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ARC'TERYX Cierzo 35

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

Brand: Arc'Teryx Gear Reviews

Model: Cierzo 35


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

Designed as a lightweight summit pack, the Cierzo 35 is a highly packable bag that compresses small and stores in its own lid. Compact and near-weightless, this pack is ideal as a secondary pack on alpine expeditions, backcountry treks, or kayaking adventures.

Lightweight and highly compressible • Stows in top lid • Removable Hypalon™ front compression sling with four straps • Removable foam back-pad • Hydration bladder sleeve • 40mm webbing hipbelt • Ultra-light shoulder straps • Removable sternum strap
• Two ice axe loops • One removable ice axe keeper • Front and back clip-in loop

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