- Additional Info
Finally, the next step in external frame backpack evolution—an ultralight pack with traditional external frame support. The Vargo Ti-Arc ultralight external frame backpack combines the best features of internal and external frames for an unparalleled support-to-weight ratio of any pack. At its core is a formfitting titanium alloy frame with an ergonomically designed lumbar plate to provide excellent load transfer to the hips and sag-free comfort. A streamlined 36 Liter ripstop nylon “Arc” bag holds plenty of gear while leaving room for attaching bulky items to the frame. Ventilated mesh shoulder harness is fully adjustable for various torso lengths and dialing in fit. Additional pockets and options allow for greater organization and carry.
- Titanium alloy external frame
- Ergonomic lumbar support plate
- Streamlined “Arc” suspension bar
- Ventilated, adjustable mesh shoulder harness
- External pockets and elastic compression straps
- Hip belt pockets
- Water bottle pockets
- Size: M-L
- Length: 30 in (76 cm)
- Width: 14 in (35 cm)
- Depth: 7.5 in (19 cm)
- Volume: 2,196 cu. in. (36 L)
- Weight: 2 lbs. 6 oz. (1.07 kg)
- Suspension: External Frame
- Maximum load capacity: 30 lbs.
- Torso length: 18"-21"
- Hip belt measurement: 30"+
- Questions & Answers
Do you have any Question?Question: Can you remove the pack from the frame and break the frame down for carry-on air travel? 10 Jan, 2014Answer: Yes! That's one of the many benefits of this new backpack. The "Arc" can be lifted off the top of the backpack without even removing the bag for easier transportation.Question: Is max capacity arc bag only or does that include fixing items to frame? 10 Feb, 2014Answer: Regarding volume, the Ti-Arc (and externals in general) excels above normal internals as bulky, high volume items can be attached directly to the frame outside of the bag. However, total gear load (in the bag and attached to the frame) should not exceed 35 lbs.Question: Cool! External frame packs have always felt better to me than the internals I've tried. So what's the price of this baby? 11 Feb, 2014Answer: Thanks for the enthusiasm! We are excited to release the Ti-Arc to people like you who enjoy external framed backpacks. The price for the Ti-Arc will be $299.95.Question: I'm intrigued....It seems a little on the small side though. Any plans for any larger capacity models? 11 Feb, 2014Answer: While the main bag may seem a bit small, one of the benefits of an external is the ability to add or subtract capacity by strapping items to the frame. At this point, as this is a new product for us, we are planning on releasing other models based on customer feedback. Keep a lookout for updates in the future.Question: What's the size range for this awesome new pack? 11 Feb, 2014Answer: We will have a definitive size range once the packs have arrived at our warehouse. Stay tuned!Question: What an interesting pack to consider for this year. Can you tell us about the fabrics used and whether the pack is waterproof or water resistant? Will you be featuring a cuben fiber version? 11 Feb, 2014Answer: For the regular Ti-Arc version, we are using a 70 denier water resistant nylon. In mid- to late-2014, we will be offering a cuben fiber version of the backpack which will be naturally waterproof (not seam sealed).Question: Looks like a real cool approach. Will the pack be hydration bag compatible? Will the pack have a sleeping bag compartment? 23 Feb, 2014Answer: Our first version of the Ti-Arc bag will not have a specific hydration bag sleeve, though one could be strapped to the top of the pack. The Ti-Arc does not have a dedicated sleeping bag compartment but, depending on the size of your sleeping bag and desired way of packing, a sleeping bag can be carried inside the bag or strapped to the bottom part of the frame in a waterproof stuff sack.Question: I LOVE that someone is making a modern external frame pack (I have three old school packs that have seen better days). Are there plans to make the bag a little larger and the system carry a little more weight? Like, say, 3000 sq in and 40 lbs to 50 lbs total? I have 3 boys and always end up carrying their extras! 25 Feb, 2014Answer: We are considering other design options including a larger bag for those who would like to have all of their gear in one compartment. However, as we are an ultralight backpacking company we will most likely be sticking to the 30 lbs. limit for the backpacks.Question: Will I be able to carry my Bear Vault 500 on the outside? 