Arc'teryx Nozone 35

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This is a great light pack for long adventure climbing.

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 240


This is a great light pack for long adventure climbing. Can carry enough for the climb and a bivy or two depending on how light you go. Well thought out features make this pack more userfriendly than other lightweight alpine packs.


  • Light
  • Simple design
  • Great suspension


  • Maybe the price

I have now been using this pack for a couple months.  I have only used it for rock climbing so far, but I couldn't be happier with it. I think it is the perfect size for an alpine rock and ice climbing pack. I'm still curious to see how it will work for ice climbing, but I've climbed moderate rock routes with the pack on, carried heavy loads (35+ pounds) on the approach to climbs, and even used it backpacking. 

Though I wouldn't suggest carrying more than 35 pounds in it for long approaches because of the minimal belt, the stays are robust enough to easily handle that much weight and more. Without the stays, the pack still carries quite comfortably. Even when overstuffed, the backpanel stays flat and will not barrel.

I'm not really sure why the pack has stays. I've used them once even though I didn't need to. Other than that one time, the stays have stayed in the closet. A pack this size isn't big enough to carry more than 35 or so pounds worth of gear and the backpanel is stiff enough to handle anything less.

Without the stays, the pack climbs quite comfortably. The hipbelt is thin enough to stay out of the way of a harness and the shoulder straps are comfortable with a load but soft enough, thin enough, and cut just right as not to impede arm movement. When the pack is totally overstuffed with a rope, it is tall enough, just barely, to get in the way of looking up with a helmet on. The only time that was a problem, however, was when the pack was totally full, spindrift collar extended, with a rope strapped on top.  

I think this pack is as good or better than any other alpine pack I have used.  I think this pack is every bit the equal (or maybe better) of many of the dyneema climbing packs on the market that are more expensive than this pack. At $240, it's still plenty pricy, but for a climber who wants serious mileage and performance out of their pack, this is a good option and, in my opinion, worth the money.


Pros: - modularity (lid, frame, alpine patch, thermoformed…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Size: 50 litres
Number of Pockets: 2
Max. Load Carried: 23 Kg.
Height of Owner: 1.77 cm
Price Paid: 200 Euro


- modularity (lid, frame, alpine patch, thermoformed hipbelt can be removed; a light hipbelt is included)

- carries very well heavy loads in full configuration; can be overloaded more than any alpine pack around

- good details (top compression strap, removable ice axe retainers, daisy chains)

- slim profile

- light and comfortable for climbing in "stripped" configuration

- removable alpine patch works well for carrying pointy or wet gear, shovel, wine...


- low water resistance, especially where the fabric is single layer (lower sides); objects in the top lid pocket get wet in 15-20 minutes under rain.

- "ghost" side compression straps make carrying ski and other long gear complicate (Arc'Teryx includes two removable straps to carry ski, but the system doesn't work: straps are anyway too short and ski are not stable).

- small buckles are difficult to operate with gloves

- no antiperspiration system on the back; low comfort in summer approaches.

- fabrics are not very strong, there's better stuff on the market

- the foam pad is too thin, has to be sobstituted.

- misses an internal pocket for a water bladder and opening for hydration tubes

Summary: a specialized technical pack for winter or altitude; works well for expeditions and intensive climbing activities from a long-term camp. Too heavy as a general use alpine pack.

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On Sale. Free Shipping. Arcteryx Nozone 35 Backpack FEATURES of the Arcteryx Nozone 35 Backpack C2 (Composite Construction) system Twin 6005-T6 extruded aluminum M-bar stays removable Top loading with double-pull, easy open collar cordlock system Removable top lid with zippered compartment and key clip Extendable collar and top lid adds additional capacity Dual haul loops permit hauling on route or clipping off at the belays Thermoformed anatomically shaped shoulder straps Adjustable position sternum strap Four compression straps - two on each side Stretch-mesh wand pocket Reinforced high wear areas for greater durability Dual P'ax ice tool carry systems Bungee front attachment system for carrying crampons or stashing layers Skis can be carried in an A-frame configuration Removable 40 mm / 1.6 inch webbing hipbelt SPECIFICATIONSof the Arcteryx Nozone 35 Backpack 210D nylon 6.6 plain weave 420D nylon 6.6 plain weave 100D mini ripstop 6005-T6 extruded aluminum M-bar stays HD 80 foam Burly Double Weave 500D ATY nylon 6.6 silicone treated with PU Hypercell foam Spacermesh The SPECS for Short Volume: 2074 cubic inches / 34 liter Weight: 36 oz / 1022 g Extend to: 2562 cubic inches / 42 liter The SPECS for Regular Volume: 2135 cubic inches / 35 liter Weight: 37 oz / 1045 g Extend to: 2624 cubic inches / 43 liter The SPECS for Tall Volume: 2196 cubic inches / 36 liter Weight: 38 oz / 1068 g Extend to: 2685 cubic inches / 44 liter This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.

- Moosejaw

The Arc'teryx Nozone 35 Backpack is a lightweight and durable alpine day pack that is capable of multiple uses with its ability to strip components and configurations as needed. Lightweight and durable with padded bottom Twin removable aluminum stays for durable support Top grab handle and dual haul loops Stretch-mesh wand/probe pocket Thermoformed shoulder straps Modular sternum strap Arc'on(TM) laminated suspension system Removable thermoformed triple-density hipbelt for long-haul comfort Extendable collar with drawcord for additional capacity Large, webbing pull-tabs for quick and easy, glove-friendly access Removable/ extendable top lid with zippered compartment Four compression straps, two on each side P'ax one-hand axe attachment system allows for one-handed access to tools Key clip Micro daisy chains

- OMCgear

Arc'teryx did not design the Nozone 35 Backpack with any single activity in mind, but made sure it was smart, durable and lightweight so it can go where your imagination take you. Minimalists heading for the crag can remove the top lid and the waist-belt to cut more weight and get the Nozone 35 down to a bare-bones structure when grams are of the essence. Trekkers and mountaineers can go the other way, and take advantage of the extendible collar and adjustable top lid to stuff the Nozone to capacity for gear-intensive days on the mountain.


The Arc'teryx Nozone 35 back pack is a smaller volume, tough and tested traditional alpine specialist built with bomber technical textiles that wont tip the scale. New Arcon suspension system rides comfortably over all terrain and bolsters a load larger than the usual. Strippable components allow it to be lightened even further.


A pack after an alpinist's own heart, The Nozone 35 from Arc'teryx is well suited for your high altitude adventures. The Arc'on frame combines the harness and framesheet to be light weight and reduce pack movement so you feel more stable no matter what your path looks like. The ability to strip away unnecessary features when you need to save weight and a new one-handed ice axe attachment system makes this pack a no-brainer for the serious technical alpinist.

- Mountain Gear