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Arc’teryx Brize 25 review: a functional, no-frills backpack

A top-loading daypack, the Arc’teryx Brize 25 has the tight ergonomics of a panel loader with a large main compartment but fewer external pockets

Arc'teryx Brize 25
(Image: © Arc'teryx)

Our Verdict

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.

For

  • Very clean lines and great stability
  • Excellent durability

Against

  • Slightly heavier than other comparable packs
  • Thin waist belt

First impressions

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).

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.

Specifications

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.