7 Back to School Daypacks for 2013

Don’t look now, but school is back. Even if it still feels like summer, there is no mistaking that familiar ringing of the bell. While you might not be pumped to be back in the classroom, you can make the best of it by grabbing a backpack that will take care of you all school year. Take a look at these supreme seven daypacks that will undoubtedly do work for your educational efforts. Oh, and they are perfect for the mountain too, but that’s irrelevant because this is all about your scholastic career, right? Riiiiiiiiiiiiight.


The North Face Recon BackpackRefuse to get lost in the shuffle by slinging The North Face Recon over your shoulder before setting out to take care of business. Outrageous organizational powers are yours to wield as you wish with spacious caverns to stash all the stuff you need to dominate the day. The hydration compatible Recon has got you covered from the hallways to the hills with its rugged nylon construction, padded FlexVent shoulder straps, and removable hip belt. Whatever life throws your way, handle it like a boss with daypacks like the Recon from The North Face.

Jansport Superbreak Backpack

You absolutely cannot go wrong with the classic styling and timeless performance of the Jansport Superbreak. Instantly, you will stand out in any classroom as a scholar and a stud when you rock this dynamite daypack.  The Superbreak gives you plenty of room to bring along all the essentials, and yes, a million glitter pens does qualify as “essential”, because Jansport knows you have to give all your notes some serious pop.


Timbuk2 Blackbird Laptop Backpack

The Timbuk2 Blackbird might appear to be sleek minimalist daypack on the exterior, but the inside is loaded with a fully padded laptop/iPad pocket and organizational powers that rival those of a nerdy OCD Superman. Custom-fit straps dial in the perfect amount of comfort and a vented back panel lets you keep your cool even when that hottie from Biology comes strolling by. Stay on top of your game with the Timbuk2 Blackbird Backpack.

Osprey Talon 22 Backpack

While the Osprey Talon 22 is amazing at hauling your books, it really hates getting held prisoner in your locker. It would rather be out on the trail while you hike along enjoying not only the scenery, but also the lightweight performance and packing capabilities of the Talon 22. Thanks to its highly versatile nature, you don’t have to choose between crushing class during the week and dominating your outdoor adventures over the weekend with this daypack from Osprey.


Arcteryx Blade 24 DaypackCut through the clutter and slice your way to success with the Arc’teryx Blade 24 Daypack. This bag excels whether you face a gnarly commute, crowded halls, or piles of homework. A high-visibility lining, aluminum stay for support, and critically padded areas all team up to ensure you go strong all day long. Dedicated electronics pockets and a large document compartment let you keep all your essentials safe, and there is even a security pocket for concealing high priority items. There is no doubt about it; the Arc’teryx Blade 24 was crafted to hack through the daily challenges you face.

Dakine Mission Backpack

Of course you have every intention of trying to get that perfect attendance award, and the Dakine Mission Pack supports that lofty goal, but it also approves of missing a day or two when the snow is fresh and deep. As proof of its dedication to all your endeavors, (scholastic and otherwise), it comes ready for anything with both a padded laptop sleeve and a fleece lined goggle pocket. The Mission has got you covered whether you choose the hallways or hooky.


Burton Rider PackWhatever comes your way, the Burton Rider Backpack takes care of things with an immortal design and heaps of functionality. Plenty of capacity and organizational features appear in the form of a pair of large pockets and fitted compartments that give a home to all your miscellaneous doodads. Give your style a boost everywhere from the quad to the lodge, and carry yourself with confidence, just like the Burton Rider carries your stuff.


Support your studies and activate your adventures with the right daypack that will deliver ridiculous performance on campus or off piste. Good luck to everyone this year and may those powder days not do too much damage to your GPAs.

Arcteryx Alpha SL Jacket: Product Video Adventure

Ahab has spent most of his days battling creatures of the sea, but every man needs a change of pace sometimes, right? Ahab had grown weary of the sea and the lore behind the Yeti was driving him mad. For years he sought to conquer the mighty beast, but to do so he would have to face other earthy challenges… land, and by extension, snow. This would prove difficult for Ahab, but not for his Arcteryx Alpha SL Jacket.

