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Don’t pay for turns.

The Burton AK 23L Backpack carries your snowboard to those hard-to-reach places. The considerable capacity holds lunch and extra layers, and Burton included external pockets for your poles and shovel. Inside the AK pack, you’ll find a fleece-lined goggle pocket and a sleeve for your hydration bladder. This daypack'ss ergonomic shoulder pads and back-panel won’t hinder your movements when you’re spinning off a cornice or going to town on a fallen tree. Compression straps reduce the bulk of the backpack so it rests close to your body and won’t wobble around while you ride. - Fall 2008.

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Hey Guys, look I don't know whether it's...

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Hey Guys, look I don't know whether it's just me and my friends or what, but no one I know can figure out how to keep the shovel in the pocket without added help. I am looking at having a velcro strap sewn on, am I doing something wrong? If you can help, thanks very much.

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The shovel pocket on this bag is designed for Voile Avalanche shovels, which are the most commonly used.

You are right that (ironically) the Burton shovel doesn't fit this pack. But they don't sell many of them. There are some interesting retrofits discussed on the (old) BMB, such as sticking an old ski pole handle into the shovel blade, so it fits the packs shovel strap and holds it in.

Its worth just getting a Voile shovel if you have this pack, though.

You can even get them with probes, snow saws, or wood saws stashed in the handles. Pretty Sweet.

Check them out:
http://www.voile-usa.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=VEOS&Category_Code=VS

The pack designers couldn't convince the hard goods guys to change the shovel, so decided the make the best pack they could for the most common (and popular) shovel out there.

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Disappointed Burton lover and backpack connoisseur

First off, allow me to say what a Burton fan I am, been riding them for 15 years and no plans to stop anytime soon. Also worth mentioning is I practically collect backpacks. Have a ton of them. One for any occasion.
That being said, they've put out a too minimalistic product for too high of a price. I guess I could have paid more attention to its options pre-purchase, but was almost immediately let down when it arrived at the door step. As I told a friend a few months ago while shopping for a hiking backpack "I'm a wh*re for pockets." So where are they? There's no beverage holder. No external quick access pockets. Just one pocket inside that I'm not entirely convinced could fit anything more than goggles, if that.
Let's talk strappage (yeah I made a word up, sue me). The shoulder straps are too thin, and while they'd work fine with a jacket on padding your shoulders, they'd be somewhat uncomfortable if used as a regular backpack when wearing a T-shirt. Furthermore, the waist strap is nothing to write home about and has no where to tuck it in. So here's a lesson to learn: if you're going to make it a permanently exterior waist pack, then throw a quick pocket on it... just something that can hold a camera or Clif bar.
Oh yeah, and it says something about "contoured back". pff. Flat as a board.

I'll be returning this for a Dakine asap.