Nero 38L Backpack

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$199.00 Weight 10.7 oz / 303.0 g
Lead Time Ships in 1 to 3 Days

If you want to feel the freedom of traveling light on your hiking adventures, the Nero is the backpack for you. The ultralight Nero is a compact frameless backpack stripped down to only the most popular features. It is the ultimate minimalist backpack, great for hikes where less weight and volume is required. At 10.7 oz, it is the lightest of our packs and put you well on your way to that elusive sub-10 lb base weight.

This pack is also highly versatile – you can use it for a day hike, a section hike, or even a thru-hike. Minimalist hikers have taken this pack on thru-hikes of the AT, the PCT, and the CDT and proved that smaller volume frameless packs are a legitimate approach to long-distance hiking.

  • Constructed from 2.92 oz/sqyd DCF Hybrid.

  • Strategically placed attachment loops accommodate our most popular backpack add-ons like our Top Side Pockets, Shock Cord Lashing and Ice Axe Loops.

  • 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.

  • Integrated roll-top closure straps clip to the sides of the pack using the same 1/2” side release buckles featured on our Arc Series backpacks. The straps can be cinched to compress the pack's volume or used to stand tall items like trekking poles in the side pockets.

  • A closed cell foam sit pad measuring 11" x 15.5" (28 cm x 39.4 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 shock cord can also be re-tied to accommodate up to 20" tall folded sleeping pads, or taller sit pads.

  • 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 gear.

  • This pack can be folded up to fit inside a 1 gallon Ziploc bag. It can easily be packed in your luggage or used as a carry-on.

  • 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.

Pack Weight: 10.7 ounces (303 g) | Foam sit pad adds 1.0 oz (28 g)

Belt (included): 1" (2.5 cm) wide x 50" (127 cm) circumference, 1.2 oz (34 g)

Body dimensions: 5.5" x 12" x 23" (14 cm x 30 cm x 59 cm)

Volume: 38L (25L main body, 2.5L each side pocket, 8L center pocket)

Load Capacity: Recommended up to 20 lbs (9 kg)

2.92 oz/sqyd Dyneema Composite Fabric Hybrid


Dyneema Composite Fabric is composed of high strength Dyneema fiber laminated inside a polyester membrane. It is inherently waterproof and does not require any coatings or DWR treatment. Dyneema Composite Fabric has very high tensile strength for its weight and does not stretch.

This hybrid version is made from 1.43 oz/sqyd Dyneema Composite Fabric on the inside, with an extra layer of protective 50 denier polyester on the outside. The outer layer gives it more strength and abrasion resistance, prevents fraying, and gives it a nice solid color. 

Tensile Strength:
 245 lb/in (2150 N/5cm)

Puncture Strength: 
7.3 lb (32 N)

Water Resistance:
 >20,000 mmH₂O

Made in the USA.



.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"). 


Weight:
 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.


Weight:
 5.3 oz/sqyd (180 g/m²)

Thickness:
 About 3/32" (2.5 mm)


Torso Height:

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 most 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 load lifter straps are not needed.

Belt Size:

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.

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MP
11/18/2019
Matthew P.
United States United States

Great quality

I received my Nero a couple of weeks ago and I love it so far! Great workmanship and quality. I haven’t had it out in the field yet, but I did some test loads with my gear and it’s very comfortable. I love how adjustable the pack is as far as fit is concerned. I also got the hip belt pouches and the water bottle pouch for my chest. I’m experimenting with going ultra light this next season and look forward to putting this pack to the test.

JJ
11/18/2019
Jeremy J.
United States United States

Nero

So far so good.

JD
11/14/2019
Jan D.
Canada Canada

Backpack 38 Nero

Good design and sooooooo light!

BS
10/31/2019
Brandon S.
United States United States

So far so good

Well I haven’t taken this pack out Hiking yet. I am using it daily for work (clothes, uniforms items, and Misc. stuff), I will say I do like the way it Rides. I barely even notice it compared to the cheap I backpack I have been using for the last couple years. I really can’t wait to take it on a Hike, just have to find some trails in Northern Italy this year I can really put it to use on.

MG
10/25/2019
Matthew G.
United States United States

Nero backpack

Haven’t used the pack yet, but it is exceptionally made. Looking forward to getting on the trail with it.