New model for this year (Do not check this option if this model was listed as new in last year's Gear Guide)The Pace 28SL and Pace 30, both $99, are ultra-lightweight packs designed for alpine endurance with 1700-1850 cubic inches of capacity and hydration capability. In both womens-specific and standard fits, the packs feature a Delrin rod frame for basic support, as well as a mesh waist belt with zippered bellowed pocket on one side and gear loop on the other. A large front stuff-it pocket with stretch panels and stretch-woven side pockets allow easy-access storage, and shed snow and debris with ease. Side compression straps with buckles and Hypalon reinforcement, along with removable ice axe loops offer multiple and quick possibilities for carrying touring skis, poles, ice axes, and more. Bright color highlights and the reflective loop help keep users more visible; and the loop accepts a Safety Blink light for commuting and bike use. At 1 lb 14 oz, and 2 lbs, respectively, the Pace packs are an essential part of every alpine-lovers gear stash.