ARC'TERYX Arro 22

With removable support, the Arc'teryx Khazri 55 backpack lets you choose between stability or a lighter load.
Price $130.00

Specs

Frame Type frameless rucksack
Load Type panel-loading
Fixed Capacity (cubic inches) 1400

 

Sizes Available 1
Weight 2 lbs, 7 oz

Best Peakbagger

Our tester loved the "load and go" simplicity of this single-compartment pack. After a heavily laden overnight on the south slopes of Longs Peak, he reported "no pack-flop at all when I jumped rocks and creeks," and credited the shallow, back-hugging pack shape and suspension, which consists of a dual-density framesheet, twin aluminum stays, and closed-cell foam bivy pad. The framesheet, stays, and pad are all removable, so testers could beef up support or shave ounces, depending on the trip.

The thin, soft-flexing, removable hipbelt did a decent job of transferring weight, but like most climbing packs, the emphasis is on freedom of motion, low bulk, and easy high-stepping. Stripping all frame and hipbelt components trims almost two pounds.

The narrow packbag proved tight for bulkier sleeping bags, but quick-release compression straps and a front bungee net compensate. The top lid extends for high stacking, plus you get the usual gear loops and tool attachments. Bummer: no hipbelt or bottle pockets–although a hydration sleeve located in the top lid makes refilling easy, even with the pack loaded. $249; 3,661 cu. in.; 4 lbs. 4 oz. Arcteryx.com

Adept chameleons, the hip Arros shift between scenes with elevated proficiency. H2O bladder compatibility, specially shaped straps and insular WaterTight construction adapt these streamlined panel-loaders to the commute, the escape or the adventure.

• Hydration bladder pocket
• Hose clip
• Dual density shoulder straps
• Front kangaroo pocket
• Key clip
• 1"/25mm webbing hipbelt
• Padded bottom
• HDPE framesheet
• 1680D Ballistic Nylon
• Armourlite
• Hypalon