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 this pack is rolled and waterproofed, ensuring that even if you take a tumble, or get caught in a storm, your valuables will stay safe and dry. This pack is dressed to the nines and will house all your necessary touring accessories both inside and out. This 30 litre pack includes an internal waterproof pocket, an aluminum ski hook, and comes with a crampon safety box. With attachments for a helmet, rope, and some extra daisy chains for whatever suits your fancy, this pack was constructed to offer you the necessities and durability of a pack that you can take out for pleasant or stormy trips. Additionally, the Expedition 30 Backpack has anatomically cut straps that fit close to your body and reduce unnecessary pull on your shoulders and back, a problem that tends to plague the esteemed backpack world. The Expedition 30 Backpack is a great choice for anyone looking for a lightweight pack with great volume for backcountry touring, especially on those days when the snow is falling fast and deep.
- Built-in crampon safety box keeps your accessories organized and safe.
- Anatomically cut and fit straps help prevent unwanted strain and pull on your shoulders and spine.
- Attachments for a helmet, axes, and rope allows for easy access to your accessories.
- Aluminum ski hook for quick transitions.
- External daisy chain gives quick access to whatever you deem worthy to bring along.
- Water repellent and tear-resistant nylon material holds up in snowy, pack scraping conditions.
- Roll top creates a better seal to protect items stored inside.
- Ideal 30 litre volume and lightweight construction make for a perfect, all-day touring pack.
|Access||Roll top access, safety box compartment with access from side|
|Ski Carry||Aluminum ski hook|
|Shovel / Probe||Inside|
|Security Pocket||Waterproof pocket inside pack|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Mountaineering and long winter tours|
|Notes||Outside rope carry|
|Bottom Line||Serious mountaineering pack that will keep your gear dry|
|Compare to other Backpacks|
Questions & Reviews
This pack is SO close to being perfect but it has a few issues.
In the tradition of Festivus, I will begin with the airing of grievances.
To start, there is an external stuff pocket that is just a hair too narrow to properly hold avy gear. I tried both a BCA and a black diamond shovel and both "mostly" fit but had about an inch of the shovel head exposed. The pocket tapers for no reason. If they just didn't taper it, everything would fit fine. To pile on with this, the pocket is secured by the buckle so the head of a shovel will (sorta) fit and won't fall out but if you slid a probe or the handle of the shovel in, they would fall out if the pack were turned upside down. Just adding a small flap you could tuck under the buckle would solve this.
Next "avy gear" issue is the internal storage for handle shovel/probe. Inside the main compartment are two, velcro fastners, one top and one near the bottom. They are wide enough to hold the probe and handle together but why? Why not just have either two sets of these, one for each or better yet, a couple of sleeves. Adding a couple 7D ripstop sleeves would add virtually zero weight and be much more practical.
Continuing with the "weird storage" trend is the "Ice axe speed attachment" which without any explanation from Dynafit seems to be different from any other pack they make. FWIW, I may not be doing this correctly? Anyway, instead of having a small loop like their other packs, there is a bit of webbing that pops out near the base of the stuff pocket with another, perpendicular loop in the middle. The first bit of webbing has a length adjustment hidden inside the crampon compartment. In theory, I guess you could hold two ice axes with this and then attach both handles to the webbing and buckle loop on the left shoulder? Well, it's awkward to adjust, the adjustment loop gets tangled with crampons and when I tried putting two axes in it fit poorly.
Next, the helmet attachment system? Does this exist? It's not listed as a feature on Dynafit's site for this product but it is here. The only thing I can find that might be considered a helmet attachment is a bit of shock cord sewn inside the top right edge of the stuff pocket. It seems more likely this is to hold avy gear or something? I honestly have no clue what it's there for.
Ok, got all that out of the way, now let's focus on the good stuff!
First, this pack is really light. The straps all have a nice, high density foam filling and the buckles are easy to use. The roll top design is great and between the large top and side zip, it's easy to access anything you like. For an UL bag, it's also has very good structure. The foam padding along with stiff insert in the back panel allow this to function as a framed pack without the weight associated with internal frame packs. You could carry about 30lbs in this with it killing your shoulders.
Inside you have the aforementioned velcro loops for long, stiff things as well as another velcro loop for securing a hydration bladder and a port right between the straps for the hose. There is also the classic Dynafit dry storage bag with international safety info printed on it. Inside, that's it.
More strap stuff; right shoulder has the aluminum ski hook which is super easy to use and has a lot of tension in the shock cord strap. I could put my skis in and hook up the loop without taking the pack off without much effort and skis feel very secure. Really nice design. In the left strap, it fits the CAMP Action Bottle Holder (sold by Skimo) perfectly. There is a horzontal webbing attachment the vertical loop on the bottle holder fits perfectly with and the colors even match. If some sees it, they would assume it's a factory integrated accessory.
Crampon pocket is spacious. I easily fit them in and the entry port is wide enough that no origami was required. The velcro panel feels secure when closed although snow and velcro don't always play nice so we'll see how that goes.
Finally, there are daisy chains on either side of the stuff pocket. These seem pretty handy although they are very lightweight and I would be wary of putting much load on them. I will probably put a couple two sided velcro loops on to use as a better ice axe attachment system and they could be used to attach a helmet as well. They're daisy chains, use your imagination!
In all, this pack is REALLY close to being exactly what I wanted and I will be breaking out my sewing machine and modifying it to get a little closer. As is, this pack is really nice for when I want more volume for camera gear and the like in a lightweight pack.
I will follow this up as I get more experience with the pack and post photos of any modifications I make.
Great question! There are a few areas on the straps that you could attach a water bottle holder to! Ideally on the left strap so that it'll be out of the way of the ski carry.
Some additions I would add for my personal tastes, a small pocket on the shoulder for either a softflask or a phone. And a larger exterior pouch for a better fit with shovels. I also would prefer the crampon access pouch to be zippered which I prefer over velcro which is fine for racing but lacks the security of a zipper in the long term imo. Perhaps add a simple modular helmet carry elastic mesh webbing piece to use with the front lashing points because let's face it, this is an expensive pack. Sure I can use one of the aftermarket ones I already have but at this price point they could throw in one of those. I also would prefer the side zip to extend longer. It's just big enough to be easily usable, but it would be even more usable if slightly longer.
You're correct, in true skimo speed style Dynafit has ditched the A-frame carry!
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