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 Post subject: Help: Good backpack for backcountry?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:10 pm 
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Alright... It's summer time... I've had the same pack for more then 10 years... It's been loyal... it's been annoying... it's been a good buy no matter what... But now is time to replace my trusted Salomon pack!

Here's what i need:

- Can carry a board and ski. Board can be carried vertically and horizontaly
- Gear can be accessed via the back and from the top
- Room for blatter (or even one that comes with blatter... Integrated into shoulder strap like my Dakine hydration pack?)
- Preferably two compartements... One for skins and one for change of clothes

I don't want a huge pack... just a day pack... so around 30l shoul be fine... I can fit all my stuff in there normally...

I've seen a lot of topics... but i'm too lazy to read them all... and since it's summer time, i guess everyone is eager to share their knowledge and experience and talk about riding!

Thanks everyone!

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A little larger than your 30L request, but here is one option...Deuter Glide

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:58 am 
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Bump it up!

I've looked at other topic on this... but much refers to big packs! I've looking for something around 30L... My trips are only one day and i can fit whatever i need in there... Sometimes i make rapid trips out only with a fairly small hydration pack (can carry skins, first aid and extra gloves, hat and goggles)

Any advice?


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Don't personally have one, but a lot of people on here do. Check out the Osprey Switch series:

http://www.ospreypacks.com/Packs/SwitchSeries/

If you dig around, there's some other threads on these packs as well.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 1:36 pm 
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kjkrow wrote:
Don't personally have one, but a lot of people on here do. Check out the Osprey Switch series:

http://www.ospreypacks.com/Packs/SwitchSeries/

If you dig around, there's some other threads on these packs as well.


Yeah, those were actually the only one that i got good info on... I'm going to try and find it in the shops around here and see what they look like...

Any others i should look for?


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If you can find the Mammut Snowstorm anywhere you may want to check it out. It's a great daypack size and has all the features you're looking for, plus IMO a better board carry system than the Osprey Switch, and an actually functional helmet carry system. I just picked one up at Mammoth Mountaineering. The jury is still out on it for me though, only because I'm not sure I need all the bells and whistles, and the hip belt pockets don't leave enough belt free for me to use my tried and true quick-deploy camera system... which believe it or not may be enough to make me not want to use the pack.

I'll try and post up some pics of the Snowstorm later.

Here's the camera system mounted on an old pack:

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Well, i'll bump myself up!

I went for the Dakine Pro II. Pack has all the features i wanted! Plus it can carry skis and all the backcountry essentials... Only down side, the pack is green and doesn't match my usual apparel... Ah well... Now with brown pants and green pack i'll look just like a pine tree which we have a lot around here anyways!

I use a lot of stuff from Dakine... including hydration packs and such... So it was sort of a no-brainer once i saw that the pack had everything i needed!

Thanks!


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Unfortunately it's not on the BD website yet, but I will be interested to see how well their snowboard-oriented Avalung Pack works for Vertical Board carry. The Outlaw looks to be ~30L and has the insulated should strap for hydration system. It is definitely on tap for Fall '08, so if somebody gets their hands on one, let us know how it carries.

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 Post subject: Re: Help: Good backpack for backcountry?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 2:20 pm 
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hmmmm.....

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http://www.bdel.com/gear/outlaw_avalung.php

^it looks like this only has one strap for a snowboard carry? The bottom strap looks sewn in?

(edit: just saw the article on the frontpage, doh)

BC Rider, you finally got your own pack!

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http://www.backcountry.com/store/BCA0070/Backcountry-Access-Stash-BC-Rider-Backpack-2135cu-in.html?PID=2315910&AID=10279061


Im still looking for the best pack. Im returning my Rome Insurgent that I bought last year. It had some great features, unfortunatley, the main belt buckle broke, as well as a zipper and a bungee, after less than a dozen uses. :(

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 Post subject: Re: Help: Good backpack for backcountry?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 3:03 pm 
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these look nice too:

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http://www.backcountry.com/store/TNF2603/The-North-Face-Patrol-35-Backpack-2150cu-in.html?AID=10285443&PID=2315910

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http://www.backcountry.com/store/TNF2605/The-North-Face-Off-Chute-22-Backpack-1325cu-in.html?AID=10285443&PID=2315910

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http://www.backcountry.com/store/DTR0021/Deuter-Razor-18-Backpack-1100-cu-in.html?AID=10285443&PID=2315910

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 Post subject: Re: Help: Good backpack for backcountry?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 5:29 pm 
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The bottom strap on the BD avalung pack is clipped together inside the ice-axe pick holder. it definitely has both a top and bottom strap.

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 Post subject: Re: Help: Good backpack for backcountry?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 5:37 pm 
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thanks Shep, did you get a chance to strap a board to it?

(personally, I prefer the BD avy 2, Im not sure if I like the integrated backpack feature. It seems less secure, plus I switch backpacks depending on what Im carrying that day...)

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 Post subject: Re: Help: Good backpack for backcountry?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 10:08 pm 
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HFT,

The Outlaw has vertical board carry. Nothing too tech but effective.

Those TNF packs are pretty clean looking!


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