Arc'teryx Quintic 38

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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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