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  • #567319
    jaleel_da_sheik
    31 Posts

    I’m currently in the market for a pack that can support a day-trip of splitboarding. Looking at Osprey Switch 14, Arcteryx M20, etc. for size and features.

    Any recommendations, requirements, suggestions, reviews of your own packs?

    My shopping requirements:
    hydration bladder compatible
    durable
    lighter weight
    good compression/board attachment
    pole lashes
    dedicated stash pocket for shovel

    thanks in advance

    – ryan

    #585181
    dfinn
    138 Posts

    @jaleel_da_sheik wrote:

    I’m currently in the market for a pack that can support a day-trip of splitboarding. Looking at Osprey Switch 14, Arcteryx M20, etc. for size and features.

    Any recommendations, requirements, suggestions, reviews of your own packs?

    My shopping requirements:
    hydration bladder compatible
    durable
    lighter weight
    good compression/board attachment
    pole lashes
    dedicated stash pocket for shovel

    thanks in advance

    – ryan

    If only you had checked out steepandcheap.com last night.

    #585182
    Mooses
    26 Posts

    I have both the Osprey Ceres 70 (for camping/mountaineering) and the Ceres 38 for splitboard daytrips.

    It has everything you’re looking for except a good method for carrying the board….but I’d think that would be low on the list since you have a splitboard. Anyway, it’s a very durable pack with a bevy of outside pockets, sleeves and straps to attach stuff to and hold stuff on.

    This picture makes it look huge though. Here it is on me….I’m 6’2″.

    #585183
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    I wouldnt recommend putting your shovel in your “stash” pocket. With all the vibration and rubbing it will pulverize your”stash” and all youll have is powder in your baggie

    #585184
    Killclimbz
    1165 Posts

    The Osprey packs are super sweet.

    The BCA stash models are gaining popularity. Especially out here where it get’s really cold. They do seem to keep your hydration line from freezing.

    I have good luck with Dakine Packs too. I am currently using a poacher. It carries well and is very light.

    All of these packs have the bells and whistles you were looking for.

    #585185
    Tophervw
    203 Posts

    I just picked up a Bergans of Norway Backcounty Guide 32L daypack.

    It is amazing, previously i was always carring way to much crap w/ me into the backcounty. Back pannel access is perfect for keeping your skins close to the body and tacky, as well as accessing all contents of the pack. hydration sleeve is in kind of a weird spot due to the opening panel but easy to deal w/. the dual sleaves for ice axe or shovel are sweet as well and compliment the front pocket which fits the shovel face quite nice. Also interior compartments keep things organized well.

    also if you need to boot pack or climb out of skin mode i.e. rope up etc. this pack has a number of lashing options

    I am very happy w/ how well this pack rides on the descent. I hate having a “flop” in my packs, this one rides real close to the body while allowing complete free motion.

    Check em out if you have a local retailer.

    best of luck to ya

    P.S. the pack weighs in just over 3 lbs.

    http://www.bergans.no/sider_eng/start.htm

    #585186
    jack
    323 Posts

    i have been using a brenthaven backpack which is awsome. totally bomber. really well thought out shovel/axe storage too. cant post a picture do to thier flash site though.

    http://www.brenthaven.com/store/flash/flash.html

    look at the “urban line” section

    #585187
    bcboarderwa
    38 Posts

    I think the dakine packs are pretty nice.

    I had a guide, which I quickly sold. It had way more volume then you need for a day trip, and was too tall for me. Even at 6’2″, I’d hit my head on it when looking up.

    I got an older dakine poacher, which is just about right. it’s big enough to slide my helmet in to keep it dry, which is nice.

    It has all of your needs, but may not be lighter weight. It carries boards vert, horizontal, or split in A-frame mode, possibly also diag, but I haven’t checked to see if they fit.

    The back access zip is kind of nice if you have it fully loaded, or you need to get in there when the board is on the pack, but I don’t use it when I don’t have much in the pack.

