in the States. Without reservation I recommend this pack to anyone who wants a light, versatile multi-day climbing or skiing pack which can hold up to a lot of abuse.
Size: 3300 cubic inch 55 liter
Max. Load Carried: 40 pound
Height of Owner: 167 cm
Price Paid: $220
I bought this pack on sale. So far this is the most comfortable pack I've ever hauled. Hip belt is really great fit and it makes very stable load. Very tough construction and durable material. I was amazed by the way it makes secure and comfortable feeling on my back when hauled about 40-pound load with this pack on my Ground Canyon hike.
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The Arc'Teryx Needle 55 Backpack is the weapon of choice for long alpine ascents. Combining Arc'teryx's trail proven suspension with a modular design, the Needle 55 is a light and stable way to carry your gear upward. An HDPE framesheet and aluminum stays are internally mounted for maximum stability, while a Thermoformed back panel rests against your body. To make sure you're comfortable throughout your climb, Arc'Teryx designed the Needle 55 with Thermoformed shoulder straps and a pre-formed hip-belt that disperse the load and takes weight from your shoulders. The top lid and accordion front pocket extend the volume of this pack for extended stays at high elevations. This is a hydration-ready pack with plenty of gear-carrying options. *Available for US shipment only.
- Backcountry Outlet
On Sale. Free Shipping. Arcteryx Needle 55 Backpack (Fall 2007) The Needle 55 Backpack by Arcteryx is a strippable alpinist pack for charging toward far-off objectives. Floating top lid, accordion-style front pocket, and a down-sizable design to shed weight. Built with tough, weather repellent x-Pac fabric and a dual stayed suspension system, the Needle 55 carries comfortably for challenging alpine exploits. Specifications: Weight: 1.7 kgs / 3 lbs 11 oz. (Short), 1.8 kgs / 4 lbs (Regular), 1.9 kgs / 4 lbs 3 oz. (Tall) Volume: 51 l / 3112 cu. in (Short), 53 l / 3234 cu in (Regular), 55 l / 3356 cu. in (Tall) Extended Volume: 58 l / 3539 cu. in (Short), 60 l / 3661 cu. in (Regular), 62 l / 3783 cu. in (Tall) Features: Four external compression straps Hose clip Hydration bladder pocket Key clip Lightweight ski attachments Thermoformed back panel Thermoformed shoulder straps Two external daisy chains Two ice axe holders Unisex interchangeable thermoformed hip belt V-Frame suspension WaterTight zippers Materials: HDPE Frame sheet 6061 aluminum stays x-Pac vx21 Armourlite Hypalon trim We are not able to ship Arcteryx products outside the US because of that other thing.
Description of Arcteryx Needle 55 BackpackA strippable alpinist pack for charging toward far-off objectives. A floating top lid, accordion front pocket and a down-sizable design shed weight from the Arcteryx Needle 55 Backpack. Built with tough, weather repellent x-Pac™ fabric and a dual stayed suspension system that carries comfortably for challenging alpine exploits. The Arcteryx Needle 55 is a durable, water-shedding pack for weekend excursions. Features:Bladder pocket, hose clip Four external compression straps Interchangeable unisex thermoformed hipbelt Key clip Lightweight ski attachments Thermoformed back panel Thermoformed shoulder straps Two external daisy chains Two ice axe holders V-Frame suspension WaterTight™ zippers
- US Outdoor Store