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Good pack for petite women

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hi all, I've read similar posts, but looking for something a bit different.

Any petite ladies out there happy with the fit of their pack?

I'm looking for a pack to wear for lift-served resort skiing. I need it to hold extra goggle lenses, extra layer, hydration pack, as well as extra room for stashing my 2 daughters occasional extra layer/tidbits.

The problem I'm facing is I'm not quite 5'1" and on top of being super short I have longer legs and a shorter torso, so find a smaller pack to fit me is proving tricky.

Even the smaller 12L Dakine Heli has a 20" length measurement which is just too long for me. Looking for a shorter length with still a fairly slim profile.

TIA!
post #2 of 10
My wife is similar to your stature and has the same issue with backpacks. The problem really seems to be that anything that is big enough for her items, and the kids, is just too big to wear on the ski lift. Even I have issues once the kids start shedding all their layers.

Our solution has been to lock a boot bag to the ski rack near the lift and use that to put extra stuff in. I know that may not work at all resorts, but it is an easy solution most of the time when the lodge or car park are a long way away. Sometimes we can jus ski right up, dump our gloves and extra layers in the bag and ski off. We have done it for years and never had security issues. We even keep water, snacks and spare lenses in there.

Since we started doing this, we don't need back packs at all.
post #3 of 10
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Yes, MrGolfAnology, we do this as well and have also not had problems with theft. It is a great option, especially during spring skiing as we shed a layer every other run it seems like.

I only started wanting my own pack after another ski parent told me a story on the gondola ride about getting stuck on a chairlift that was on wind hold. He and his daughter were stuck on it for more than 2 hours in very cold and windy conditions. He spoke about how grateful he was that he had a few space blankets and some chocolate in his backpack to use until they were helped down manually. Ever since then I feel slightly paranoid when I'm on the lift (especially with my girls) and the chair stops. I know I could just put a few items in my jacket pockets, but they're pretty stuffed as it is and I've decided that I'd rather just have a small pack for such items and feel we would stay hydrated better as well.

I'm thinking I'm going to look at the high quality kid sized models. Sounds silly, but it might work. It's funny what we shorties do to cope in a tall world sometimes. smile.gif
post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by skichickee View Post

Yes, MrGolfAnology, we do this as well and have also not had problems with theft. It is a great option, especially during spring skiing as we shed a layer every other run it seems like.

I only started wanting my own pack after another ski parent told me a story on the gondola ride about getting stuck on a chairlift that was on wind hold. He and his daughter were stuck on it for more than 2 hours in very cold and windy conditions. He spoke about how grateful he was that he had a few space blankets and some chocolate in his backpack to use until they were helped down manually. Ever since then I feel slightly paranoid when I'm on the lift (especially with my girls) and the chair stops. I know I could just put a few items in my jacket pockets, but they're pretty stuffed as it is and I've decided that I'd rather just have a small pack for such items and feel we would stay hydrated better as well.

I'm thinking I'm going to look at the high quality kid sized models. Sounds silly, but it might work. It's funny what we shorties do to cope in a tall world sometimes. smile.gif


You might search backcountry, Amazon,  Blue Tomato and maybe Sierra Trading Post  for woman-sized day-oriented avy packs. Even if you don't carry avy gear, they are designed to play well on lifts, etc. Usually in the 10-15L zone. Had one shipped to my house from the UK by Amazon last year. Great price. Great product. My partner loves it (lots of use at xtal - which I'd guess you ski given posted location). That said, even the women's sizes may not be a perfect fit at your size.


Edited by spindrift - 7/26/16 at 9:25am
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by skichickee View Post

I only started wanting my own pack after another ski parent told me a story on the gondola ride about getting stuck on a chairlift that was on wind hold. He and his daughter were stuck on it for more than 2 hours in very cold and windy conditions. He spoke about how grateful he was that he had a few space blankets and some chocolate in his backpack to use until they were helped down manually. Ever since then I feel slightly paranoid when I'm on the lift (especially with my girls) and the chair stops. I know I could just put a few items in my jacket pockets, but they're pretty stuffed as it is and I've decided that I'd rather just have a small pack for such items and feel we would stay hydrated better as well.
 

