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Dana Design ArcLight Direct

rated 4.5 of 5 stars

Dana Design is no longer in business, and the ArcLight Direct has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best expedition packs for 2021.


Price Reviewers Paid: $200.00


3 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   2
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

This pack is obviously built to last forever. The ArcLight suspension system is difficult to adjust but the pack is comfortable once you get the fit dialed in. I think that they dropped this pack from their line. I got mine on sale. Had they added just a few features such as wand pockets and sleeping bag straps this would be a much better pack. If I had it to do over again I'd spend a little more money and get either an ArcLight Swiftcurrent or ArcFlex Stillwater.

Design: internal frame
Size: About 5000
Number of Pockets: one
Max. Load Carried: 40 lbs.
Height of Owner: 6'3"
Price Paid: a little over $200

I too just got this pack from Campmor as a 1996 closeout. It is adjustable (I got a size medium/large) and fits well after some work with the strap height and the aluminum back stay. My first trip out was (Mt. Mitchell,NC) with my 6-year-old son and I carried everything for both of us. The pack feels great once you have dialed in the fit. I added a beavertail shovit accessory to accomodate lots of stuff. My only surprise was that I needed compression sacks to shrink down our sleeping bags, but I got both in the bag! If you have a small bag this wouldn't be a problem.

Overall I am very happy with this bag, especially the price.

Design: Internal
Size: 4700+
Number of Pockets: 2
Max. Load Carried: 50 lb.
Height of Owner: 5'11"
Price Paid: $200

i just bought this pack from campmor at an unbelievable price. i have yet to use it, but from towing it around the house and yard, i couldn't ask for much more. it shifts more of the weight to my hips than many extrernals and keeps the pressure off my shoulders. everything on it seems to be built to last with great attention to detail. i was a little disappointed that it didn't have a sleeping bag compartment, but the two side zippers go almost the entire length of the pack to make it even better than a panel loader. it also has plenty of room for lashing on extras. could use water bottle pockets.

Design: internal
Size: 4700 +
Number of Pockets: 2
Max. Load Carried: 65 lbs
Height of Owner: 6'1"
Price Paid: $200

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