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Best Backpack?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
What pack do people use or would recommend for me ---

I would use it to hold only an extra layer or loose stuff like a neck gaiter that gets too bulky in a pocket. Adding and subtracting layers seems to be more of an issue late in the season. Low profile so it is not too noticeable on a chairlift. Not for backcountry use. Hydration system would be nice but not a necessity. Thoughts?
post #2 of 21
I just got the Head Monster Pack and I am very happy with it. It is not too bulky and will hold all that you require for a day of skiing. It also has a sleeve pocket inside the pack for your Camelback bladder as well as a little slit in the top of the pack so that you can fit the hose through and clip it to the front strap. The pack is also equipped with straps to throw your skis on the pack, but you may not need these.
I hope this helps.
post #3 of 21
I love Wookey packs (you'll need to do a search for their web site). They make 2 that might work for you, the Shovel Pack and the Sundog. The latter can be fitted with straps to carry skis. Very robust construction. Highly recomended.
post #4 of 21

I'm using a DaKine HeliPro; like BrownSki's Head pack, the HeliPro is Camelback compatible, has ski/snowboard straps and is very comfortable with a full load. It's thin enough that I don't take it off when riding the lift, but holds enough that my wife and children think I'm their personal valet.

Happy Hunting,

post #5 of 21
Originally posted by BadRat:
I love Wookey packs (you'll need to do a search for their web site). They make 2 that might work for you, the Shovel Pack and the Sundog. The latter can be fitted with straps to carry skis. Very robust construction. Highly recomended.
I'd suggest a Shovel Pack for gForce's usage.
http://www.wookey.net is thier homepage.

All of the Wookies can carry skis or a board with the optional add-on carry straps.
All of them are bladder compatable.

I tried on a lot of different packs before going for the Wookie. The fit was much better than anything else I tried on.
post #6 of 21
I got to agree with Inspector Gadget, I got a Dakine Heli-pro this year, and it is about the ideal size for resort use, or light back-country (day-tripping).

You can absolutely fit an extra layer, pair of gloves, etc.. and there is small pouch for sunglasses, or other breakables, that is suspended at the top of the bag.

Also has a hip pouch for quick access to small items (my camera fits in it, so it's super-handy)..
post #7 of 21
BCA Stash Pack and other BCA packs are very worthwhile to look at.

Click here for Backcountry Access

I really like my Dana Design Tatoosh 15.

Click here for Dana Design

[ March 18, 2003, 04:47 PM: Message edited by: PinHed ]
post #8 of 21
I was going to buy a Dakine Blade for the great price of $49 new (vs $99 list) and got a number of people who owned Dakine packs telling me that while they have great features they are of poor quality. I'm going to get something like the Osprey 42 instead (~ $140 but if it's really better...).

post #9 of 21
friends and fellow Bears rave about the Wookey.

I have a Marmot Scree that is designed for skiing/snowboarding in backcountry/mountaineering conditions. It cost $100 in 2000, and can take a 100 oz Camelbak bladder in its hydration pouch pocket. It has loops for skis and web/straps for a snowboard or shovel. Its fit is pretty nice for me, but I have a very average torso - 40" chest, average torso length. Peculiar torsos might not like the Scree.

I think it fits as well as my 1987 Lowe Contour IV backpacking pack, which is about the most comfortable pack I've ever worn.
post #10 of 21
Da Kine Heli Pro.
post #11 of 21
Camelback Snobound. Comes with 100 oz. reservoir and winterized hose and valve. Incredibly stable A-frame ski carry set up.The snowboard carry straps serve as external gear carry/compression straps which really stabilize skis. Has accomodation for shovel and probe as well as extra gear/gloves/food etc. This is a great in area/light day tour pack. $100.
post #12 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks! Nothing like real experiences to narrow down the search list. The Wookey looks like the best choice for me but seems harder to find. Appreciate the input, everyone.
post #13 of 21
looks like 2 Wookey dealers there in Maine.

Aardvark Outfitters
108 Fairbanks Rd
Farmington, ME 04938

Horny Toad
11 Bow Street
Freeport, ME 04938

I'd give them a call to see if they have Shovel packs in stock.
post #14 of 21
TomK or anyone-
Have you tried/seen in person those Wookey packs with the hip pack on the top? They look like they really don't go together well at all or it's just a bad picture.

The Wookeys seem to jump from 1600 cu.in. to over 3,000 with nothing in between.
post #15 of 21
I have handled the Juggernaut (sp?) pack . The fanny pack does look like it sits funny on top but it is still a stable pack (but ugly in my opinion.)

I own the Sundog and am very happy with it. My only complaint would be that it is difficult to get into if you always cover the zipper with the storm flap. Otherwise, Wookey's are indestructable.
post #16 of 21
Havn't handled the larger packs as I was looking for strictly inbounds/lift accessed BC day use, not overnighters or extensive touring. The large Shovel Pack was just right for me, got a medium for my wife. (The shoulderstraps are different widths apart)

Like a lot of gear, I think you just have to go try them on to see what fits. Remember to load the packs up with 10-15 pounds while trying them on. An empty pack fits different than a loaded one. (Lesson learned with a great feeling pack that sucked when loaded)

Accessing the inside of the shovelpack is straightforward even with a shovel blade attached. Unclip the top 3 buckles (top one over the shovel blade one plus the 2 top load compressers) but leave the shovel neck attached to the panel. Pull on the shovel neck and the top of the panel unfolds from under the stormflap & starts to unzip as long as you put both zippers at the top.

I have done one modification to mine. I rigged up a short cord/clip/split ring between the load panel's shovel neck loop and the inside mesh panel so that as the panel tilts out, the mesh stays with it keeping the small inner compartment from gaping open. This helps manage loading/unloading the main compartment as you don't have to tuck the inner mesh out of the way. I might go with a sewn in clip later, but this arrangement is working really well so far.
post #17 of 21
You might want to consider one of the packs in the Ortovox Powder Rider series . You have room for your shovel and other essentials if going out of bounds (or other bits and pieces if you'er in the resort), without it being too bulky. They work well.
post #18 of 21
In addition....you might want to take a look at the Wolfskins...that I've noticed around the state (Maine)
I haven't taken a detailed look at their materials...etc.. :

[ March 22, 2003, 01:09 PM: Message edited by: HaveSkisWillClimb ]
post #19 of 21
A bit late on the reply, but I have had great luck with the Life-Link Boundary pack. Great pack if all you plan to do is hit the BC for short excursions. The pack fits tightly to the back. Not a ton of room, but you aren't using it to ski the Haute Route either.
post #20 of 21
Sounds like you need a small pack. Unless you want to carry your shovels, probes, skins and trekkers but maybe an extra layer of clothing, a snack, and something to drink you dont need anything much larger than 1000 cu in. Try Dakines Heli, Cmaelbaks Sno DAWG... There probably are hundreds. I´m sure tou´ll find what you´re looking for.
post #21 of 21
Low profile so it is not too noticeable on a chairlift. Not for backcountry use.
If you don't need BC essentials, why not use a lumbar pack? They are way more convenient for lift-serviced skiing, since you don't need to huck them off your shoulders to get on the lift. A simple spin around the waist makes everything accessible during the ride up.

IMHO, Arc'Teryx makes the best fanny packs, because they don't flop with a smaller load. Try the Q10 - at 630 CU IN it carries a lot of stuff, as well as solidly securing 2 1L drinking bottles. They are also bombproof.

Marmot and Mountainsmith also make decent lumbar packs, but they do not offer the same comfort and stability as the Arc'Teryx ones.
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