Ski touring specialist.
Gear up for all-day backcountry expeditions with the Dakine Arc 34L Backpack. This medium-sized skiing pack has an efficient design that maximizes space to hold all your gear while keeping bulkiness to a minimum so you can still ski comfortably.
Diagonal and A-frame ski carry options allow you to haul your skis whichever way you prefer, and a back panel access allows you to reach your gear without taking your skis off. A shovel pocket and dual ice axe carries keep emergency tools close at hand. Load compression straps help you get your stuff packed as compactly as possible, and a padded waist belt and adjustable sternum strap keep the pack from swinging around and throwing you off balance while you ski. An insulated hydration sleeve keeps your water supply from freezing up on frigid dawn patrol tours, and a fleece-lined goggle pocket protects your lenses.
- Ripstop fabric
- Diagonal and A-frame ski carry
- Snow tool/shovel pocket
- Insulated hydration sleeve
- Deployable helmet carry
- Back panel and top entry
- Load compression straps
- Fleece-lined goggle pocket
- Padded waist belt and sternum strap with rescue whistle
- Dual ice axe carry
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Great mid size pack for touring
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
As a previous happy owner of a 8 year old Dakine Heli pack, I need to upgrade to a little larger pack because I do more backcountry and touring now than I ever have. I loved the fit of the Heli Pak but it's just too small for touring (20L). I looked at several packs in the 30-40L range and zeroed in on the Arc. Great decision.
Love all the features on it (helmet carry, the ice ax carries, etc). You can do either A Frame or diagonal carry for skis. Just enough room in the pack for all AT gear, crampons, light jacket, layers, etc. Any bigger and I think it would be better served for overnights or multiday tours. Back access is fantastic for getting to stuff when you have things strapped to the front. The ONLY thing I have issue with is the shoulder fit on the straps. Sometimes I feel like the pack rides a little weird on my shoulders when I boot, climb up. It may just be that I need to adjust them a little tighter. I've only had it for about a month (3 or 4 outings) so I can't really comment on its durability but so far so good.
Huge fan of Dakine and I think they nailed it with this one.