I bought the wayback pack and so far i love it. the basic idea to keep snow off the back is great. i can fit my helmet in the main compartment (with goggles and contourhd still attached) while skins, shovel,probe and more are in the back. even so it's easy to wear while riding a chair. it's only downside is the lack of a shoulder strap hydration tube path.
i still haven't figured out how to use the diagonal ski carry system (at least correctly). The obvious yellow straps aren't wide enough for my skis, which are big, but not giant.
i have attached them diagonally from the lower compression strap to the upper with some success, but i highly doubt that's how it was designed. Does anyone have any pictures of skis being carried diagonally.
for more info, and an exciting video including this fab shovel, go to http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php?t=194662
Great lightweight shovel. Big blade but still fits in small volume pack without the handle sticking out. Pop it out, extend the handle and move some snow.
the picture doesn't show the giant velcro ski strap as i've seen in stores. is it included?
I've been on mine about two years and they rock. I get about 80 days a year on them and they've only released on two or three occasions and all when you think they should. When I first got em I was worried about using them to kick the snow off my boots, but no more. I wore out my first pair of boots with them and the toe down adjustment completely took care of the fact that my boot had no toe. I almost died twice when riding my friends G-4's with alpine bindings that kept pre-releasing at speeds. They stomp up the hill as well.
Downside-When I got them they were far cheaper than quality alpine bindings. That doesn't appear to be the case anymore.