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What backpack is your favorite?

post #1 of 20
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I'm looking to get a decent ski backpack for my trips out west. I don't need something huge but I do need something that will hold an extra layer or two, a substantial amount of liquid for hydration, holds my skis either vertically or diagonally. I've been looking at the Camelbak Menace and Hellion. The Menace is a little bit smaller. So you have an idea of what type of pack I'm looking at. I don't do backcountry all day long out west but I do it enough where I'd need a decent pack for it.
post #2 of 20
Hey i just got the Backcountry Access' Stash pack, it's really well designed and not too big at all. The hydration system is great and it would have to get pretty darn cold to freeze (my old camel back froze all the time.) BCA also makes other packs in all sorts or sizes.
post #3 of 20
Dakine Helipro.
post #4 of 20
Mountainsmith Vert 12
post #5 of 20
Dakine Vertex
post #6 of 20
+1 Dakine Helipro
hydro, good fit, durable tons of room, tight to the back
what more could you ask for in a day skipack?`
post #7 of 20
Dakine Helipro, nothing else needed
post #8 of 20

Lowe and Dakine

I have two, the Lowe Snow Attack 50 which I use for larger loads and which doubles as a lightweight weekend and mountaineering bag in the summer, and the Dakine Ridge, which at about 30 liters is the next step up from the Helipro. At 6'3" and 225lbs. I find need a little more room in my packs to carry gear and I also need packs that adjust to fit my torso, so I usually have to go a little bigger.

The Lowe has a large undivided main compartment which makes it very convenient for carrying a sleeping bag. The Dakine is internally divided and has full zippered access from the back, which makes it easier to find things for most daily trips. Both are hydration compatible, and have all kinds of external attachment straps and pockets for ski carry, shovels, probes, etc. They will also both adjust to fit a 21" to 22" torso size, which is not the easiest thing to find.

Both are great packs and I would recommend either.

For most days inbounds I will use my parka pockets and or a fanny pack (yes, you read this correctly) which can handle most of my requirements if I am not going to do anything too exotic.
post #9 of 20
I recommend the Gaper Pack.
post #10 of 20
Dakine Heli or Helipro depending on how much you carry.
post #11 of 20

camelbak snobound

i'm really fond of mine. plenty of water and plenty of storage.
post #12 of 20
Patagonia just came out with a new sleek pack. "Inner Limits Pack"
post #13 of 20
I've got a few different packs - for resort skiing I use an older BCA Stash.Holds big skis diagonally pretty well, good hydration system, low-profileenough to leave it on for the lift ride and plenty of room for my drugs and porno.
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by ramshackle View Post
I recommend the Gaper Pack.
Where do you find one of these, at the Bunny Hutch?
post #15 of 20
Agree with the BCA Stash. I got a very slightly used Stash Alp 40 for cheap this season. It holds a ton of stuff for a day trip to the BC or for climbing but also compresses down to the size of a small day pack, which is really nice. Instead of a bladder it uses a system that attaches to a 1 liter Nalgene- much easier to clean. The make some nice small packs, too. There is a nice Black Diamond day pack for skiing, too (forgot the name- I think it's the Slide. Look at www.bdel.com.
post #16 of 20
For what you describe I really like the Dakine Vertex.
Smaller than a Helipro but allows for diagonal ski carry and easily holds a shovel, water, extra layer & a snack.
post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by viking kaj View Post
Where do you find one of these, at the Bunny Hutch?
Ive been told they are given freely to every skier who asks for a private lesson at a western resort and describes himself as an expert skier because he skis nothing but black diamond slopes.
post #18 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by ramshackle View Post
Ive been told they are given freely to every skier who asks for a private lesson at a western resort and describes himself as an expert skier because he skis nothing but black diamond slopes.
So if you leave your free pack and your jacket open does this mean you qualify as a "double-gaper"?
post #19 of 20
Marmot La Meije (AKA the Coombs' pack). Pretty big, but compresses really well and best of all carries like nothing else both skiing and hiking. Too much for resort skiing probably, but will still work great. No hidration port, but will hold a Nalgene (which also won't freeze).

A.
post #20 of 20
Dakine Vertex. It's better than a Helipro.
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