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Arc'teryx Alpha FL 30L Backpack


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    6 Reviews


    Carry only what you need.

    The Arc'teryx Alpha FL 30 Backpack embraces a minimalist design, but that's not to say it's a bare bones pack. Climbers need plenty of gear, so the dual haul loops, front bungee system, lash points, and ice axe loops are more of a necessity than luxury. The roll-top closure sports an additional drawcord that lets you expand the pack when you need a little extra room for layers or food. But if you're wanting to pack light, the top rope strap doubles as a compression cinch to keep those smaller loads from slopping around and pulling you off balance.

    Even ultralight packs need a little structure, so Arc'teryx designed the Alpha FL with its AC² suspension system and HD 80 rigid foam backpanel for support and comfort. The body of the pack is composed of lightweight ripstop fabrics that can squeeze up chimneys and drag against ice without shredding, and the webbing waist belt and removable sternum strap increase carrying comfort, without adding bulk. All the external WaterTight zippers keep rain and snow out of your gear, and the seam-sealed construction ensures that prolonged exposure to wet weather won't leave your sleeping bag soggy and your packed layers soaked.

    • AC² suspension system
    • HD 80 rigid foam backpanel
    • HyPUR-cel foam shoulder straps
    • Ripstop nylon fabrics
    • Roll-top closure with drawcord
    • Dual haul loops and top rope/compression strap
    • Front bungee system with six lash points
    • Dual ice axe loops
    • 1 WaterTight back pocket
    • Item #ARC00HR

    Tech Specs

    400D nylon 6 ripstop, 100D HT ripstop nylon, 70D nylon ripstop, Burly Double Weave (46% nylon, 46% polyester, 8% spandex)
    23 - 30L (1404 - 1831cu in)
    AC² system, rigid back panel
    Shoulder Straps
    Waist Belt
    yes, webbing
    1 zippered WaterTight
    Gear Loops
    yes, six lash points
    Ice Axe Carry
    yes, 2
    yes, top
    Claimed Weight
    1lb 5oz
    Recommended Use
    alpine & expedition, climbing
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    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I love this pack and everything about it.

    I have used this pack for both technical purposes (i.e., climbing and hiking) as well as just basic commuter/daily purposes and I find it works great for both. However, it clearly is designed, and excels the most, in the alpine environment.

    (1) The pack is amazingly lightweight for its size (there is a caveat to the size I will mention later).
    (2) It is incredibly durable and water proof. I personally have yet to tear a hole into this pack or managed to have any water permeate it whatsoever.
    (3) Simplistic design with just enough support in its frame and straps
    (4) The design allows it to hold tightly to your body, which is incredibly important in a pack while climbing.
    (5) Easy to manipulate (i.e., open the main and external compartments, put on/take off, adjust straps, unclip waistbelt) in the freezing cold while wearing multiple layers of gloves. Hell, although I haven’t tried, you could probably do everything you need to even with mittens on.
    (6) Ice axe/tool attachments are easier to use than traditional attachments
    (7) Crampon straps work great. I thought my crampons would have cut these by now, but I have yet to have any issues. Also, you can use the straps for other things you need to attach on the outside (e.g., helmet, belay jacket)
    (8) I actually find the key hook in the external pocket quite useful most of the time. That said, I am not carrying my house keys on me for big alpine objectives and haven’t found a use for it then.

    (1) Expensive, but it find it is worth it
    (2) It lacks the external attachment points that are found on the Alpha FL 45. I found these quite useful for the 45L version, particularly for attaching boots for approaches.
    (3) The size is a bit deceiving, as the size in the name of the product is actually the size with the roll top fully expanded.

    Good, But Not Perfect: Too Minimal

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This backpack carries well for how simple and light it is. It's somewhat expensive (not as expensive as Cilogear), but that's expected of any Arc'teryx product.

    Despite every positive aspects of this backpack, I feel like Arc'teryx tried too hard to save every gram and it's too minimal for me. For example, Alpha FL45 has side loop webbing while Alpha FL30 doesn't. Not sure why.

    It's missing other basic features that are found in other competitors and I wouldn't have minded extra 50g~100g for features that are lacking on this backpack.

    ideal climbing pack

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Just returned from two weeks in the Bugaboos climbing every day with this pack and couldn't be more pleased with it. Highly recommended for what it was designed for; climbing alpine rock routes with a pack. It's super light, with very tough waterproof fabric, streamlined without a lot of external loops and straps that just get caught on rock, and carries weight well while climbing. There are probably better and cheaper options for casual and hiking use, but this is perfect as an alpine/multipitch rock climbing pack.

    Keep it simple.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought this as a gift for my husband and this is what he had to say:

    “Using the K.I.S.S. method Arc'teryx nailed it with this pack. It has everything I need, and nothing I don’t. The expandable 30L capacity has plenty of room for food, gears, and extra layers for a day in the mountains. The weatherproof roll-top closure is another nice touch, and while I generally fold it down for easier access, it brings great peace of mind while carrying camera gear if a storm was to roll in. The pack had no problems keeping water and moisture out while getting caught in several storms. Most importantly though, Arc'teryx nailed it in the comfort department with a great shape to the shoulder straps and very comfortable foam. While the simple waist belt is comfortable and can easily be wrapped around the bag when not in use, I would have liked to see a removable waistbelt and maybe some additional padding there for added comfort.”

    tougher than it looks

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    have used it the last couple weeks strapped to the back of a motorcycle doing adventure trips, as well as Grade 3 and 4 climbs. The material is surprisingly durable. Favorite part is the closure system on the top.. it's a really great balance. you can either be quick for when you are lazily just walking to the beach, or need to roll it up tight to keep out dust and water. Also, there's just the right amount of features... It's a great break from all my other packs that are heavy laden with pockets and straps.

    tougher than it looks