The Arc'teryx Quintic 28L Backpack - For everyday use, an efficient, steadfast partner for backcountry and close-to-area tours. Lowered, wide and flat body of the pack shapes into a lumbar roll that holds and transfers load through the body's center of gravity. Stable, predictable, with easy access to transition items and main compartment while in transit, this is a skier/snowboarder's tool kit. Separate compartments keep shovel, safety gear, food and extras balanced and organized. Large enough to accommodate necessities for day tours. Straightforward.
The spacious Arc'teryx Quintic 28 snow pack holds your essentials for a day tour. It's designed for snow, yet underscores the idea that a backpack is an everyday tool, not a specialized accessory.
|Adjustable Torso Length:||No|
|Bag style:||Backcountry skiing|
|Capacity:||1708 cu in / 28 L|
|Dimensions - metric:||1,400 grams|
|Fits torso:||30 liters|
|Fits waist/hips:||1,708 cubic inches|
|Gear capacity (L):||Backpack|
|Gear capacity (cu. in.):||Frameless|
|Hydration Bladder Compatible:||Yes|
|Hydration Bladder Included:||Not Included|
|Ice Axe Loops:||yes|
|Material:||2 lbs. 9 oz.|
|Number of Pockets:||3|
|Number of exterior pockets:||1,831 cubic inches|
|Pack Features:||Hydration Compatible, Top Loader|
|Pack Size:||1000-1999 cu in|
|Pack loading:||3 lbs. 1 oz.|
|Primary Access:||Front Panel Access|
|Ski / Snowboard Carrier:||yes|
|Sleeping Bag Compartment:||no|
|Trekking Pole Loops:||yes|
|Volume:||1800 cubic inches / 29.50 liter|
|Weight:||2 lb 6 oz / 1.2 kg|
|Weight - metric:||28 liters|
This pack feels like someone has thought through the sequence of things that you do with your pack when skinning up and skiing back down, and there are great touches that make it a touch slicker than your average pack with loads of pockets.
The compartment for the avy gear is generous and space can be traded between this and the main volume of the pack. A great side pocket for a water bottle allows you to drink on the move even if you don't like bladder systems and the side pockets are different colors so you know which side you put your bottle in. The ski carry is solid both in A frame and diagonal, with well reinforced loops that won't be cut by ski edges after a single use.It also has a good system for attaching a helmet. Access to the main compartment is through a side zip which at first I thought may be too small, but in practice seems fine. Two small quick access pockets on top for swaping out gloves / goggles / sunglasses work great.
Overall size in the medium is about right for a 'touring for turns' day trip - there is a bit of spare room on the essentials so that you could squeeze in some more technical gear such as a rope or ski crampons if needed.
There is nothing that I would change.
I own the M20 and Silo 40 packs, The quintic 28 has single handedly replaced both packs. I found the lack of pockets always a pain when skiing or doing day trips. The main compartments can be acessed through a side pocket and is generous enough to store quite a bit of clothing or gear. There is another zippered inside pocket the main compartment to separate and store smaller items.
Overall there are 5 zippered pockets on the outside which allows for quick access to a multitude of items. Inside the pockets are deviders and other pockets to store specific items (kets, skins, shovels etc). Its about time arcteryx created a pack with a lot of pockets (that are well thought out!).
Overall fit is nearly as good as the silo (although I prefer its formed support) I also found the silo a lot more bulky. The quintic has just enough support to allow the body to move and stay comfortable with a pack loaded with gear.
This pack is perfect for day hike. I have used it two day hikes. I used it skiing in Steamboat. It was perfect to hold my water bottle and extra layer, go pole or poles. munchies for the lift.Feels very comfy on back. The weight is perfectly balanced.
I love this pack. I use it for downhill skiing but I'm sure it would be great for any snow sport. Excellent design and lots of pockets.