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Mountain Hardwear
Snoskiwoski 40L Backpack

4 out of 5 stars
23 Reviews
Current price: $131.99 Original price: $219.99
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Why We Like The Mountain Hardwear Snoskiwoski 40L Backpack

Whether we're skiing, mountaineering, or mixing the two, the lightweight and durable Snoskiwoski 40L Backpack is our pack of choice. It's efficiently sized for a full day in the mountains and optimally organized for quick access to our climbing and avalanche safety equipment. The main compartment can be accessed from the drawcord top or the full-length side zipper, and tool carry on the front of the pack keeps tools within reach. Skis can connect diagonally or in an A-frame configuration while leaving the pack's contents accessible.


  • Ultralight pack for day missions at high elevations
  • Cordura and recycled ripstop protect equipment inside and out
  • 40-liter capacity ideal for single-day or minimalist trips
  • Internal reservoir sleeve keeps skiers and climbers hydrated
  • Easy-access main compartment with two methods of entry
  • Zippered side pocket for skins or additional gear
  • Front panel tool carry for quick access to axes and more
  • Fixed A-frame ski loop and modular diagonal ski carry
  • Item #MHWZ9RM
Responsible Collection
[face fabric] 100% 210D high-tenacity recycled nylon, [base] Cordura 500D nylon
[small/medium] 40L (2441cu in), [medium/large] 42L (2563cu in)
aluminum frame, CLPE framesheet (removable)
Shoulder Straps
dual-density padded
Waist Belt
dual-density, removable
Hydration Compatible
Reservoir Included
not included
drawcord top, zippered side
1 large left-side zippered, 1 hipbelt zippered
Gear Loops
yes, tool
Ski Carry
A-frame, diagonal
Helmet Carry
Ice Axe Carry
Claimed Weight
[small/medium] 2lb 6.5oz, [medium/large] 2lb 8.7oz
backcountry skiing, mountaineering, hiking, backpacking
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Overall Rating

4 based on 23 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 0 reviews
2 Stars - 2 reviews
3 Stars - 5 reviews
4 Stars - 7 reviews
5 Stars - 9 reviews

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5 out of 5 stars

June 11, 2024


loved the evolution of this pack. avy pocket is spacious, can fit my snow science kit under my shovel inside. streamlined design. can see through the white, undyed fabric making it easy for you or partners to retrieve stored units with ease through the side-zip entry or the top. wears nicely. the over the shoulder sling is a great feature but doesn't quite fit split boards and some ski bindings. synchs down great when not filled up. LOVE the red color, stands out a lot against the snow.

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5 out of 5 stars

April 15, 2024

Great pack!!

Quality pack. I've used on four tours now and I like all the features.


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3 out of 5 stars

March 27, 2024

Very light, but top is poor

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Size Bought:

The pack is very light, but the top (the lid) is between a roll-top and a fix fastener type top. It's not well designed because you could have loads of different sizes and it won't close all the way. If it was raining, it would not be possible to fully keep things dry because water would slowly leak through the sides of the lid.

5 out of 5 stars

March 15, 2024


Love this thing, light, avy pocket, sits high over a harness


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4 out of 5 stars

January 29, 2024

Fantastic bag but top closure could be improved

I bought this pack as my new winter SAR bag as well as a larger bag for ski touring since I only had a 25 L before. I use an Osprey Mutant 38 in the summer and for my winter mountaineering so I'll mostly compare it to that. I so far have taken it out on one SAR mission and 3 days of ski touring, here are my initial impressions. Pros: -Despite not having a top brain (more on that later), the combination of the side pocket to hold gloves and a headlamp, the right hip belt pocket to hold my notepad and a multi-tool, and the zippered pouch in the avy compartment to hold my wallet and keys, this pack has enough storage to hold my smaller items securely. -This bag feels like a true 40 L capacity and I can comfortably fit insulated pants, mitts, a bivy, extra food, survival supplies, a hard shell jacket, gloves, a first aid kit, and a synthetic belay parka with some room to spare! -Due to some poor planning on a new route, our group had to ski and traverse through dense trees to get back to our car. Making our way through the trees, I hit multiple branches at low to moderate speeds and didn't get a single tear. I see the main fabric lasting for quite a while. -The side entry is a cool feature and while I don't use it since I strap a foam pad to that side, I could see how by strategically packing, you can easily access items without having to expose the top. Cons/improvements: -The top closure system could also be improved. The main opening of the bag has a cinch top which is fine but then a narrow storm flap is used to cover the opening. If overstuffing the bag, the storm flap doesn't completely cover the cinch opening and there are gaps on both sides that lead directly into the main body of the pack. Additionally, the G hook used to secure the storm flap to the rear of the pack is fairly long due to the bartack stitching and does not allow you to compress the bag more vertically. This could be addressed simply by using a wider storm flap to cover the opening. My preferred solution would be to instead use a removable top brain to cover the opening. This would provide even more storage and also provide a way to secure a rope on top so this pack could then replace the role of my Mutant for winter mountaineering. -The avy pocket could extend further from the front of the pack to allow you to fit a larger shovel blade. I was able to fit my quaint BCA B1 EXT blade into the pocket with about an inch to spare on each side but, with the bag packed to its full capacity, the zippers are not easy to close. -Ice axe attachment could be better but it's not the worst. Like offerings from Arc'teryx, Osprey, and Dynafit to name a few, I would prefer to have an aluminum toggle on a bungee to feed through the head of the axe rather than a buckle and strap to secure the shaft to the pack.


