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 went ahead and used a more durable fabric, making the X3 Backdoor a hard-wearing pack for daily touring.
All the other features on the pack are what you’d expect from a CAMP skimo pack. The ski carry system can be used without taking off your pack. Mesh pockets on the sides are great for stashing skins, water bottles, gloves, what have you. The hip belt pocket holds fuel and ice axe loops carry your pick. This could be the new go-to pack for longer tours when you still want to move fast.
- New Tri-Ripstop fabric is light, strong, and coated to resist moisture and abrasion.
- Wire Xpress ski carry system is a loop and sling that can be operated while wearing the pack.
- Backdoor access panel is opened by pulling a loop attached to zippers, exposing all contents.
- Hip belt and lower back padding for comfort while air channels in the shoulders keep you cool.
- EZ OP buckles on the waist belt and chest strap can be opened with gloves on.
- Dual ice axe loops can be retracted and have simple bungee clips to secure the spikes.
- Spacious lid compartment and internal security pocket keep you organized.
- Large mesh side pockets are elastic to hold all kinds of objects or none at all.
- Hip belt pocket lets you keep fuel, map, compass, clinometer, or camera within reach.
|Access||Top and back|
|Ski Carry||Wire Xpress|
|Shovel / Probe||Internal restraints|
|Ice Axe||Dual loops & cords|
|Stash Pockets||1 hip belt, 1 mesh on shoulder strap|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Long days, short overnights|
|Notes||Convenient backdoor access|
|Bottom Line||More accessible X3|
|Compare to other Backpacks|
Questions & Reviews
The light weight comes at a price though. First, there is no separate compartment for avy tools, so your shovel and probe end up with all your other gear. Usually not a problem, but if you dig a lot of pits, or otherwise use your shovel a lot you will need to be diligent to clean it of snow before stowing it.
The other price is durability. I got four full seasons out of my first one before I bought the second. The bottom became frayed and torn from setting it on rocks and ice and the ski attachment strap hook eventually tore off. I admit to being hard on equipment though.
Overall there is nothing shoddy or substandard about the construction. It's a quality lightweight pack.
If your deal touring pack is:
-lightweight yet carries a fairly heavy load well.
-has a waist belt pocket for snacks on the go
-easy/fast/secure ski carry system
-simple no frills design
then you've found what you're looking for in the X3 series.
Im 6'2 sasquatch with a belly made from rice, noodle and brown ale will the pack ski well how is the length on the back panel?
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