how does this compare to the varient 52?...
how does this compare to the varient 52? Looking at multi-day ski tours and two-day summit pushes in the wasatch, also some summer backpacking in there aswell, what do you recomend? Which one carries avy-gear better?
The varient 52 carries gear softer...but this BD id my fev! and it is bombproof. and I like it back. Good for me
I would go with the Variant 52. The rope strap on this is very annoying, with the buckle hidden away. The Variant crampon pouch is more accommodating of other items (though a bit more fragile). The Variant also has probe pockets. It's also somehow lighter, and feels better-built with better fabric. And while it's nice (though barely noticeable) for lighter loads, I find that the "pivot" waistbelt on the Mission makes me feel more unbalanced when the pack is really full.
I've used the Variant quite a bit and like it a lot for ski touring. But for the money and what you want to use it for the Black Diamond Anarchist is much more orientated for on snow backcountry travel