The best winter ski pack I've used
I have worn a lot of backcountry oriented packs in my day from a number of manufacturers and find that every one of them had some design flaw that made me ditch the pack sooner or later. I broke down and bought this pack after an avalanche burial a few years ago (without an avalung, but thankfully an excellent and skilled route partner), primarily because of the integrated avalung.
I am pleasantly surprised to find that in addition to BD's well-designed avalung, this pack is fantastic. Just enough room for a long tour or light overnight without being bulky. A great avalanche tool pocket that doesn't bind, even when the pack is jammed full. A comfortable but not over-built suspension (I had none of the issues described in other reviews and think that those relate to incorrect pack sizing). A smart helmet/rope holder over the top that actually works really, really well. Clean, functional A-frame ski carry (even for a short guy like me!)
Thanks BD -- this pack took a lot of iterations to get right, but it is right on now!