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Back pack recommendations

post #1 of 7
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After a heavy fall busted a couple of buckles on my Spy backpack at ESA '06 I'm in the market for a new 'un.

Spec req'd:
- Around 1700/1800cu.in (27/28L) capacity
- Ski carry facility
- Hydration system compatible
- Easy shovel/probe storage
- Load compression straps
- Light weight
- Strong buckles :

Current front runner is the Black Diamond Frenzy followed by the Dakine Blade.

Any other recommedations gratefully received.
post #2 of 7
Check these guys out. They make some ski packs with very nice features.

http://www.ospreypacks.com/
post #3 of 7
Dakine Pro II its 1520 cu in or the Heli Pro its 1200 cu in
post #4 of 7
I use the Pro II pack. It is just a bit smaller than what your wanted. I have had no problems fitting shovel, probe, skins, crampons, axe, layers, food, water and using the ski carry. Hip belt holds my Canon A620 camera. The good part is, there are no extra webbing and straps to snag on a chair, its light, hydration is the best I have owned. For what its worth, it rides well without shifting and its cheap on a SAC deal. The bad, when filled, its too large to wear on the chair with out shifting to the side or front. The suspension system could be better at transfering load to hips, so its tiring if you have a long approach carrying skis. Space is limited if you are really carrying a lot of gear. The Dakine Blade has a better frame and is closer to the size you are looking for.

My $.02 or tuppence if you will.
post #5 of 7
Another vote for Osprey; Switch series have a detatchable hydration pack, sweet ski carrying options (A frame or diagonal) and room for all of the avy gear.
post #6 of 7
Dana Designs (Marmot) La Meije

Indigo Reve 30 with Lariat
(this one fits a little bulky on me, and has a tendency to oscillate laterally but that is wholly personal)
post #7 of 7
Dakine Heli Pro.
Killer backpack.
I have many different pacls and the Heli Pro is the only one I constantly use.
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