Arc'Teryx Needle 65 - Backpacks: Reviews

Nov 1, 2010
Outside Magazine
Arc'Teryx Needle 65  -  Backpacks: Reveiws

   Photo: Clay Ellis

Why It's CoolSometimes, even smaller packs need to carry heavy cargo—ice tools, camera gear, rock samples. The Needle weighs four pounds three ounces yet incorporates a full arsenal of support features—dense thermomolded foam that cups and cushions hips and shoulders, and a real framesheet with aluminum stays to provide structure. I felt happily insulated from my load, even when I pushed it over 40 pounds. » The design is superclean, but check the detailing: garages to prevent seepage into the tops of watertight zippers, a full-length side zipper for access to the pack bag, and another for a practically invisible front pocket. » The laminated fabric isn't touted as waterproof (too many seams), but you'd have to stand under Niagara to soak your goods.

Hmmm . . .The price you pay for sleekness: no wand or water-bottle pockets, and only a clip to secure a hydration bladder.

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