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Trust us, you won’t be disappointed.

With the Backcountry Access Stash OB Winter Pack and some backcountry gear you can check out what all the hootin’ and hollerin’ is about outside the resort gates. This low-profile pack holds all of your gear when you’re on the quest for untracked turns.
  • A 16L (976cu in) pack holds everything you need for a short trip outside the resort gates into the slack/side-country
  • Main organizational pocket keeps your probe, shovel, skins, hydration bladder, and other essentials organized
  • Snow and ski carry straps allow you to lug your board vertically, and your skis diagonally or A-frame
  • Freezeproof hydration bladder system with Outlast sleeve helps your hose and bite valve retain heat longer during chilly lift rides, and when you remove your pack so you have water to sip during your escapades
  • Fleeced-lined external pocket holds your shades, goggles, or yummy snacks
  • Best fits torso lengths between 15-22 inches

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Unanswered Question

Any suggestions on a quick disconnect kit...

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Any suggestions on a quick disconnect kit for the Hydrapak tube/bladder this comes with?

Looks like this one is only compatible w/ 2012 models forward but I have no idea the vintage of the one that came w/ this pack:
http://www.hydrapak.com/store-2/#!/~/product/category=632580&id=7096644

Just got this pack in today, looks pretty decent for the price off of SAC but was bummed to see the hydration is not QD. I could just toss it and use one of my other bladders but I actually dig on the tube insulation and bite valve design.

3 5

Good, but ehh

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

So this pack is truly meant for resorts and lift serve. BCA says that it is 16 liter, but it feels a lot smaller than that; basically the pack isn't deep, which makes it great for the resort and being on the lifts since it doesn't make you feel like you are riding the edge of the chair. It is at supreme capacity with a shovel (I have used a friends Voile Tele and BD Deploy3, both fit well) probe, extra base layer (choose top or bottom, can't bring both), small snack, and a super basic first aid kit, now that I write all that it seems like a lot of stuff. Organization in it is pretty good though for a no-frills pack. The bladder works like its supposed to, I just don't like how much line tension there is in the hose, it wants to not be in your mouth. I do like the three way lock on the mouth piece though, if the bite valve is in line with the hose nothing will flow, but as soon as you put it perpendicular to the hose you can bite down and get some flow. Yeah right if the goggle pouch will fit anything but sunglasses though. I have the BD Bandit (11 Litre non-avalung version) and I can fit just as much stuff in that as the Stash OB. Bottom line - I guess its just another pack...

5 5

Best resort pack!

I have too many packs. Way to many. I really love this one though. I even got it bigger brother (BC) for when I go in the BC. It is the perfect size and profile for resort riding. It never gets in the way when on a chair lift, rides very well on your back, has nice separate slots for shovel, skins, probe, smoked salmon and scotch. It feels like it can carry more than the 16 L it says it is. The hip pockets are very nice, the goggle pocket is quite accommodating. It carries a snowboard very well too. There are to sets of straps that come out of the 4 grey slots in the pic above. The bottom one is very thick velcro and the top one is adjustable sliding clips. Great design. I have used this one 50 plus times. The water resivour broke and BCA rush shipped me a brand new bladder the next day. Impressive!

2 5

Hydration pack freezes, "goggle" pocket too small

Pros: Looks cool (I got the blue one) and I get a lot of compliments on it because it looks cool.
My 16" laptop fits in it, but I don't take that skiing with me
Good size bag if you don't want something bulky.
Easy to carry skis, poles, and boards. Comfortable to wear.

Cons: I mainly got this bag so I would have water while skiing. The Hydration tube froze within 2 hours at Stratton in February. I started skiing around 9:30 and it was frozen before noon. It was sunny and in the mid 20s on that day. I kept it zipped in the strap the whole time.

The goggle pocket won't fit any of my goggles. It's too small for Oakley A frames, Crowbars, in addition to my smaller Spys and Dragons.

The inside mesh pocket interferes with the "goggle" pocket. If you have things in both of the pockets, it looks bulky and affects what you can fit in the main compartment. I also wouldn't recommend putting your goggles in the goggle pocket (if you can fit them in) if you're carrying skis, since the skis will damage the goggles, and you also can't have much in those pockets if you are carrying skis.

The side pockets on the belt unzip very easily so I haven't been able to use them for anything. The video advertises these pockets as camera pockets...wouldn't recommend that.

2 5

No A-Frame Carry

This pack does not actually have A-Frame ski carry compatibilty. The tag on the pack says that it has DIAGONAL ski carry capability only, so the error is in the Backcountry.com description. The same description error is also present on the REI site. The pack itself looks nice, but as it cannot carry my skis A-Frame (the reason I bought the pack in the first place) it is going back.

1 5

Very Poor Quality

I've gone through two BCA packs. I used my first one about 3 years, fairly satisfied. I bought a brand new Stash pack about a month ago. The very first day I used it, I filled up the bladder and it leaked out onto all my gear in my bag during the course of the day (camera included). BCA took care of this and sent out a new, functional bladder.

Within the first 2 weeks of use (so about 5 or 6 uses), a side buckle became completely unstitched and rendered the side ski-carry useless. The next use, the cable that holds the diagonal ski carry snapped in half. This was a brand new pack, and I can already see other stitching coming apart.

Even more, BCA has not since even responded to this issue after contacting their warranty department. Essentially, I bought a pack specifically for backcountry skiing that doesn't currently have the capability to even carry a set of skis - I've got an overweight, overpriced Camelbak.

Very Poor Quality
Responded on

Hey just to give you a heads up BCA is in the process of changing the packs. Sorry to hear about your warranty issues. That's a bummer but Hopefully they'll get back soon.

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To add onto KC Deane the updated version is now available