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looking for a backpack, need suggestions!!!

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

Without beating around the bush, i'm going to go straight to the point!!

I'm looking for a backpack to use on the slopes to hold my stuff.

 

Gloves (thin set)

Water (camelbak or likeness)

Face protector

Keys

Phone

EX goggle lens (maybe)

Goggle wipe

Snacks (to a minimal - power bar or two)

 

However when I say slopes i mean as much as they can be in ohio.

This is normally where i go (http://www.perfectnorth.com/trail_map.php ) its not the biggest hill but its the best/the only place around. 

NESSASARY to NOT interfear with the lift considering i'll be on it 50% of the time

 

So basically im looking at the Camelbak Zoid. Does anyone have it? your opinon. Do you have anyother options/suggestions?

 

THANKS IN ADVANCE

post #2 of 12

Osprey and Deuter both make hydration packs and they're both quality makers.  Black Diamond probably also makes them as do other companies.  Get something that weighs 8-10 pounds, go to a store and try some on with your ski jacket on, then buy the one that is most comfortable.

post #3 of 12

Check out the BCA (Backcountry Access) Stash pack. It is a very low profile pack that is perfect for lifts. Also it has an insulated hydration sleeve so the water won't freeze. Very important.

post #4 of 12

I have a Dakine Heli pack.  At 11 litres it's perfect for me.  The Heli Pro, on the other hand, is 16 litres and is bigger than I need.

post #5 of 12

Check this thread which was helpful to me when I asked a very similar question.

post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

Osprey and Deuter both make hydration packs and they're both quality makers.  Black Diamond probably also makes them as do other companies.  Get something that weighs 8-10 pounds, go to a store and try some on with your ski jacket on, then buy the one that is most comfortable.



Well after looking at the osprey and deuter packs, i like the Osprey raptor 6 hydro pack, however the one thing i am worried about it is the hydro pack /water freezing up becuase its not designed for the snow/ cold weather. is that going to be a problem?

post #7 of 12
It is trivial to add a neoprene tube and insulation to a generic pack and hydration bladder. At which point the generic pack is just as good as (read: just as bad as) the "designed for snow" one in keeping your drink slush free. You will have to blow air back into the hose no matter what.
post #8 of 12

Agree w/Comprexon the ease of adding an insulated tube to replace the warm weather tube.  Did it in about 10 minutes. 

 

I went very small on the pack, an REI little Stoke 9...link below.  Of course after I added a camelbak bladder and swapped the tube it was at least as expensive as a fully equiped Camelbak.  To me though this pack fit very well, better than the Camelbaks I tried.  It is very narrow, so sits right in the center of the back and you really don't notice any bulk or size while on the slope.  It is small enough that not a bother on the chair too.  I carry the water bladder, sunblock, ibuprofen, gaiter, granola bars for the family, lock, boot protecting bottom skins, cell phone, and have squeezed in glasses and a fleece vest on occasion.

 

http://www.rei.com/product/795508    

 

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 

Dakine Glacier?

post #10 of 12
^barely bigger than a Camelbak Rocket. If that works for your needs, sure, why not.
post #11 of 12

I found this backpack but it is for a women, I can not find a male equivalent. I really dont care I am 5"7 150 about a size 40 jacket, think I will be to big for it?

 

http://www.backcountrygear.com/catalog/packdetail.cfm/BCA133


Edited by TFull - 12/6/10 at 8:40am
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Originally Posted by job151 View Post

Agree w/Comprexon the ease of adding an insulated tube to replace the warm weather tube.  Did it in about 10 minutes. 

 

I went very small on the pack, an REI little Stoke 9...link below.  Of course after I added a camelbak bladder and swapped the tube it was at least as expensive as a fully equiped Camelbak.  To me though this pack fit very well, better than the Camelbaks I tried.  It is very narrow, so sits right in the center of the back and you really don't notice any bulk or size while on the slope.  It is small enough that not a bother on the chair too.  I carry the water bladder, sunblock, ibuprofen, gaiter, granola bars for the family, lock, boot protecting bottom skins, cell phone, and have squeezed in glasses and a fleece vest on occasion.

 

http://www.rei.com/product/795508    

 



 

 What size bladder did you get, is it insulated or does it freeze?


Edited by TFull - 12/6/10 at 8:28am
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