Arc'teryx Cierzo 28L Backpack

All-around climber's pack.

Arc'teryx designed the superlight Cierzo 28 Backpack for climbing days, whether you're approaching a nearby crag or hiking up to the alpine. This pack can go from superlight to ultralight by removing the padded back panel, and the padded shoulder straps work with the webbing waist belt to ensure a stable hike. The Cierzo's top lid has an adjustable strap that stows climbing ropes outside the pack, leaving plenty of room for shoes, harness, draws, belay device, helmet, and a trad rack.

The Cierzo also features a sleeve, hanging clip, and HydroPort for your own hydration reservoir. There are multiple stash pockets for keys, wallet, phone, headlamp, and snacks. The SwiftCord compression straps double as ice axes, ski poles, and other mountaineering tools.

  • Removable padded back panel
  • Padded shoulder straps with sternum strap
  • Wide webbing waist belt
  • Top loader with adjustable top strap
  • HydroPort hydration compatible
  • Small external and large internal stash pockets
  • SwiftCord compression straps
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Didn't get along

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Ended up returning the pack, I like the size and the features, it seemed well made, but for my back, chest and shoulders, it was too narrow. Compared to my Osprey packs, the shoulder straps were sewn too close together so when I put it on, the straps bit into my arm pits. I'm sure with the right body type it's fine, but it just didn't fit me.

great basic backpack for climbing

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Very comfortable and durable