Arc’teryx Miura 50 Backpack

Arc'teryx Miura 50, Blister Gear ReviewArc’teryx Miura 50 pack

Size: Tall

45 L / 2,746 cu. in. (Short)
50L / 3,051 cu. in. (Regular)
55L / 3,356 cu. in. (Tall)

2 kg / 4.4 lbs. (Short)
2.2 kg / 4.8 lbs. (Regular)
2.3 kg / 5.0 lbs. (Tall)


  • Full-separating front panel for increased accessibility
  • Two top grab handles
  • Full length side zippers with security snap closures
  • Two internal gear racking loops
  • Top pocket
  • Kangaroo pocket with external and internal access zippers
  • Hydration bladder clip
  • HydroPort™
  • Anatomically shaped shoulder straps and hipbelt
  • Breathable backpanel, shoulder straps and hipbelt
  • RollTop™ closure
  • Removable compression straps

Test Duration: Two years

MSRP: $235

I have been using the Arc’teryx Miura 50 for two years now and really like this backpack. I have used it when trad climbing with long approaches while carrying heavy loads, and at local climbing areas, carrying the minimum for a short sport climbing day. Whatever I’ve used the pack for, it has always been comfortable and convenient.

When I bought the Miura, I had been looking for a pack that opened more like a duffel bag rather than a classic backpack, something similar to the old Osprey Vertigo 40, which you lay on its front and unzip around the shoulder straps to access your gear. The trouble was, Osprey stopped making it. About a year later when I had finally given up hope that I would ever see that type of pack again, Arc’teryx came out with the Miura.

The Miura is not like traditional packs, but it doesn’t open exactly like the old Osprey, either. It has a roll-top closure with zippers down both sides, so you can open the pack like a book and access everything inside at once, a design Arc’teryx calls it the Drawbridge Opening. Now I don’t have to take everything out of my pack to get to whatever I foolishly put in first. I can easily see everything I brought and take out just what I want.

Inside the main compartment are two large gear loops running down the left and right side on the back panel, big enough for more quickdraws than you could ever want or two full racks of cams, nuts, and stoppers. You will also find a clip for a hydration system, though no sleeve for the reservoir. At first I thought not having a reservoir sleeve wouldn’t bother me, but after hanging a reservoir loose in the pack, I went back to water bottles—the reservoir bag seemed to take up a lot of room and get in the way.

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