Arc'teryx Mantis 26 Backpack

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Arc'teryx Mantis 26 Backpack
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The Mantis 26 Backpack by Arcteryx is the largest daypack features a generous main compartment with panel loading accessibility, two side-access front pockets and one top pocket with organizational slots and key clip. Contoured shoulder straps and a sturdy frame provide heavy load support and comfort

SPECIFICATIONS of the Arcteryx Mantis 26 Backpack.

Support and Cushioning:

  • Plastic framesheet and aluminum stay provide a supportive suspension


  • Composite horizontal frame member


  • 2.5cm/ 1in webbing hipbelt


  • Two stretch-mesh side pockets hold sunglasses and water bottles
  • Top pocket has organizer slots for pens, keys, and other school or work supplies

Lining and Layers:

  • Composite HDPE framesheet with breathable Spacermesh-lined back panel and padded shoulder straps fully support the loaded pack


  • Durable fabrics ensure the Mantis 26 will last a lifetime of travels
  • N420p-HT nylon 6,6 plain weave, N420b nylon 6 basket weave, Spacermesh, EV 50


  • Fits a standard 17 inch laptop


  • Thermoformed back panel, padded, contoured shoulder straps with dual-density foam padding, sternum strap and 1 in. webbing hipbelt offer enhanced comfort


  • Reservoir pocket and drink tube clip enable easy on-the-go hydration (reservoir sold separately)


  • Adjustable sternum strap and one-inch webbing waist-belt hug you tight and won’t let go


  • HydroPort includes a bladder sleeve, hose clip, and bladder clip to secure your drink for the whole journey


  • Key clip
  • Panel opening allows full access into the main compartment
The Mantis 26L Daypack offers tons of space for all your things from hiking to traveling.
A large main compartment with a panel loading accessibility.
Two front pockets with side access and one to pocket with organizational slots and key clip.
Fits most 17" laptops.
to stash water bottles.
, clip, and HydroPort™ to keep you hydrated during those long hikes.
Contoured shoulder straps with an adjustable sternum strap to help with the load.
with a composite horizontal frame member.
EV®50 Foam.
N420b nylon 6 basket weave.
N420p-HT nylon 6,6 plain weave.
6061 aluminum stay.
HDPE framesheet.
Oregon Mountain Community
The Arc'teryx Mantis 26 Backpack is a sleek sack for your day hike. Lots of pockets, a breathable pack panel and a drawbridge opening make this light pack an easy choice.
High-end fabrics and a large main compartment make the Arc’teryx Mantis 26 Daypack a stellar choice for daily commutes or traveling. It fits 17-inch laptops and all your other work-related items in its main and three other zippered pockets, and it is also hydration compatible for longer treks through the cityscape.


The compact Arc'teryx Mantis 26 pack combines modern styling with durable materials and components for maximum comfort and functionality while day hiking, commuting or traveling


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Access Type :Top
Adjustable torso:No
Average weight - metric:0.81 kilogram
Backpack Features:Hydration Compatible, Top Loader
Backpack Style:Technical Daypack
Bottom Width:11 in
Capacity:1587 cu in / 26 L
Depth:5 in
Fits torso:16 - 23 inches
Fits waist/hips:27 - 42 inches
Frame material:HDPE/aluminum
Frame type:Internal
Gear capacity (L):26 liters
Gear capacity (cu. in.):1,587 cubic inches
Handle Drop:3 in
Handle Length:7 in
Height:15 in
Hydration Bladder Included:Not Included
Hydration Compatible:Yes
Laptop Pocket :No
Laptop Sleeve:None
Lining :No
Material:EV50 Foam, Spacermesh, N420p-HT Nylon 6,6 Plain Weave, N420b Nylon 6 Basket Weave, 6061 Aluminum Stay HDPE Framesheet
Middle Width:13 in
Number of exterior pockets:4 + main compartment
Number of stays:1
Pack Size:1000-1999 cu in
Pack access:Panel/front
Pack loading:Panel
Raincover included:No
Sleeping Bag Compartment :No
Strap Drop:15 in
Strap Length:32 in
Suspended mesh back panel:No
Top Width:9 in
Volume:1587 cubic inches / 26 liter
Weight:28.6 oz / 810 g
Weight - metric:0.81 kilograms
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Arc'teryx Mantis 26 Backpack Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Good organization, carries well

