aZNwrote a review of Arc'teryx RT35 Backpack - 1708-2075 cu in on December 12, 2006
This pack gets almost everything right, but is not perfect. The suspension is phenomenally confortable once you bend the stay. The belt is swappable, so you can get the proper size. The rolltop closure is quick and convenient and is really superior to zippers and standard top closure. It is not waterproof, but will stand to rain very well. However RT35 is not perfect: first of all, Arcteryx's "less is more" philisophy really goes to far here- the pack does not have any pockets except the front large cangaroo pocket. So if you want to store your keys or wallet somewhere you are out of luck- you have to fish them out of the main compartment. In a conventional pack those things would be stored in the lid pocket, but RT35 does not have one due to the roll-top. The pack material is really heavy by today's standards. The top compression possibilities are really limited, the pack needs a pair of top compression straps. I modified the pack a bit by hanging a zippered pouch from the key clip in the front pocket and this is where I store my headlamp, knife etc. I also added a shockcord to the top of the pack so I could store my jacket there, and I replaced the "rope carrier" straps with the quick-release buckle straps. These things make the pack much more usable, but it a bit of a bummer that you need to modify a $160 product. Overall, great foundation for a perfect daypack. Arc'teryx, are you listening? Just upgrade the material to a lighter fabric, add a pocket for small things and the top compression straps, and you got a legend in the making. Last thing- the 35 designation is incorrect, I have a Large and it is only 30L in volume. Fortunately, this is a sweet spot for daypacks.