Arcteryx Men's Altra 85 Pack
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Arcteryx Men's Altra 85 Pack

Arcteryx Men's Altra 85 Pack is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 11.
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Product Description Item No.   10207088

The Arcteryx Altra 85 LT Pack is an expedition pack that is loaded with technological advancements that allow it to comfortably carry heavy loads over all kinds of terrain. Ice axes, 8 days of food, oxygen tanks and the entire first season of 24 on DVD, it can effortlessly haul them all with the help of the pivoting Load Transfer Disc™. The pear-shaped Altra design holds the pack close to the body, to limit load movement and allow for extended comfort. The Wingman™ side pockets are accessible without removing the pack to prevent constant stop-and-go. The Altra 85 also offers a number of other "quality of life" features like a U shaped kangaroo pocket and a dual-zippered lid. Comfort, convenience and all-out hauling power.

FEATURES of the Arcteryx Altra 85 AR Pack

  • C2 (composite construction) suspension system
  • Twin 6005 T-6 extruded aluminium M-bar stays
  • Double chamber top lid for easy gear organization and access
  • Extendable top lid and extension collar for larger loads
  • Hydration sleeve external access point
  • Double-pull, easy open collar cordlock systems
  • GridLock shoulder straps adjust for both height and width
  • Back panel sits away from back and provides ventilation
  • U-shaped zipper for easy access
  • Large front kangaroo pocket for frequently used items
  • Dual P'ax ice tool carry systems
  • Wingman one-handed easy access pockets
  • Rotating Load Transfer Disc distributes load to hips
  • Stretch Mesh waist belt pockets
  • Burly N420r-HT Nylon 6,6 high tenacity pack fabric for both abrasion resistance and longevity
  • Anatomically shaped shoulder straps
  • Padded, contoured shoulder straps
  • Extendable collar with drawcord for additional capacity
  • Large, webbing pull-tabs for quick and easy, glove-friendly access
  • Top loading lid closure with two buckles to secure pack contents
  • Removable / extendable top lid with two zippered compartments
  • Four compression straps-two on each side
  • HD 80 foam is high density polyethylene foam that provides support and structure to the bag, plus comfort against the back

