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Choose your own adventure with Mission Workshop's Arkiv modular backpack

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The Arkiv modular system lets you build the ultimate backpack for every trip out the door
The Arkiv modular system lets you build the ultimate backpack for every trip out the door
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The main backpack can be equipped with a series of sleeves, pockets and cases to organize all kinds of gear
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The main backpack can be equipped with a series of sleeves, pockets and cases to organize all kinds of gear
Not only do you design your own backpack when buying the Arkiv, but you get to configure it for your daily needs
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Not only do you design your own backpack when buying the Arkiv, but you get to configure it for your daily needs
The Arkiv Field pack gives you use a choice of roll-top or flap-down closure
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The Arkiv Field pack gives you use a choice of roll-top or flap-down closure
Accessories include a laptop case, cell phone pocket and vertical zippered pocket
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Accessories include a laptop case, cell phone pocket and vertical zippered pocket
The main backpack comes in small and large sizes
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The main backpack comes in small and large sizes
The Arkiv modular system lets you build the ultimate backpack for every trip out the door
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The Arkiv modular system lets you build the ultimate backpack for every trip out the door
Use just the main pack for lighter loads or snap on various compartments for more storage and organization
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Use just the main pack for lighter loads or snap on various compartments for more storage and organization
The Arkiv uses steel hardware for attachments
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The Arkiv uses steel hardware for attachments
Mission Workshop backs the Arkiv with a lifetime warranty
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Mission Workshop backs the Arkiv with a lifetime warranty
The backpack and add-on components come in your choice of three colors
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The backpack and add-on components come in your choice of three colors
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Carrying spare tubes and extra clothes for cycling, transporting a laptop, books and files to the office and lugging camera gear ... those are just a few random examples of things that you might need a backpack for on any given day. Typically, you might need to get a separate backpack for each activity or series of activities, but Mission Workshop's Arkiv Field backpack utilizes modular compartments to transform into the pack you need every time. One backpack can take on limitless functions without compromise.

Customization begins at the point of purchase, as you'll select the specific components and accessories that you need to build your ideal backpack. Start off with your choice of a 1,250 cu in (16 L) or 2,500 cu in (36 L) main pack and then select storage add-ons like a laptop pouch and tool pocket. All components are weatherproof and attach to the main backpack via steel hardware. If you realize later that you need more room, you don't have to buy a new backpack; you can simply purchase an additional pouch or sleeve.

Mission Workshop backs the Arkiv with a lifetime warranty
Mission Workshop backs the Arkiv with a lifetime warranty

With a base price over US$200 and an average around $60 for storage add-ons, the Arkiv isn't the cheapest backpack out there. In fact, depending on how many add-ons you want, you may just save money by buying two separate backpacks. However, it's certainly a cool multifunctional backpack that offers you configurations for all kinds of hauling. It's also made in the USA and backed by a lifetime warranty.

The video below illustrates how many different ways you can equip yourself with this backpack.

Source: Mission Workshop via Acquire

The Arkiv® Modular Bag System

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5 comments
Vincent Najger
That looks like it would last 3 seconds flat in real world conditions (they shouldn't have used the 'fuzzy side' of the Velcro on a high wear part, like they have on the top).....this'll be good for one trip, if that......good try....but they aren't doing anything that a thousand other bag/backpack manufacturers aren't already doing....
Stephen Yang
This doesn't seem much different than the already easily available MOLLE system.
toller
What, no photos of the interior? That's where most of the organizing happens. And i would like to see if they used a lighter colored material on the interior to make it easier to find items. While we are at it, how about some photos of the harness.
Charlie Channels
Most of my backpacks have the same problem: they start breaking at the top harness attachment. I'm a bycicle enthusiast who usually carries around an assorted toolkit and some small mechanical spare parts, which is actually a load heavier than usual for a regular backpack. Thus, they start ripping open in just three to four weeks, even a good-quality Swiss Army backpack I last bought! My local shoe repair shop has reinforced all my broken packs, but still the remedy lasts only another month. Are there any regular-sized backpacks designed for heavier loads? I don't want to look like I'm carrying a parachute, but still I need the capacity to transport heavier-than-usual stuff...(by the way, great leg exercise!) I will much appreciate your suggestions......
Nick Laing
I have to say I own a Mission Workshop Vandal bag and travel extensively around the world for work. I use the bag as my carry on luggage and also to carry computer equipment. I have yet to have even one stitch fail on the bag and its very sturdy. Yet probably the most comfortable bag I have owned. I have no doubt the arkiv system bag is of the same quality. Its probably important to note the bags come with a lifetime warranty. So anyone worried about it breaking down after 4 weeks has peace of mind. Cheers