Climbing gear, skis, snowshoes, or snowboard: If your idea of a weekend trip includes any of the above, this pack is a steal. We dragged the Mountain Guide up crags and through slot-canyon squeezes, and the tough fabric and one-inch quick-release buckles easily withstood the abuse. The pack is a tad heavy, but testers loved the comfort and versatility.
The molded composite backpanel can comfortably carry 35 pounds, and the harness and hipbelt provide a good blend of cushion, mobility, and venting. The backpanel, top pocket, hipbelt, and front shovel pocket are all strippable to shave ounces. Tough, molded rubber fittings on the front compression straps hold tools like snowboards or shovels and prevent their sharp edges from doing damage. $120; 3,350 cu. in.; 4 lbs. 6 oz. Llbean.com
Feature-loaded pack designed for winter backcountry activities - skiing, snowshoeing or backpacking.
Narrow profile top loading pack with full side zipper panel access.
Thermal formed frame sheet/collar cut shoulder straps with load lifter straps.
Recurved conically cut hip belt, lower stabilizer straps.
Molded front compression wings for storage of snowshoes, skis, etc.
Compression straps for skis, poles.
Removable crampon/climbing skins pocket on front.
Shovel shelf with drainage hole and velcro lash patch for handle.