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I have some more pictures of the AR2 and additional thoughts over on my website.

And here are some pictures of the "BOG", with all of the different pieces:

Hopefully they can help answer some of the questions that some of you have!
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I received the same notice. I too sent customer service an inquiry, will wait and see.
They got back me relatively quickly (thank you MD) - sounds like someone pulled out of the drop at the last minute, so we lost the lowest price point, but my order was processed anyways. They are going to make it right and refund me the extra $20. If you're in the same boat, hopefully, they'll do the same.
A slightly more thorough description of the BOG's removable dry bag, and its potential uses/advantages: "The ExoTi™ BOG aims at increasing pack versatility while also simplifying overall pack design. A removable 40 liter roll top dry bag provides plenty of pack space and protection from the elements while also being able to serve as a bear bag, emergency lower leg bivy, pillow, etc. By separating from the frame, the ExoTi™ BOG makes it easier to haul gear inside a shelter without the need to bring in the frame as well. The cradle in which the dry bag sits has dual water bottle pockets and a large front mesh pocket for additional gear storage and has room to store wet gear for added protection."

I own the original Ti-Arc, this is the most comfortable pack I have ever had. I have owned an external frame REI (old school) and Carson 90. Also, Osprey Atmos AG 50 and AG 65, Exos 48, Stratos 50, Talon 44 and Kestrel 48. Loved the Atmos AGs but I have no hips and the packs kept slipping down on me putting too much pressure on my shoulders (gave the 65 to my son and the 50 to my son-in-law). The lumbar plate makes it for me. Pack stays put on my waist and my right shoulder (with a slight labrum tear) is happy. I like the space under the pack to connect my BV500 (fits perfect between the two vertical rails, almost as if Vargo spaced them out like this on purpose). Looked at the REI Flash 65 that also has a generous lumbar pad but ended up buying the Ti-Arc for the lower weight and ability to strap things to the external frame. I'm going to pull the trigger on the AR2 for the extra features. Hope the minimum qouta is met. BTW this is an excellent price for these packs and as an owner of the original and avid back packer you won't be disappointed with the comfort and quality. I really don't have an axe to grind, if this drop fails i'll pick it up somewhere else later. I just wanted to get my view out there since there are alot of folks that poo poo external frame packs and in some cases without acually owing one. This pack worked for me. Thanks.
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Hi, I'm looking forward to the extra space of the AR2 and the brain. I'm also a big fan of the 3/4 pack. The thing that sold me on the Ti-Arc was the lumbar plate and how it locks the pack to my lower torso. I just pull the straps tight enough to keep the pack close to my back. I'll probably use the old pack for shorter trips and the new pack for multi-day trips like yosemite and eastern sierras. Thanks for your information.
Yeah this pack looks really nifty. Sad thing I just bought a Gregory Zulu 55 :(
It would be really helpful to see what the BOG looks like with the drybag detached. What exactly is the "cradle"?
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I have no desire to answer all those questions about the weight of every single little piece, and the other stuff, but here are some pictures of the BOG that I just took... not exactly the best quality, I realize that... I just snapped them with my iphone for you guys... I just, honestly, did not feel like setting up the lightbox at 1am. Hope you can understand. Good enough to see the different parts though.
Thanks a lot! Very very helpful! Have good night's rest!
What is that thing?
Guess we'll see them on clearance soon if this drop was any indication.
Frame length makes it a bit too long for carry on. The load lifter/compression on the new design is novel. Not for me, but always appreciate New takes on old things. Old school Kelty externals did not weigh much more than this does.

Really think all mesh hip belt pockets are a terrible idea. Any idea if mere mortals can access the water bottle pockets while wearing the pack?
If anybody has any specific questions about the ExoTi 50, ask away and I will attempt to answer them. Have had mine for about a week now. Close to zero miles on it, but I can at least answer anything beyond what can only be known by putting a lot of miles on a backpack.
External frame, wow very retro. Better packs available for this money.
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Right? Arc Blast doesn't look like an external frame but it is. But this new Vargo ExoTi has a more obvious (and much stouter) external frame than Zpacks. Still, it doesn't look like the older Vargo external frame pack:
The ExoTi 50 was just released this month. You can read more about Vargo's original titanium external frame pack here:

For a more detailed look at the ExoTi, you can check out John Abela's review
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