26 Feb, 2014Answer: Yes, most bear vaults should be able to be easily strapped to the outside.Question: So nice! Could you display pictures of the pack from the strap side and it's profile? Could you show the pack with the Arc lifted off? Can you link any reviews of this beauty? 08 Mar, 2014Answer: Thank you! There should be pictures of the strap side already on the website. We'll have a video out soon showing the pack in its entirety. Reviews will be forthcoming!Question: Do you recommend seam sealing? 16 Mar, 2014Answer: Seam sealing would help to keep water from entering in through the seams though using a pack cover and/or storing your "must-keep-dry" gear in a plastic bag will help even more to keep your gear dry.Question: Do you have any plans to make a model for smaller hikers? I much prefer external frame packs, but I'm only 5'4". My torso length is 17". 20 Apr, 2014Answer: Plans are in the works for a pack that will fit smaller torso sizes and then possibly a woman's specific model!Question: Does it have a compartment to hold a water bladder, if so, how big? I can't find any details on the inside of the backpack 08 Jul, 2014Answer: The main compartment of the Ti-Arc is simply an open bag without and dividers, internal pockets, or water bladder sleeves.Question: I'm interested in this pack but have concerns about the carrying capacity. If you were to strap your sleeping bag, tent, and sleep mat to the top/bottom frame and fill up the pack, what size internal frame pack do you think it would compare to? I frequently go on 5 day trips and at 36L i'm worried it might not be able to carry a 5 day load. 21 Jul, 2014Answer: It's tough to give you an exact match to a corresponding internal frame backpack (you can strap a really bulky sleeping bag and big tent to the Ti-Arc). If you take a look at the Trailspace.com reivew of the Ti-Arc (http://www.trailspace.com/gear/vargo/ti-arc-pack/), the tester was able to fit all of his gear and a 10-day food supply into and strapped to the pack. Other users, too, have been surprised at how well the pack holds all of their gear and supplies.Question: can the water bottle pockets be reached by the wearer 17 Sep, 2014Answer: It depends on the wearer, but most likely not without taking the pack partially off at the least.Question: You say waist size 30+ but what is the maximum waist size that comes with the pack. 02 Apr, 2015Answer: The maximum waist size for the Ti-Arc is 50 inches.Question: I'm interested in the packframe because of its strength to weight ratio, but would exceed the recommended load rating because of my need for the backcountry. Are you able to manufacture a frame with a higher load capability? 03 Jun, 2015Answer: We intentionally push the envelope when it comes to maximizing backpack support at the lowest weights possible. Unfortunately, creating a heavier frame for higher loads is out of our purview at the moment.Question: When do you expect to offer the tri-arc in smaller sizes for foks around 5' 3'' 27 Dec, 2015Answer: Unfortunately, we won't be offering the Ti-Arc in a smaller size, but we are working on some new designs and styles. Stay tuned!Question: I have an Osprey Atmos 65 (it has hiked the AT, JMT and part of the CDT) You backpack is so far the ONLY contender in me considering a swap for my PCT Thru Hike. What is the weight rate of the Large size pack? Or am I reading the size wrong M-L is the size range? 05 Feb, 2016Answer: Wow, thank you! Yes, there is only one frame size that can adjust between medium and large size torsos. The weight capacity is the same. Good luck!Question: I've been eyeing this pack for a while, as it seems like the BEST external frame ultralighter on the market. One reviewer mentioned that the space on top is a little inconvenient because you can't really lash anything on up there. I noticed now that one of the default pictures has something strapped to the top of the bag. Is this a new feature of the bag, in response to the reviewer? Does the pack now come with straps on top for securing a tarp/etc? 10 Mar, 2016Answer: The Ti-Arc has two points, with a cross bar between them, that extend past the top of the arc bar for strapping pads, tents, etc. to like you see in the image. They've always been there. The pack does not come with extra straps though they can be purchased inexpensively at any outdoor retailer. The extended points ensure that whatever you strap up there stays place and doesn't roll forward onto your head.