Travel light, go far.
Bringing Arc'teryx' technical know-how to the world of daypacks, the Arro 22 Backpack is compact, sleek, and capable of holding your gear for a day on the trail, in the office, or checking out the sights in a new city. It fits a 15in laptop with no trouble, has stretch side pockets for water bottles or small items, and a vertical-zip front pocket to help you stay organized at work or in the mountains. The zippers are watertight, and the 1260D nylon fabric is made to come through bike crashes and unexpectedly rugged hikes unscathed.
- Fits a 15in laptop
- Side pockets
- Vertical-zip front pocket
- Watertight zippers
- Rugged 1260D nylon
- Foam shoulder straps
- Item #ARC000U
- Q & A
Stiff and awkward.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I own numerous Arcâteryx packs and most of them are phenomenal, however this one is the exception. Materials are high quality and durable but design, comfort, and usability are poor at best.
This pack has adjustable shoulder straps but the stiff thick foam of the straps means this pack will ONLY ride high and tight. The “waist belt” rides above my navel on my lower ribs. The back panel offers no ventilation. Overall the pack feels stiff, uncomfortable, and cumbersome.
The compartment design is frustrating. Both exterior side pockets are oddly shaped, very shallow and nearly unusable. Things fall out constantly. The vertically zippered outside storage pocket is a feature I like on this, and other arcteryx packs, but the lack of other small pockets make it difficult to keep track of small items. This problem is made worse by the terrible exterior side pockets.
I expected a high quality, comfortable, and cleverly designed waterproof pack for hiking, biking, multi pitch and alpine climbing and was very disappointed. This pack will remain in my closet or go to the local gear swap.
No small valuables pocket
Looks sleek and gets the job done. However is sorely in need of a small easily accessible pocket. Either within the main area or on top as most backpacks have. There is really no place to put a wallet or keys except the two primary pockets. You wouldnt want to put small valuable in the small water pouches on the side so they end up getting lost in the larger main pouches.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have been using (abusing) this bag regularly for over 5 years now. It is still like new. It is perfect size for daily use (commute, light travel, outdoor, etc.), weather prof - my stuff is bone dry under pouring rain for hours.
Bike in the rain? NO WORRIES!
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
So I got this for my brother because he moved to Portland and it can get pretty wet there. He bikes to work and needs to keep all his belongings and spare pair of clothes dry! This pack is fully waterproof and even the zippers won't leak! It's designed to stay close to the body too so there is minimal swing weight. This is a great gift idea for someone who lives int he northwest and likes to commute via bike. AND it's just a really sweet pack and Arcteryx knows their stuff when it comes to function!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I purchased the Arro 22 a few weeks ago because I wanted a small but durable daypack for the daily work grind. I have several other Arc'teryx items and have been consistently impressed with their build quality and attention to detail. That said, I'm once again impressed by the brand due to the excellent design of this pack. The construction is bomber and gives me the confidence that I'll have this pack for many years. The main compartment is elongated and not designed for larger items or heavier loads; however, this makes sense given that Arc'teryx advertises this item as an urban commuting pack. The elongated design coupled with the narrow shoulder straps kept the Arro securely on my back during a recent bike ride. Unlike most packs that slide down your back or interfere with your riding, I felt this pack stayed "high and tight," allowing me to focus on my riding. As for the waterproof elements, while coming out of the office a few weeks ago I was caught in a torrential downpour and was impressed to find that the Arro kept my items completely dry. I also noticed the pack itself dries relatively quickly, which is a plus. Overall, some will find this pack is expensive, but if you need one daypack that you plan to have for years, I'd definitely give this pack a shot.
Well built but oddly configured storage
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Well built but oddly configured storage compartments - I wanted a pack with waterproof zippers & decent resistance to rain storms while on my motorcycle - this is a well built pack but almost useless unless you want to jam everything you carry in a few small elongated compartments. Also the outermost well sealed by the waterproof zipper compartment has a drainage hole in it that appears will allow far more unwanted water in than let any water out - also the two side pockets or compartments are fabricated with mesh so you cannot put anything in them that will not be exposed to the elements. One of those compartments (supposedly for a water bottle but lacks any ability to tighten or secure the bottle in any manner) this back pack could have been a 10 but rates about a 3 in usefulness.
Does anyone know what the changes are in...
Does anyone know what the changes are in this years model? the weight and capacity has changed slightly.