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The designers at Mountain Hardwear teamed up with veteran ski mountaineer Andrew McLean to make the Chuter 28 Backpack with a smart blend of backcountry tech. This midsized pack throws down with smart, gimmick-free construction, easy access to avy gear, and enough room to keep you stocked on an all-day tour or a multi-day hut tour (if you're a light packer).

  • Hardwave back panel is flexible on the y-axis but provides excellent torsional rigidity for an exceptional combination of mobility and support
  • Rear panel zipper opens into main compartment for easy access when your pack is resting in the snow
  • 28-liter size hauls enough gear for a day-long tour or even a lightweight weekend tour
  • Mesh-lined wet locker under the front flap gives you quick access to avy gear and stores it separately so your shovel doesn't drip all over your extra layers after you dig your snow pit
  • Sturdy construction hauls 15-30lb loads
  • 420D nylon is tough enough to handle occasional branch swipes
  • Fleece-lined goggle pocket with water-resistant zipper keeps your eyewear handy
  • A-frame ski carry system holds your skis closer to your body for a balanced center of gravity
  • Adjustable, stowable ski loops let you carry your skis diagonally and tuck out of the way so you don't have excess loops flapping around
  • Versatile strap system can also carry a snowboard or snowshoes
  • Daisy chains on top of and underneath the front flap give you options for attaching your helmet and assorted gear

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Does this have a stiff plastic or metal...

Does this have a stiff plastic or metal frame, or does it only have the 'Hardwave' flexible sheet?

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The description on MH's website makes no mention of frame stays. The plastic framesheet is all it has. Since this is a relatively small pack, it really doesn't need much more than a framesheet.

Chuter Packs by Andrew McLean!

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4 5

Simple solid pack

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a big fan rear entry! Top loading packs fall over in the snow and it's hard to reach items deep down at the bottom. Another plus is you can keep the waist belt on slide the pack around front and access your gear without fully taking the pack off. The shovel/probe compartment is nice in that it's separate and on the outside of the pack (under the flap). It's lightweight and good for day tours, but you can't stretch on overnighter out of it.