Gear Review

5 5

Anarchist in the USA

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

I picked this pack up as a replacement\upgrade for my BD Outlaw which I've outgrown as my adventures got more elaborate.
The key feartures I need are: An A-frame carry wide enough for a 140mm splitboard\ski. Easy access to avy tools. Back access. And compression. This pack nails it.
At first I was apprehensive about the top loading being difficult to get at the gear low in the pack but this opens very wide and also can go through the back, which I love the new design using velcro and a single pull instead of having to use the zippers. The compression straps really make the pack versatile for those days when I'm only carrying basic tools, skins, compactor poles and a layer.
The waist belt is a life saver! Its going to be hard to go back to anything else after using this pack on a few longer boot packs and tours with heavy gear.
This pack will replace my Osprey Variant for splitboard approach ice climbs.

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Hey Reid,

Just picked this up, took it out for a tour the other day. I had zero problems with comfort when skinning, my problems came when hiking with my skis on my back/pack. I was on a windy ridge and the swivel hip was driving me nuts. The wind had the pack shifted a bit (due to the swivel) which had the weight off balance.

You ever have any issues with this? I'm curious if I just haven't dialed in this pack yet.

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Hey Mat,
I've had that a few times, usually because of lighter loads in the back. I found I don't use the "ski strap" at the bottom but the compression straps instead and really tighten it down. The other time was that I didn't put a strap around the tips and on a very steep boot pack the whole load tilted. I"m not quite sure how to exactly fix the problem other than being sure the skis are strapped on tight. Perhaps pulling the forward load adjusters on the shoulder straps will angle them better.