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Ski Trab Gara Aero Pack


The Gara Aero pack from Ski Trab is uniquely designed skimo pack that has an integrated hydration system. If you prefer to drink water from bags, you will want to check out this pack's included two liter sleeve with a hose that slides neatly through the insulated left shoulder strap to a bite valve with a shut off switch. It has a dedicated internal compartment and is securely fastened at the top of the inside of the pack so your life blood is always flowing downhill. Also included are the checklist features of a modern ski mountaineering pack:

  • Integrated ski carry system can be used without taking off your pack, with velcro to stop the strap from dangling when not in use.
  • Side access crampon pocket with zipper gives you quick-yet-secure access to your crampons, jacket, or backup watter bottle.
  • Two top access zips help you keep avalanche gear and other items organized.
  • Comes with a wide-mouthed hydration bladder (144g) in its own compartment and a hose that runs through the shoulder strap.
  • Ice axe holder consists of a loop of static cord on bottom and elastic cord on top with an adjustable buckle to fit any length axe.
  • Upper elastic cord can also be used to carry skis diagonally if that's what floats your boat.
  • Bonus zipped side access pocket on the left has a mesh expansion system that can hold skins or a big sandwich.
  • Plastic sheathing lines the lower ski carry loop to keep it open wide and quickly accept skis with tails up to around 130mm.
convert to ounces
Volume 20L
Access 2 top and 2 side
Hydration Integrated bladder included
Ski Carry Sheathed loop and cord w/ pull tab
Shovel / Probe Toss inside
Ice Axe Loop and buckled elastic cord
Stash Pockets No
Security Pocket No
Team Tether No
Whistle No
Specs Verified Yes
Skimo Co Says
Usage Racing & touring
Notes Nice wide tail loop on ski carry system
Bottom Line Well-designed features complete with bladder

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Questions & Reviews

Jesse M (used product regularly)
An OK pack for skimo racing but its the cheapest out there and you get what you pay for. Ive had this pack a year and used it regularly for training and racing rec class races. The zippers are starting to show a lot of wear (but still work) and about half way through the season the waist strap ripped out(on the start line of a race- of course). Also, the webbing on both the waist and shoulder straps continuously slips through the buckles so readjusting is routine. I tried to double back the shoulder adjustment straps which usually works but this fabric is so slick and flimsy it just slows down the inevitable slippage.

Other than living with the fact that this pack might fail in the midst of a race (and it would be my fault as Im too cheap to replace it prior to failure!) it works fine and carries everything you need for a race plus a few extras you might want for backcountry days like lunch and a puffy.

One more thing, the bladder it comes with (or at least mine) leaked like a sieve. Attaching one Camp water bottle holder to a shoulder strap is easy and a better bet. If you want a second bottle holder, you kind of have to jerry rig it.
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Model: Gara Aero

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