Zpacks Arc Air 60L vs Arc Haul 62L
Apr 2, 2021 at 9:49 am #3707458Apr 12, 2021 at 4:10 pm #3708705Tom LBPL Member
I was wither same thing. Did you make a decision?Apr 12, 2021 at 5:23 pm #3708713JCHBPL Member
I have an early arc haul with black gridstop purchased in 2017. Still looks and functions as brand new so durability is of no concern. Were I buying today, I would go with the arc air in robic as I think the trampoline-less design is simpler and robic’s waterproofness is more durable. The packbag W and D dimensions are the same except the air H is 3/4 inch shorter…I doubt I could discern the 2L difference in volume.Jun 30, 2021 at 12:02 pm #3720676
I just purchased the Arc Air. I’ve owned a Arc Haul. Having the frame in sleeves looks like
a big advantage but I have not seen it yet up close.Jul 11, 2021 at 8:19 am #3721644
I purchased the 60L Arc Air. I’ve done two test hikes with ~25 lbs; t carries well. Next weekend I leave on a week backpacking trip in Yosemite with a friend who has Arc Haul; that will give me a chance to do a side by side comparison.Jul 11, 2021 at 3:08 pm #3721668Tom LBPL Member
@ctkeeblerAug 7, 2021 at 6:11 am #3724168
So got the Arc Air 50L Backpack in the mail today. I have also owned zpacks blast, arc haul, hmg windrider and others. Anyway love the Arc Air 50L Backpack, it’s an improvement on the others in my opinion. Having the frame enclased helps the frame keep the right shape, the new material for the big pocket on the front of the pack is stretchy, zpacks took the perfect pack and made it better. I like backpacks that are wide and narrow so the weight close to your back, the Arc Air 50L Backpack does that and still allows airflow. The hipbelt with the two adjustments is the best I’m found in ultralight backpacks. I recommend getting the y strap for your bear cannister, I pack my food in the pack and strap the empty bear can on top when possible.Aug 9, 2021 at 7:45 am #3724324Scott HBPL Member
My son and I currently use the seek outside flight 1, The bottle pockets are not really accessible while hiking, I have made due by strapping a bottle holster on the shoulder strap, however seek out side did not really design the shoulder strep webbing to work well with their or other bottle holders. I have made due with their version but that is all it is really doing. My son really could not stand having a bottle on his shoulder, it just irritated him. So I will be selling his pack, I just found the new arc air I am considering getting him that or the flight 2.
One thing that impresses me about the arc air is how adaptable it is, you can customize as you like which I think will work better for my son. The arc of the pack looks a lot like the seek outside frame as it creates an air gap and pack sits on your shoulders and waist.Aug 9, 2021 at 7:54 am #3724326
One thing to consider, the Arc Air 50L Backpack is it is only comfortable with a light base weight, you’d have to look it up on zpacks, I don’t remember what it is but it’s probably around 20 lbs or less.Aug 9, 2021 at 11:51 am #3724369
I recently completed a 5-day trip in Yosemite with my new Arc Air 60L. It definitely carries better than my gen 1 Arc Blast (no load lifters, flat stays, 1st gen hip belt).
I spent some time walking around camp one afternoon carrying my buddy’s Arc Haul. I didn’t notice a huge difference in comfort between his Arc Haul and my Arc Air, maybe a slight edge to the Arc Air. Only time and use will tell on the durability of Arc Haul Gridstop fabric vs. Arc Air Robic fabric.
@Anthony – The Arc Air will comfortably carry more than 20 lbs. The Zpacks website says 35 lbs. for both the 50L and 60L. I never carried that much but I found the Arc Air comfortable at ~ 27 lbs. (with the drought many of the streams shown on the map were not running and being uncertain of what streams would be running I carried much more water than I normally would).
Bottom line – I’d be happy with either the Arc Air 60L or Arc Haul with a slight preference for the Air.Aug 9, 2021 at 11:54 am #3724370
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