Save energy and keep your trek into the backcountry light with the Arc'teryx Men's Altra 65 Backpack. Ideal for multi-day or weeklong backpacking adventures, the Altra expands and compresses to the size you need while also providing the comfort, support, and stability you require when you're slogging up a scree-covered rock field or a steep trail to high-mountain lakes.
The Altra 65 delivers maximum load control and warm weather comfort, and includes a full length inverted U-zipper for quick panel-loading access. Sized for gear-heavy weekends or light-and-fast multi-day trips, this lightweight pack combines our AC2 technologyGridLock adjustable shoulder straps, bonded MonoFrame, and rotating Load Transfer Disc with lighter materials and breathable suspension components.
The Arc'teryx Altra 65 pack handles gear-heavy weekends or light-and-fast multiday trips. This workhorse pack combines an advanced suspension system with a sturdy frame and light materials.
|Adjustable torso:||65 liters|
|Backpack Features:||Sleeping Bag Compartment, Top Loader|
|Backpack Style:||Multi-Day Pack|
|Capacity:||3966 cu in / 65 L|
|Compression:||Four compression straps|
|Custom Fit Options:||Rotating Load Transfer Disc distributes load to hips|
|Extends To:||4575 cubic inches / 75 liter|
|Features:||Laminated zipper protector|
|Fits torso:||68 liters|
|Fits waist/hips:||3,965 cubic inches|
|Frame material:||4 lbs. 15 oz.|
|Gear capacity (L):||Lightweight backpack|
|Gear capacity (cu. in.):||Lightweight backpack|
|Hip Belt:||Breathable,Thermoformed triple-density hipbelt|
|Hydration Bladder Included:||Not Included|
|Hydration Compatible:||HydroPort™/ Modular hose clip/ Internal hydration pocket with zip|
|Number of Access Points:||Full length U-zipper access|
|Number of exterior pockets:||Yes|
|Number of stays:||5 lbs. 1 oz.|
|Pack Size:||3000-3999 cu in|
|Pack loading:||2.3 kilograms|
|Padding:||HD 80 foam/Hypercell foam/Spacermesh|
|Raincover included:||19 - 22.5 inches|
|Shoulder Straps:||GridLock™ shoulder strap adjustment system/ Anatomically shaped shoulder straps|
|Sleeping bag compartment:||16.5 - 20 inches|
|Suspended mesh back panel:||2.25 kilograms|
|Suspension:||Arc'teryx AC2(Advanced Composite Construction) suspension system/Modular sternum strap|
|Volume:||4148 cubic inches / 68 liter|
|Weight:||4 lb 14 oz / 2.2 kg|
|Weight - metric:||No|
So far it's the best pack I've ever owned. Really comfortable, and it is one of the best made ever. At just barely five pounds it's pretty light for what it is.
I'm sure most folks know about the features offered in this pack, so rather than listing them, I'll offer an opinion on some of the more discussed aspects of this packs design. At just under half a grand, this is one of the more expensive packs on the market. Unless you're thinking of a custom job, this is about as pricey as the high quality backpacks come. In my opinion, it's worth every penny. Time will tell (I've had mine for about a week) obviously, but from everything ranging from weekend trips to hard core thru-hiking, this pack will deliver for years under hard conditions. The craftsmanship is outstanding. Comfort and solid construction are what really appeal most to me when looking at packs and this thing is built from BOMBER nylon, with really tight seams, nice zippers, and strong adjustment straps. All stitching is impeccable. It's not completely waterproof by any official standard, which seems to be a big topic with this pack, but I would never expect any pack to be. Buy a raincover (which you should get with any pack that will see any real use) and you'll be fine. A+ for build quality is what I'm saying here. It does beat out packs by Gregory and Osprey in this category, in that it's slightly better assembled, more usable, and lighter (lighter than the Gregory packs of the similar size, at least)
The biggest con that I heard about this pack was regarding its (ingenious) attachments for the shoulder straps and the load transfer disc in the waistbelt of the pack. I have not had this thing squeak on me yet, which supposedly is a huge problem, in both the waist belt and the shoulders. I would go for it if you're passionate about laying hands on one. This 2013 model really seems to have hashed out the older problems with the previous model. Again, this pack rules the land of backpacking.
The 2013 Altra is a huge improvement on the original. They've kept everything that was great (suspension, hip belt, U zipper, etc.) and fixed all the design flaws of the original. And then the piled in some extra goodness.
Key differences and improvements:
-- H2O bladder is now accessible from outside the pack, and it's centered.
-- Brain of the pack (which now only has two pockets) is removable.
-- Brain of the pack is designed to sit on top of the pack a little more reliably.
A couple additional details: the H2O bladder is a separate pocket that hangs down inside the pack and velcros to the frame sheet. Makes it easy to turn it inside out out and help the pack dry.
As for waterproofing? This pack is not waterproof and in any meaningful rainstorm it will soak through rather fast. On the plus side, it dries out quick.
Most of all, I love the "Wingman" pockets. I have these style pockets on my MTB backpack (an Ergon BC2) and love them. Here on the Altra they are easy to access--and HUGE. They are large enough to put a 1L nalgene bottle in (with ease), but what I had hoped for has come to pass: I can keep my DSLR with a superzoom in one of the wingman pockets and access it quickly, without taking off the pack. AWESOME.
Oh.. and they got rid of the compression wings, which were kinda silly.
One last thing: the Iron Oxide picture they show is ENTIRELY INCORRECT when it comes to the actual color of the pack. (It seems the picture above is based on the "Copper" color of the previous model). The actual color of the pack is almost a brick red, with copper-orange straps. I was surprised when I pulled it out of the box, but I like the actual color much better. I've attached a photo.