I'm pretty happy with this pack for splitboard touring. I've tested it out on multiple day tours and a 4 day hut trip.
It's a nicely designed, roomy, classic style touring pack with top access . There's 2 pull-to-tighten closures for the main compartment which give the pack good overflow capacity for multi-day adventures. There's also a weird adjustable strap clip closure over the top of the main compartment,.
There's a side access zip to the main compartment and 2 zippered internal pockets in the main compartment. 1 is at the bottom of the pack, which I find fairly useless. The other 1 is next to the side zip to the main compartment.
The 'wet' pocket (avy tools) has more than enough room for shovel, probe, snow saw, rutschblock cord, skins.
The lid is removable, has a key clip and can be adjusted up/down depending on how full the pack is. There's also another key clip in the main compartment on the back panel at the top.
There's A-frame carry as well as a chunky loop for diagonal carry. I did find my splitboard (A-framed, I've never tried diagonal) slapping my legs occasionally when booting, haven't decided if this is a design flaw or whether I need to experiment a little. I think if you pull the top shoulder straps a little tighter this will pull the top of the pack a little closer to your shoulders and push the bottom of the pack out a little thereby pushing the tips of your plank(s) a little further out.
You can vertical carry a snowboard (without ski straps) if you're lightly packed.
There's dual ice axe carry which is well done. The pick sits under a flap and the lower side straps have dual loops/clips. The upper straps have an extra loop, but only one clip.
What would I change?
- You can carry 2 ice axes, but where's the external crampon storage? I put mine under the lid and secured it with the (previously useless) black strap.
- Add drain hole in wet pocket.
- Move zipper pocket from bottom of pack to underside of lid.
- $$$ for what it is.