11/11/2014
 
Overall: Five Stars for sitting nearly weightlessly in your pack to meet ISMF race regs (Section 9, Appendix 2). But as an avalanche safety instructor for AIARE and NSP (as well as an American Avalanche Associate governing board member), I feel compelled to subtract a star for backcountry companion avalanche rescue as assembly is potentially less easy than for more mainstream models, so Four Stars overall. Background on product familiarity: I bought the ARVA Carbon 240 Light probe during the 2012-13 ski...
11/2/2014
 
Overall: Five Stars for an excellent smaller-capacity ski mountaineering pack that it also light enough for skimo racing. Background on product familiarity: I’ve put the original version through all sorts of abuse. I’ve also compared/contrasted my pack with the more streamlined version that came out in Fall 2013. First, the first impressions out of the box: The capacity is skimpy from the viewpoint of midwinter insulation layers and/or large avy rescue gear. However, for warmer temperatures and/or...
11/2/2014
 
Overall: Four Stars for a skimo race pack that would be amazing were it not for the superior competition from CAMP and Dynafit. Background on product familiarity: I bought the Trab pack but was rather underwhelmed by it at first, so I gave it to a buddy. First, the first impressions out of the box: The weight is competitive, but at the expense of reduced carrying capacity. Plus instead of a sealed side-access lower compartment, the Trab’s separate lower compartment has only an elastic closure in the...
11/2/2014
 
Overall: Five Stars for an excellent skimo race pack that can also be used for “real” touring. Background on product familiarity: I bought the very first version of the RC 20 and used it for a season of training, racing, and real tours too. I eventually sold it when both the Dynafit Broad Peak 28-liter pack became my top choice for springtime tours and the lighter CAMP Rapid 260 became available for lighter-duty applications. First, the first impressions out of the box: If you haven’t yet used other ...
11/2/2014
 
Overall: Five Stars for a skimo race pack that is pretty much perfect for, well, skimo racing! Also great for ski touring when you don’t need to carry sharps or any other hard objects (for which better choices are available, including CAMP’s own Rapid Racing). Fine for off-snow uses too, although probably would flop around a bit too much for really fast trail running. Background on product familiarity: I bought my Rapid 260 pack in Fall 2011 and have used it for many hundreds of thousands of vertical f...