Arc Haul 62L Backpack

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$349.00 Weight 22.1 oz / 627.0 g

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Love this pack! So light I can justify carrying a couple little luxuries that help make Camp more comfortable, and love that I’ve been able to customize it with the many accessories available.

– Joe E., ★★★★★

**This backpack has been replaced by our newer Arc Haul Ultra. It has a similar design but is constructed with a more durable Ultra material and features a back panel with Lycra for a more comfortable fit.

Long days between resupplies require a pack designed with ample space and durability. The ultralight Arc Haul backpack is innovatively designed to be a true workhorse from the Sierras to the Shenandoah.

Comfortably transfer your pack’s weight to your hips with our patented ‘Arc Frame’ system.  The frame also creates a gap between your back and the pack allowing for air flow that helps keeps you cool.

Featuring adjustable shoulder straps, an interchangeable belt, and a variety of optional modular add-ons, the award-winning Arc Haul will allow you to tackle those long days on the trail with a durable ultralight backpack designed to fit you.


  • Constructed from 4.85 oz/sqyd Gridstop Fabric.

  • Roll-top closure (like our dry bags) keeps water out, and lets you roll down the top as your gear load shrinks. All seams and attachment points are taped, making the pack highly water resistant. We still suggest using dry bags for your important items like your sleeping bag.

  • Comfy 3/8" thick by 2.75" wide padded contoured shoulder straps and padded belt. Both the straps and the belt have a daisy chain for clipping on items, and an adjustable position sternum strap is also included. The belt and shoulder straps have 3D mesh on the underside. This gives them a little bit more cushion, and the belt also has more texture for better grip.

  • 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 gear.

  • Side compression straps are made from non-stretchy Dyneema® cord for squishing down the pack volume. They also allow you to stand tall items like trekking poles in the side pockets.

  • A top strap, and base straps allow you to lash on extra items to the top or base of the pack. The straps come off if you don't need them.

  • A centrally located Hydration Port is included to string out a drinking tube over either the left or right shoulder. It is just above/between the shoulder straps and it has a triangular cover to keep out water. A water bladder can either be hung from an internal hang loop or laid horizontally on top of your gear.

  • The 62L pack size has enough space for 5-6 days of food and ultralight gear. The pack can be compressed down with the roll top and side compression straps for short trips or use the top strap and base straps to lash extra stuff to the outside for long carries.

  • All standard Bear Canisters, including the Bearikade Expedition and the BearVault 500 will fit in the upper half of this pack standing on end. There is enough extra girth to either wrap a foam pad around the canister (if you use one) or stand a medium stuff sack vertically beside the bear canister.

  • The short and medium size frames will fit into an airplane overhead bin with the top rolled down to the frame. The tall size frame may not fit unless you pop the vertical frame bars out of the pack.

  • Our Flexed Arc Frame is is covered by US Patent No. 9,060,590

  • Our torso height adjustment mechanism is is covered by US Patent No. 9,848,687

  • All Zpacks gear has a two year limited warranty against defects in materials or workmanship. Please see our return / warranty policy.

  • Made in the USA.
  • Our ultralight Flexed Arc frame keeps the pack stiff so that most weight is carried on the hips instead of the shoulders. The frame pieces and mesh back panel can be easily removed or replaced.

  • The frame is curved to allow air flow and keep your back cushioned from the pack's contents. You can adjust the curve by tensioning the mesh back panel. The recommended arch is about 2.5" (6 cm).

  • The belt is attached directly to the bottom of the pack frame for the best load transfer.

  • The belt is removable and interchangeable. If you lose weight or need to share the pack between people the belt can be swapped out. Watch the belt removal video here.

  • The shoulder straps and load lifter straps are attached directly to the frame. Load lifters straps come standard on this pack.

  • The shoulder straps can move up or down to adjust the torso height to a perfect fit using our patented torso adjustment mechanism. It works like a conveyor belt. This is great for sharing the pack between people, for growing teenagers, or for resale.

