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The Bandit Avalung Backpack is Black Diamond's smallest and lightest backcountry skiing backpack equipped with the Avalung system. Ideal for just-outside-the-gate resort laps, cat or heli skiing, or quick trips from a hut, this backpack holds your shovel, probe, and small essentials. Should you trigger an avalanche and find yourself en route to burial, the built-in Avalung system improves your ability to breathe beneath the snow so your potential survival time is extended. Every second counts, and this pack could give you the extra few seconds you need when disaster strikes.

  • Built-in Avalung system significantly extends your fresh air supply in case you're caught in an avalanche and buried beneath the snow
  • Fresh air is pulled from the valve box by your shoulder and through the Avalung mouthpiece, and when you exhale, CO2 is expelled from the exhaust port by your waist
  • Avalung mouthpiece and tubing stow away in the shoulder strap when not in use, but are easy to reach so you can extend the mouthpiece just before you drop in
  • Redesigned diagonal ski carry cable extends when you need it and stays retracted when not in use
  • Minimalist suspension design uses lightweight straps and webbing waist-belt that carry light loads comfortably and allow for ample adjustability
  • Hydration sleeve allows you to use a hydration bladder to stay hydrated, and the insulated design keeps your water from freezing solid
  • Enclosed shovel and probe organizer pocket makes it easy to find your entire avy tool kit quickly, and the enclosed design protects your essentials
  • Yellow color is the Seth Morrison pro model pack
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Too small for day touring

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

While pack is nicely organized and fits all my avy gear, there is not sufficient room for rest of my backcountry needs. I recommend the larger avalung pack.

Great Pack.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This pack hold everything you need for a good day in the elements. (shovel, probe) You can fit a couple of extra layers.

In the chance you get buried this thing will extend the livable time to nearly an hour. If your looking for the economical solution to an air-pack this is the way to go.

Sweet Day Pack....a little small

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This pack is awesome for days riding the the resort or dipping under the rope lines and snagging a few pow turns out of bounds. Lightweight and super compact, I barely even notice it. However, don't expect to fit more than an extra pair of gloves and maybe some spare goggles along with your probe and shovel. Not alot of extra room in this guy. Also having the ava-lung is a nice safety perk for those excursions into the backcountry.

Any idea on what size hydration pack you'd use?

Best Answer

It kind of depends on how much gear you have in the pack vs how much water you want to carry.

You could probably get 3 liters in there, but this an 11L pack so that would take up a bit of room. I would go with a 1.5 or 2L reservoir... I really like this one from Camelbak:

Or this one if you are really worried about freezing:

Check out the reviews on that page and you will see that BC Gearhead Eric Plath says it fit perfectly in his BD Avalung pack.

You could always get a bigger reservoir and just not fill it up all the way. Hopefully that helps!