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  • #816814
    upNorth
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    I think 22L is too small if you are carrying avalanche gear. The 25L is a tight fit once you pack everything for a day tour, I wouldn’t go any smaller.

    #816489
    upNorth
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    I picked up the Mammut Nirvana Pro 25 this season and so far I’m liking it. Carries the board well with enough room for ice axe, crampons and all the essentials. You can’t go wrong with the Osprey either, I have a Kode 38 that was my primary riding pack for the past 5-years but I wanted something new and smaller. I went with the Mammut mostly because I own about 6 different Osprey packs for different activities and wanted to try something different.

    Some things I like about the Nirvana Pro so far.

    Avalanche pocket – nice way to keep your avalanche gear organized, has a big red zipper pull to differentiate it from the other pockets.
    Removable waistbelt – makes the pack more simplified for an airplane carry-on when you’re traveling.
    Big loops for the zippers – can handle them easily with thick gloves on.
    Support – I snapped one of the helmet carry clips (my fault) and their support shipped me a replacement quickly.

    Only negative I can think of is that the helmet carry design will not allow you to attach your helmet and board at the same time which is something my Osprey can do. Not a big deal since in most cases you should be wearing your helmet when boot-packing steep terrain anyways.

    #813435
    upNorth
    7 Posts

    Well I ended up going with the 300 size and I couldn’t be happier. I took them out for a couple trial runs over the holiday weekend, they fit great and the construction is top notch. So far I am liking the stiffness and the way they ride although I have yet to do a long tour with them. These boots put every other pair of snowboard boots I have owned to shame. I also picked up a pair of Petzl Irvis Hybrid crampons and they fit perfectly.

    #812156
    upNorth
    7 Posts

    Thanks for the reply. Was that experience with the Freeride or Backcountry? If you ordered them in the US, can you recommend a retailer?

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