Arc'teryx Blade 30 Backpack


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The perfect carry-on size bag, the Arcteryx Blade 30 Backpack is an overnight travel bag and laptop bag all-in-one. The easily accessible laptop slot helps you breeze through airport security like a pro, while the backpack straps make for easy carrying. Arcteryx pads the bottom and sides to help protect your computer, and the thermoformed backpanel delivers a comfortable ride. The suitcase-style main compartment opening makes for easy access to your travel clothes. A zippered divider helps you stay organized as does the small front organizer pocket. There is even a concealed passport security pocket in the back panel and a large document pocket inside the pack. The Arcteryx Blade 30 Backpack is big enough for overnight use and small enough for easy airline travel; it is your ticket to staying organized on the road.


  • Material: 1260D Invista Ballistic Superpack nylon
  • 210D Plain Weave nylon
  • 630D Invista HT Superpack nylon
  • Stretch-woven fabric (backpanel)
  • Suspension: Dual-density shoulder straps with cell/PDA/MP3 attachment straps
  • Aluminum stay for durable support
  • HDPE framesheet
  • Top grab handle
  • Padded bottom and sides
  • High-visibility lining
  • Overnight/ Carry-on capability
  • Thermoformed backpanel
  • Suitcase-style fully opening main compartment
  • Large volume top pocket with key clip
  • Front pocket with organization slots
  • Wide-opening compartment pockets
  • Adjustable suspended internal laptop sleeve with laminated protector
  • Large document pocket
  • Passport/ boarding pass security pocket concealed in back panel
  • Laptop Size: Standard 17 inch laptop
  • Molded zipper garages
  • Volume: 30 liters
  • Weight: 1.6 kg, 3 lb 8 oz

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Review Summary

4.5 out of 5

14 Reviews

  • Great design: 6
  • Ease of use: 5
  • Lasts forever: 3
  • Performance: 3

  • Cost: 5
  • Bad design: 1
  • limited number of compartments: 1
  • Low performance: 1
Durability: 4.7 / 5
Quality: 4.7 / 5
Carrying Capacity: 3.7 / 5
Weight: 2.7 / 5

14 Ratings & Reviews

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Anchorage,AK
25-34 yrs

Does what it was made to do
October 09, 2010

Love the pack,the only thing i would change is the color. Wish it had some color options as there is to many black packs in airports already.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Cons: Cost
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5

from Chicago
45-54 yrs

Blade 30
May 10, 2012

If you are looking for a bag for commuting to work or school or doubling as a weekend / overnight bag. The Blade 30 is a very well made tough and durable bag and will do the job very well. Easily packs a couple days of clothes and last but not least a nice laptop compartment.

Pros: Build quality
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5

Versatile travel bag
December 07, 2010

Excellent travel pack. I hate, and absolutely refuse to check luggage. My goal with this pack was to get a bag I can travel with internationally for 2 weeks. I think this pack comes as close as I'm reasonably going to get. Construction quality is fantastic, the load balancing in this is better than any bag I've used. This is designed more for casual travel, and doesn't have the waist and chest straps of a true hiking pack, however, you also don't have a bunch of extra straps dangling around either, when 99% of the time, you don't need them. I recently took a 4 day trip and packed 2 pairs of pants, one sweater, four shirts, 4 pairs of socks, 4 pairs of boxers, and a pair of trail running shoes, an iPad, a DSLR, and some accessories. Was it pushed to the max? Yep. However, if I didn't pack the shoes, I could have easily have gotten 2 more shirts and another pair of pants. The separate compartment made it pretty nice to be able to place my stuff without wadding it up into a ball, which is what usually happens when I take a top loading pack. You don't look like you're storming the mountains with this pack. It's square-ish and strap free. It's as "professional" as your going to look with a backpack.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Cons: Cost, only available in black

Great pack
May 24, 2010

It 's a little bigger than I thought it would be, But so useful for city life, it can contain more items, such as laptop, clothing, even everything for business, Most of all, it has a stylish appearance.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
from Jackson, WY
35-44 yrs

Quality Laptop Bag
February 18, 2011

I bought the Blade 30 to replace my flimsy Timbuktu laptop bag. The Blade's nylon material is much heavier and more substantial - and the bag thus keeps it's form. Also - the laptop holder is secure and armored - I have no worries about it being damaged. Inside the bag is spacious - enough room for an overnight business trip. But the bag is still perfect for daily use - It goes with me everywhere. Best thing about the bag is the side entry for the laptop and other compartments. The bag will sit on it's side alone, keeping it's form, making it very handy to move stuff in and out. I know it's expensive. I wanted the Blade 30, but hesitated because of the cost and instead "saved" $100 on the Timbuktu bag - only to learn you get what you pay for. This is a quality bag you'll appreciate daily. Don't be scared by the price. It's worth it.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

