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What size backpack do I need?

post #1 of 7
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for skiing out west?
I currently have a CamelBak MULE(550 cubic inches) and a CamelBak Trailblazer(1373 cubic inches). Both packs have a waist strap. Will either of these work or should I look into something else?

Along the same lines, what does everybody put in their pack? I figured on some water, energy bars/snacks, camera, sunglasses maybe, and my keys, wallet, etc. Should I bring an extra layer with me?
post #2 of 7
Oh, yeah, definitely an extra layer, and maybe a signal mirror, some flares, tons of firestarter, a good knife, some nylon cord, a medical kit, a propane stove, extra fuel, a sleeping bag, a bivy sack, some firewood, extra ski boots, extra parts for your ski boots, a translator, the number for Citizen Services at the nearest embassy, duct tape...

But seriously, what are you packing for? Just a day of skiing at a lift-served resort? If so, then keep it light, simple. It's never that hard to get back to the lodge if you need/forget something, even "out west."

If you are going BC, then that is a very different thing.

(There was a thread not too long ago asking what people take for a day's skiing.)
post #3 of 7
I would agree with faber. I never wore a back except for side/back country. If you need all that stuff to be close ditch it at mid-mountain or a terminal biulding.
post #4 of 7
If you aren't hiking with skis then your CB Mule will hold what you need.

I only wear a pack when hiking for ski carrying purposes. If skiing inbounds then I'm able to carry a flask of water, snacks & whatever else I need in the multititude of pockets that my pants & jacket provide.
post #5 of 7
For inbounds: small, low-profile 1000 cu. in. pack with water, a multi-tool,3 AAA bateries and a candy bar. For big storm days and lift-searved BC yo-yo skiing I'll throw in a small shovel and probe. Basically, if you need to take your pack off when riding the lift you've probably got way too much stuff in there - at least for inbounds hiking/skiing.

If you do feel the compelled to haul around ten layers of clothing and a five-course lunch, please be careful where you swing your ginormous pack as you board the lift.
post #6 of 7
My objection to the Camelback mule pack is all the loose mesh and string hanging on it. Its just begging to get hung up on a chairlift, and besides that the Mule will freeze solid on cold days because the hose is not insulated. If you are going to carry a pack, I would suggest a well designed winter pack like the Dakine Tram Pack, Heli Pro, Pro II or Blade (small to larger). Winter packs usually have insulated hydration systems. Those larger packs have ski carry systems and are designed to stow avy gear like a shovel and probe, but they do compress flat and carry well.
post #7 of 7
Seriously, as others have noted - you could get much better and more specific responses if you indicated where you plan to use the pack and what you plan to use it for, including the kind of skiing you plan to do (groomers, inbounds purely lift served off piste, inbounds hiking, side country, etc.).
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