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post #31 of 53
what about something like the Life Link Slingblade?

http://www.avalanche-center.org/stor...lingblade.html


That's what we use when we're heading into Avy terrain but don't need packs, plus they're cheap I think Indigo Designs makes a version called the G-String, or something like that, and either one might lighten your load. I'm not trying to harp on you or anything, skiing with a pack just isn't as comfortable as skiing without, IMHO

Just out of curiosity, where are you that you're required to have those both all the time?
post #32 of 53
Thread Starter 
I've been skiing with a pack for years, so I'm used to it.

As for where, the handle kinda gives it away, but I'm a candidate at Alpine Meadows.
post #33 of 53
So after all that, what did you finally decide to get?
post #34 of 53
Thread Starter 
So far, I'm sticking with the Camelbak Menace and the Deluxe Organizer insert.
post #35 of 53
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Originally Posted by alpinedad View Post
So far, I'm sticking with the Camelbak Menace and the Deluxe Organizer insert.
Imagine a sobbing, crying voice) Camelbak?? Camelbak??? You're going out with with Camelbak? How can you do this to us? You asked us for suggestions, and we tried oh so hard, and after all that (deep gut wrenching sob here) you have decided to leave all of us for Camelbak? How could you?

Have fun with it!

Dean.

OTOH, I still think you'd have been better off with the MEC, but far be it for me to be bitter...

I'll shut up and go away now!
post #36 of 53
osprey stash 25 or 16
post #37 of 53
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Dean View Post
Imagine a sobbing, crying voice) Camelbak?? Camelbak??? You're going out with with Camelbak? How can you do this to us? You asked us for suggestions, and we tried oh so hard, and after all that (deep gut wrenching sob here) you have decided to leave all of us for Camelbak? How could you?
I bought the Camelbak a couple of years ago off steepandcheap, and have been using it since. Since I already had it, I figured I'd try using it, and try to figure out what I like and dislike about it for patrolling use, before buying a dedicated and expensive patrol pack.
post #38 of 53
I just picked up a BCA Stash BC. I'm hoping to have a use for it soon!
post #39 of 53
I have a mountainsmith Vert 12 and seem to be slowly converting my patrol over to that bag.

-Phil
post #40 of 53
post #41 of 53
I bought the Golite Powder 8 pack that "TheJudge" posted. I have never used it. It's brand new still in the plastic. I paid a bit more than Sierra Trading Post has it listed for($69), but I'd be willing to let it go for that price if anyone is interested.

I planned to use it, but my Traverse Rescue Kigali 35 has everything I need for patrol/personal use.

PM me or e-mail me at dhawk01@earthlink.net if you're interested.

Have a great day!
post #42 of 53
Thread Starter 
I also ended up ordering a BCA Stash BC -- $50 at REI's outlet sale -- and I'll decide whether to keep it after I've looked at it a bit.
post #43 of 53
Great replies and lots of good ideas. I'm still leaning on the 'well equipped' fanny. I' m concerned that with a backpack, the need to transport a trauma pack (ie- large) would become a problem.

Thoughts?
post #44 of 53
Thread Starter 
What do you carry in a trauma pack? Would you ever bring it down without a sled (i.e., can you count on being able to strap it in)?
post #45 of 53
The trauma pack could come to the scene seperate from the toboggan. Depends where on the mountain the code occurs. If I was bringing both, I would put the pack in the sled. Same with the O2 pack (which is seperate as well).

I'm also noticing a 'surge' in the vest use. Quite a few redcoats here are now using them. That is a whole other thread I'm sure.
post #46 of 53
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Originally Posted by FRDMFTR View Post
...I' m concerned that with a backpack, the need to transport a trauma pack (ie- large) would become a problem.

Thoughts?
Wear a vest. 95% of the (pro) patrol where I work wears a vest, the other few wear a fanny pack. Trauma packs go on over the vest with no problem. I believe ours are somewhere around 40 lbs. Our sleds have mostly basic splinting and bandaging material (and some are backboard equipped), the trauma packs (O2, mask/bag, combitube/LMAs, meds, suction, advanced bleeding and splinting, BP cuff, etc) are brought depending on the nature of the reported incident or when requested by someone on-scene.
post #47 of 53
Thanks for all the great replies. I guess it all depends on the mountain you patrol and the terrain you need to cover. This thread could go on forever but I got the responses I needed to help me out.

Time for water sports. Have a great summer (if it ever gets here).
post #48 of 53
out of curiosity, as i am in the market for a bigger pack with A-frame and/or vertical ski carry capabilities plus a padded waistbelt...

does the Kigali 35 have ski carrying abilities (they don't specify this on their site).

thanks!
post #49 of 53

Re: Patroller backpack recommendations?

I bought the Osprey Switch 16 whilst prepping for MTRII.

http://www.ospreypacks.com/Packs/SwitchSeries/

It's designed with a dry and wet side. The wetside is designed for a shovel, and has pockets for probes. The dry side has room for an extra layer, harness, rescue rack and first aid supplies. More room in top pouch for stuff you need to access often. It's hydration compatible with zippered enclosures on either strap to help keep the tube from freezing. Carries skis either vertical/parallel or X. Great harness.

Haven't used it for daily patrolling. Nice pack. And, you can get it in red.

Bill
post #50 of 53
I loves me the Osprey switch packs... I want one sooooo bad! If you get one I can live vicariously through you!
post #51 of 53
I like the Swivler vest. It's more of a modular pack than a vest.
post #52 of 53
I have a Patagonia vest and like it well enough. I like the idea of a vest better over a butt pack or back pack better because you can keep the weight balanced better from front to back on your body and the vest has more contact with your shoulders that a back pack to spread out the weight better.. and you have less on your back trying to push you off the chair on the lift.

As for Chuck's Swivler vest it is pretty awesome you can get a ton of stuff in it. I just don't really think i need or want to carry enough stuff to handle a small mass causality incident when a sled can be there in 2 to 3 min on our mountain.
post #53 of 53
Dookey bumps a 4 month old thread with a question and everyone is responding to the year old OP without so much as looking at dookeys question.

Awesome
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