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There's light, and then there's really light—the Arc'teryx Cierzo 18 Backpack falls into the latter category.

Arc'teryx created the Cierzo 18 Backpack to give rock, ice, and alpine climbers an ultralight, compact bag to carry the bare necessities on lead and to the summit. This 9oz pack holds 1098cu inches of food, water, and extra clothing for a multi-pitch ice line or early morning summit push. Keeping things as simple as possible, Arc'teryx gave the Cierzo 18 Backpack a front zippered pocket for small gear and a removable waist-belt for a touch of extra support. *Only available for US shipment.

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5 5

Excellent with small adjustment

Take out the draw string that they give you and add your own bungy cord draw string to it with a quick plastic tightener that you can take off one of your jackets. This will make this jacket sing! Super compact, light weight and pretty
styling.

5 5

Highly Recommended

I've only used this pack a few times since I got it on Christmas. I purchased it specifically for a day hike/summit pack. It's super light, durable, packs down to nothing and is very simple to use. I'm very impressed with Arc'teryx and the quality of their gear. I would recommend this pack to anyone looking for a high quality lightweight pack for those day hikes or even a lightweight overnighter. So far it has exceeded my expectations.

4 5

Not big enough for my wife ski touring

So this was a Christmas present which met the desire for something simple and light. But by the time you get a shovel, clothing, skins, water, food, etc for a day tour in there she felt it was too small. Anything else will weigh a LOT more. I was impressed with the quality of construction and think this would make a great minimalist day pack or a good one to toss in your business travel bag for bringing back purchases or to support that random chance to go for a hike when out of town on non-rec pursuits. Hence 4 stars.

5 5

Nice little pack

I give this thing five stars purely because it does what it says it will do. What you see is what you get. No bells and whistles here, just a very simple backpack to carry everything you need and nothing you dont. I take mine almost everywhere, and i think its great. The nylon outer is pretty waterproof, enough for a bike ride in the rain to most places. I may be a little biased toward Arc'teryx, but I feel like once again they deliver. If you are looking for a backpack in this category, you wont be disappointed. Totally worth it.

4 5

does what it says

awesome pack. i hiked up to the saddle of Big Baldy, set up camp, and left at 2am to start my summit bid on Timp in April (still alot of snow). and used this bag for the bid. it carried my shell, down jacket, hard shell pants, extra base layer, heavy gloves. 2 nalgenes, and the front pocket carried my food and camera. the pack is also surprisingly water proof. i used it as a seat mat, put my boots in it at night (as i was in a bivy).I only complaint is that it has no ice axe loop or trekking pole straps.

does this pack have a sleeve for a water...

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does this pack have a sleeve for a water blader? Or any internal pockets or sleeves?

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The Cierzo 18 does not have a hydration bladder sleeve but the 35 does.

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I have noticed that my camelback hydration bladder fits perfectly against the back of the pack, although there is no sleeve for it. With tiny amount of gear (shirt, pair of shorts) my bladder has not moved at all and provide a very comfortable and cool back-panel of sorts.

4 5

Nice travel pack.

It's light, packs tiny, and will carry what you need on board every airplane. Wish the straps were set slightly wider apart, for barrel chested people they can chafe. Also would like the back pocket to have a tab for locking shut. A few minor quibbles, that's all, but for the price they should have been taken care of.

5 5

Pretty good

Nice pack, pretty cheap, almost completely waterproof, good looking. Really nice minimalist pack. Even packs down to the size of the naglene so I can put it in my backpacking pack, get camp established, then go out and use this thing as a daypack. Straps are of much higher quality than a $50 pack should have. The cierzo comes across as an extremely simple pack, but it is much more functional than expected.. I am still amazed at how comfortable it is. I have taken this pack swimming for about 120 seconds and I received about a half inch of water at the bottom of the pack. A little dissapointing considering it seems like everything but the top would be completely waterproof, but hey, still better than having my entire pack filled with water like everyone else did.
I would say the only downside is no compression straps. I realize it would add to the weight and make the pack much more difficult to roll up, but still. If the pack is only half full or so stuff will just fly around, and the pack becomes fairly uncomfortable. Still more than I would expect from a $50 pack. The one complaint I have is EASILY outweighed by all the features. Great buy.

5 5

Nice Little Pack

This is good for quick day trips where you don't need a lot of gear. It fits great with the small shoulder straps and chest / waste clips. This is a very functional bag that allows quick and easy access to your gear. The description does not state that you can pack this guy up. You can roll this bag up to about the size of a water bottle. This makes it great for backpacking when you want to go on a short hike away from camp. I plan on using it for a summit hike in a couple of weeks and I know it will hold its own. I highly recommend this guy!

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What are the outer dimensions of this...

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What are the outer dimensions of this pack?

Is Cierzo 18 waterproof?

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Is Cierzo 18 waterproof?

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It is not waterproof, since it has a drawstring closure, but it is very water resistant. Except that one point that is.

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I would like to add that it's not completely waterproof even below the draw string hole. About half my pack was submerged for no more than 3 minutes and there was a tiny bit of water in the bottom of my pack after that, not even enough to dump out. So it's fairly close, under rain I have no doubts everything in the pack would stay completely dry.

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No. Neither the fabric, the seems nor the top opening are waterproof. Expect things to get damp in a decent rain.

5 5

Recommended

Solid pack. I like it because its simple and strong. It has plenty of storage space for the basic essentials, which is all I need. books, sandals, layers, water, swimsuit, sunglasses, keys, wallet, nylon hammock, and more. Highly water resistant. Bottom of pack sloped up to keep the load close to your back. drawstring closure works good too. It is a floppy bag because it is all just thin (strong) nylon. The thing I might add is compression straps, so the load doesnt bounce when you run. Great bag.

5 5

Great Bag

I have take this bag around the world 5 times and use it for a quick and easy day bag for jacket, water bottle, camara, and a hat. Works great.

Kathmandu Nepal

Kathmandu Nepal

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use this bag all over the world and love it.

Is this backpack good for school books /...

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Is this backpack good for school books / boxing gear? Looking for an attractive gym/school bag.

Thanks!
Peter

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Define boxing gear? This will hold a few books and a change of gym clothes, but no gloves, tape, shoes, head gear, etc. This will basically hold 5-7 nalgene bottles.

Is this by chance big enough to hold a 70m...

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Is this by chance big enough to hold a 70m rope?

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Though not leaving much room for anything else, this is big enough for a 70m rope.

5 5

Awesome

Really is Ultra-Light weight, the drawcord closure is great, love the colors (I have gold). Folds into its own pocket with a handy clip for hanging it wherever. The sternum and hipbelt are just big enough to add function while maintaining the packs minimal weight. BC.com had to replace my first pack, the shoulder straps started to tear off of the pack, probably because I shoved way too much weight into this little bag. Hassle free return. I will buy this bag again and again. Wish there was an ice axe holder on the rear, but I guess the idea would be that the ice axe is in my hand on the summit. Excellent placement of accessory loops on the shoulder straps. I have used this pack only for hiking, but plan to lead multi-pitch climbs wearing it.

5 5

great travel pack

This pack replaced a 20 year Black Diamond pack. It is lighter and is a great bag for airline travel as it packs down flat and the belt is removable.
I use it as a second bag for boarding and it works very well as a day pack, laundry bag or if not needed thrown into a carry on or checked baggage.
It appears well made although I don't know if it will last 20 years.

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