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your favourite small-medium backpack for resort skiing?

post #1 of 13
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seeking a good backpack (small-medium)  that is more

skier oriented than traditional (hiking) versions...and is for the resort skier

(not for backcountry)

 

...you know, something you can stuff an extra layer in, some lunch

keys, wallet, sunscreen etc.

 

cheers and thanks

post #2 of 13

I've been using my old first generation DaKine Heli Pro for a number of years now. It fits lunch, tuning kit, etc etc and I can strap skis or a board to it for hike-to terrain. It might be a bit big for your use. I've also used a Camelbak Mule with success; that's probably more in line with what you're looking at.

post #3 of 13

I also have a Dakine Heli Pro and the more recent versions make it very adaptable, as the profile can be slimmed down considerably depending on your needs, or extended if you need to hold a lot of stuff.

post #4 of 13

I like the Osprey Karve 6 because it's extremely compact yet can store a few extras and it's a hydration pack.  We rarely go into the lodges so we tend to carry water and lunch/snacks with us.  This may not fit your needs if you are strictly frontside and don't want to carry water but I have been extremely happy with it.   There are also larger sizes in the K 11 and K 16.  Lots of neat features if you decide to venture out into sidecountry skiing too.   

 

http://www.ospreypacks.com/en/product/vertical_endeavors__snowplay/karve_6

post #5 of 13

Hands down, my pack choice would be Mystery Ranch Fuze.

If you want a smaller pack then go with the Saddle Peak.

 

Both awesome packs, made to last a life time. 

 

http://www.mysteryranch.com/adventure/skiing-snowboarding-packs/fuze-pack

http://www.mysteryranch.com/adventure/skiing-snowboarding-packs/saddle-peak-pack

post #6 of 13

Black Diamond Bandit.

http://www.berg-fest.com/products/en/-Sale-/Black-Diamond-Bandit-Pack.html

 

Smedium sized.  Can hold an avy-lung or bladder.  Chest and waist straps.  External pocket is nice for quick access.  Ability to strap skis for short hikes.

 

I thought it would be low enough profile to wear on the lifts and it is.  Personally though, I still almost always take it off if there is room.  For a pack to always keep on, or wear under the jacket, I would look at something half the size.  But then, good luck fitting extra layers and lunch.

post #7 of 13

I have a new favourite in this size - the Grivel Mago.

 

 

Sits high, above lift chair backs - and can be shifted to grab something from inside without taking it off.      $50.   

post #8 of 13

I like the Dakine Heli.  Not the Pro, the small one.  Very thin, but holds what I need to carry and drink.  Balance is good.  I can actually carry both my kids pairs of skis on it.

post #9 of 13

backpack for resort skiing? th_dunno-1[1].gif

 

you couldn't pay me to wear one for lift served skiing....bad enough when you have to strap one on for the b/c eek.gif

post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by Rossi Smash View Post

backpack for resort skiing? th_dunno-1[1].gif

 

you couldn't pay me to wear one for lift served skiing....bad enough when you have to strap one on for the b/c eek.gif


Kind of what I was thinking, but I do park about 75 yards from the lift and just leave everything in the car.

post #11 of 13
I second the suggestion on the Osprey Karve series. I'd go at least for the 11.
post #12 of 13

Anything by Osprey; the Karve could do it for you. I have the Kode 30. It can carry what you need and not be bulky, but I prefer to ski without. I only use it if I plan on hiking a bunch or for water\lunch when I don't want to stop at all during the day.

post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by Rossi Smash View Post

backpack for resort skiing? th_dunno-1[1].gif


you couldn't pay me to wear one for lift served skiing....bad enough when you have to strap one on for the b/c eek.gif
I know this is a bit old, but was searching. I don't like the idea, but if you have a wife and kid, and haul a bunch if crap around it starts to become an issue, so I can see a need... Ill still probably remain pack free for now, but I see why people have them.
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