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  • #568252
    270boarderman
    10 Posts

    I want to get a pack for the backcountry, I need one thats going to last and be reliable for all day missions in the pow.

    #592029
    Killclimbz
    1165 Posts

    All of them make great packs. You should probably have styles. Don’t overlook BCA packs. The Stash Rider comes with 2400 cubic inches, good gear organization and the hydration hose that zips into the shoulder strap. Never have a problem with freezing. Carries boards fine. It wasn’t designed around Mountaineerying applications, so it comes up short there, though it will work.

    #592030
    RidePowder
    42 Posts

    dont forget Black Diamond. ordered the Covert w/ Avalung. dont know when i will ever USE it but my life is forth any amount. cant wait to get it going.

    #592031
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    I agree with Ridepowder. They all make great packs but only Black Diamond makes a pack with the avalung built in . And IF you get burried the avalung ha s shown to work both in controlled test and real life burials. Of course thats if you survive the trauma

    #592032
    gregm
    79 Posts

    i’ve taken to carrying a small light back, because it’s well, less weight. it’s small so i put less in it and that keeps it lighter too. i still seem to have everything i need. the MEC Brio Crag Daypack works great for me. carries a split board nicely with the side straps. it’s also made from very durable fabric. i wouldn’t overlook an old style top loading one pocket alpine pack. cheap too.

    #592033
    vtrider
    53 Posts

    To me an important feature is back panel access. I have a North Face that is well built but a pain to get into from the top if anything (board or other) is strapped on.

    Patroller 420 wrote “Of course thats if you survive the trauma….”

    As an aside, did you know that your chances of surviving an avalanche are increased significantly if you are wearing a helmet? Lots of bad head trauma goes on while being tossed like a rag doll….Do many people take the time to bring a helmet along?

    VTRider

    #592034
    SanFrantastico
    1514 Posts

    @vtrider wrote:

    To me an important feature is back panel access. I have a North Face that is well built but a pain to get into from the top if anything (board or other) is strapped on.
    VTRider

    That’s why I voted for the Arc’teryx pack. It does not have back panel access, but the rolltop on the arc’teryx is a really elegant solution that makes it very easy to access the whole pack from the top with a board strapped on. You can read my review of the M30 in this long backpack thread.

    I also checked out the BD packs. I love integrated avalung but I thought the snowboard attachment was pretty weak. I really hope that BD licenses the integrated avalung to other manufactures so we can see a bigger variety of packs with this awesome feature.

    Putting the poo in swimming pool since 1968.

    #592035
    shredgnar
    643 Posts

    I love my Bergans pack. Mainly because it is pretty burley and you can unzip the back for access. This is crucial for quick access when you have a board strapped on. It is the perfect size for any daytrip, I can fit a lot of extra crap and if I don’t need all that stuff it sinches down pretty small and compact. I have had dakine and osprey packs and both have fallen apart (especially the osprey). Weak fabric and zippers. Like the new packs with the avalung but haven’t tried them and they all look like they have pretty weak snowboard carry systems.

    I just got a bridger by dana/marmot last summer but it had a defect so had to send it back. Good news is I got it on clearance (130$)and they are giving me credit for the original price (250$) towards any of next years packs! Gotta get a medium (4000) multi day pack. Really impressed with their customer service! Even though they are now owned by k2.

    #592036
    Splitfire
    327 Posts

    I love my Osprey switch 36. Its been a great day pack so far. Not a lot of room for overnighters though. We camped out this weekend and had to make two trips from the car to get all my shit up there. But for a day pack its perfect.

    I heard that Black diamond is going to be allowing their avalung to be built into different packs next year,like Osprey or BCA

    #592037
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    VTRider wrote

    .Do many people take the time to bring a helmet along?

    ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET

    #592038
    InTheMountains
    216 Posts

    @vtrider wrote:

    As an aside, did you know that your chances of surviving an avalanche are increased significantly if you are wearing a helmet?

    VTRider

    That sounds interesting…might have to change my position regarding helmets…you wouldn’t happen to have a reference on that would you?
    Gary

    #592039
    Ecobrad
    2068 Posts

    I wear a helmet bacause of these gals:

    I take enough risks as it is, I might as well take a few of the potential bell ringers out of the equation.

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