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The pack that can go anywhere you go.
Strap the Arc'teryx Cierzo 25 Backpack onto your back when you need a streamlined, lightweight pack that can go anywhere. The compressible, minimalist design means it stuffs into its own lid so you can store it in your expedition pack until you want to bust it out for a day trek from base camp or the final push to the summit. Also perfect for long multi-pitch days, the ultra-high-tech materials shed moisture, deliver serious comfort, and offer durability in just about any conditions, with the loops to carry ice axes, climbing gear, and just enough clothing and food to see you safely up and back down.
- Lightweight, durable, and moisture-shedding fabric
- Breathable foam back panel and shoulder straps
- Stuffs into its own lid
- Compression straps and ice axe loops
- Hip belt and sternum strap
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Solid Fun Lightweight Pack
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Rei Flash and Marmot compressor packs are both in this lightweight category, but IMHO the Arcteryx Cierzo 25 feels more durable and has a better compression system. Even though the Cierzo 25 sheds water well, I carry anything that needs to stay dry in a dry sack. A hydration sleeve is included when the thin foam back pad is removed from it's internal pocket. Knowing how to pack a frameless backpack will make this easier, but there's really nothing to it. What I also like is the bag's other versatility---it's ability to expand from 1300+ cubic inches to 1600+. And even though the harness straps and belt are thin it delivers serious comfort w/ lightweight gear. I went with the black bag because the straps appear to be less stressed and just as effective. The one size fits all also fits all and that's a nice factor too. Over all I've given this
pack five well-deserved stars.
Feedback based on 2013 version
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
There are very few differences between this and the 2013 version and after looking at the new version I thought I'd give some feedback that might help people out.
This is an extremely lightweight and relatively versatile pack. I can easily fit my osprey hydraform (old model) bladder in the "framesheet" sleeve (I take the foam out now-a-days to cut weight and because the bladder I have provides plenty of nice curvature and padding for my back). Then I can stuff it full of snacks, food, and clothes. I can actually even fit a bear canister (full of food) (or a tent) AND, a sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and clothes in it - though I've yet to try an overnight like this. This pack comes with me shoved in my backpacking bag when we're using a tentsite as a base camp and is my go-to pack for day hikes.
Prior to this pack, every pack I owned offered tons of support but I realized with this that I don't need support in a small pack.
The material is great and hasn't worn out on me yet. The top compartment/lid is huge and fits tons of stuff (including the entire pack obviously!). The lightweight cords on the outside cinch down nicely to provide structural integrity with smaller loads or provide the option to put more gear on the outside of the pack. The ice axe/trekking pole loops are my favorite on any pack because they're incredibly simple to use. Finally, I love that you have to manually adjust the chest strap to the slot that you want because this means you don't have to worry about it slipping up and down.
I highly recommend this pack based on the similar older version and my brief experience with the newer version!
Is this pack hydration compatible? Or is...
Is this pack hydration compatible? Or is there a way to hang up a bladder like in the sleeve for the frame sheet or something?
This pack has no system set up for housing a hydration bladder.
I find that the slot for the frame sheet is tight enough that it gives support to a water bladder - but I do use the osprey bladder system which has some rigidity to it. I haven't had any issues with it sliding or causing back issues (actually the osprey bladder gives extra support to the pack!). I was hung up on the lack of hydration compatibility but I gave the older model a shot anyway and I use this pack for everything; seriously it comes with me every single day. So even though it's not technically compatible I think you can make it work - or at least I do!