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For multi-day trips or light-packing weeklong hauls into the backcountry.
Save energy and keep your trek into the backcountry light with the Arc'teryx Men's Altra 65 Backpack. Ideal for multi-day or weeklong backpacking adventures, the Altra expands and compresses to the size you need while also providing the comfort, support, and stability you require when you're slogging up a scree-covered rock field or a steep trail to high-mountain lakes.
- C² (composite construction) system's minimized construction lamination decreases pack weight and makes the pack sit close to the body, which minimizes load movement and backward pull and increases energy conservation
- Load Transfer Disc naturally moves with your body while distributing the pack's load weight to your hips for improved comfort
- GridLock shoulder straps adjust for both height and width
- Ergonomically shaped shoulder straps feature 500D nylon with silicone-treated PU fabric for durability and protection, a Hypercell foam for stability and comfort, and SpacerMesh lining for airflow
- Twin 6005 T-6 extruded aluminum M-bar stays are rigid and lightweight to provide structural support
- Back panel consists of HD 80 foam for support and structure, burly double-weave fabric offers strength and durability, and the back panel sits away from your back to boost ventilation
- Altra 65L is available in regular and tall and works as a fast-and-light pack for multi-day trips in the backcountry
- U-shaped zipper offers easy access to your gear
- Extendable top lid and extension collar enable you to carry larger loads
- Body fabric consists of 210D nylon ripstop fabric coated with silicone to shed moisture and provide durability and tear-resistance
- 500D nylon silicone-treated PU fabric in high-wear areas supplies extreme durability and resists dirt, snow, and water pick-up
- Extension collar features 100D nylon mini ripstop fabric that has incredible tear resistance and a silicone coating that sheds moisture
- Hydration compatible (bladder not included) with a hydration sleeve external access point for convenience
- Wingman pockets make it easy to grab your camera or headlamp one-handed
- Double-chamber top lid organizes your gear
- Large front kangaroo pocket stashes frequently used items
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First Arcteryx pack
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Okay so first off, I cannot say anything about how this holds up over time because I have not yet had the chance to get out for a long hike with it. I will just comment on the build and general features for now and will follow up with comments after using it over a few days time.
Color: Like David Thiel mentions, the color is not the copper look in the picture, but it is more of a brick red. Now I hate red personally but I really actually like the look on this. The build quality seems to be extremely good. I don't see any areas where any stitching is loose or even any uncut strings or so forth like I find with a lot of other products. I guess one would pretty much expect excellent quality given the price though.
Features I personally love: The large external zippered compartment on the center of the back is absolutely awesome! It is large enough to accommodate a variety of items. I tried my tent poles, camera tripod, rain jacket and a few other things and find it makes a really great universal stow-away pocket to keep odd sized items out of the way. The two side pockets are really big as well. The right amount of room where you can easily insert a 32oz. bottle without fighting with the pack. However, I will say that the accessibility (at least for me) is not really all that easy to reach around and easily get to. Not a huge deal really, but I think if the side pockets were gapped a few inches more towards the front and they would be really easy to access. Some people might have a longer reach obviously, so might not affect everyone. I did find one of the side pockets is a great area to put my headlamp and fire kit. My Jetboil Flash also fits nicely inside as well as a GSI Halulite Microdualist kit.
I think another fabulous feature is the double-zippered compartments on the top of the pack. Just that extra bit of foresight that Arc'teryx had to recognize the need for organization in a pack is nice. The padding and unique swivel hip connection is crazy cool and comfortable. This pack made me a fan!
Glad I purchased this pack!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I spent a lot of time researching about getting a new pack. I know arcteryx gear is great but not a lot reviews out there. The wife and I were heading away on a life journey. 14 months away from home. I needed a pack that was durable, but also multi purpose. Great for hiking but also for travel.
I am so glad I settled on the altra pack. One for the wife, a 62, and a 65 for me.
It's an incredibly well thought out pack. So many places to store stuff. Very comfortable with the waist belt design. Yes it might sqeak. But as long as you lube the swivel belt occasionally, no problems.
So far we are 6 weeks into the trip. But so glad we got these packs.
Sorry backcountry. I bought them somewhere else. But wanted to share the info for interested people.
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Can someone give me the approximate dimension...
Can someone give me the approximate dimension of the pack moderately full? Just curious how much larger it is, since I've never used anything bigger than a 45L. Thanks
Sorry I don't have the exact dimensions, but this vid from Arx will give you a general idea of the size of this pack when loaded.
I'll try to stuff mine and measure it, but I won't be able to do that til Wednesday.
I can tell you that it's a surprisingly svelt pack, even for the volume. It uses its space very well. Carries like a smaller pack.
