Arc'teryx Quintic 38 Backpack

Think of your pack as a closet on your back. And just as there’s no right way to fold your clothes, there’s no single pack that’s suited to everyone. But allow us to offer some advice. Let’s start with size. If you’re

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GEAR OF THE YEAR: We needed to consult the manual to figure out how to make the most of the 38-liter Quintic’s unique triangular design. But it was worth the effort. The pack is cleverly divided into five large zippered pockets: two wing out along the hip belt, and the others hold the weight low, to prevent jostling. Boards rack into just about any configuration (skis vertical, A-frame, or diagonal; a snow-board horizontal or vertical), leaving the main pocket accessible—a rare engineering feat. We usually prefer something simpler and more streamlined, but every now and then a pack comes along that blows our boots off. This year the Quintic is that pack. 3.2 lbs

Comfort: 5
Function: 4.5

Brand: Arc'teryx $250
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