Gear Review

4 5

Sweet urban backpack

I use this pack for school and I love it. As with all Arcteryx products, there was a lot of thought put in to making this bag. The front pockets are great, they are essentially the same pocket, with fabric dividing them on the inside. In case you need to fully utilize both pockets as one, just fill the right side and the divider expands giving you access to both pockets as one.
The main compartment is well suited to handle quite a few textbooks/binders, and the frame curves with your back so the books are note felt against your back. Depending on your laptop it can be a VERY tight fit, since I do not use one (simply tested it with my fiance's) I do not have to worry about this. Overall though the storage is more than you expect by looking at the bag.
The top pocket works very well for bits and bobs, and makes a lot more sense than having a front pocket like normal book bags. I can just reach down in class and it's already almost at waist level. The padding and the frame make for a comfortable walk around campus, as the aesthetics make for stylish walk around campus.

The only downside, which really bothers me, is that the side pockets do not comfortably fit a 32 oz. Nalgene... You CAN make it fit but it doesn't even make sense, you are over stretching the panels, probably seriously jeopardizing the elasticity of the pocket, and it does NOT slide in and out, it takes both hands and some pull to get it shoved down in, so no on the fly grab, drink, and re-insert. It requires you taking off the pack to put it in, I bought a Camelbak Podium water bottle to solve this problem, and I love the bottle, I just don't know why Arc'teryx didn't consider this.