Rather good
October 17, 2011

While not the perfect bag, I found this to hold most of my stuff for an overnight trip. The clamshell layout made accessing clothing quite easy. The laptop portion was the only slight disappointment since the compartment wasn't built with a soft liner. Ultimately I returned it in seek of something else. I would still recommend it due to the overall build quality and layout. The small downsides could be overcome using a sleeve or other protective case.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Cons: Cost

Great Bag for Airline Travel
June 16, 2010

I have been on the hunt for the perfect bag for airline travel for a long time. I have gone through rolling bags, carry-ons of all brands. This bag meets two requirements, it easily fit on to any crowded plane, and can carry essentials if need be for an overnight trip. I use it for an carry-on and as a single bag for O/N trips. Plenty of room, great design, good carry, holds a great deal of stuff and really fits into airline crowded scene all the time.


A great pack for business use.
June 23, 2009

The volume is just big enough for a short-term journey, like 2 or 3 days. The computer department is far better than the old version blade 13 and 21. It is quite suited for business use.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 3 / 5

Quality Bag
May 25, 2011

Good materials and construction. Haven't use it yet but seems solid. Appears larger than I thought, not sure if it would count as just a personal item as opposed to a carry on. In any event, well crafted bag.

Pros: Build quality
Quality: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5

Very good for 1-2 night travels
September 15, 2010

This is my first Arctreyx product purchased but I have heard about the company's product quality, and it is evident that the backpack is built to last. It is nice that it does not look like typical laptop backpacks that look more like hiking packs than (business) laptop back. Most of them seem out of place in a meeting, but this one is monochromatic and made without any external pockets, nets, hooks, etc. However, that means the one has to pack everything inside the bag, and there are limited number of pockets or compartments. The main compartment can easily hold couple nights worth of clothes (ok, during warm weather seasons) and a small toiletry bag. The laptop compartment is easily accessed and sized generously, so 17 inch laptops will fit just fine. However, that leaves little room for power supply (especially if it isn't a Macbook), mouse, portable USB drive, and other little things that one often carries. That is one advantage traditional backpacks have over this one, that numerous pockets can hold those extraneous stuff easily. I have a Kata laptop camera backpack which has flat back which isn't comfortable at all against my back when laptop is in place. This one has curved/shaped hard backrest that is much more comfortable. It also sits high on my back and lessens the weight burden on the body. All in all, these small packs are compromise in that they are small but need to still hold decent amount of stuff, and I doubt that I will be able to find one that does it all. With that in mind, I think I will be using this for frequent one-night trips I make these days. I really like the

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Ease of use, Cons: Cost
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 3 / 5
from MT
25-34 yrs

Great Backpack with some shortcomings
August 31, 2012

The pack is well made as to be expected with Arcteryx. For the most part the pockets are well thought out and easy to access. One pocket however meant for pens, pencils and small items has a small slit opening that doesn't allow you to quickly see everything inside which can be annoying at times. The interior lining is a bright red, which surprised me as I had seen it as a yellow in a another review. The pack is great for hauling around your laptop and an outfit. The small passport pocket is quite nice but a little tight and difficult to get in and out of. Overall the pack seems to be quite durable and great for light travel.

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
from Boston
45-54 yrs

good size travel laptop bag
November 26, 2011

I bought this bag for my son. We went to Hong Kong this summer. It's very easy to load all the stuffs. But if you just need a bag for day trip then buy the Blade 24. Blade 30 is like a carry on luggage!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Cons: Cost

good bag
April 02, 2010

It is a very beautiful bag for urban use. I like the quality and construction. really comfortable to wear and holds everything i need.worth the money

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 3 / 5
Weight: 3 / 5
from Billings, MT
25-34 yrs

Overnight Travel Bag
December 28, 2011

The Blade 30 seems to be a pack built for a single purpose - overnight "urban" travel. The internal compartment(s) are arranged in the same fashion as a similarly sized piece of carry-on luggage, however given the manner in which the pack has been designed to open (full length zip on one side with other side serving as "hinge") the main partition renders a fair amount of internal space unusable. There is a small to medium sized compartment on the front of the pack with various inclosures for pens, etc that seems to be of little use, and another smaller compartment on the top of the pack which functions to contain smaller miscellaneous items nicely. The separate laptop compartment has a velcro-adjustable support structure that appears to accommodate laptops of many different sizes nicely, while there is a padded, hard plastic contoured, form adjacent to this compartment which prevents the contents of the pack from jabbing into the wearer's back. There is another cleverly designed and useful, zippered "security" compartment at the very back of the pack for travel documents. Overall the design of the Blade 30 seems very clever in theory however its practical usefulness, even for its purpose-built function is limited.

Pros: Build quality, Cons: Bad design, Low performance

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