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Arc'teryx Blade 20L Backpack


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Blade 20L Backpack

Arc'teryx packs have become a favorite among the mountain community thanks to the company's commitment to smart designs, quality fabrics, and careful attention to detail. By taking these same concepts and applying them to more urban-specific packs, Arc'teryx has developed a line of everyday packs that are both casually styled and technically proficient. The Blade 20 Backpack is a moderately sized offering with a space-saving design, which keeps everything you need for the daily grind organized and stream-lined.

The Blade 20 has an innovative side loading design, which allows the bag to pull double duty between backpack and brief case. The shoulder straps can be  secured to the backpanel when using the pack as briefcase and a secure side carrying handle makes carrying it comfortable and convenient. Dual-density shoulder straps and a thermoformed backpanel ensure a comfortable fit when you're wearing the pack during your morning bike commute. For added security, the pack is fitted with a discreet back panel pocket and a zippered side security pocket with an internal lanyard for keys.

  • A backpack both technically proficient and casually styled
  • Thermoformed back panel shoulder straps for commuter comfort
  • Internal sleeves sized for tablets and laptops
  • Discreet back pocket and side security pocket with key clip
  • Item #ARC00AW

N210p-HT nylon, N630p-HT nylon
20L (1220cu in)
Shoulder Straps
dual-density foam
1 zippered front organizer, 1 tablet sleeve, 1 side security, 1 hidden back
Laptop Sleeve
yes, 15in
Claimed Weight
2lb 12oz
Recommended Use
casual, travel
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What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Awesome bag

Nice material and good for my travel

>Rating: 5

Awesome Daily Driver

I've used it several times

This Bag has room for all my daily essentials, whether it's in or out of the office. What I like most is how organized the layout is for all your gadgets, but has a zipper compartment for a change of clothes and toiletries. Making it great to throw your running, or cycling stuff in for a lunch break work out. The back panel and straps are incredibly comfortable which is a plus for when you're out exploring the town.

>Rating: 5

Perfect Travel Bag

I've used it several times

Although I was initially concerned the pack was too small, after numerous trips it turned out to be the prefect size. One of my favorite things about this pack is the countless organizational pockets. The clam-shell design makes it easy to pack and unpack your things. Additionally the hidden back panel storage pocket works great for storing your passport or money. I would highly recommend this pack for traveling as a carry on or for commuting.

>Rating: 3

Decent work bag

I had the older version of this bag and loved it. It was recently stolen and I immediately ordered this replacement. Still a solid bag, but it isn't quite as convenient. There compartment for the lap top is great, securely holds my computer, has a pocket for accessories or a kindle. The main big compartment is big enough to take clothes for a short trip but when empty it is overly bulky and cumbersome. The best feature might be the small zippered pocket on the back, it is perfect place to discreetly store cash and a passport.

>Rating: 5

Great EDC Bag

I've used it several times

I purchased this as an alternative to my super heavy leather computer bag. Needless to say its much lighter, sleeker, and has lots of compartments to stash gear. The water bottle is an odd size. There is a cool compartment in the small of your back for hiding things away. Not intended for a long hike. Straps fold away very neatly. All in all, this pack does exactly what I need it for. Great purchase.

>Rating: 4

Really nice travel backpack

I bought a aterexy blade 20 back pack and the osprey pixel because I thought they were the best two on the market for carrying a laptop, clothes, and a Ipad. I leave from home go to the gym then work, each day I take a towel, shampoo, shoes, change of clothes, 15 inch laptop and a IPad Pro . Both of these backpacks will carry all of these effectively I think the blade 20 is better suited for someone who travels for work as it is more like luggage the way it opens. I really like the way it opens but I like the different storage areas of the osprey pixel a little better for what I do. It keeps my laptops more separated from where I carry my clothes and towel that can be damp and the built in cord pouch functions really well as a toiletries bag, holding my shampoo, razor, toothbrush, ECT. I like the fact I don't need to get into where my clothes are to get out my laptop and iPad as we

>Rating: 4

Great "adult" pack

I've put it through the wringer

I travel a lot and have always used the traditional north face pack but wanted to shift in a more adult direction. The problem with a lot of casual packs on the market is that they still have a bunch of stuff (support straps) hanging off them that are really absolutely worthless. And those straps get caught super easy if stored under the seat in front of you on a plane. The Blade 20 is a great little pack with a seamless adult design made beautifully for travel! Lots of well thought out pockets and great interior split design that solves all the problems of staying organized on a 12 hour flight. Only real complaint is how cheap the straps feel. That's the reason for the 4 star rating and not 5. Also wish it came with a spot to attach a single shoulder strap so it could be used as a messenger bag. This thing would rule supreme with those two tweaks. Still recommend though.

Thanks for the review Jim! Super helpful to get this feedback out to the community.

Very helpful, I wonder about the straps

Can this bag fit a lot of clothes? Thanks

>Rating: 5

Great bag

I've put it through the wringer

The things I love about this bag: 1. Really compact size and not bulky at all 2. Great fabric/material used in construction that stands out form other packs 3. Urban look which stands out 4. Ample storage and space with a really cool compartment for clothes in case you are going on a day biz trip and wanna carry 1-2 pieces of clothing with you


Is this pack waterproof or water resistant?

Hi Arti! This bag isn't water proof but may handle a light sprinkling for a bit. With harder weather, water will seep through the fabric and zipper so if you're looking for something totally weather proof, I'd grab something more intense. Let me know if you have any other questions or need other ideas.


Would this bag fit a climbing harness shoes and a chalk bag comfortably? The volume seems fine but given how it is organized i worry they might not fit.