User Review: Arc'teryx Nozone 35
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.