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Gender: Mens
Features: Compression Straps, Sternum Strap, Load-Lifter Straps, Detachable Lid, Hip Belt, Ice Axe / Trekking Pole Loops, Ventilated Back Panel, Hydration Compatible
Best Use: Mountaineering and Alpine, Expedition, Backpacking
Pack Capacity: 85 liters / 5187 cubic inches
Frame Type: Internal
Pack Access: Top, Front, Panel
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingly Comfortable and Adjustable for heavy loads. I have been using this pack for a couple weeks now and cant find anything wrong with it! It's a fantastic pack! I have already notice a few trips where I don't even feel like I am carrying a pack at all. I really like the adjustable shoulder straps to accommodate my broad shoulders. And I recommend using the provide grease packet for your first trip out or the squeaky disc will drive you mad...thank goodness I had music to distract me! I also have to say the easily accessible space for a water bladder is great as well. I just placed an order for the waterproof pack cover! I am very impressed with Moosejaw and there amazing customer service!
Date published: 2015-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Backpack! This is a great pack! Well-built, simply designed, with enough pockets, and easy access to all areas of the pack. I returned the Gregory Whitney 95 for this pack because the Whitney seemed cumbersome and the pack seemed overly complicated in its design. This pack has a simple design, allows you to easily remove all straps, and feels solid in construction throughout. After researching other packs, I would spend the extra money on this pack any day, and I would also sacrifice 10-15 liters to have this pack over a larger one - for those who think they need/want a 95-100 liter pack.
Date published: 2014-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent design Replaced 5 year old Osprey Aether 85 with this pack, Altra 85. Tested recently on one 8 day trip mostly off trail and class 2 passes in Sierra Nevada, 43 pounds max (w/ water). The materials, hip belt shoulder straps and overall design of this pack are excellent (and superior to the Aether). Both packs are comfortable but the load transfer disc really does work esp when crawling up over rocks....adjustment of load transfer to back using upper straps required frequent tweaking but that's normal. Unless I'm missing something, the P'ax one-hand system does not work for hiking poles, just an ice axe. Would love a design to clip in poles securely and then remove without needing to remove the pack. Never felt pack was too large (say compared to the 75); accommodates large bear canister and other items well. (6'0'', used tall version).
Date published: 2014-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worked well, durable. Solid design, UI, and accessibility. So far this is the best pack I've found. I can attest that this pack will bear 80+ pounds and feel surprisingly good. Even when others are describing the load as appearing "comically large". As comfortable as I was with 80 pounds is a testament to the fit and comfort of this pack. I was able to focus on the pain in my leg muscles and lungs. I love that this pack unzips in a full U-shape for full access to the main compartment. The extra zipper compartment on the back works well for jackets, rain covers, filters, and other things you want to pull out in a hurry. But you can always put it down and unzip the perimeter of the main compartment, as long as you haven't stuffed it so full it's difficult to re-zip. (Which happens to be my M.O.) It seems rugged, I've overstuffed parts of it without problems, although that's never a good idea. The side compartments where the hip belt joins the pack seem strange but are actually a good way to maximize otherwise unused space, and they do fit a standard Nalgene. The cover has two compartments and they zip as one would expect, at the top, as opposed to my old Osprey Aether which zipped more near the bottom, like it was designed to dump everything instantaneously out on the ground. The bladder sleeve is in the center of the back where you expect it, and the bottom of it can be unvelcro-ed from the back of the pack so it can be turned inside out to clean and dry. I would say the mobility features, primarily the rotating hip belt connection do seem to work well, and it feels more mobile than other packs I've tried. You can feel it rotating as you step. Only slight issues: - I would think a Regular would fit me pretty well, 5'10", ~31" waist, ~170#. But it's almost too small, I have to tighten it to the very max, there's no webbing left. - The back padding is fine, but it's not really vented. I assume Arcteryx could not figure out a way to make it feel like it's really attached to your back. Osprey webbing is nice and cool, but it does lead to disconnection of movement. So far, I've liked the connection and not really noticed the missing ventilation till I take it off and my shirt is soaked. So I prefer this trade-off. - I wouldn't mind real compartments on the hip belt rather than meager webbing. And there are no compartments on the shoulder straps, although I suppose this may violate Arcteryx simplicity too much. Still, I would totally use them. - There is narrow vertical webbing on the front of the shoulder straps, but lack of lateral webbing makes it harder to attach things, although I suppose you can rig something through the vertical webbing.
Date published: 2014-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very comfortable. Very durable I bought this pack with hopes that the high cost would pay off. I've been on many multi day hikes with plenty of camping gear packed with me. This pack has incredible space! It stood up well when the rain started. none of my clothing or gear got wet. I love the rotating hip belt but do find the straps slip slightly. With 60+ lbs in the pack, I was still quite comfortable and felt there was plenty of support. Overall, Great pack. Worth the extra few buck for dependability!
Date published: 2014-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Freedom!!! The Altra 85 is a fantastic pack! I have an uneven pelvis thanks to a few big crashes over the years, and my past pack would list to one side when I walked. No amount of adjustments to the straps or weight distribution could fix it. The Altra's swiveling hip belt was a hugely attractive feature to me. I took it out on a three-day ski touring trip last weekend and am happy to report that it was magical! My pack felt like it was floating, and it stayed in line with my torso. Wow! My last multi-day pack was the Arcteryx Bora 75. I loved it, loved all the features, and the fabric, zippers, and clips are fully functional after 15 years of hard use. Naturally, I looked to Arcteryx for my next pack. I'm a 27-year-old female, about 5'8" and 145 pounds. I was enticed by the idea of a women's bag that was designed for my body, but the biggest size offered for the women's bag is 62L and that just doesn't cut it for me. I took a chance and went with the men's Altra 85 and it fit perfectly. The straps are comfortable; not too big, not too small. And the ability to unzip the entire pack like a suitcase makes loading it up a dream. The side pockets are easy to access; I could grab trail mix without taking off my pack. Last point: the bag can be compacted and used as a day pack. Other friends can't do this with their multi-day packs as they're too bulky. I love the streamlined design of the Altra. I'm really looking forward to the 15-20 years we're going to spend together. :)
Date published: 2015-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Pack I bought the Reg?tall in Carbon Copy.The suspension system is just fantastic. The shoulder straps are very easy to reposition to get an exact fit. The hip belt on the disc is a novel idea, and works really well. It stops the pack from swaying side-to-side on your shoulders. The stability of the pack is really noticeable, and for me reduces fatigue with a heavy-ish load (approx 25kgs) whether walking or scrambling. The fact that you can remove the hip belt and wrap it around the pack for travel is also great. Keeps the belt in the right shape. Buckle holds the tension well and doesn't slip. U-pouch is good for grabbing something buried deep without having to empty the pack. Big zippered pouch on the back great for stowing wet Theta AR jacket and Beta AR pants or went tent fly. Zippered wing pockets near the hip belt will easily hold 1L water bottles and trailmix. Camelback sits in its own pouch in the centre of the pack. Side compression straps will look after your hiking poles when you're not using them.The top compartment detaches from the pack, but unfortunately you cannot use it as a day pack, which is a pity. For me that would have made an awesome pack almost perfect. I got the pack cover which is huge.This is great because it allows for things hanging off your packet to be covered too. Compression straps allow you to tension it up nice and tight so it wont catch the wind or the scrub.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product to load all your gears! 85L is on the larger size of things but it needs to be that big for me to fit my ,,other gears in while it’s being checked on the airplane. The innovative load transfer disc ,,on the back really does work and keeps you comfortable with a heavy load. When the bag ,,isn’t full I also found that it did a really great job of cinching up nice and tidy. ,,Zippers run the full length of the pack meaning you can access it from the top to get ,,to everything that has sunk to the bottom.
Date published: 2014-04-17
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Hipbelt Sizing
SIZE Small Medium Large
Men's 27 - 32" 32 - 37" 37 - 42"
Women's 25 - 30" 27 - 32" 30 - 35"

How to Find Your Foot Measurements

Arc'teryx packs are sized either in 3-length options: Short (S), Regular (R) and Tall (T), or in 2-length options: Short/Regular (SR), and Regular/Tall (RT).

Sizing refers to YOUR OWN BACK LENGTH

Measure your Back:

• Measure along the spine between the 7th cervical vertebra and the level of the hip iliac crest
• Compare this measurement to the Sizing Charts
• It is possible to interchange different size shoulder strap and hipbelt components on many Arc'teryx Packs, but this will not change or affect the back-length of the pack.

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