I go through a new pack every semester, but this one is worth keeping. The organization is similar to the Muira 30 pack that I use for rock climbing, I really enjoy the way that bag works and this one is just as good. The panel load for the main compartment makes accessing everything really easy. The pockets on the front are useful, the larger one is big enough for a jacket or for lunch and gloves. The other front pocket is flat, but still holds several small items. The top pocket has an organizer for pens, holds about 10 for me, plus a pocket for an iPod and headphones. Great thing is, when the bag is sitting next to my desk, that top pocket lays open, giving me access to all of my supplies inside. There is a framesheet inside that contours the body; however, that can make packing items like books and laptops more difficult. I prefer the comfort personally. Arc'teryx claims this will hold a 17" laptop, I have a 15" MacBook Pro in a sleeve and it barely fits. I would not assume a 17" laptop to fit without trying it! I can put my laptop, a couple books and a jacket in the main compartment. The mesh pockets on the side will not hold a 1L Nalgene bottle. I have a 27oz. Klean Kanteen and that is a tight squeeze, but it does hold! I own several bags from Arc'teryx and I can tell the quality difference with the lower price, don't get me wrong though, the bag is still of great quality. Particularly the fabric. I have the Coffee Bean color and in the sunlight it seems iridescent, it continues to get compliments. My only complaint thus far is the zippers. It seems the pulls get sideways and complicate opening. I have had to learn how to deal with them, not a big problem, but a more solid zipper would be nice (and more expensive).
AustinH. at REI on 02/02/2010

I use this pack for school and I love it. As with all Arcteryx products, there was a lot of thought put in to making this bag. The front pockets are great, they are essentially the same pocket, with fabric dividing them on the inside. In case you need to fully utilize both pockets as one, just fill the right side and the divider expands giving you access to both pockets as one.
The main compartment is well suited to handle quite a few textbooks/binders, and the frame curves with your back so the books are note felt against your back. Depending on your laptop it can be a VERY tight fit, since I do not use one (simply tested it with my fiance's) I do not have to worry about this. Overall though the storage is more than you expect by looking at the bag.
The top pocket works very well for bits and bobs, and makes a lot more sense than having a front pocket like normal book bags. I can just reach down in class and it's already almost at waist level. The padding and the frame make for a comfortable walk around campus, as the aesthetics make for stylish walk around campus.
The only downside, which really bothers me, is that the side pockets do not comfortably fit a 32 oz. Nalgene... You CAN make it fit but it doesn't even make sense, you are over stretching the panels, probably seriously jeopardizing the elasticity of the pocket, and it does NOT slide in and out, it takes both hands and some pull to get it shoved down in, so no on the fly grab, drink, and re-insert. It requires you taking off the pack to put it in, I bought a Camelbak Podium water bottle to solve this problem, and I love the bottle, I just don't know why Arc'teryx didn't consider this.

Ryan OConnell at on 05/19/2011

Sleek, Great "Everyday" Backpack

The Mantis 26 is an awesome low-profile backpack for school or travel carry-on usage. One can't put more than one thick textbook (and etc.) in it, but it fits all the notebooks and slim-ish books I need for the day. Extra points for the very convenient top pocket that keeps pens, pencils, gum, iPod, and pocket notebook at easy reach. The flat front pockets easily carry medium-sized/trade paperback-sized books and the mesh side pockets fit 20 oz bottles without compromising the sleek silhouette of the pack.

