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Gear of the Week | Arrakis backpack from Arc'teryx

Waterproof, extremely stable backpack for longer adventures

by Lorenzo Rieg 01/26/2013
Backpacks are a dime a dozen. But the Arrakis from Arc'Teryx impresses with an unusual mix of features.

Backpacks will soon be a dime a dozen. But the redundancy is still surprisingly small. The preferences and purposes of these load carriers are too diverse. With the Arrakis 50, Arc'teryx has a large, waterproof multi-day backpack for winter use in its range, which impresses with its flexible carrying system. An unusual combination. The fact that it was also named after the fictional desert planet invented by Frank Herbert - better known as Dune - is a clever touch of irony.

The Arc'teryx Arrakis 50 is made of very stable, waterproof material or laminated. This has the advantage that the contents of the backpack will not get wet even in pouring rain and you will probably enjoy the backpack for quite a long time, but it is relatively heavy as a result. In addition, it does not have the usual side compression straps, but the volume can be adjusted to a limited extent using the roll closure. Despite the roll closure and the waterproof material, the backpack is not 100% waterproof, as the main compartment can be accessed via a zipper on the side. In addition to the main compartment, there is a second compartment (e.g. for skins, shovel, etc.) at the front of the backpack, as well as a compartment for small items at the top. There is also a pocket for the probe on the side.

The various options for attaching material to the outside of the backpack are also good. Skis can be attached both on the side and on the back of the backpack, and there is usually room for all other equipment, as the backpack has numerous attachment straps. The only thing that puzzles me is why Arc'teryx couldn't add a second ice tool holder to the backpack.

The most important point, the carrying system, has not been spared. This is quite elaborately designed and is not only extremely well adjustable to the individual body shape (it is definitely worth getting to grips with it), but with the "load transfer disc" also has an effective system to allow relatively free movement of the hips. This has the advantage that even with a very heavy backpack, the weight can be transferred very well to the hips and away from the shoulders when walking. If you don't need the flexible hip belt or it would even get in the way (for example when skiing downhill), it can be quickly fixed completely by tightening two straps.

Although the backpack is quite large with a volume of over 50 liters, it is also suitable for day trips. Its strengths (robustness and great carrying system) really come into their own here, especially when you need a lot of gear. However, its actual area of use is multi-day tours of all kinds, from hut stays to small expeditions. The smaller version with 40 liters is more suitable for day trips. Thanks to the good attachment options on the outside of the backpack, you remain quite flexible in any case. All in all, a backpack that won't let you down any time soon!


Large, extremely robust, waterproof backpack with an excellent carrying system. Perfect for multi-day tours in winter or summer.

To the manufacturer's product information

Note: The Arc'teryx Arrakis is available in three sizes (approx. 40, 50 and 65 liters capacity), whereby each size is available with two back lengths, the longer back length also has a slightly higher capacity. Apart from the different sizes, the three models are essentially identical, although there are differences in minor details.

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