This pack looks really good but I'm concerned...
This pack looks really good but I'm concerned about accessing the avy tools through the top. Anyone have experience with how difficult or slow this is? Pictures of the avy compartment would be really helpful.
There are two long pockets inside--one for you probe, and one for your shovel handle. The blade goes in that pocket up against the pockets. It is as difficult as open lid, slide out probe, open/assemble probe. --OR-- If you are on shovel crew, open lid, take out shovel handle and blade, assemble, dig. The separate pockets for the probe/shovel handle are really nice in making it easy to grab exactly what you need.
Thanks for the reply. So after you unbuckle the top pouch and throw it back, you undo the drawstring and the shovel and probe are right there?
That's correct. I would guess it would take 2 to 3 seconds to get your probe out once you have the pack off your back.