Arc Haul

Discussion in 'Packs & Accessories' started by Clare, Nov 9, 2017.

  1. tom

    tom Section Hiker

    My squeak only happens occasionally and for a time - an hour or two - and then stops again without any discernable reason. IMO, the zpacks frame and adjustable hight make this an amazing comfortable pack. I downsized from a Mariposa to 55lt and its been a perfect size for my long 3 season hikes. No issues apart from the sqeak in nearly years (well over 150 days on trail)...
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  2. tom

    tom Section Hiker

    Having read a bit further now (did't realize how long this thread had neen going earlier), a few thoughts:
    - I don't think beafyness is an issue here (I am not beafy either), shoulder shapes is more likely the issue.
    - I'd second Gixer's point about height adjustment.
    - Finally, on my arcblast, the shoulder strap anchor points are actually quite close together - its the load lifters that pulls them apart. I know some people like loadlifters but I don't find them useful or necessary at all. I'd try losening the load lifter straps all the way to check if that makes a difference. Also, on my arcblast, the hight adjusting straps have some play and could be pulled together further (with a ribbon for testing out)...
  3. Clare

    Clare Trail Blazer

    Thanks all for the suggestions. Robert's idea of moving the load lifter straps to the V strap attachment points is good, I've tried that. If it continues to be good with a load then I'll need to cut and re-sew the line locs/buckles as they are facing contrary-wise for the V straps. But I'll try it out on a bodge basis first.

    I've tried the back height in many different formulations. Like Gixer, and probably most people, I prefer the majority of the weight on my hips. That requires a longer length than the optimum length to get the straps to sit nicely over my shoulders so there's a conflict there but on the whole I think I'm fussing too much. I haven't yet been on a walk as I've been away for a couple of months. The best thing will be to fiddle around with it while I'm actually on a walk. Also yanking the height adjusting straps together as per Tom's suggestion will help too. I really like the pack and now that I'm back home I've been able to compare with my exos, which it turns out is much worse, the straps don't even wrap over the top of my shoulders and I've walked many fully loaded walks with that pack and never felt a need to complain!
  4. maddogs

    maddogs Backpacker

    Hi, @Clare , any thoughts on the volume of the ArcHaul vs your Exos48?
  5. Clare

    Clare Trail Blazer

    hi. I haven't fully packed the Haul versus the Exos but if I put my quilt at the bottom of each in a fairly loose stuff sack and the Notch on top of that then the main difference is that the notch is nearly at the top of the sac in the Exos whereas there is still loads of collar space in the Haul. By "loads" I mean at least another 10". The interior of the Haul sac also has more room left over as it is deeper (back to front). With the Exos fully packed for a long walk I didn't have much space for food but I am sure this will never be a problem with the Haul. NB my pack is an Exos 46, the older smaller and heavier version before it was re-issued as Exos 48. I am pretty sure that I will never use all the space in the Haul but since it can be cinched smaller with the cords down the sides and since I chose the mod that enables you to clip the fold over top down the sides, a too big pack won't be a problem for me.
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  6. maddogs

    maddogs Backpacker

    awesome, thank you so much for the comparison :)
    I hope you get the shoulder straps sorted and comforatble.

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