Once you have the ability to put your skis on you pack without removing it, it’s tough to go back to traditional systems. Simple shoulder-hooks are the fastest while the wrap-around cords are more secure. Runners will appreciate the vest-style packs with everything in front.
You just picked the perfect pack for light and fast strikes in the mountains, but now you can't fit your helmet! The easy solution is Mammut's helmet holder. 4 stretchable loops can be fastened around attachment points on the back of your pack and will fit most configurations. Leave room for a puffy, thermos and travel sized Scrabble board in your pack by conveniently placing your ..
Backpacks are like best friends that hug you and keep you safe. They've always got your back and, as long as you remember to bring them along, will be there for you no matter what. But when you're out breaking trail and your backpack is left to bring up the rear, who has your backpack's back? The ARVA Helmet Holder is one candidate. It keeps the lines of your backpack* tight for th..
Do you find yourself envious of your friend's quick-carry ski system? Do you wake up night after night, worried that your pack isn't optimized to be as efficient as possible? Well, rest easy, Blue Ice has you covered with the Quick Ski Carry Kit. Inspired by skimo racing, this kit allows you to attach your skis to your pack without having to remove it. While not a necessity, this w..
Everything you need and nothing you don’t. Besides being a pretty sweet marketing slogan for a utopian residential community, this phrase is also an apt descriptor for Ski Trab’s Sprint.2 Pack! This pack’s streamlined 15-liter design has all the features you need to blast your way to a podium spot, short of a jetpack or personal training facility at 3,000m. It’s light enough for ru..
We know you want to look good and be an efficient skier when you're touring the backcountry. Now you can don a sleek backpack for those dawn patrols because Dynafit has made a lightweight, anatomically shaped, fully featured, water-repellent backpack that is also quite svelte. The Expedition 30 Backpack is designed for all-day touring and comfort, for you and your gear. The top of ..
To stay safe there are certain pieces of gear you need in the backcountry. To stay light there are specific pieces of gear you need. The Ski Trab Aero 2.0 Race pack lets you carry all of the essentials with a minimum of weight. A dedicated shovel pocket and probe sleeve are positioned away from the body for comfort and easy access. Maybe don't tell anyone, but this pack has space f..
The new Dynafit DNA 16 pack is loaded with new features that further allow the skier to customize the pack for their specific needs. Offering height adjustable chest straps to dial in the perfect fit, and repositionable ski carry loop to find the ideal configuration to carry skis. The Dynafit DNA pack also will help your teammate when they start dragging behind by adding a rope par..
The CAMP Rapid Racing Pack is built on the same beloved platform as the Rapid, one of the most popular race style packs around, only the Racing version went on a substantial diet to optimize for speed, speed, and more speed. The new version uses a superlight fabric and features two different ski carrying systems that lets racers attach and detach skis without removing the pack. The..
Dedication is important. Dedication to training, dedication to days in the mountains, a dedicated safety equipment compartment like you will find in Dynafit's Speed 20 pack. Almost too many features to mention, yet not-a-one worth overlooking, this race-oriented pack is well-engineered by the skimo experts at Dynafit. Since you're working hard, this pack has an Airmesh back panel a..
The LiTRIC airbag system from Ortovox is a modular system that utilizes two bases with interchangeable "Zip-On" packs.* This effectively allows someone who purchased any Freeride or Touring LiTRIC pack to get a "new airbag" at a nominal cost. Both Tour and Freeride bases can be used interchangeably with Tour or Freeride Zip-On packs. Please note that "S" packs can only be used with..
The original Ski Raptor Pack from CAMP toed the line nicely between a higher volume freeride pack but with the slick skimo features to make even the baggiest of pant wearing park rats feel like Kilian Jornet. Once again CAMP has outdone themselves with the Ski Raptor 20 Pack, a sleeker lower volume version of the Ski Raptor 30 Pack built for shorter missions. New ventilated back pa..
There are two types of pack-wearing individuals; those who use just one pack for all their backcountry needs and those that have a pack for every subset of touring (e.g., a race pack, mountaineering pack, freeride pack, beer pack, etc…). Never one to take sides, Dynafit, with the reimagined Free 30 W, has created something that everyone can be happy with. Its 30 L volume, quick ski..
From accordions to armadillos, it is clear that an expandable-collapsible design can be useful. Dynafit has recognized this wisdom in their Speed 25+3 Pack. Encompassing a litany of handy features for light n’ fast ski touring, this pack’s claim to fame is an additional zipper that reveals an extra three liters of storage space. This might come in handy carrying an extra puffy for ..
As an ode to the glorious retro past of yore, Dynafit took their Speed 25 + 3, combined it with hip colors, and called it the Low Tech 25 + 3. Built with versatility in mind, the unisex Low Tech 25 + 3 incorporates many smart features designed to make the life of speedy ski tourers easier and more groovy. Just look at the quick ski carry, drinking system compatibility, and removabl..
Equally at home on large Spring tours, as it is doing interval training before work, the Mammut Aenergy ST 20-25 is ready to help you move quickly and efficiently through the mountains. With the inspiration for its design taken from running vests, the Aenergy ST 20-25 utilizes two elasticized straps on the front of the chest, comfortably securing the pack against your body and keep..