Here you go. These are approximate but give you an idea. Had this pack to normal capacity (65 liters) ... with the kangaroo pocket packed with rain gear. The pack was not completely turgid, but full.
When viewing the back with the hip belt facing away from me:
33 inches high
14 inches wide across the main body
19 inches wide across the wingmen
14 inches deep
I hope that helps.
My guess is this thing will stretch up to 1.5 inches in each of those dimensions... except height, where it could rise like another 6-8 inches if needed.
This pack is GREAT. Hope you buy and enjoy it. It's crazy expensive, but it's cheaper than a Ferrari or an extra-marital affair!
David, thanks so much for taking the time to measure!! I went ahead and ordered and should be here tomorrow. I am hoping I can condense for lesser loads and fill it full for longer times out. At that price, something universal is expected..
Happy to help. You got lucky: I was doing a gear demo to some new boy scouts today.
I find it's a very versatile pack. I use mine for 2 mile "expeditions" with 10 year olds, then turn around and use it for 15 mile-per-day through hikes with my friends on the AT.
Love this pack. It WILL squeak on you, so do carry the grease if that sort of thing drives you nuts... but that's it's only fault. Other than that I honestly can't imagine anything better and I've used a lot of packs in my life.
Ha! Not a very big deal but I'll be sure to carry grease/tri-flo. Happy to hear it meets its expectations. I am going to be buying Arcteryx jacket if I am happy with this. Something for all-year any suggestions?
Worth the extra weight
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I upgraded to this pack from a similar sized Osprey that always ended up hurting my hips when loaded down. I tend to stress over extra pounds, so it was a tough choice. Part of my problem is that when I hike with my family, I get the brunt of the bear keg, heavier tent, extra food, stove, etc. I used the A'T pack for the first time last week, and it was much more comfortable than the Atmos. So much that I often didn't realize how much I was carrying.
Great pack, very comfortable, hallmark A'T quality. Worth the money... You get what you pay for.
What's the the difference between the tall...
What's the the difference between the tall and short?
Short has a back length of 16.5 - 20in (42 - 51cm)
Tall is: 19 - 22.5in (48 - 57cm)
You get slightly more volume with the tall too I think... like 3L.
with the arcteryx altra 65, since it's not...
with the arcteryx altra 65, since it's not waterproof an i'm new to camping is their a means to waterproof the pack?
While the Arc'teryx Altra 65 Backpack is not waterproof it will be very water resistant and should shield the contents of you bag from moisture in most circumstances. However, when the precipitation is really coming down you will want a pack rain cover. Most packs don't come with them but Gregory makes a good durable model:
It's often more effective to waterproof what's inside the pack by means of ziploc bags, etc.
Stil.... Arc'teryx makes a pack cover specifically for this pack. It's a little heavy and it's a little expensive, but it fits perfectly and will keep everything dry.
Ice Axe Pockets (again)
Here's another view of the ice axe pockets at the base of the pack. (in the photo, look for the very sharp VERTICAL line between sun and shade on the lower flap of the pack... It's DEAD CENTER in the photo. That's the pocket...)
The Altra has zipper garages for the main "u" zipper. Since the pack isn't waterproof, I assume it's to reduce noise.
Here's one more shot showing the "hidden" loops on the pack in use. Check out where the tips of these trekking poles are sitting... that loop is always available (top and bottom, both sides of pack).
Wingman with camera
My DSLR fits in here and can be accessed with one hand. For reference it's a Canon t2i (so a consumer body) and in this photo it has a 28-200mm lens on it. I've also used it in this pocket with a chunky Sigma 18-250 superzoom.
I put a tiny amount of foam in the pocket (loose) to wedge the camera in and guard it against something stupid happening to it. Other than that, I am not gingerly with the pack or camera and things have held up quite well.
Fully loaded (side view)
About 35 pounds of gear in here. Handles like a dream.
The wingman pocket is open because I just took my camera out of it.
Loops and ice axe attachments.
Hopefully this photo will help some folks. I don't use ice axes or anything like them, but I think this photo shows some of the attachment points.
From the upper left of the image, follow the strap down and to the right. Just AFTER you hit the quick clip, you'll see a loose loop of webbing that is sticking up. This loop is "loose" even when the pack is loaded and the compression straps are taut. A second loop just like this one appears at the top of the pack--and the same two loops are repeated on the other side of the pack.
NOW, look at the bottom of the image and you'll see the bottom compression "flap" that can be used to store a bedroll or whatnot. But if you look on that flap itself you'll see a pocket there: that pocket is sized to receive the head of an ice axe. Again, the same pocket is repeated on the other side.
