Pros: Well made and well designed.
The Backcountry Access Stash OB pack is everything BCA advertises, which is visually shown in this YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0w2uM9g0BHc .
The freeze-proof hydration system really does work, and the bladder is easy to fill. The bite valve is easy to open or close with gloves on. The valve doesn’t leak if you leave it in the open position on warm days. On very cold days it is best to tuck it into the shoulder sleeve to prevent freezing.
The diagonal ski carry system works fine, with the only minor complaint being that my longest skis rest a tad too low for my liking (I am 5’9”). There is room for a shovel and probe, a snack, goggles and extra gloves. There are two pockets on the waist belt that allows quick access to a small camera and cell phone.
The materials and zippers are excellent and will last a long time. The pack cleaned up nicely with soap and water at the end of the season.
This is a great pack for its advertised market of side country and lift access skiers, or for minimalists in the bc.
Note: It is hard to beat the Promotive pricing on BCA products.
From the BCA web site:
Lift access, out-of-bounds (OB), slackcountry
- volume: 976 cubic inches/16 liters
- weight: 35 ounces/992 grams
- torso lengths: 15-22 inches
- hydration: 70 ounces/2 liter reservoir
- highlights: thin profile, chair and tram friendly, snowboard compatible, includes noose ski carry system