After nearly 20 years working ski patrol, I've used a lot of different packs, usually carrying my med gear separately using another means, and having the pack on station with rescue gear in case I needed to head out of area on a rescue. This year I went for the all in one approach with the Kode 30, and have found this to be a very versatile pack. I did add the Osprey 100 resevoir to it, but with no water, this pack feels really light skiing around even with my shovel, probe, skins, ALL my medical gear, food for my avy dog, and an assortment of knick-knacks like binoculars, straps, headlamp, etc. The assortment of pockets is great for keeping smaller items organized, and the big water reservoir compartment is large enough to stash a pair of big arctic puffy mittens in even with the water full. This pack has caused me to travel a bit lighter than before, but being able to always have all my equipment with me at all times, and in a lightweight set up has been great this year.
The compression system on this is awesome, and the suspension system really locks it to your body so that no matter the terrain, or speed you're skiing, your balance is barely affected. One nice thing I found when the waist buckle got stepped on and broken one day is with 2:1 cinch system in the waist belt you can just use a carabiner to replace the buckle, and it's almost better than the plastic buckle, especially with gloves on.
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