One of the (very) few drawbacks of the amazing X3-600 pack is that gear on the bottom of the top loader can be hard to access. Well now CAMP has enabled you to go in through the back door. A secret zippered panel has been installed on the back for more direct access to that important stuff you accidentally packed first. And since the designers were already adding a few grams, they ..
The Rapid is the brother of the world-renowned Rapid Racing pack; this version is built with a higher emphasis on day-to-day use outside of a race course. The Rapid is an excellent pack for everything from racing to long days accessing technical lines. A nifty velcro crampon pouch provides easy access to crampons (camera, overmitts, water bottle, etc) without removing the pack. EZ ..
The Dynafit FREE 32 Pack seemingly takes from both the lightweight skimo world AND the definitely-not-skimo feature-rich world. Made out of the same, rugged material as the Expedition packs, this new pack is sure to hold up against almost anything that is thrown at it. Along with its burly fabric, it'll hold all of your sharp & pointy bits, including ice axes and razor-sharp sk..
The Kohla Space Pack combines one of the fastest race-pack layouts with the wonder material known as Dyneema*. Strong, light, waterproof, you name it. The Space Pack carries a spritely 20-liters of gear split between a main compartment and a crampon pouch. The main zipper houses all your safety gear, a hydration bladder, snow study equipment, and maybe a puffy jacket or extra glove..
Long used in distance running, “running vests” give an individual the ability to explore the furthest reaches of wilderness due to the extra goodies that can be brought along, without the bulky restrictive feeling of a pack. Because of this, the good folks at La Sportiva created the Course pack, which combines the comfort of a running vest with the simplistic functionality of a ski..
The Ski Raptor 20 is the embodiment of, "Ask for and you shall receive." While its predecessor bearing the same name was an instant hit, many noticed and wished it had a dedicated pocket for avalanche gear. Wanting to please the people, CAMP has done just that with this current iteration. With the dedicated avalanche pocket, you can now store your avalanche tools for convenient acc..
Just as Sauron crafted one ring to rule them all, CAMP crafted the Speed Raptor 30 to rule all your pack needs. This intelligently laid out pack borrows the best traits from skimo and freeride-oriented ski packs to create an adventure-ready companion, eagerly awaiting your next ski mountaineering mission. While booting often feels like crawling up the fiery slopes of Mount Doom, th..
The Ortovox Ravine 28 is a modern freeride pack with useful mountaineering-specific features. A rope attachment affixes rope to the top of the main compartment while an ice axe can be stored either in the safety compartment or outside of the pack, ensuring you're covered for all vertical adventures. A side and top zipper offer easy access to the main compartment and a separate safe..
The Ravine 28S is a modern freeride pack that will make all your other packs envious. The Full Contact Light Back System is ergonomic and distributes weight evenly across the back, providing a secure fit for skiing. A separate safety compartment allows for quick access to safety equipment while a side zipper provides easy access to the main compartment. Similar to skimo-style packs..
Airbags, contrary to their name, are not made of air, and thus are not known to be the lightest of protective systems. This abundance of extra heft, therefore, has traditionally left many airbags out of the quivers of those seeking to put in the biggest vertical days. Thankfully, the good folks at Arva realized the need and created the Tour 25 UL. This airbag is light on weight but..
There are few things worse than carrying extra weight, especially when trying to move quickly and efficiently through the mountains. With the Reactor Tour 28 UL Airbag Pack, Arva has created an airbag for the weight conscious, ensuring you can have the protection of an airbag, without being weighed down. Predominantly built using recycled 210D CORDURA fabric, the Reactor Tour 28 UL..
Increasingly, many airbag owners are discovering the benefits of a battery-operated system. That is, the ability to travel on an airplane, multiple deployments on a single charge, and forgoing the hassle of needing to refill a canister after a single use. Recognizing this, Ortovox and Arc’teryx collaborated to create the Avabag LiTRIC platform. Taking this platform, Ortovox made th..
The “S” stands for short, but the Ortovox LiTRIC Tour 28S airbag is anything but short on functionality. With the electronically driven LiTRIC avalanche floatation system, you can fly with this in your carry-on, ensuring you can use your own familiar airbag instead of a rental. After a full charge, the Litric Tour 28S will have enough power for two deployments, providing a margin o..
The Ortovox LiTRIC Tour 30 bag is perfect for backcountry outings where you need reliability and functionality. With the LiTRIC system, you get both. Utilizing lightweight lithium batteries to drive a supercapacitor, the LiTRIC Tour 30 remains reliable in temperatures down to -22°F and once activated can fill the airbag in 4 seconds. Whether you simply want to practice with your ai..
The Ortovox Avabag LiTRIC Tour 36S is filled top to bottom with features that are defined by quality and performance. The modular LiTRIC system, which serves as the foundation for the Avabag LiTRIC Tour 36S, uses supercapacitors and lightweight lithium-ion batteries, resulting in a design that allows for reliability in extreme temperatures. With two deployments per charge, you can ..
The Ortovox LiTRIC Tour 40 offers a lot, and we're not just talking about volume. Fed up by traditional compressed gas cartridges, the LiTRIC Tour 40 uses supercapacitors driven by lightweight, lithium-ion batteries. This allows for multiple deployments in the field and easier travel, seeing as you can bring it along in your carry-on. If you find yourself wanting a smaller liter pa..