Guest Review: Arc'teryx Arro 22

This is a guest post, the first on the blog. Written by James E. a long time friend and expert commuter.

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I bought my Arro 22 in October 2010. Arc’teryx was one of the pioneers of the “crossover” carry genre with the Arro. The bag was ahead of its time in materials and functionality. I searched for months trying to find one. I had never seen one in a store and one dealer thought the pack had been discontinued at the time. Online retailers were always sold out. I finally found one from a dealer on eBay. Back then the pack was hard to come by, but since then Arc’teryx has realized that the Arro 22 is a tried and true staple that people still want.

Design

The Arro is marketed as an urban commuter pack with watertight construction and a 22 liter capacity. The main compartment has a hydration sleeve. Both the main compartment and the kangaroo pocket have waterproof zippers. The pack has an asymmetrical design with one side pocket having a velcro closure to secure smaller items and the other side having a larger pocket with an elastic band for water bottles or other larger items. The top of the pack features an offset carry handle and an opening for a hydration tube that has a button closure. The button closure seems a little unnecessary. Using more fabric overlap for the hydration slot would probably keep water out just as well.

Materials

The pack is waterproof (not submergible) and very abrasion resistant. The only real complaint I have is with the rubber coated nylon material that is used on gearloop on the back and on the shoulder straps. The material frays on the edges. In most places this doesn’t affect its performance except where it is used to attach the padded part of the straps to the ladder lock.

I sent the bag back to Arc’teryx and they rebuilt the bottom of the straps using webbing. As far as I know the current Arro 22 still uses this same material but I cannot speak as to weather the fraying issues have been fixed or not.

Conclusion

Overall a great pack that can hold its own in and urban environment or a full day of snowshoe hiking through Acadia National Park in the winter. As with all of my other Arc’teryx gear this bag has held up wonderfully over the years. One other thing to note is that the bag feels small for 22 liters and due to the construction and shape it does not overstuff well. Also, while the water bladder sleeve in the main compartment can be used to hold a laptop, a 13” laptop about the max size.