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5 out of 5 stars

December 21, 2023

My favorite ski pack yet

I love this pack. The size is great - it cinches down small enough to be a reasonable size for a short tour, but large enough for a multi-day excursion or big alpine outing. I've had it loaded up with skis in A-frame plus two ice tools and it was comfortable and felt really dialed. I love the small side pocket for stashing my skins after transitioning. The dedicated avy gear pocket is clutch. The main pocket is a good size, and I think the top closure mechanism is functional and easy-to-use. I think MH really nailed it with this pack!!!

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4 out of 5 stars

November 30, 2023

Light and Functional

The pack so far has been very useful, small and light but has the capability to haul larger loads. It is made for snow so it stays close to the back and doesn’t breathe. This causes a sweating problem that you may need to mitigate with layering properly. Whether over multiple layers or just the base layer the pack is comfortable. The shovel pocket is spacious and convenient. Love the side access for gear or a rope if you’re touring. The left side zip pocket is perfect for quick access to your probe. Overall the quality and ease of use are great. Cons: lack of an arch with the back board prevents air flow. I actually got a rash from a 5 hour hike. I decided to wash the pack, which was actually pretty easy, but reinstalling the back plate and aluminum frame was fairly difficult considering how easy it was to remove. The compression straps are a bit higher on the pack than my preference. A second mesh storage pocket in the shovel pocket would be nice for organizing and elevating gear to keep weight centered. Pros: I think the best part which I haven’t been able to use yet is the diagonal carry system that is built into the pack. Supposed to be able to store skis or split halves without removing the pack, excited to test this once the snow flies. Multiple carry methods are built into the design. Most importantly it looks cool 😎


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5 out of 5 stars

June 4, 2023

Practical for the A/T skier

Great day tripper bag, easy access to gear as you go...


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3 out of 5 stars

February 23, 2023

Snowskiwoski Ski pack review.

So far, there are some issues: ski slots are too narrow for wide skis or splitboards, luckily the side straps (both with releasable buckles) will work for side carry/A-frame. The diagonal carry system is awkward, and the shoulder strap cam buckle broke the first time I tried to use it: the webbing binds too much in the buckle, making it nearly impossible to adjust and tighten. Hence I would suggest the diagonal carry system does not function. The tool pocket is large enough to carry one of the bigger shovel blades, which is nice, and a small lightweight axe will fit in there as well. So will skins. The rest of the pack seems to be pretty well sorted, it is reasonable in weight, and it seems like it will carry enough gear for a lightweight overnight mission, and it compresses down well enough for the average day of backcountry riding. The small zippered accessory compartment could be a little bigger. There is no dedicated goggle stow area, which some users might want, I could care less. The side pocket seems like it is a good place to carry spare gloves, balaclava, and things like that. The main compartment is quite large. The top closure is a bit curious..., I am not sure why MH did not go with a more extendable, standard roll top closure? This requires two actions to get in and out of (undo the strap, and then expand the cord closure) which could be easier. Also, this does not look like it will keep water out of the pack, which is not an issue here in Colorado, but might be in wetter climates. It does look like the strap closure over the top will allow for some excess heat to be strapped on top for approaches on overnights. With careful packing, the side access zipper to the main compartment could be quite useful for grabbing water bottles and such. I will try and follow up after a number of big days out...


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4 out of 5 stars

February 11, 2023

Snowskiwoski 40 Pack

I took a chance on this pack by ordering it without seeing it 1st. I like the fit, comfort and weight as well as the capacity. I am less enthused about the light duty hardware (like a 1" buckle/clasp to secure the hip belt), the draw string closure of the main compartment and the lack of pockets/compartments to stash smaller items. The large outside pocket for shovels/probes is useful and easy to access.


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