Durability If you carry skis or a board a lot, you know how quickly some tough-looking packs can fall apart. Not this one. Sturdy straps attach with metal hooks, and tough hypalon rubber fortifies the webbing attachment points on the BCA Stash. “My skis never tore the material, even after months of use in the Jackson Hole backcountry,” a tester says. Ding: weight.
Adjustablity A swath of Velcro secures the hipbelt to the backpanel for easy repositioning without taking the pack off. “I like the on-the-fly adjustment that lets me quickly position the hipbelt higher on my lumbar for steep uphill skins or lower on my iliac crest for the downhills,” said a tester after toting 25 pounds on rolling Wyoming terrain. 30 liters