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 skimo race pack. If a design engineer and a skimo racer had a baby that oddly turned out to be a backpack, this would be the result. Removable insulated bottle holder, stash pockets both zippered and non, reservoir tube attachment, the list goes on. With up to 20L of storage, there is more than enough room for an ambitious mission before work or a day out on the racecourse. The crampon pocket, which can be assimilated into the main pocket by undoing a zipper, allows the crampons to be accessed without needing to take the pack off, drastically reducing time spent transitioning. For those who’ve been seeking the simple functionality of a skimo race pack with the freedom of movement unique to a running vest, La Sportiva has your back.
- 20L capacity allows you to bring an extra layer on that chilly day or a cold beverage when it heats up.
- Ice axe carry allows for quick n’ easy access when the booting gets steep.
- Crampon pocket gives fast and simple access to crampons so you can keep your pack on during transitions.
- Ski carrier with plastic loop and hook-on back shoulder strap allow you to give your skis a ride for a change.
- Included water bottle holder(36g) is insulated and removable.
|Top zip and crampon pocket
|Bottle on left shoulder strap, soft flask holder on right strap, and bladder compatible
|Shovel / Probe
|2 mesh zippered pockets on shoulder straps and 2 non-zippered pockets on the waist
|Skimo Co Says
|Crampon pocket can merge with the main compartment
|Running vest feel with skimo pack functionality
|Compare to other Backpacks
Questions & Reviews
The ski carry system is not my favorite one. Certainly more fiddly than the usual wire hook.
The worst part though is the bottle pouch (a bottle not included which is rather disappointing at this price range). The way the bottle holder is attached to the shoulder strap makes it dangle in all possible angles and a few impossible ones too when the bottle is full (heavy). This feature of the vest is completely useless IMO. I use it either without the bottle holder or use the pouch to stash a thin windbreaker or something similarly light in it.
Is the size good for a 6ft, 195lbs guy? It looks like it is a one size fits all.
I normally race with the dynafit speed 20 and it fits ok,
This pack should fit pretty darn well. We just had one of our employees with similar stats try it on and he was very satisfied with the fit - should have plenty of length in the chest straps with the pack not sitting too high or low. Hope this helps!
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