The only big negative is the design of the laptop sleeve. The frame sheet is nice in keeping the bag off one's back, letting air flow, but prohibits the sleeve from storing a laptop. Even after taking out the sheet, it'll only hold a 13" screen laptop without neoprene protection. Since I don't carry my computer most days, it's not an issue for me, but I can see this being a sticking point for some folks. The main compartment is not bad (after all, this is a sleek bag), but is top-heavy as displayed in the picture. There's not too much depth at the bottom of the bag, so one can't throw in any significant extras in addition to books (except for an odd or end at the top of the main compartment).
Doug C. at REI on 04/04/2010

The main compartment fits a 1.5 inch 3-ring binder, a 14" laptop and a medium sized textbook. A 15" would probably fit fine as well. The side pockets fit a tall 1L bottle but it's tight, so I'm not sure about one of the shorter/wider 1L bottles. The top compartment has plenty of room for a calculator, pens/pencils, and all the small stuff. The two front areas are roomy and good for some gym clothes or other things that aren't too rigid. The waist strap doesn't do much, but this pack isn't big enough to warrant them anyway. The shoulder straps are a bit stiff but it's still new so i'm sure they'll break in over time. Overall, this is a great, balanced pack for school as long as you don't need to bring more than a few books. I bought is because of the load balancing which is focused more towards the top of the pack and whether walking or biking, this pack does just fine.

m.a3783909 at on 04/18/2010

Great bag for the $$$

A backpack for work or school was never my thing, so my review focuses on use as an excursion bag. I have for a long time, been an advocate for minimalist treking. For me...this fills the bill for everything one would NEED. It stays out of the way when climbing, running, rafting. It's tough, and lightweight. If you NEED a tent, cook stove, sleeping bag, 3 changes of clothes etc. I'd tell you this bag ain't gonna cut it for you. There's no lashing points, so forget attaching anything to it. But it will carry two Nag bottles (the 1 liter WILL fit - at least on bag it does - but its tight); a small first aid kit, jacket, socks, AND a sweater...with room to spare. Throw a couple strips of jerky into the large outside pockets and what more do you need for a week (or more)?
William in Nashville at REI on 03/03/2011

This pack has turned into my go to day pack. I've had it for about a year and use it for everything from a day hiking pack to carryon luggage (where it probably gets more abuse). No issues, zippers still work well and a small , no fabric tears and the sleeve is sufficient to fit a 13 inch laptop with no problems. The upper zippered pouch is a great place to store keys, camera, and anything else you would grab frequently. Just hiked in CO this weekend, and other than wishing the waist strap had some padding, the pack performed much better than a "commuter" pack should. Plenty of room to stuff a rain shell, spare socks, soft shell and a 1.5 L bladder.

jas5605299 at on 05/26/2012

A great day pack

I bought this for a trip to the UK where i'd be traveling for almost three weeks. I used it as a carry-on and then as my day bag. It worked great, was comfortable to carry. The sternum strap is a little high on me, I'm tall and have about a 20" torso, but it worked okay. I didn't use the hydration sleeve, rather I carried a 27 oz. Klean Kanteen in one of the side mesh pockets. There is no way to secure the bottle in the pocket so it would slip out if I leaned over or when taking the pack off. Overall I am very happy with the bag.
Pikes Peak Hiker at REI on 06/06/2010

I wanted a backpack to use as a daily laptop bag for my 17" MackBook Pro, but also double as a daypack for short hikes. This bag doesn't have a padded sleeve, but that wasn't really a concern for me, so take note if it would be for you. There's plenty of room in it for my laptop a book or two and my gym clothes.

Neil Christensen at on 02/24/2011

The stiff plastic back support is light and works well with the mesh/foam back padding. Nice sized main compartment with three other good storage compartments. The smaller compartment has useful pockets for pens and calculator, and a clip for keys. The side pockets hold small to medium water bottles securely.

John Ross at on 04/05/2012

I can't tell you how much I love this pack. I use it for school, hiking and biking and it has never let me down. My friends call it alladins lamp because it holds so much that just seems to disappear. Highly recommended.

Adam Fedrau at on 10/20/2011

Neutral Reviews:

If you are looking for an ordinary daypack, I m sure Arc'teryx Mantis will be perfect. BUT its is not designed to fit laptops. For its so called laptop pocket is arc shape, rather than flat. I seriously doubt what would happen if you really put a laptop in it.

Overlord at on 02/05/2011