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Arc'teryx made its Nozone 75 Backpack as light as possible without taking away the much-needed durability that alpine climbers need. A superlight Arc'on laminated frame system provides a smooth ride on long hauls, and the hip belt and shoulder straps are thermo-molded for comfort. The hip belt and aluminum stays are removable for shorter trips, and you can remove the top lid to accommodate more gear (and a bit less weight) for the longer trips. For excellent durability, Arc'teryx coated the Nozone with silicone and PU in order to resist abrasion and wet weather, and Cordura reinforcements ensure long-lasting strength.

The Nozone also features a P'ax one-hand axe attachment system for your tools, one stretch mesh pocket for your probe, and one zippered compartment at the lid for your wallet and phone. Four compression straps keep everything in place when you're on the go, pull-tabs help you adjust the pack with gloves, and dual haul loops let you drag this pack up climbs. This pack can also accommodate skis, and the bungee front attachment stores your crampons. 

  • Arc'on laminated frame system
  • Thermo-molded shoulder straps with modular sternum strap
  • Removable, thermo-molded, triple-density hip belt
  • Two removable aluminum stays
  • Top access with removable lid
  • Silicone and PU coatings
  • A-frame ski carry
  • One stretch mesh probe pocket, one zippered lid compartment
  • P'ax one-hand axe attachment system
  • Four compression straps
  • Bungee front attachment
  • Dual haul loops
  • Extendable collar with drawcord closure
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  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have waited a while to review this pack, I wanted to make sure my perception of its awesomeness was not just new gear infatuation or me comparing it to my last big pack (which totally sucked) and I believe that after a couple months of solid use, I can say that I love it even more!

I bounced around a bit deciding on a big pack, i finally chose this one for the size, weight, comfort and price; and the ability to strip it down. There were cheaper packs that did not look like they would last as long, and there were more expensive ones that would have been more comfy but they were also heavy. This one was just right.

First off, its big, like really big. I fit everything in there for 4 days on Rainier with only my rope, axe, pickets and wands strapped to the outside. Second its also light, which is nice, my last big pack was 7 pounds! this thing feels like nothing compared to that. Third its comfy, the shoulder straps are really comfy with heavy loads even if they are on the minimal side, and the old Bora hip belt is as awesome as it ever was. Fourth its burly. getting slammed down in rocks, loaded with sharp things, this pack takes a beating. Fifth you can strip it down and use it as a summit pack, further saving weight, even the 75 liter version!

The pack is simple, one main compartment, one lid compartment, bungies, side straps, and axe holders. It also has two loops on top for hauling which is cool, I have not tried hauling it yet. the one thing I wish it did have was another picket/wand pocket on the other side. makes no sense to me why they wouldn't put that little pocket on both sides.

I am super psyched about this pack! I expect much use out of it for the coming years. Lots of backpacking and climbing and mountaineering.