    I think the new models have a shovel pocket. Mine does not, but it has straps that will hold it tight.

    #585188
    shredgnar
    643 Posts

    I have the Bergans of norway pack too and can vouch that it is an excelent choice. No outside shovelpocket but I have come to prefer this anyway. Only thing I dont like is the way it holds poles but once I worked it out it actualy works quite well. Once I cinch down the straps I have no annoying rattling like my partners and Very little bulk. I can hear those guys coming a hundred yards away! Anyone have recomendations on multi day packs and gear?

    #585189
    frozone
    56 Posts

    I really like my Osprey Switch 25 +5. I seem to remember that BCR uses a Switch 14. A while back there was a thread on what we carry in our packs.
    http://talk.splitboard.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=1150 I can’t believe what he fits into that thing. I like something a bit bigger. This pack has been about perfect for me, if anything, I’ve occasionally wished it were a tad bigger but the Switch 42 is probably too big for a day pack.

    #585190
    Yoda
    264 Posts

    Check out the Snowstorm 30L from Mammut
    http://www.mammut.ch/mammut/katalog.asp?view=detail&did=68&dart=3&tid=3872&sid=2. Good design and well thought out features.

    #585191
    docwild
    24 Posts

    Wait til next fall.
    Check out one of the Avalung Packs from BD.

    #585192
    bcrider
    4149 Posts

    @docwild wrote:

    Wait til next fall.
    Check out one of the Avalung Packs from BD.

    Exciting packs to see but they wont get my money until they have snowboard carrying capability.

    Minus props to BD for this oversight. 🙁

    #585193
    bcrider
    4149 Posts

    I’m a fan of Osprey packs.
    http://talk.splitboard.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=1150&highlight=

    I should have my hands on next year’s Switch packs soon. 🙂

    I’ll be sure to provide an update.

    #585194
    Bodynazi
    17 Posts

    I have a Ceres 38 that I love for for ice./rock climb approaches – after I modifed it to not rely on the lid for part of the support of the pack. Regarding that for BC riding, I was not impressed w/ it. It does not carry a board very well – you need to McGuyver a strap at the top of the pack to keep the board tight against the pack. Also, 2800 ci is way too big for a day in the BC w/o ropes, crampons, climbing hardware and the like.

    I have an Osprey Switch 25 that I love (don’t use the Ceres 38 for anything other than climbing now). It carries a board (or skis) very well & has a top strap for optimal carrying comfort. It’s 1800 ci which is fine for a thermos, down jacket, sandwiches and a 100 oz bladder ‘o water, headlamp, etc, etc. You can also access the pack if you have your board strapped to it which is pretty cool.

    Being 6’4″, it wasn’t easy to find a <2000 ci BC pack in a "L." I have the Osprey Ceres 50, 38, Switch 25 and a Aether 60. I'm way sold on the Osprey packs. I work PT at a shop and have access to deals on any brand, but prefer Osprey due to fit & features.

    #585195
    Taft
    287 Posts

    I have a couple Dakine packs that I like. I use the Poacher most of the time for daytrips on the splitboard. I also have an older Guide that I use for self supported Back Country stuff on the Mountain Bike.

    I have no complaints about the Poacher, it carries weight well, isn’t so big that your tempted you over load it, but will pack a full compliment of supplies. the rear entry makes it easy to get to things like water, which I like to carry low in the pack.

    besides that neat feature, this pack has all the reqirements your looking for.

    I’d also check out Ark’teryx. they make some realy nice stuff.

    http://www.arcteryx.com

    http://www.dakine.com

    #585196
    docwild
    24 Posts

    I have an Avalung pack. They DO hold a split or solid board, skis in two different ways, and snowshoes too.

    The avalung has the potential to prolong survival time, I suspect it will become standard among a beacon, probe, shovel. And they only increase the retail price of the pack by $50.

    CV

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