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Arc'teryx is good quality but using it as a backpack for school? Either you've got too much money or you're an idiot. I honestly wouldn't buy Arc'teryx on sale because it's so god damn expensive, even Patagucci is cheaper.
do you use it in summer as well? when i was hiking with my heli pro this summer the snowboard carry/seat made my back sweaty as fuck. i dont think the arcteryx would have this problem since it doesnt have a horizontal snowboard carry but just curious
The Quintic does actually have a horizontal board carry; that clip system has so many different carry options! As far as being too hot, I haven't had any problems with it like I did with my Heli pack on spring/summer tours. My only issue with it is the straps; they are pretty thin so hiking an approach with your skis/board and boots on your back gets a little uncomfortable. Also, there isn't an insulated hydro sleeve so you'll need to get a neoprene insulated tube if you plan on using a camelback in winter conditions. Other than that, it's by far my favorite ski pack.
Doesn't get much better than Arc'teryx, but even on sale it's pretty expensive for carrying a few books or a laptop. More worth it for one of their harnesses, packs, or a jacket. A bookbag doesn't need to be able to go to Denali and back.