I had the older version of this, doesn't look like the new one is a lot different. First, this pack seems like they took a bag, and added straps to it> Which means it doesn't carry well, there's a lot of swinging side to side rather than hugging your back. The integrated avalung is cool but makes a lump in the shoulder strap and you can feel the plastic digging in while carrying anything heavy. the ski carries also kind-of stink. The diagonal has lower loops, but not a very well placed upper strap to hold things securely. The a frame looks like it would work well, but only if the pack is chuck full, and even then the skis slide and slip around a lot, not very secure. The small side zip is also useless. Think, if your pack id full, will you actually be able to open it and access anything? A little but I'd rather have the security of knowing nothing is falling out of my pack.