All-season weather protection that you can haul on your back.
The Arc’teryx Arrakis 50 Backpack is your year-round pack for heavy day trips and light overnights from cragging at Indian Creek to ski touring in the Colorado backcountry. The unique roll top design and seam-sealed, weather-resistant fabric make for drybag-like protection so even if you're slogging through a Cascade soaker, your gear will enjoy desert-like dryness inside this water-stopping pack.
- Radial formed shoulder straps with GridLock adjustments dial in a second-skin fit
- Monoframe backpanel with dual aluminum stays gives you rigid back support for sketchy approaches
- Adjustable, removable sternum strap balances your load and keeps your shoulder straps where you want them
- Pivoting hip belt with Load Transfer Disk tech and lumbar pad maximizes mobility and stability on intense terrain
- Expandable RollTop closure system implements dry-bag design to keep water out even in heavy downpours
- Full-length water-resistant side zipper provides top to bottom access to your pack
- Streamlined 3D ergonomic construction cuts back on extra material and fits the shape of your body
- Water-resistant 420ACT fabric shields your gear from heavy precipitation so your kit stays dry
- Fully taped seams stop moisture from working in between the stitching
- Laminated, molded AC2 fusion points create tough, durable, water-resistant attachment points
- Hydration sleeve and a hose clip keep your beverage in reach
- Top pocket with key clip and a mini security pocket stash your essentials
- Kangaroo pocket with a drain hole and WaterTight zippers hauls wet gear
- Internal probe pocket keeps avy gear handy
- Ice axe loop with dongle secures your pick
- Multiple (two on the front and four on the sides)Lash-Ladder points give you myriad options for hauling skis, a snowboard, or poles
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amazing-just ditch the shoulder straps
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I would have to disagree with the post stating this is not good in heavy rain-completely disagree.
I have used this several times in heinous storms in the chugach around portage, whittier (the northenmost rainforest in north america) and it has kept my gear completely dry.
To illustrate, I was hiking to caines head in seward-this is a hike you have to do at low tides due to it is on the beach and hightide will cliff you out. I left a bit late on the hike, got cliffed out but tried to cross the bottom of the cliff any ways-I fell off the slime covered rock into the ocean. Granted, some water got throught the zipper but the pack was submerged.
There really is only one pack I would trust in bad weather-and this is it. The Altra has to many seams, the bora is great but not water proof.
THe only thing I dont like about this pack is the shoulder and waist belt. I took them off and replaced them with the shoulder and waist belt from my altra. The altra shoulder harness is softer and not nearly as stiff. THe altra waist belt is more plush and has hip pockets (despite being meager).
I have kept my ipad in the pack routinely without any problems while backpacking-no problems with moisture at all.
I would of course like to see a second ice tool holder on this pack-seems like such a huge oversight.
Well I have the Arrakis 60L but it the same pack. I use it for snow winter trekking and climbing and for winter heavy rain trekking & I can say that in rain the gear inside will b dry, but in vary hard and for hours of heavy rain water will get in and because it a rain proof pack the water can't get out when the sun start to go out...in the end I can say that is good for snow and rain but not hard one
More Julian, CA
Legen . . . (wait for it) . . . DARY!
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Took this bad boy for it's first real test in ICELAND. 7 day expedition where I climbed, scrambled, and backpacked through lava fields, snow-capped volcanoes, and insane 1000 foot gorges and ravines.
This pack took everything the Icelandic weather threw at me including all the rain and snow a freak blizzard hit me outside of Jokulsarlon and wouldn't you know it, everything inside was boooooone dry!
Great fit, customizable, simple features, and truly bombproof for extreme weather. Expensive? Yes and I was more than hesitant on spending this much on a rucksack, but if you take care of it, you could easily get more than 10 years out of this pack. But more importantly, don't skimp on the items that could save your life--especially the one that's carrying all your gear (or expensive cameras haha).
Not much room for expansion so either be prepared to pack light or ramp up an upgrade to the 65. OH! And forget the bladder sleeve..unless your bladder is 30 ounces or less. I attempted to "force" a 100 liter camelbak and nearly tore the lining. Just leave it alone or slip a thin book in their...not worth the effort to take it in and out.
As for the 420D ACT material? WOW. I slid down a 15 foot, 30-ish grade declining rock wall very SLOWLY and CAREFULLY (max traction) when I lost the main trail on the decent from the Glymur waterfall and had no other route option. I swear that given the abrasive volcanic rock the pack would be shredded pretty good...it wasn't. Scratched up for sure! Dirty? Heck yes! But literally took no lasting damage despite what I put it through. I have never had a rucksack, nor could conceive of another one that could withstand this sort of abuse.
Save up and buy this pack. Just plan out for your space requirements because I now need the 65, this pack is truly for 1-2 days/night, and that's packing VERY light. Enjoy!
Winter backpacking with the unbeatable Arrakis 50!
Is the hip belt and the shoulder straps...
Is the hip belt and the shoulder straps removeable?
Hey Adrian Falck,
Did a check on your question and I found that the hip-belt and shoulder straps are removable on the Arc'teryx Arrakis 50 Backpack.
They are which makes it perfect for carry-on at the airport. I hate checking bags so I took off the straps and belt, stashed them inside, and went through security and boarded the plane--worked perfectly and didn't have to check a thing!
The Arrakis in all its suspension glory.
Let's put it this way: you invest a lot of money in something and it quickly shows whether you regret it or whether it's worth it. If it's worth it, or so you think, you give it another year or two (especially if you're talking about ski touring gear) and you re-think it. This pack takes a beating, year after year, and it's not a regretful purchase.
What the Arrakis 50 is: a ski touring legend. It's sweet for everything from trekking to grocery shopping to skiing, mild downpours in the summer to cold dry tours in the winter to sloppy wet spring tours when everyone's stopped skiing for at least a month. Throw this pack in the water (not for long though!), on the snow, in the mud, and your stuff is safe and sound. Its comfy and elegant. The zippers were placed by a genius. Everything is close at hand. The suspension is minimalist and plush at the same time. It carries your overnight load and then compresses and rolls down to small enough to be a day pack.
What it isn't: I've found that this pack lacks the volume for truly massive missions, or when you're the goat bringing all the beer to the hut. You'll run out of space. So you end up with stuff on the outside of the pack, which is surprisingly easy to lash to despite its appearance. It can't do everything, and for big long hauls, size up.
Where to ski today?
High up in the Glarner Alps, you use the gear you trust. If you can afford it, thats Arrakis. Turns out, the Swiss can afford it.
Swiss Porters Choose The Arrakis 50.
When you have Swiss sherpas, you are a baller. And sherpas don't mess around, they use the Arrakis 50.