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Flat Day Pack for Hiking

post #1 of 11
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I am looking for a flat profile day pack that can handle a shovel, probe, and carry skis. I would prefer a vertical mount although diagnol is OK. I want the lowest profile pack I can find as I don't want to take it off on the lifts. Another issue is that I want a very flat profile to easily pack in a bag as I already have a backcountry touring pack I wear on board when flying. Probable the most important issues are ease of mounting skis and ski mounted pack stability.

I need this because I will have a 2cnd hip replacement next year and the first year or two it can be difficult to shoulder my skis on an in-bounds or yoyo hike. Also, I hike with people who are a lot faster than me so if I have both hands available to hold poles I can keep up a bit closer. A final reason is that after breaking a rib and dislocating another landing on a hard sun glass case, I am committed to putting all paraphenalia into a back pocket, so even if I don't plan on hiking I plan on wearing the pack daily.

I am looking at the Life-Link Granite Pack (which I haven't seen in person for a couple of years) and the Granite Pack Sidecut 4E. I also remember that Lonnie Ball (Big Sky/Bozemena area) used to make his own custom flat pack and sell it.

Anyone have any experience with these or others they might suggest?

Thanks, Si

P.S. I already have two backs for backcountry tours (Dakine Helipro and Osprey
Switch 25+5) and am not looking for anything more along that line.
post #2 of 11
Si

I have the Head Monster Medium Backpack and it seems to do the trick for me. It's very low profile (the lowest I could find) yet does the trick.
post #3 of 11
check out Dakine heli pro, heli pack and a few others that they make.
post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by Coach13
Si.
Coach, if you had to, could you shove two 305-310mm shells into it?
post #5 of 11
What about the Heli-Pack? Never tried it but it looks like a scaled down Heli-Pro, wich I personally like.
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks, Tele-Swede (and mntlion) for the suggestion. The Dakine Heli-Pack is also an option. I have a Heli-pro and the diagnol mount is OK but nothing great. The diagnol mount on the Heli-pack is just about the same. One advantage of the heli pack is that the compression straps on the heli-pak can be postioned under the shovel pocket when not being used so that the associated straps don't get caught on a lift. Also those compression straps (designed for veritcal mount of a snowboard I believe) can help in providing stabilization for the diagnot mounted skis.

Still would like to hear from any others who have expeirence with a "flat" pack like I'm looking for.
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by comprex
Coach, if you had to, could you shove two 305-310mm shells into it?
I just tried my son's 27 Langes and they do fit in, putting one in and one upside down. Real tight fit though.
post #8 of 11
The Dakine Tram is about as low profile as they get, but it doesn't have the ski carrying ability (that could be added though - there's lots of solutions).

The Camelbak SnoDawg has the ability to be expanded or compressed via a zipper (like some soft-side suitcases) and it's fairly low profile in the bottom half when it is not expanded. It does include a diagonal ski carry.
post #9 of 11
Osprey do some nice packs, just bought a Switch 40+5, can carry skis "A" framed or diagonally plus avy gear internally. Also includes a seperable Camelback type pack. Same pack is available in smaller and larger sizes. I was able to carry my Atomic B7's inside the pack, not bad volume.

Sorry Si, just re-read your first post and note that you already have a Switch 25+5.
post #10 of 11
Consider the Wookey Shovel Pack. You can find a bunch of old threads referencing it. Rides nicely on lifts. Has vertical ski mount accessory which seems very beefy (& which I confess I have not yet used).
post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by spindrift
Consider the Wookey Shovel Pack. You can find a bunch of old threads referencing it. Rides nicely on lifts. Has vertical ski mount accessory which seems very beefy (& which I confess I have not yet used).
Thanks Spindrift but I have used the Wookey and while it is a great pack, it is a bit higher profile than I want (it also doesn't pack in a bag very easily). It does, however, have a great vertical ski mount that I wish others could imitate. I even thought about trying to use their ski mount straps on the Osprey Alpine which has a nice semi-rigid shovel pack cover that I could adapt for the straps. However, I'd rather stay away from having to modify a pack if I can.
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