Anywhere in the vertical world.
- 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 #ARC00HU
- Q & A
Over engineered, in all the wrong places
The 18-liter Cierzo is the PERFECT size for an alpine summit or all-day pack. Arcteryx ensures it's durable, well-crafted, fits perfectly and supremely outdoor-stylish. But upon receiving this pack I was kinda' scatching my head at a few of the details (or lack thereof):
1. There is no back padding. I understand this is intended to be a minimalist summit pack, but even the slightest layer of breathable back padding would be a welcomed addition between your back and a few ice screws, camera or Kleen Kanteen. In fact, there's not even an interior hydration sleeve in which to add your own.
2. The lid closure seems over-engineered and unnecessarily complicated. The additional over-the-top strap, and all of it's related gizmos and tuckable pockets, are a nuisance (I'm not a fan of gizmos and tuckable pockets, if you can't tell). If I were toting a rope for a fast and light ascent I'd strap it to my back in an alpine coil. This is not the best tool for the job when one needs to carry a rope or climbing gear, so why complicate the pack with features that only a smattering of users might employ?
3. The second interior pocket is redundant and kinda' useless. I can easily fit my keys, wallet and iphone (all you need for separate space from the main compartment) in the outer pocket. This space would be better utilized for that elusive back padding.
Still deciding whether the Cierzno 18 stays or goes. I DO like the the harness and the external compression drawstring (reflective!) btw.
Don't get me wrong, this is a freaking amazing pack! There are just a couple of details that I don't get, or will never use. That's not to say that YOU may not use them. It's just MY OPINION, man. Take it into consideration. Or not.
Arc'Teryx - Quality you can trust
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The Cierzo 18 is no exception to Arc'Teryx quality. You simply get what you pay for. This is a minimalist, lightweight ascent pack. What you lack in brutal durability you gain in how light the pack is. his is intended to be used as a lightweight day pack, for climbing, etc. Do not expect much padding, that is not what it is intended for.
There is an internal pouch inside the main cavern, and one pocket on the outside, directly behind the logo. Inside you will find a cinch that tightens the net outside the pack. Pack is almost completely waterproof and very comfortable--as comfortable as an ascent pack can be. There is a smartfixed drawstring and an adjustable clip to tighten the opening to the main pouch. There is an adjustable waist strap and an adjustable sternum strap. The way the sternum strap is connected to the shoulder straps seems flimsy at first, but is in fact surprisingly resilient and strong. It shouldn't rip. Dark Basalt is a very low profile color--I would recommend it.
Bottom line: Get it--it is a great ascent pack or lightweight day pack.
I've noticed that this backpack is "HydroPort" compatible, but does it actually have a sleeve in the main compartment for a hydration bladder?