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post #61 of 69

I looked through the thread and didn't see this yet and sorry if I missed it but if you are skiing in avi or tree-well areas, you may want to consider the black diamond Bandit or the large sized models with the built-in Avalung. I have the Bandit, its small and compact but still fits a shovel and probe and I have a camelbak system as well. 

post #62 of 69

Ya, looks like the Free Rider will do the trick after comparing them.  The Phantom doesn't have much differences, and I can't find it anywhere.  BC has the vanilla Free Rider 26 so may go that route.

 

Thanks for the help everyone.

post #63 of 69

 

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Originally Posted by Gunnerbob View Post

Ya, looks like the Free Rider will do the trick after comparing them.  The Phantom doesn't have much differences, and I can't find it anywhere.  BC has the vanilla Free Rider 26 so may go that route.

 

Thanks for the help everyone.

 

Black. 

post #64 of 69

This is a great thread, lots of good information.  

 

I'm still debating between the Stash OB and the Camelbak Tycoon.  

 

I basically need the typical things to store: extra gloves, stocking hat, goggle lenses, lunch & snacks, wallet, keys, phone (I usually put this in my jacket for easy access though), Under Armour Pants/Shirt depending on the conditions, and possibly be able to stuff a jacket in it.  There may be something else, but I can't think of anything off the top of my head.  I'd also like to be able to use it in the Summer for hiking and such.  

 

I had mine narrowed down to two until I read this thread and now have included Karve 16 in my selection.  

 

So I have it narrowed down to the Camelbak Tycoon, Stash OB, and the Karve 16.  

 

I like how all 3 can use a Camelbak and the tube is insulated for the winter.  Will the water stay cold during the Summer though?  For all 3 I can attach my skis to them, which is a plus.  The main thing I'm worried about with the Camelbak Tycoon is it being too long.  Right now I'm learning towards the Stash OB because it seems like the right size for me (I'm 6'0" 175) and will meet all my needs for skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer.   

 

If I do on the route of purchasing the newest model of the Stash OB, is it possible to put a Camelbak Antidote Reservoir in it?  I like those better because of the cap, so just wondering if they would fit and work properly in the Stash OB.  

 

Thanks!


Edited by Hokie07 - 1/5/13 at 8:28pm
post #65 of 69
I love my Ortovox backpack. I think the current version is Freeride 24 (mine is older, a 22). I have a Camelback reservoir; what I like is I can change the size of reservoir depending on how much water I want vs other stuff in the bag. The pack is well made and very comfy.
post #66 of 69

Karve 16 is good, but only if you're not a tall person. Anywhere near 6' and it's far too short and becomes uncomfortable.  If you're shorter, it's a great pack, but its main downside is too many straps and excess length.  Ortovox is far superior in terms of design and functionality, but it's also more burly and better for taller people.  Depends if you want more lightweight or burly, and how tall you are. 

post #67 of 69

What about the Arc'teryx Aerios 7?  It has a bladder pocket and looks pretty low profile. 

 

http://arcteryx.com/Product.aspx?EN/Mens/Packs/Aerios-7#

post #68 of 69

That's like a little man-purse LOL!

 

Actually, looks pretty good.  No straps to get in the way, insides look solid and compartmentalized.  You give up some functionality and it's tiny so just the essentials, but the design looks good....minimalist and straightforward, not complicated or weird things to screw it up.

 

Only thing is it looks a bit more like a summer-oriented pack, so it's probably lightweight.  Careful about not ripping it, and no insulation.

 

Otherwise, it looks like a tiny winner.

post #69 of 69
I currently have a Dakine Pro II 26L, which I find a tad too big (its ok, as it has compression straps), and somehow I feel it makes me sweat more, depending on the conditions, so also went looking for something smaller. So I researched and set my eyes in the Osprey Karve 16, which look great on paper. When I tried it I had the same impression somebody mentioned, that it fits strange if you are tall. Im 6ft, tall, and it did feel strange, I tried loosening the straps and tried to find a comfy positioning, but meh. Maybe Im not used, maybe with time it could work. I've checked also the Ortovox Free Rider line, and funny thing is that they recommend the larger ones (24L/26L) for taller folks. Its cool that it has a back protector Also thought about the Vaude backpacks, which have a mesh and a gap between pack and back, so it keeps an air space to breathe. But I didnt find any snow sports specific version with that feature (maybe not a good idea?). So I think I'll keep my dakine and in the future maybe upgrade to the ortovox one, and not going with a smaller backpack, actually
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