Nero Backpack - $199
Pack Weight: 10.9 ounces (309 grams) | Foam sit pad adds 1.0 oz (28 grams)
Belt: 1" (2.5 cm) wide x 50" (127 cm) circumference. 1.2 oz (34
Body dimensions: 5.5" x 12" x 23" (14 cm x 30 cm x
Volume: 25L main body, 2.5L each side pocket, 8L center pocket, 38 Liters Total
Load Capacity: Recommended up to 20 lbs (9 kg)
Zpacks™ Nero Backpack
If you can't take a Zero take a Nero! The Nero is an ultralight frameless
backpack stripped down to only the most popular features. This compact backpack
has no frame aside from a closed cell foam sit-pad for cushioning. It is best suited for hardcore
long distance hikers with base weights around 5-6 lbs (2.5 kg) and maximum loads
up to 20 lbs (9 kg). It is also a good choice for short hikes when less weight
and volume is required.
The pack is constructed from tough 2.92 oz/sqyd Dyneema Composite Fabric
This material is made with ultra high strength Dyneema fiber on the
inside, with a protective layer of 50 denier Polyester on the outside.
- Watch the Nero Backpack Overview Video with Will Wood.
- Three belt positions allow you to move the webbing belt up or down to fit
a range of torso heights. The included belt is 1" (2.5 cm) wide and has a
maximum adjustment of about 50" (127 cm) circumference. The belt contributes
1.2 ounces (34 grams) to the total weight. It can be trimmed down or removed.
- Belt pouches with integrated belt pads are sold separately for those who
desire more belt cushioning.
- A roll top closure cinches down to the sides of the pack and helps
compress the pack volume. The side compression can also be used to stand tall items
like trekking poles in the side pockets.
- A closed cell foam sit pad measuring 3/8" x 9.5" x 18" (1 cm x 24 cm x 46
cm) is included and adds an additional 1 ounce to the total weight of the
pack. The foam provides some cushion and support against your back. The sit pad is held in
place with shock cord and comes off quickly for breaks. The shock cord (.3 oz
/ 8.5 g) and sit
pad are removable and replaceable.
- The pack material is waterproof. All seams and attachment points are taped, making the pack highly water resistant.
- Comfy 3/8" thick by 2.5" wide padded contoured shoulder straps.
The straps have a daisy chain for clipping on items,
and an adjustable position sternum strap is included. The shoulder straps have 3D mesh on the underside
which gives them a little bit more cushion.
- Side pockets are sized to fit 1 or 1.5 liter bottles. They are
positioned low on the pack and slanted forward for easy access
without removing the pack. The pockets have drainage holes at the
bottom, and elastic that keeps them tight at the top.
- Large stretchy mesh center pocket is great for quick access items. Mesh
also lets you dry wet clothing and gives you a clear view of your
- This pack can be folded up to fit inside a 1 gallon zip lock
bag. It can easily be packed in your luggage or used as a carryon.
- All Zpacks gear has a one year warranty against defects in materials or
workmanship. Please see our return / warranty
This backpack has three belt attachment positions allowing you to move the belt
up or down to fit a range of torso heights. The actual distance on the pack from
the bottom of the belt to the top of the shoulder straps can be adjusted from
about 18" to 22" (46 to 56 cm) which will fit the majority of adults. On a
frameless backpack it is nice to have the shoulder straps roughly level with the
tops of your shoulders (rather than wrapping up around them) so that more weight is
forced on to the webbing belt. The pack body does not extend much above your
shoulders and no load lifter straps are needed.
The webbing belt will fit up to around 50" circumference and can be trimmed down
for smaller waists or swapped out for larger waists. To move the belt to a
different position, slide off the belt buckle and back the webbing out of the
backpack attachment points.
Reviews and Customer Testimonials:
Please email us with feedback (good or bad) if you have any!
"I honestly couldn't have imagined using any other pack on my 'Fastest Known Time' hike
of the Great Smoky National Park 900 in 2017.
It was the perfect size, super lightweight, and it carried everything I needed it to comfortably.
Being able to keep my total pack weight super low was very important for this hike.
Even though I have well over 900 miles on this pack, it still looks new.
No rips or tears. And one of my favorite features on the pack is that the roll top secures down the side.
Thank you for building great gear. It's super lightweight, dependable and durable. I trust my life with it.
Not to mention your customer service at Zpacks is top notch.
As a long time customer, it's what keeps me coming back." -Benny "Plug It In" Braden
"Before this I wasn't a big fan of frameless packs but the Nero really blew me away."
Watch Jason S.'s full review and walkthrough of his Nero Backpack
Thank you very much for the fast delivery of my backpack. Just came back from a 3 day trip in the Austrian alps with my Nero backpack (shown w/ Z-Seat pad)
, and I was
very happy with the pack. It carried all my stuff easily and I still had plenty of room left. Also the material is pretty sturdy, so I´m overall
very pleased and satisfied. -Tobias E.
"We hiked about 60 miles with close to 37,000 ft of elevation gain in 4.5 days on Baranof island, Alaska.
I think we went over some mountains no one had traveled before, but we haven’t confirmed that yet.
Overall, the combination of ocean, temperate rainforest, granite peaks, and glaciers is stellar.
The Nero backpack (see photos)
is a huge improvement in carrying comfort from the previous Zero.
It carried five days of food, crampons, a 60 meter rope, harness, ice tool, some rock climbing gear,
and clothing for wet weather with temps in the upper 30s." -Max Neale
"Recently my wife purchased a Nero pack for me as a birthday gift.
I took it out on a 3 night 38 mile hike through the Pecos Wilderness in NM. The pack rides great!
I shaved almost 4 lbs switching to this pack.
I was able to put in my first full load out at under 20 lbs including consumables,
and I hiked my first 20 mile day. After this trip, I can safely say this is my favorite piece of gear I own.
Not only is the Nero a quality piece of kit, it is also incredibly budget friendly for those looking
to shed some weight without blowing up their bank account.
Thank you Zpacks team for providing this quality pack at an affordable price." -Tim E.
"Just wanted to say thanks for building my amazing Nero backpack and other similar products for
hikers who don't look for overbuilt gear with unnecessary bells or whistles -
just a light and simple bag with a great suspension (I'm tall and having torso adjustability was a bonus -
you rarely see this feature in small packs).
Last weekend I took it for a two day hike of Cranberry Lake 50 trail and was amazed how well it carried the weight -
I hardly noticed it even after the second 26-mile day when I started to get pretty tired.
I think the multi-pack pouch also helped in balancing the load a lot. All the best." -Roman
"Hi Team Zpacks! Just completed the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in New Zealand with the
and the multipack!
Works like a charm on day trips as well as overnighters.
Thanks for great products an a happy new year to you all." -Johan Lundh, Sweden