Overall Rating: 3.5
Why we like it This burly, big-volume, well-organized pack boasts a unique system of exterior straps that lend it year-round performance—without adding a lot of weight.
Versatility A set of durable, plastic-reinforced horizontal straps and loops easily secures everything from skis, snowboards, and snowshoes to a tent or trekking poles. On an eight-day trip in Alaska’s Gates of the Arctic National Park, one tester reports that her mid-fat powder skis were “as secure as if they were super-glued on, yet removing them on the go was still a breeze.”
Access While the UBIC has a clean exterior, the stretchy, zippered front and side pockets provide easy, on-the-go access to gloves, hats, and extra layers. “The pockets are super low-profile but held 1-liter bottles, excess clothes, and even my camp chair,” reports one tester. Plus, the extra-large, rubber-encased zipper pulls are truly glove-friendly.
Comfort The pack easily adjusts to fit 17- to 21-inch torsos via nylon webbing on the backpanel. “Even fully loaded with 45 pounds, the pack sat on my hips without pinching or rubbing,” says one traditionally hard-to-fit tester. He credits the cushioned hipbelt and tapered shoulder straps (the top sections of which offer a broad 3 inches of coverage that distribute the weight evenly across your shoulders).
Caveat Testers at the higher end of the torso range felt slightly cramped, and wanted more length.
$219; 3 lbs. 15 oz.; 70 liters; 1 size; milletusa.com