Arc'teryx Altra 65 LT Backpack - Men's


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Designed in ultra lightweight silicone coated Mini Ripstop™ nylon, the new Arc'teryx Altra 65 Backpack - Men's is dialed for those trekking or multi-day enthusiasts who are passionate about weight-saving. During a traverse of Backbone Ridge or a light and fast Na Pali Coast out and back, this lightweight pack combines a AC2 (Advanced Composite Construction) technology with GridLock™ suspension that features anatomically shaped shoulder straps, a modular sternum strap, breathable shoulder straps and hipbelt, adjustable shoulder straps, and a thermoformed triple-density hipbelt for the ultimate in gear carrying. Four compression straps stabilize the load, while stretch-mesh stash pockets on the hipbelt, a map pocket, kangaroo pocket with top compression strap, and two stretch-mesh pockets stow easy to reach essentials. Delivering maximum load control and warm weather comfort, the Altra 65 pack also includes a full length inverted U-zipper for quick panel-loading access.


  • Material: 100D Invista HT Mini Ripstop™ with silicone and PU coatings, 420ACT fabric, 420D Invista HT Plain Weave, 210D Ripstorm™ with silicone and PU coatings, 840D Stretch mesh, Spacermesh™, EV®50 foam, Hypalon™ trim, EV®50 Perforated foam, 6061 aluminum stays, Plastazote® HD80®
  • Lightweight
  • Pivoting hipbelt with Load Transfer Disc™ provides increased agility and stability
  • Twin removable aluminum stays for durable support
  • Padded bottom
  • Top grab handle
  • Suspension: Arc'teryx AC2(Advanced Composite Construction) suspension system, GridLock™ shoulder strap adjustment system, Anatomically shaped shoulder straps, Modular sternum strap, Breathable shoulder straps and hipbelt, Adjustable shoulder straps, Thermoformed triple-density hipbelt
  • Top loading
  • Panel loading
  • Extendable collar with drawcord for additional capacity
  • Removable/ extendable top lid with two zippered compartments
  • Four compression straps - two on each side
  • Padded compression wings allow additional storage configurations
  • Micro daisy chains
  • Pockets: Stretch-mesh stash pockets on hipbelt, Map pocket, Kangaroo pocket with top compression strap, Two stretch-mesh pockets
  • Hydration: HydroPort™, Modular hose clip, Internal hydration pocket with zip
  • Full length U-zipper access
  • Laminated zipper protector, doubles as a compression storage flap
  • Reinforced high wear areas
  • Key clip
  • Volume: Regular - 65 L / 72 L max, Tall - 68 L / 75 L max
  • Weight: Regular - 2.2 kg / 78 oz, Tall - 2.3 kg / 81 oz

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Review Summary

4.7 out of 5

7 Reviews

  • Build quality: 4
  • Great design: 3
  • Performance: 3
  • Ease of use: 2

  • lightweight material on bottom: 1
Quality: 5 / 5
Durability: 4.8 / 5
Carrying Capacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 3 / 5

7 Ratings & Reviews

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
from Pinckney Michigan
25-34 yrs

Quality as usual
May 02, 2011

This is a well made, well thought out, perfect backpack for 3-7 day hikes. All of the usual bells and whistles one would expect from Arcteryx, this bag has everything you need and then some. The adjustable support system they have is extremely comfortable and carrying 40lbs is a breeze. I am very pleased with this purchase as it's a great balance between today's ultra light packs and old school quality (ie: dana designs-mystery ranch packs). Altrec had a coupon code so that took the bite out of the price, even without the coupon I would gladly purchase again.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 3 / 5

from CA
25-34 yrs

Editors' choice 2010 ! GREAT!
February 04, 2011

The Altra 65/75 is the best Backpack. It won the "Editors' choice 2010". It is lightweight and fit for me. The AC2 (Advanced Composite Construction) technology is one of the best technologies. NOW,buy it and start your exploration.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 4 / 5
from Lexington, KY
35-44 yrs

Well Built Pack, But Not For Me!
October 03, 2011

Let me start by saying the quality and craftsmanship used in this pack is excellent. Very well built and very good matrials (i.e.) waterproof toplid, abrasion restistant sides, etc.) One small problem for me is that as tough as the top materials are, the bottom of the pack where you actually set in down is a little weak / lighter weight material where it seems it would have the most heavy duty materials. I am positive I would wear this part out pretty quickly thus I am going to have to return this one. However everything else is top notch!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Cons: lightweight material on bottom
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

Great award pack
April 25, 2011

The suspension is like the Naos but better in every way. Thicker padding on the hips and shoulders not to mention adjust ability. The Uzipper is great, giving you the option to access gear from both sides, the kangaroo pocket is convenient, I am still not a fan of the top lid but it is more functional than the Naos. The wings are very useful along with the bottom flap, I carry a machete, flute, and sven saw in these flaps. Overall It is great.

great pack
June 23, 2010

The fit and feel of this pack was excellent under 45lb load. With heavy rains in the Columbia gorge it leaked so I would suggest the rain cover if you'll be in wet weather. I wish I would have got the 75 instead of the 65 - cause it is easy to carry and more room for stuff would be nice.


My Favorite Adventure Pack!
September 16, 2010

I love this backpack. It has everything you need, and nothing you don't. The pack is super user-friendly and minimal. I use it for weekend camping trips and long-term world travel. Currently in the middle of a 12 month trip around the world, and the Altra 65 is everything I need it to be. I live out of it 24/7. It carries weight very well, and isn't bulky. I love the two water-proof zippered compartments on the top, I store my rain gear in one and the other holds stuff I need to get to quick like my headlamp, bandanas, snacks, etc. It took me a while to find the water bladder pocket, because it's zippered into the side. Perfect for hiding money or other valuables when I'm not using it for water. If you don't know it's there, you won't see it. Front zip lets me find stuff quick and easy.

Pros: compact, lightweight, tough
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

from EM CA
25-34 yrs

Lovin' It
July 04, 2011

This pack is a load hauling monster. I just carried it for four days , and it swallowed all of my climbing/camping gear, even the bear canister, whole. The only gear I had on the ouside of the pack was my ice axe and camp shoes, and there was loads more room inside the pack. The pack weight was somewhere between 35-40 pounds, so it wasn't the heaviest out there, but I had no discomfert what so ever throughout the trip. I have carried a Gregory Baltero 70, Osprey Argon 70, and this Arcteryx is by far the cream of the crop. I cannot think of one bad thing to say about this pack, and look forward to using for years to come.

Pros: Build quality, Great value

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