Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 6
Rated 5 out of 5
by Levi Pulk Haul tabs, Bonus!
I've been using this pack for 2 seasons now and it's great. As a guide I put my gear through the ringer, and this pack has held up nicely.
I had some question about the swiveling hip belt, but, really I don't even notice it (that's a good thing).
The top tends to 'flop' open, which means you have to make sure you shut the zippers otherwise things get lost in the snow!
The avalung is on the left shoulder and a right shoulder strap is insulated for a camelback hose. I can fit my neoprene insulated hose through the hole from the main part of the pack, however, I'm not sure if it's large enough to fit the wider Platypus insulated tube.
I really like the Avy gear external pocket. Easy to get to and keeps it organized.
Last but not least, the green hip tabs are perfect for attaching a ski-pulk for larger load carrying; i.e. hut trippin'
Thanks for a great product!
January 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by T Anarchist backpack
This is a great pack. As a patroller this pack can do it all. It holds all my gear with easy to get to pockets, along with plenty of room for food, water, etc... I recommend this to anyone in the profession.
January 21, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Alexander Nice pack, light for volume and features
This is a great pack for the price and volume. Wanted a little bigger pack than the one I had. I like the external snow tools pocket and the ice pick holder is a nice feature. The back access panel and top loader makes it easy to get to the different parts of pack. I find the helmet holder a bit finicky and wish it would be similar to some of the other Black Diamond helmet holder. The ergo active system is great for skining and skiing. It does allows the pack bouce around when my skis are straped on during high winds.
January 13, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Taylor Comparison with old Anarchist pack
I blew the front zipper on my old Anarchist pack. I called customer service about the zipper and I was way out of warranty and they do not repair, but he sent me a coupon for 40% off (which I thought was generous) so I got the new Anarchist. It is lighter, better zip pulls, better zippers on the water and avalung pockets. I like the access through the back too. The waste belt moves with your torso which actually helps skiing the downs so not just a gimic. Also, they put both top pockets on the outside which helps access though they eliminated the key clip, why? Just enough room in the front pocket for shovel, probe and saw with room for skins. I do not understand why they put such a puny bladder sleeve inside - it can not hold a standard 3 liter bladder - the old one was big enough - and there is plenty of room for it. I just hang it from the helmet loop and don't use the sleeve, but it can come undone and I find it slumped in the bottom. Anyway, it is not a fatal flaw and I like the pack a lot because it is roomy and skis well.
January 9, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5
by Reid Quiver essiential
I look for certain features for my winter packs and this bag nails them: Back access, compression, A-frame ski carry for over 140mm, fast access to avy tool.
The bag being huge does still compress down when lightly packed that I can still ride a lift, yet will expand for those tours that warrant packing crampons and mountaineering boots in the bag.
I love the hip belt and harness for comfort.
Top load feature is nice and can still be used when carrying skis.
I agree with the other reviews that this pack should be offered without the Avalung as well.
My imput on the design would be for the compression straps to have both male and female ends so they can be used across the pack to say carry a snowboard and have other options of compression, much like the Speed pack.
And that the hipbelt be made easier to remove for using a harness.
But maybe I'm just being needy
October 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by carrie wikkid touring/hiking pack
This pack is large enough to put your essentials for backcountry touring/hiking (with bag/ tent and food). The articulated hip belt moves with your pelvis while climbing the steepest terrain without bag shift. The open zip back is brilliant. When dumping your pack face down onto snow and having full access to your puffy/skins/food whatever then putting a snow free pack back on your back is awesome. I cannot say enough about this bag. It is well thought out, comfortable and a good size for multiday hikes and tours. The only set back .. . . . has only the avalung option. For the BC wet coast . . . .not a necessity.
August 27, 2013