I hope that helps!
Can you attach ice axes to the pack? I...
Can you attach ice axes to the pack? I see in the video they use the smaller version of this pack with ice axes, is it possible?
Yes, the big expedition sized Altra packs all use basically that same P'ax system that you saw in the videos. For carrying, you would use both loops at the ends of side compression straps, but for one-hand, what you do is slide the axe or ice tool shaft under just the upper loop, lift a little, then slide the axe head into the sleeve you see the lower comp strap going into at the bottom of the pack. I know it might sound confusing, but it does work. Watch the videos again and scrutinize the Altra's features, you'll see pretty much how it works.
Take a look at the image I just posted... I think it might help!
Thanks guys. Indeed in the video it does show an ice axe in a smaller Altra and it seem the larger ones have the same attachment points. It's just not the normal attachments that we see on most packs. But then again it is Arcteryx!
Pack it in. Top and back opening make this a breeze to pack and access
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
So far it's the best pack I've ever owned. Really comfortable, and it is one of the best made ever. At just barely five pounds it's pretty light for what it is.
I'm sure most folks know about the features offered in this pack, so rather than listing them, I'll offer an opinion on some of the more discussed aspects of this packs design. At just under half a grand, this is one of the more expensive packs on the market. Unless you're thinking of a custom job, this is about as pricey as the high quality backpacks come. In my opinion, it's worth every penny. Time will tell (I've had mine for about a week) obviously, but from everything ranging from weekend trips to hard core thru-hiking, this pack will deliver for years under hard conditions. The craftsmanship is outstanding. Comfort and solid construction are what really appeal most to me when looking at packs and this thing is built from BOMBER nylon, with really tight seams, nice zippers, and strong adjustment straps. All stitching is impeccable. It's not completely waterproof by any official standard, which seems to be a big topic with this pack, but I would never expect any pack to be. Buy a raincover (which you should get with any pack that will see any real use) and you'll be fine. A+ for build quality is what I'm saying here. It does beat out packs by Gregory and Osprey in this category, in that it's slightly better assembled, more usable, and lighter (lighter than the Gregory packs of the similar size, at least)
The biggest con that I heard about this pack was regarding its (ingenious) attachments for the shoulder straps and the load transfer disc in the waistbelt of the pack. I have not had this thing squeak on me yet, which supposedly is a huge problem, in both the waist belt and the shoulders. I would go for it if you're passionate about laying hands on one. This 2013 model really seems to have hashed out the older problems with the previous model. Again, this pack rules the land of backpacking.
Wow. A huge improvement on the original
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The 2013 Altra is a huge improvement on the original. They've kept everything that was great (suspension, hip belt, U zipper, etc.) and fixed all the design flaws of the original. And then the piled in some extra goodness.
Key differences and improvements:
-- H2O bladder is now accessible from outside the pack, and it's centered.
-- Brain of the pack (which now only has two pockets) is removable.
-- Brain of the pack is designed to sit on top of the pack a little more reliably.
A couple additional details: the H2O bladder is a separate pocket that hangs down inside the pack and velcros to the frame sheet. Makes it easy to turn it inside out out and help the pack dry.
As for waterproofing? This pack is not waterproof and in any meaningful rainstorm it will soak through rather fast. On the plus side, it dries out quick.
Most of all, I love the "Wingman" pockets. I have these style pockets on my MTB backpack (an Ergon BC2) and love them. Here on the Altra they are easy to access--and HUGE. They are large enough to put a 1L nalgene bottle in (with ease), but what I had hoped for has come to pass: I can keep my DSLR with a superzoom in one of the wingman pockets and access it quickly, without taking off the pack. AWESOME.
Oh.. and they got rid of the compression wings, which were kinda silly.
One last thing: the Iron Oxide picture they show is ENTIRELY INCORRECT when it comes to the actual color of the pack. (It seems the picture above is based on the "Copper" color of the previous model). The actual color of the pack is almost a brick red, with copper-orange straps. I was surprised when I pulled it out of the box, but I like the actual color much better. I've attached a photo.
How many liters or cubic inches is the...
How many liters or cubic inches is the main compartment? (not the Kangaroo pouch)
Arc'teryx equipment team: "The capacity of the entire pack is 65L when the lid is closed at its optimal height. This closure can expand to overstuff the pack and the capacity goes up to 75L's total. This however may leave some spots on the pack susceptible to water leaking in and hitting fabric that is not as water resistant.
The Kangaroo Pouch has a capacity of approximately 12L So the (main compartment) Pack will be 53L with an expansion to 63L total."
I wonder whether the wingman pockets are included in the volume rating? They are quite large... easily a liter or two each.