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post #1 of 16
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Hello all,

I have been researching this for quite a while but I can not seem to find a pack that fits what I'm looking for.

I need a pack that is no bigger than your average school backpack, and it has to be able to carry skis/poles and stuff, also it would be great if the looks are nice as well.

Any suggestions?

 

p.s. I like the older packs like the wooky sundog and osprey switch 26 but they aren't available anymore. If anyone has those to sell in good condition let me know.

 

Thanks

post #2 of 16

They're not as high of quality as the wooky or osprey, but Dakine has a bunch that seem to fit your requirements. I picked up a Tactic for my kid on SAC.

 

BCA also make some nice ones, I think the Stash was the smallest. 

post #3 of 16

Dakine Heli Pack and Heli Pack Pro are a few options I'm looking at.

 

I actually have a general follow-up question for the community: A-frame or diagonal - which is better and why?

post #4 of 16

For what it's worth, I like my Dakine Heli (non-pro).  Frequently this last season I used it to carry two pairs of kid skis (90-100cm).  I never have put grown-up skis on it; I just don't hike very far.  Still, it works great for what I wanted: resort use without getting in the way on the lift.

 

There is one frustration which perhaps is due to me not knowing the "right way" to do it.  I've got my Camelbak bladder in the pack with the hose going through the left shoulder strap as intended.  In order to keep from freezing, it's supposed to zip into the shoulder strap.  The thing is, the normal right-angle bite valve with the shutoff doesn't fit in the zip channel; so, it can freeze.  Instead, I put the bite valve right on the hose with no shutoff.  It fits in the zip compartment, but water seeps out.  I don't like wet stuff; so, I let it dangle, allowing it to leak/freeze.  I don't seem to be able to win.

post #5 of 16

 

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Originally Posted by jaytierney View Post

I actually have a general follow-up question for the community: A-frame or diagonal - which is better and why?


Diagonal = faster to rig, less stable, use for short hikesl.

 

A-frame = longer to rig, more stable (closer to your CoG), use for longer hikes.  

 

For the OP, Osprey still makes nice ski packs, now they're called the Kode series:

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post #6 of 16


Kode is good, although not as good as the older Switch 26.  Kode gets a little bit fancier suspension, and a ski carry that is center (as opposed to diagonal).  The things that are missing- the helmet pocket on the top (huge omission, IMO, and the replacement helmet carry feels less secure), the new ski carry is fussier, the materials a re quality, but not as nice as in the older Switch.  Also, the older switch has a zippered inner pocket in one of the hip belt pockets that was PERFECT for car keys.  Kode does not have it anymore.

 

BC Stash looked very well though-out for a ski pack.   

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Originally Posted by Bob Lee View Post

 


Diagonal = faster to rig, less stable, use for short hikesl.

 

A-frame = longer to rig, more stable (closer to your CoG), use for longer hikes.  

 

For the OP, Osprey still makes nice ski packs, now they're called the Kode series:

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post #7 of 16

 

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Originally Posted by alexzn View Post

Kode is good, although not as good as the older Switch 26.  Kode gets a little bit fancier suspension, and a ski carry that is center (as opposed to diagonal).  The things that are missing- the helmet pocket on the top (huge omission, IMO, and the replacement helmet carry feels less secure), the new ski carry is fussier, the materials a re quality, but not as nice as in the older Switch.  Also, the older switch has a zippered inner pocket in one of the hip belt pockets that was PERFECT for car keys.  Kode does not have it anymore.

 

Yeah, only problem is that Osprey doesn't make the Switch any more.  

 

post #8 of 16

Thanks - that's what I figured but it was nice to have it confirmed.  So since my hikes are typically in-bounds at resorts and nothing too crazy, sounds like diagonal is definitely the way to go.
 

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Originally Posted by Bob Lee View Post

 


Diagonal = faster to rig, less stable, use for short hikesl.

 

A-frame = longer to rig, more stable (closer to your CoG), use for longer hikes.  



 

post #9 of 16

We have some guys locally who are in the pics for this company, so I guess this is a valid link:  http://www.mysteryranch.com/s.nl/c.999464/sc.11/category.6/.f

 

More pics of them in use here:  http://www.glacierlife.com/

 

Name of the company is Mystery Ranch.  I have no personal experience with them, but some of the skiers in the pictures are friends with my daughter. 

post #10 of 16

Mystery Ranch is Dana Gleason's new company.  Back in the day I bought a big backpacking pack from his earlier venture, Dana Designs.  That was a beautiful and innovative (for its time) piece of work.  If I needed a ski pack as large as he's making, I'd buy a Mystery Ranch without hesitation.

post #11 of 16

I have a few packs, but have primarily been using my Dakine Heli-pro the past few years for shorter tours in stable conditions. It is pretty convenient & fits everything I usually need perfectly.  I agree with Bob L. on the diagonal vs. A-frame carry.  This pack will do both, as well as a slot between the back pad & main pack for a snowboard if you desire.

 

Hiking with the A-frame, boots in bindings.

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The diagonal loops are super quick & easy to use.  They hide away quickly when not in use & can easily strap my boots on the sides of the pack if needed.

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JF

 

post #12 of 16

@4ster - the Heli Pack does both diagonal and a-frame?  Everywhere I've looked it up it always says "diagonal ski carry."  I went ahead and ordered one the other day, so if that's the case that's nice to hear.

post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by jaytierney View Post

@4ster - the Heli Pack does both diagonal and a-frame?  Everywhere I've looked it up it always says "diagonal ski carry."  I went ahead and ordered one the other day, so if that's the case that's nice to hear.


Yeah, mine has 2 adjustable clip straps on either side, works fine for A-frame.  The diagonal has an in pocket adjustable strap at the top of the pack & an adjustable cable at the bottom.  It will accommodate some pretty wide skis.

JF

 

 

post #14 of 16

Heli or Heli Pro?  My Heli seems set up for diagonal only.

post #15 of 16

I meant to say Heli-Pro since he said that in his post.  Which is what I ended up ordering.  So good to hear that it can do both.

post #16 of 16

Mine is a few yo.  It says Pro II on the back.

JF

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