Built on the same time-tested platform as the Speed 20 pack, the Speed 28 operates under the same philosophy as its lower-volume brethren. Except in this case, Dynafit argues that more volume is better. If you’re doing more touring than racing, you just might agree. Breathable shoulder straps, a luscious back-panel, and supportive hip belt ensure a comfy fit the entire day. The main zip opens top and side (instead of just the side) so you can access the larger volume more easily. If you want to take a race-mentality into the backcountry, check out the Dynafit Speed 28 backpack.
- 210-denier rip-stop nylon fabric won't self-destruct when you do.
- Full-length top/side zip for easy access to main the compartment.
- Anatomical Airmesh back helps vent your stink (and anger).
- A removable shoulder-mounted bottle holder has thermal lining.
- The quick ski-carry system is detachable for further customization.
- Ice-axe loops and external helmet attachment works well for general dangling of things.
- Velcro crampon pouch lets you stash things for quick-access.
- Height-adjustable sternum strap accomodates both breasts and skins.
- Waterproof internal pocket for your get-out-of-jail-free card.
- Helmet holder expands from a horizontal zipper along the bottom of the pack.
Update 2019/20 - New color options (lipstick and lambo green) were added.
|Access||Main compartment full-zip, velcro crampon pouch|
|Hydration||Bladder compatible, removable shoulder strap bottle holder|
|Ski Carry||Detachable race-hook|
|Shovel / Probe||Dedicated internal safety pocket|
|Ice Axe||Speed carry loop and bungee|
|Security Pocket||Internal waterproof zip|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Short-to-long day tours|
|Notes||Breast strap is height-adjustable|
|Bottom Line||Medium-volume bag with race-inspired features|
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Questions & Reviews
I was looking for a "race" style pack that could hold plenty of goodies for long outings and had dedicated tool pockets; decided to give this one a shot! Works perfect for packing extra layers and/or extra food for crazy long days with room to spare. For the volume, I feel this pack is relatively lightweight compared to others I've used. Profile-wise, the pack feels long/tall and doesn't stick out back too far, perfect for aerodynamics if you straight line runs in full aero position.
Ski carry seems to be secure. I frequently have boots clicked into the skis while carrying for long hike/run-ins and it works. Shoulder straps dig in on the ski side a bit and might leave some bruising if you're loaded too heavy for too long.
Crampon pouch easily fits crampons and other goodies, I use this pocket a lot for things that need "easy" access without having to take the pack off. It can be awkward to cram things into it at times because it collapses a bit under weight. The velcro worries me at times, it is difficult to securely close it when the mouth is collapsed/warped under weight. Haven't had any catastrophic issues yet though, just something to be wary of when you're closing it in hurry.
Only reason for a star-off is because my internal "security" pocket de-laminated in the corners and eventually peeled open. This was an easy fix with tenacious tape and the pack is still completely functional and even more secure now. There are a few drain holes in the bottom of the pack and I worry a bit about small things slipping through if the pocket fails again without catching it.
Previous dynafit bags were all measured with everything that could be taken off and out of the bag removed. But since they advertise the bag with the features I don't get this.
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