Dakine Arc 34L ReviewAugust 24, 2014
- Molds to your back like clay
- A-frame and diagonal ski-carry systems are both functional and burly
- Best use of volume and compartments in its class
- Packing requires advance planning since outer pockets can be hard to access
- No dedicated snowboard carry system
The Dakine Arc 34L packs serves as an all-around load hauler that suffices for everything you might do in a day on snow. When considering other packs in this test, there is no question that the Arc 34L is far the best pack. I found myself using it in all conditions, whether skinning, booting or cramponing.
The Dakine Arc 34L rode comfortably on my back even when weighed down by a load that included bulky boots-on-skis during spring excursions. It stayed in place on ascents and descents regardless of terrain.
The ability to carry skies on the Dakine Arc 34L is excellent. Unfortunately for riders, the pack lacks a dedicated snowboard carry system.
The Arc 34L exceled in features, regardless of the demand I placed on the pack. The dual-axe sleeve was handy and the side water bottle pocket was easily accessible. The Arc’s zippered back panel allowed quick access main compartment and the cozy goggle pocket kept our eye protection safe and scratch-free.
At 3 pounds even, the Dakine Arc 34L provides incredible bang for the buck—it’s a feature-rich pack at a reasonable weight.
Though not made from the burliest material in the industry, the Arc 34L proved plenty strong enough for what the pack was made to do.