The pack has the right idea, but as others have said, the probe pocket is too short. Also, the avy pocket is not roomy enough for a mid-sized shovel--it fits, but distorts the pocket as a result. Otherwise, it seems like it would be a good option. I bought it but sent it back. Now I am considering the Mammut Spindrift 40 or the Deuter Guide 45. I have also heard good things about the Millet ProLight Tour 38+.