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Arc'teryx Alpha FL 30 Backpack
The Arc'teryx Alpha FL 30 Backpack is a 30L, ultralight, highly weather-resistant, hard-wearing alpine backpack built for climbing. Weighing a mere 623grams, the Arc’teryx Alpha FL 30 Backpack is designed to be simple, versatile, and responsive, utilising weather-resistant and durable materials for mountain protection, with a RollTop™ cover for when conditions worsen. Has a host of pockets, loops, and lashes that are designed specifically to interact with rock climbing equipment for easy and efficient ascents.
|SIZE||23 L / 1404 cu.in. (extends to 30 L / 1831cu.in.)|
|WEIGHT||623.69 g / 22 oz|
|MATERIAL||N70r nylon 6 ripstop / N400r-AC² nylon 6 ripstop is durable and lightweight|
> Weather resistant
Pack Pocket Configuration
> Internal security pocket
> External WaterTight™ zippered pocket with key clip
Pack Design & Construction
> Rigid, formed back panel provides support and structure while remaining comfortable against the back
> Arc'teryx AC² (Advanced Composite Construction) technology system is seam taped and highly water-resistant
> Ultralight design and construction with full climbing functionality
Pack Suspension Configuration
> Adjustable, removable sternum strap
> 4 cm/ 1.6 in webbing hipbelt
> Thermoformed shoulder straps
Pack Loading & Closure Configuration
> RollTop™ closure
> Pull-to-open / pull-to-close drawcord main compartment for easy access
> Large, webbing pull-tabs for quick and easy, glove-friendly access
Pack Compression Strap Configuration
> Top compression strap
Pack Attachment Configuration
> Two ice axe loops
> Compression system can carry crampons, ice tools or a belay parka
> Six integrated front lash points
> Alpha FL 30 Backpack = Height: 58cm, Width: 28cm, Depth: 18cm
2 product reviews
This backpack is designed for alpinism and makes very few compromises to make it more all-round and usable in other disciplines. It has what's essential for one to two day trips in the mountains: a way to strap on two ice axes, crampons, a rope, hip and waist straps and a single small pocket on the outside. This is combined with a water resistant roll top fabric and that's essentially it. No (literal) whistles, inner pockets, extra straps, hydration bladder holes or water bottle holders. And I love it.
The backpack feels very light and fits my back well. It sits pretty high and is rather narrow as you'd expect from a mountaineering backpack. The fabric seems durable (so far) and sheds dirt water, and snow well. When empty it packs very small.
I've used this backpack for going into the mountains, ice climbing and Nordic ice skating. I wouldn't recommend it for many other activities since it lacks some features and the ones it has (like the rope strap) would mostly get in the way. But for those it does it job great.
True to it's name, Deadbird came out with a Fast and light pack that's truly at home climbing with you. This was an upgrade from the BD Blitz 20 for me and it climbs just as well (awesome) but gives me more room to live with.
The large main chamber and single storage pocket give you all you need for space when climbing, and the suspension makes the pack pretty much unnoticeable when on lead. I have not had any problems with mobility or looking up while wearing the pack ice climbing, and the waterproof coating keeps my stuff nice and dry, almost too dry, as when you get wet gloves etc. in the bag they won't dry out at all on multi-day pushes.
I feel I could overnight out in this baby with careful packing, but it's not so roomy that you can plan poorly. It's not quite 30L, but its still way more space than a single day needs. The tool/crampon carriage is good, but I feel I'd like a slightly more secure way to mount my tools. With most standard packs you can heave them around by the secured axe like it's a built in handle, not so with the bungee system included here. So far the outer skin has been very durable, but Im concerned about the direct contact with my crampons over time. All in all, a great pack for a great price here on Epic.