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LIVESTRONG44 wrote a review of on June 3, 2013

5 5

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!

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LIVESTRONG44 wrote a review of on June 3, 2013

1 5

I've been using last year's model and they are the absolute best hiking/climbing/adventure/all-'round pants I've ever worn (and I've tried way too many haha) BUT like the other reviewers have stated, the newest cut of the pants are WAAAAY off.

They literally have dropped 2 full sizes and as weird as it sounds--they really do cut into your hips...it's the oddest thing. I ordered the 32 (I'm a 34 in last year's model) and the waist lines are identical, but they really do dig into your hips! I then tried the 34 and they were falling off me.

As usual, no issues with the return from Backcountry but save yourself the dough or be one of those guys that literally wear skinny jeans or something...

If you can however find an earlier version of these pants buy them and hold onto them! The material, craftsmanship, durability, all of it is amazing and literally has no competition--not sure why Arcteryx dropped the ball on this year's mode...

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