Unlike Ahab, his amazing Arcteryx Jacket was and still is designed to battle treacherousness alpine and backcountry conditions with its waterproof, Gore-Tex Paclite technology. It is awfully lightweight and waterproof and provides features such as a helmet compatible speed hood, excellent ventilation, waterproof zippers and more to keep Ahab agile and on the move and protected from the elements. Meanwhile, the rest of Ahab’s possessions consisted of a bulletproof beard and a bottle of whiskey at the cabin to go along with his madness… which could have been seen as a red flag. Nevertheless, the hunt was on as he set out by foot, endlessly trudging across the strange new landscape, until… KAPOW! The southpaw Yeti came at Ahab with a “hay maker,” knocking him to the snowy surface and in the process destroying his hat and trimming his once beautiful and bulletproof beard. Now, Ahab is no stranger to the sucker punch, having been ambushed by a “Bad Weather Ninja” and shipwrecked by an angry sea, but after being taunted by the Yeti, Ahab had enough. He made it this far and he wasn’t going to back down. Although his iconic image had been altered, Ahab still had his Alpha SL Jacket on his back and the “stank eye” to go with it. Ahab was out for revenge.

The ensuing battle was one that Ahab will never forget, mainly because he came away with a keepsake; the Yeti’s arm! The same arm that had knocked him to the ground. When all was said and done, the Yeti’s howling winds and the pummeling power of the Yeti’s wrath could not penetrate the Arcteryx Alpha SL Jacket, and the fury, unleashed by Ahab overpowered the mighty creature.

The Arcteryx Theta AR Jacket: A Product Video Adventure

The Adventures of Captain Ahab: Episode 2

Captain Ahab is not one who takes being ambushed lightly. Shipwrecked and sucker-punched, Ahab experiences the metaphorical benefits of the Arcteryx Theta AR Jacket through the teachings of his new friend. He begins to understand that not only does he live to endure harsh conditions but, with the right Arcteryx Outerwear, he also seeks them out. To be comfortable is not enough; Ahab must be comfortable in climates that most civilized human beings deem unsuitable for play. So when the weather gets the best of Ahab, he aims to even the score by belittling the climate’s most devastating attack.

By land and sea, being dressed in the Theta AR’s waterproof Gore-Tex Pro Shell (or “Dragon Shell”) gives Ahab the opportunity to adapt to and endure the brutal attack of the Bad Weather Ninja. Its well thought out design that features WaterTight Zippers, Pit Zips, One-hand adjustablility and a longer cut which stifles his foe and renders the ninja powerless.

You see, we have all been sucker-punched by a bad weather ninja, it is a life lesson that teaches us to be better prepared, especially here in the Pacific Northwest where it is foolish to believe the meteorologist whose extended forecast calls for blue skies and no precipitation. But no matter where you are on the globe, unsuspecting rain, wind, and snow or the combination of all three can kill the mood and in some cases threaten your life. Real talk. Don’t be caught off guard. To be well prepared is to give yourself the upper hand in any situation.

The Arcteryx Beta SL Jacket: A Product Video Adventure

The Adventures of Captain Ahab: Episode 1

To Captain Ahab, the Arcteryx Beta SL Jacket signifies the ongoing battle to defeat the powers that be that aim to keep him from exploring: torrential rains, gale force winds, giant waves and sea monsters are constant foes and, though the Beta SL Jacket can’t keep him from being capsized by rogue waves or being swallowed whole by a giant squid or the Kraken, it can and does keep the torrential rains and wind at bay.

It starts with the waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex Paclite fabric that is fully taped using Tiny Gore Seam tape. Features move on down the line with WaterTight Zippers and an anatomical design that fits Ahab like a glove. The (glove friendly) 3-way adjustable hood, one-hand adjustable waist hem and die-cut Velcro cuffs are the icing on the cake that batten down the hatches when weather turns against him. After years of exploring the far reaches of the world, he has learned that Mother Nature does not take his side.

Now, we all know that Ahab is a little bit crazy, we would be too if we spent a majority of our days lost at sea, drifting about the 50ft swells searching for monsters and staring down the mouths of a creatures that we’ve only read about in story books. But at least Ahab understands the need to be well prepared. If it weren’t for his Beta SL Jacket, which conveniently flew off his coat rack and into his hands, Ahab would be in deep trouble. His Arcteryx jacket is one of the few tangibles that he can embrace to make his chaotic life at sea a little easier.

Arcteryx BETA SL Jacket Video

Perfect for skiing, boarding, backpacking, or snow shoeing in the backcountry the Arcteryx BETA SL Jacket is bullet proof, yet lighter than the average ski or snowboard jacket. The BETA SL features gore-tex water repellent material and waterproof zippers to help keep the wet out. See it in action here, below…

We have a wide range of Arcteryx BETA SL jackets in stock for Men and Women. For more BETA SL jackets, click here.