wiscopaul502288 wrote a review of Black Diamond Covert with Avalung Winter Pack - 1343-1953 cu in on April 20, 2012
This is a tough daypack with useful ski-specific features (I think it carries long skis better than a long snowboard, but the quick straps and buckles are very handy in general). While I'd rather not carry a pack on chairlifts, I do like it for hiking Highlands Bowl, and I've taken it on a few backcountry day hikes (skin up, ski down, lap or two) in Colorado. I also used the pack for an avalanche safety course, and all the items the instructors told us to carry (including shovel, probe, down puffy, "extra clothes," lunch, 2L water, rope, first aid kit, etc.) fit inside easily enough. Most of my classmates, even the shorter guys and the women, had bigger packs (and a number had Avalung's, including the instructor). I really wouldn't need more room unless I was also going to camp or cook or whatever. I'm 6'4", 170 lbs., and the pack (the M/L) is at least a little short for me, strictly speaking (the belt rides high unless I wear the whole thing a bit low). I just don't find that the pack, even when it's loaded, is heavy enough for this to be a real issue. If I wore a longer/taller pack, I do suppose I'd get a snugger, more supportive fit, which would be important on a multi-day tour, with more gear (or just more food and water). I don't like the way the Avalung hose passes on top of my shoulder because it's kind of hard, and pokes me, and it makes the strap on that side inflexible so it doesn't fit as comfortably as the other strap. It's not a major issue, but I think it would be with a heavier load, or on a longer hike.