 

I have never considered having emergency supplies for help when getting stuck on a chair lift. Good to be prepared, especially with kids.

 

Frozen!!!

post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by skichickee View Post

Hi all, I've read similar posts, but looking for something a bit different.

Any petite ladies out there happy with the fit of their pack?

I'm looking for a pack to wear for lift-served resort skiing. I need it to hold extra goggle lenses, extra layer, hydration pack, as well as extra room for stashing my 2 daughters occasional extra layer/tidbits.

The problem I'm facing is I'm not quite 5'1" and on top of being super short I have longer legs and a shorter torso, so find a smaller pack to fit me is proving tricky.

Even the smaller 12L Dakine Heli has a 20" length measurement which is just too long for me. Looking for a shorter length with still a fairly slim profile.

TIA!


Welcome to EpicSki!  I'm only 5'0" so know exactly what you are talking about.  What I've been using for a while is a Dakine Cosmo 6.5L, 12 x 9 x 3.  I don't bother with a hydration pack.  Instead I carry a small water bottle.  For resort skiing, I'm stopping inside often enough to stay hydrated.  Obviously this is only good enough to carry my own stuff.

 

Dakine has a 13L Girls Grom pack, 16 x 9.5 x 6.  I've tried it on and found it pretty comfortable.

 

What I managed to get in 2014 was the Dakine Heli 11L for Women, 20 x 10 x 3.  However that seems to have been replaced by a 12L version.  While 20 inches is a little long, it doesn't bother me since I don't carry very much.  Got the Heli pack for the ability of carry skis for short hikes (<15 min) on resort (Catherine's at Alta, Long Shot at Aspen).  Maybe you might get lucky finding one on eBay.

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thank you for all the input and info. After some careful consideration and mostly consulting my professional outfitter (AKA my husband), we found and bought this:

http://www.backcountry.com/osprey-packs-kode-22-backpack-1200-1400cu-in?skid=OSP003M-HOORD-ML&ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6b3NwcmV5IGtvZGUgMjI6MToxOm9zcHJleSBrb2RlIDIy

The Osprey Kode 22. If you buy the S/M size it has a length of 16", which is considerably smaller than pretty much any other snowsport related pack that I could find. It also happens to have some great features and is still a 22L pack. Can't wait until opening day to take it out! - It's going to be a long rest of the summer. wink.gif
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by skichickee View Post

Thank you for all the input and info. After some careful consideration and mostly consulting my professional outfitter (AKA my husband), we found and bought this:

http://www.backcountry.com/osprey-packs-kode-22-backpack-1200-1400cu-in?skid=OSP003M-HOORD-ML&ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6b3NwcmV5IGtvZGUgMjI6MToxOm9zcHJleSBrb2RlIDIy

The Osprey Kode 22. If you buy the S/M size it has a length of 16", which is considerably smaller than pretty much any other snowsport related pack that I could find. It also happens to have some great features and is still a 22L pack. Can't wait until opening day to take it out! - It's going to be a long rest of the summer. wink.gif


Thanks for the update!  I remember looking at the Osprey line at one point.  Seemed well built.

post #9 of 10

My 5' 0" wife has the "previous gen" Osprey Karve.  Loves it.  The Kode is nice but kinda bulky and seems to be overkill for a lift-served daypack.  She tried and didn't like it, felt it was more suited to backcountry and/or longer excursions.

 

The current Osprey packs look ok but holy crap have the prices gone up.

post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
I have to say, it definitely does not seem bulky to me, quite a nice compact fit on my frame actually, which is petite. I would agree with you that it is overkill for lift-served use, however, the rate at which my kids are progressing with skiing as well as what they prefer to ski has me thinking they're likely to be heading into backcountry within the next couple of years with my husband who is a seasoned expert skier. I plan to to be advancing my own skills so I can join them. That pack will be what I will need at that point, so I figured get a long-term use pack this time around and get used to skiing with it. smile.gif

It was a bit pricey, backcountry had them about $50 less than everyone else though.

Has your wife ever had to send hers in for repair? Supposedly they have an outstanding reputation for customer service and fixing or if need be replacing their products which come with a lifetime warranty.
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