All-around climber's pack.
Arc'teryx designed the superlight Cierzo 28 Backpack for climbing days, whether you're approaching a nearby crag or hiking up to the alpine. This pack can go from superlight to ultralight by removing the padded back panel, and the padded shoulder straps work with the webbing waist belt to ensure a stable hike. The Cierzo's top lid has an adjustable strap that stows climbing ropes outside the pack, leaving plenty of room for shoes, harness, draws, belay device, helmet, and a trad rack.
The Cierzo also features a sleeve, hanging clip, and HydroPort for your own hydration reservoir. There are multiple stash pockets for keys, wallet, phone, headlamp, and snacks. The SwiftCord compression straps double as ice axes, ski poles, and other mountaineering tools.
- Removable padded back panel
- Padded shoulder straps with sternum strap
- Wide webbing waist belt
- Top loader with adjustable top strap
- HydroPort hydration compatible
- Small external and large internal stash pockets
- SwiftCord compression straps
- Item #ARC00HP
- Q & A
On the approach
Versatile climbing pack
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
With ultralight features and simple design this pack appealed to me as a good choice for mulitpitch climbing where weight reduction matters (isn't that all climbing?). The main compartment is very spacious and easy to load. With a pouch for a water bladder and internal pocket its nice to keep gear organized. One zippered pocket on the outside also houses the compression cord ( a weird place IMO) There are loops on either side of the webbing waist belt that I found useful for clipping my water bottle too that could also be handy for clipping off gear. The backpanel is a single piece that folds at the bottom, it makes a smooth surface along the whole back which is nice yet makes the pack look much larger than it is. I feel the capacity is much larger than 28L... The closure is simple pulling draw cord backed up with the rope strap.
Pros: Light, many weight trimming details went into this pack. spacious and yet can compress down for climbing. Sits well above the harness. There is a decent amount of pockets to keep gear organized. Fits me well for a O.S.F.A. size.
Cons: The cord for the compression is very small and light, because its cord not webbing it wants to snag and catch. I would love it if it were a bit thicker for helping to hold down the rope or be used to carry skis... The compression strap pull inside the pocket is in a weird location and opens up the pocket to potentially lose gear while tightening it. Also this pocket is massive but isn't usable, most of the open space is above the zipper. Perhaps just add another zipper and have 2 pockets or trim down the fabric to make it lighter. The main opening of the pack will let precip into the main compartment. The shoulder straps could be uncomfortable for someone thats more barrel chested than me.
I really wish the pack were more versatile for snowsports but it is a great quiver pack for climbing .
All in all this pack is a better performing climbing specific pack than most. Burly fabrics for a lightweight build should keep this thing going for a long time. Worth the price for what you get.
Arc'teryx Cierzo 28L Backpack
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
I bought this as a gift for my cousin. He loves it but it did look to me to be pretty narrow. It looked really well-made and he says it's very comfortable to wear.
Overall a great pack, but perhaps not right if you're a bit broader in the shoulders/chest.
Didn't get along
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Ended up returning the pack, I like the size and the features, it seemed well made, but for my back, chest and shoulders, it was too narrow. Compared to my Osprey packs, the shoulder straps were sewn too close together so when I put it on, the straps bit into my arm pits. I'm sure with the right body type it's fine, but it just didn't fit me.
great basic backpack for climbing
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Very comfortable and durable
Would this pack work well for canyoneering in addition to backcountry ski touring?