i'm hoping to do some hut trips this winter and am wondering what you guys recommend. do you guys bring a big pack to lug gear to the hut and then a smaller one for day trips from the hut, or just use one pack for both? i'm leaning towards the latter option. what size do you guys suggest? i'm not looking to do any real outdoors winter camping, just hut trips, so no need for room for a tent.
Joined: Fri May 13, 2005 8:05 am Posts: 1471 Location: 395
I have the dakine guide. Love it except some of the stitching is suspect. I'd buy it from backcountry so you can always return. I returned my first one and a few straps are beginning to come unstitched on my second one. Other than that the pack has all the bells and whistles and tons of room. Carries great in board and ski mode. Cinches down small for 1 day tours and the back zipper is the best feature everrrr.
I have an older version of the Deuter Guide 45+and a Deuter Glide 35+. Very happy with both for suspension, performance and features. Only gripe is the zipper on the lid tend to separate if the pack is full and you pack the lid to capacity. The versions that I have carry well in both A-frame and solid configuration. I am not sure if the current version of the Guide can do a solid carry, but if that's not a 'show-stopper' I would recommend you give Deuter a shot.
I like the CiloGear stuff, and have several skier partners that use their product with good satisfaction. I do not however know of any splitters using any of their offerings. Would really love one of their Dyneema 45L packs...right after I win the lottery.
As for your question about a 2nd pack, for an overnight hut trip I would most definitely go with a single pack.
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 8:45 am Posts: 786 Location: Bozeman, MT
I also rock a Cilogear pack for winter overnighters. It compacts down enough that you can do day tours with it and it holds enough gear for camping. Not to mention you will be hard-pressed to find something more durable.
ive been real stoked on mountain hardwear's packs recently. i have the south col 70 for overnight mountaineering and the wayback 30 for day trips. they have a 45 liter diretisemma? that looks to be a perfect size for hut trips. i had dakine for a while but decided they were uncomfortable and a bit heavy.
Kaston: Good to see you over here. I have used Rome's Insurgent pack. Plenty of cubic inches and practical. They have recently redesigned it and renamed into the Blitz. It may been downsized a bit. Not sure.
Joined: Tue Jan 04, 2011 9:03 pm Posts: 221 Location: British Columbia
Try the Nirvana Pro 35L from Mammut. Should be fine for an overnighter, I use it. For huts though.I don't think its overly light compared to some, but it fits so nice you don't notice it on.
Has a really good board and ski carry system on it. It is a little small, but its fine, just strap your sleeping bag to the outside for the walk in. If you can make it through this strange video, it shows you the features. I don't even know what half the straps do on mine, but it holds my lunch real good http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0aEhH45 ... re=related
everyone i've talked to seems to say that you need at least a 50L pack for overnight trips, but lots of you guys seem to be getting away with <40. 40 does seem pretty small for shred gear plus stove, food, etc for camping...