  • The belt provides a full wrap around your back. No need for additional lumbar support.

  • The belt is done with "V-Style" webbing so that the top and bottom circumference can be adjusted independently. This helps wrap your hips much more securely, and prevents the belt from sliding down.

  • Collectively, these features provide the additional load transfer necessary for loads up to around 40 lbs (18 kg).


Body dimensions: 8" x 12.5" x 30" (20 cm x 31.8 cm x 76 cm)

Volume: 62L (49L main body, 2.5L each side pocket, 8L center pocket)

Frame Height: Short 19" (48.3 cm), Medium 21.5" (54.6 cm), Tall 24" (61 cm)

4.85 oz/sqyd Gridstop Fabric

This popular backpack material is a little stronger against abrasion. It has a grid of white High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) threads for exceptional tear strength, as well as a diagonal woven ripstop. The fabric has a waterproof urethane coating on the inside. This high-quality fabric has a finished weight (including the waterproof coating) of 4.85 oz/sqyd (165 g/m²).

 4.85 oz/sqyd (165 g/m²)

Water Resistance:
 >20,000 mmH₂O

Made in Japan.

.3.5 oz/sqyd Mesh

This is the mesh that we use on our backpack's center pockets. It has a relatively light weight for mesh, while being difficult to tear. It can withstand getting caught on branches and other typical abrasion that backpacks are subjected to. The hole size is a about 4 mm (a little over 1/8"). 

 3.5 oz/sqyd (119 g/m²)

5.3 oz/sqyd 3D Spacer Mesh

This mesh has a three-dimensional structure which allows airflow and adds cushioning. It has a tricot backing so you can't see clear through the holes. We use it on the underside of our backpack's shoulder straps and belts to absorb sweat, add cushion, and add grip. Our 3D mesh weighs less than most other types.

 5.3 oz/sqyd (180 g/m²)

 About 3/32" (2.5 mm)

Torso Height:

To measure your torso height, you will need the help of a friend and a string or cloth tape measure.

Most hikers wear their belt near the top of their hips, however, it isn’t uncommon for hikers to position their belt higher or lower.

To ensure you lock in the perfect fit, we suggest putting a belt on over your clothes in the spot where you’d like to belt to ride. Start your measurement at the center of the belt where it meets your spine.

Lower your chin towards your chest.  This will cause the C7 vertebrae to protrude at the base of your neck. The C7 vertebrae will mark the top of your torso height measurement.

Using the string or cloth tape measure, follow the curve of your spine up from the center of your belt to your C7 vertebrae.  This measurement is your torso height.

Belt Size:

The padded portion of the belt is 1" shorter than the listed minimum adjustment. For example a "Medium (30-36 inches)" belt has padding which measures about 29" tip to tip, and has a minimum adjustment circumference of 30". It is the recommended size if your actual measurement is up to 36" however the webbing extends further.

To measure your belt size, pull a string or cloth tape measure tight around the spot you’d like your belt to ride. Choose a belt with a minimum adjustment of a couple inches smaller than your actual waist measurement. This will leave room for you to tighten down the belt if you lose a little weight on trail.

The belts on our Arc Series packs are also removable and interchangeable. This will give you the ability to switch the belt out if your waist size changes or if you order the incorrect size by mistake.

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Steven C.
United States United States

First time out -- so far so good

Much more comfortable (and of course, lighter!) than my previous Arcteryx pack. Took it on the Rae Lakes Loop in Kings Canyon and found it performed well on the ascents and descents. Haven't had the opportunity to test it in inclement weather so I can't attest to its waterproof/water-resistant effectiveness. Roll top and side elastic make it easy to compress down as your pack gets smaller even if you're not using all 62L. Arc frame takes a little effort to get just right -- be sure to watch the video on the website to learn how to do so. My only wish is if there was some kind of elastic band sewn in on the belt or shoulder strap to hold an iPhone (without having to buy an extra attachment) as I like to keep my phone handy for photo opportunities. All else aside -- really like how well it has performed so far.

