In terms of a functional pack with no frills, the the Arc’teryx Brize 25 is perfect for hikers who like to pack up and go.
- Very clean lines and great stability
- Excellent durability
- Slightly heavier than other comparable packs
- Thin waist belt
The the Arc’teryx Brize 25 impressed us straight away with its straightforward and durable design. A top pouch functions as a hybrid top-loader-style backpack with a standard zip compartment. The hybrid element comes in the solid stitching attaching it to the main pack (versus more traditional slider straps).
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Compression side straps and elastic pockets offer reasonable exterior storage. Once closed up, the sturdy nylon outer skin forms a protective casing that keeps all your gear in place.
• RRP: $130 (US) / £93 (UK)
• Weight: 32oz / 905g
• Volume: 25L
• Compatibility: Day hiking, mountain hiking
• Colors: Black / Ladon
On the trail
Some hikers (this reviewer included) appreciate a simple rucksack-style design versus segmented storage broken into several internal and external compartments. The more extra features you tack on, the more things can go wrong.
In use, the foam back panel adds comfort with the minor penalty of less ventilation, though it does contribute to the stability of the pack.
An odd choice is the slim, unpadded waist belt – something usually seen in ultralight or summit packs. Given that the Arc’teryx Brize 25's design seems to have a durability-first mindset, a slight increase in weight from hip padding seems a logical choice. However, the slim waist belt is acceptable though prone to sliding if your pack is getting jostled around. That said, it's worth overlooking the waist belt given the pack's non-nonsense design and overall stability.
The best-selling author of five Colorado mountain hiking guidebooks, including Best Summit Hikes in Colorado, James’ work has been published in National Geographic, Backpacker, Outside, Discover Magazine, and many more. He's climbed in Greenland, the Canadian Arctic, Japan, and Antarctica. James lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife Sheila and their two rescue collies, Mystic and Fremont. As of 2021, he's only had one of his tents trampled by a moose.
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