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Eddie Bauer  

Arclite Pack

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An Ed Viesturs/Peter Whittaker brainstorm, this traditional top–loader serves as the perfect utility pack for every function, from long treks and rough scrambles to hauling heavy loads of climbing hardware.

  • Tough Textile ConstructionDurable 420–denier TPU–coated double ripstop nylon with 210–denier triple ripstop nylon
  • Top Lid organizerThree zippered guide pockets to stow critical items
  • Delrin® Compression RodsStabilize Heavy Loads
  • Hydration sleeve and portalAllow you to use the hydration reservoir of your choice
  • Quick–Release tool carryProvides easy instant access to ice tools
  • Side–Entry ZipperAllows full entry without unpacking
  • 420–denier TPU coated double rip stop, 210–denier triple ripstop
  • Small is 35 liters, and accommodates a 16–in. torso length
  • Medium is 40 liters, and accommodates an 18–in. torso length
  • Large is 45 liters, and accommodates a 21–in. torso length
  • Weight: 3lbs., 9 oz.
  • Imported

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Arclite Pack
 
5.0

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5.0

Great Pack, Especially Choice Of Torso Length

By ArcticWolf

from Undisclosed

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Pros

  • choice of 3 torso lengths
  • great suspension carries well
  • High visibility color
  • quick access to compartments
  • quick access to tools
  • top and side opening main compartment
  • Very durable fabric

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Arclite Pack:

      If you have an average length torso, you probably have taken this feature in a backpack for granted.

      Interstingly the three previous reviewers, at 5' 4", 5' 5", and 5' 6" all have found that an Arclite pack with a diffferent torso length fit them best. AND in the reverse order of height. The shortest, at 5' 4" first got a medium pack and exchanged it for a large pack, with a nominal 21" torso length. The tallest, at 5' 6" first got a medium pack and exchanged it for a small Arclite with a 16" torso length. The one in the middle at 5' 5' got a medium Arclite with an 18" nominal torso length, and commented that it fit him perfectly.

      It saddens me to see that the newer Eddie Bauer and First Ascent mountain, skiing, and multiday backpacks are increasingly being made in just one torso length. There used to be a couple of more models from EB and FA that were made in different torso lengths, but they have been phased out.

      I see the advantage to a pack like the Sorcerer or the Alchemist that can be adjusted to different configurations for different size loads.

      But the flexibility of the load that is carried does nothing to help the wearer of the pack who has a longer or shorter distance from shoulder bones to hip bones. There is a little adjustment in the shoulder straps to accommodate a shorter or longer torso, but comparing my large Arclite to my Alchemist 40, there is not enough adjustment on the Alchemist 40 with a nominal 19" torso length to properly accommodate a 21 or 22 inch torso length. I can just barely accommodate my 20.5 inch torso length. At the other end, the Cassidy pack, designed especially for women and others with a shorter torso length than the average man, has an approximately 16 inch torso length - if this is in fact an average woman's torso length, she also is going to be severely handicapped by a back pack with a nominal 19 inch torso length that can only be adjusted smaller by about an inch, fitting well people with at least an 18 inch torso, and being stressful but manageable at 17.5 inches.

      Yes there is some adjustment for torso length, depending on who you ask, you will probably be quoted an inch or an inch and a half on each side of the nominal torso length.

      My personal experience is that the added strain is noticeable at an inch and a half and will hamper endurance, and possibly compromise safety on a difficult route.

      The Arclite is the last remaining back pack series on Eddie Bauer online that offers you a choice of torso length. I hope that Eddie Bauer and First Ascent will continue to offer a variety of pack lengths until they find a way to provide the same support and manueverability in a single size pack, and this is definitely something that has not been nailed down in the Alchemist 40, and probably not in the Sorceror.

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      5.0

      Tough, Functional Pack

      By Skicoach

      from California

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      Comments about Arclite Pack:

      I just used this pack for an 11 day trekking trip in Switzerland. I have numerous packs to choose from but decided on this particular pack because of its durability, function and size. Forty liter size was perfect for a hut to hut trip. The medium size fit me great (5'5) and was very comfortable, although I removed the longer back support and replaced it with the shorter support from my Alchemist 30L pack. This pack carries an ax the same as the Alchemist and has the convenient quick pull release that works well. The very best part about it is its tough shell, and despite that, it is only marginally heavier than super light weight packs that have no durability. Great pack, great purchase.

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      5.0

      Almost perfect

      By HasBeenDLFAclimber

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      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • features features features

      Cons

      • top lid pocket too small

      Best Uses

        Comments about Arclite Pack:

        I love this pack. I use it as a crag pack and it has been extremely durable. It is super comfy to wear, even when packed to the gills with rope, rack, slings, food, water, etc. My one big complaint is that the top lid pocket is way too small. It can barely hold a small first aid kit and camera. I'd like the top to hold that, plus headlamp, knife, tape, tissue, etc. but no joy as the lid pocket is too small. If I could make one more slightly negative comment, I would like the pack top opening to be wider to ease packing.

        Neither of these things is enough to make me regret buying this pack. And you can't beat the color. Also, with the guide-built design, this pack has every single feature you could ever want in a pack. I also recommend you pay close attention to pack sizing. I originally got the medium and did not like the way it carried. I exchanged for a small and it fit perfect. Unfortunately with the smaller size I lost 5L worth of capacity, oh well...

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        5.0

        Makes Light Work Out Of A Heavy Load

        By Nodak9

        from North Carolina

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        Pros

        • Durable
        • easy to adjust fit straps load
        • easy to find anything inside
        • Easy to spot
        • enough small quickly accessible pockets
        • Extremely comfortable
        • good balance & freedom of movement
        • Very easy to carry

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            Comments about Arclite Pack:

            I got the large pack and I can fill it full with pretty heavy stuff until I cannot cram another thing into it and put this pack on, properly adjusted and with hip belt and sternum strap, and I know the pack is there, but it is so comfortable that at first it hardly feels like any extra work at all.

            Yes the load gradually feels heavier, and it does take more energy than if I weren't carrying a 45 liter pack full of a weird assortment of stuff jammed in at the last minute for a two week trip by bus, air, train, car, and foot. But no aches or pains due to the pack. No feeling clumsy or unbalanced. Everything reasonably accessible the whole trip full of hasty packing and repacking.

            And the color made my pack easy to spot.

            There was absolutely nothing exciting about the backpack. It just did its job flawlessly without a single problem. Which is exactly what I want in a backpack. Constant reliability and no drama. And always room to pack a little more.

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