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Don't be jealous folks, I just won the Nozone backpack from ArcTeryx on ebay. It was only $135, size medium. I chose this pack over the khamski b/c it's lighter, and has basically all the same features minus the kangaroo pouch on the back, which would be handy, but non-essential. It has ski straps, and can be trimmed down to under 2.5 lbs. It doesn't have a shovel pocket, but from what I understand it's becoming more common to keep the shovel on the inside, just in case you actually get spit out of an avalanche, or take a big fall and the shovel dives out of your pack. Also if anyone is interested, there are some brand new rossi B2's in a few sizes going for around 500 bucks.