Elizabeth C.
United States United States

Arc Haul

I had ordered a green because I LOVED that shade of green, but it came in blue. Sadly it arrived too close to my trip to be able to trade it out. I was disappointed, but since I am a grownup and not a child, it was ok. My last bit of regret was when I saw someone on the AT with a green one. But since it matches my blue tent and blue poles, I guess I will live with it and consider it a "Hiking Barbie" accessory pack of sorts. ;) I was a little envious of my friend who had lots of compartments and seemed to pack, find things on the fly and unpack faster, but the space is good and after a couple days I had figured out how best to pack things for better accessibility. I had a pretty full pack, and was not often able to make it arc like I wanted (although I kept trying...) but that is probably on me. This was a 6 day hike, and my first hike longer than 3 days. I wasn't quite sure what I would really need or not. I stayed on the side of having it and not needing it for this first longer venture. I ordered the two pockets that attach to the waist belt, and I like the size, but after 2 days it kept falling out of the back attachment. I was always wearing it when that happened , so I either had to impose on someone to help me or take the pack off to fix it. It's only an open (and fairly open at that) clip that drops into a loop. I would rather know that it went on a bit (or quite a bit) harder, but that it was secure. I was glad it was not the side I put my headlamp, phone and Sawyer Squeeze water filter as that one would have been worse! Well, so for all the great ideas they had in this design, I am disappointed that this clip is the way it is as it really created a nuisance for me while I was hiking. Otherwise I like the pack. The two straps at the waist take a little longer, but I think it's likely more comfortable with two adjustments. It really light weight, and that helped as it was a 6 day hike with no accessible food to restock yet my overall pack was lighter than if I had another brand backpack.


Tough light tall people waterproof

When i first got this pack i babied it i was scared it rip and fall apart first thing i noticed was how comfortable it was this was my first ultralight pack ive owned i still didnt have light gear and too my amazement this was the most comfortable pack ive ever had ive had some kelties my grandfathers old alice pack i got a military pack for 70 bucks it weighed 13 lbs i cut all the stuff off it granted it was bomb proof it wasnt comfortable for my hight cant remember the name but they go for 1grand now because it was rare and in the bushcraft comunity its said too be the best **** ive had a georgry pack killed my hip bones but kept pack of my shoulders anyways im 6ft4 and i love this pack it does take some time too pack right at first but once u get it down its alot quicker this pack is well thought out extreemly light you dont need a rain cover and its not bulky at all plus the customization is awesome u can make it 70ish liters with add ons the top lid is worth getting the side pouch is awesome for my stove kit the only thing i can say could be upgraded is the frame as i lost a frame piece it moves around in funny ways and the side pieces rub for me anyways the sleve in the middle i like their new ultra pack the frame looks like a nice upgrade with the flat pre bent stays on sides top and bottom the hip belt is very comfortable and the best ive ever used no pain the duel ajustment straps work amazing the mesh could be a little tougher for a beginer i didnt think id like the mesh too be honest but it just works i use that mesh pocket a ton i take everything out my pack now and only cary what i need i do wish dog food wasnt so heavy tho anyways i love this pack great if youre taller just make sure u get the rite hip belt mines a little big but it still works fine i just max it out cuz im kinda skinny next pack ill get a medium this pack is tough the florida trail dosnt give great pack and design

Wesley S.
United States United States

Light Pack for trips with GF

Bought this larger pack for backpacking with a significant other. Since the trips aren't as far and tend to include more and larger equipment this pack works as an alternative to my normal UL setup. Still light but spacious enough for three person tent (me, them, and dog), two person pad and two person quilt. Am very pleased with this backpack.

Zpacks Arc Haul 62L Backpack Review
Walt W.
United States United States

Love my Arc Haul

I like it. It carries 35 lbs. really nice. I have been spoiled by my Arc Blast that I have had for about 5 years. It has served me well.