Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2
Rated 5 out of 5 by Matt Love the pack
Great pack for the side country and short excursions into the backcountry. Fits like a glove and I hardly notice it skiing around inbounds. Great to have separate storage for avy gear. I hike many mornings for avy reduction work and really like the quick and easy ski carrying system. Never thought I would use the helmet carrying system but have found that I can hardly live without it now.
January 7, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Adam Good for skiing, but lacking key features
Great pack for a basic day trip into the backcountry, however I found a few features missing. It does not have any ice axe loop, and so when I went out for an early season ski with icy conditions I had to rid up a less than ideal way of attaching my ice axe to the pack. In addition is has no way to attach crampons to the outside of the pack. Another feature that I thought would be easy to include but was is a second set of adjustable straps on the side of the pack. These straps would allow more variety when attaching skis to the pack, and also all a rope to be easily attached to the outside of the pack. There are lower straps to allow ski's to be carried in a A-frame fashion.
The pack is very comfortable to wear and looks great. The zippers open the full length of the pack, making buried gear easy to get at. They also have big pull tabs, making the easy to operate with gloved hands, and appear to be strong to prevent busting when trying to close an overstuff pack. In general the pack appears to be robust and capable of taking a beating. It also compatible with a hydration pack, including a insulated hose liner on the right shoulder strap. I used this once, and found it kept the hose from freezing (in -10C weather) but was difficult to operated on the fly and to get the hose back in the liner. I went back to my water bottle system, but someone else might appreciated it.
Its a great and well organized pack when skiing simple terrain, but when traveling into more complex terrain (ie glaciated or very steep) it lacks come key features. Certainly not a quiver day pack, and for this reason I am less inclined to make this a regular addition to my day trips.
December 5, 2014