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If you don't fill the pack, say for a half...
If you don't fill the pack, say for a half day sidecountry extravaganza, does it strap down well to make it more compact?
I have a heli pro and poacher and use them both frequently for backcountry snowboarding and splitboarding. I prefer the heli pro for half day trips and use the poacher for longer, even overnighters. A half full poacher really don't feel quite right but is necessary for colder days and longer trips. If I use the poacher for short trips, I stuff it with a light puffy down jacket that fills it nicely and comes in handy when your sitting and your bones start to chill. I can't fit the gear i need for a cold day into the heli pro. Hope this helps =-)
I love to hit up the backcountry, but i...
I love to hit up the backcountry, but i also like to hit up the groomers too. Is this pack too big and too much of a pain in the backside to take on the lifts at the resorts?
Depends on personal preference. I wouldn't want something this big on my back if I'm just inbounds all day, mostly since I could never justify a pack this big for using inbounds. I like smaller (BD Bandit) size packs. If you are planning on lapping sidecountry and using the groomers to get back to the lifts, then sure, it should be fine. You will most likely have to remove it from your back though, since most places won't allow a pack this size.
Yes, it does depend on personal preference. This is a large pack. If you don't pack it full of stuff it shouldn't be too heavy. I use mine with an insert for photography equipment. I've never run into any issues with resorts telling me I can't get on a lift with this size pack so I don't know what the previous commentator means by this. If you are heading out with a heliboarding outfit they always try to discourage you from bringing a large pack but they all do that since they are trying to cram as many people into a small space as they can. If you just plan on carrying a few clothing items and a shovel I would get something smaller.
Giggidy, giggidy, gig-gi-dy!
hahaha....I just picked this bag up off of SAC for $65. This is my second Poacher and my last one lasted 7 years and that is after putting it through absolute hell and back. Every feature on this bag is so well though out and I guaruntee that you will have people asking about it. Back access...enough said...by far the best feature. The newer feature of the separate avi tools pockets is going to be great. Now to just rig up an avalung into it and its set....don't look any further...this is the bag that you want....
this bag is badass, its alot bigger hten i thought but in a good way! there are so many hidden pockets and pocekets in general! i love the bladder design that goes into the shoulder strap, it was kinda a pain to get the bladder tube into it, its pretty hidden too! i highly recomend this bag!! its my first dakine back pack and prob not my last, its a better design then my camelback!!
Is this the best pack for backcountry...
Is this the best pack for backcountry skiing. I like bells and whistles. It there a better one?
IF you like bells and whistles then this would be a great pack. The only other pack I would suggest is the osprey switch packs.
I think both these pack are fine recommendations. It depends on how they fit you so I would try both of them. I like bells and whistles as well. I have the poacher and it has many pockets in various locations.
does the pack have hip straps? the picture...
does the pack have hip straps? the picture makes it seem like it doesnt
yes it does... and on the right side of the hipstrap is a little pocket perfect for a cellphone or small digital camera.
Got this pack about a month ago and I'm really loving it. Haven't used it snowboarding yet, but its perfect for everything I wanted it for, hiking, camping, backpacking, carrying my dive stuff, traveling. Everything works great, holds a lot of stuff. The hydration system works good, and contrary to what someone said before, there IS a holder for the bladder, its velcroed up under a flap. That's just one of the many things I discovered on this pack. This bag is sick, get it
The only pack you need
This pack has everything! I haven't used it backcountry boarding yet, but its been great for camping, hiking and backpacking. It also carries all my dive gear and good for traveling too. It's got the vertical snowboard/skateboard carry that I use a lot. The hydration system works great, there's a "secret" bag under a flap that folds down to hold the bladder. I discover new things on this pack all the time. I've only had a couple months but it seems real durable. Its comfortable and pretty light weight. I'd definitely recommend it.
Poacher serves up the goods...but
The poacher has been working real well as a extended tour backcountry ski pack - with enough room for me to stash all my safety gear as well as food and layers. My only gripe, is that the left shoulder strap hydration tube sleeve is a bit small for my 90 degree outlet spout, and there is no "hanging system" to support the hydration bladder inside the pack. I've rigged a string between the two back supports to hang the bladder from, but a dedicated hook or loop would be better - (like DaKine has done in the "Blade Runner" pack).
perfect for the backcountry
I'm not a big fan of the suspension for it doesn't fit my 6'4" frame that well but I must say, this pack has a ton of compartments, straps, and little nuances that make it well worth it. First and foremost, it holds my snowboard vertically with two straps and it is capable of holding skis in a diagonal position. The hydration sleeve is exactly just that - a sleeve - but what makes it cool is that it can be rolled up and tucked away when not in use. Also, to keep the hydration system from freezing, there is a way for the tube to run straight from the hydration sleeve to the padded strap to keep air away from it.
Perhaps the best part of the pack is all the pockets because there are so many of them. There is a side pocket for a shovel or water bottle, there is a pocket on the hip-belt for a cellphone, there are two pockets in the lid (one is fleece lined), there are smaller mesh pockets in the main compartment for storing tools and other smaller items, and there are loops on the side for an ice axe. The main compartment can be reached from either the top or from the back which is extremely convenient and it is large enough to stow everything you'll need for an outing. My only complaint is that it is a one size pack so it won't fit taller users as well. Other than that, it does everything a backcountry pack is supposed to do.
does this bag have vertical carry system...
does this bag have vertical carry system for a snowboard?
yes... two straps that, when not in use, can be tucked in and stowed away.
If you switch the buckles around on one side you can get a horizontal carry for a snowboard as well....clutch
A must for every powder hunter
Beautiful design. Best backcountry boarding pack I've owned. On those days when you need it, everything goes in: rescue kit, rope, first aid kit, poles, crampons, snowshoes, probes, shovel, spare layers and lunch. All comfortably stowed yet immediately accessible through the back panel. Can't emphasize enough just how useful the back entry panel is - so much better than groping through a porthole at the top of a bottomless sack! For the hike out from the bottom, the board is attached quickly and easily, and it sits nice and stable. When you're not out at the extremes, it compresses flat and light. I have smaller day packs (good ones) but it's rare that the Poacher doesn't make more sense. Even has a bottle net on the side, integrated hydration and a removable frame. Genius.
Bought this pac for my husband for both skiing as well as snow shoeing and he absolutely loves it. It is very versatile light and has a lot of storage.
Is there a hydration sleeve in the shoulder...
Is there a hydration sleeve in the shoulder strap?
FAIL. There's a hydration sleeve, fleece padded, that goes from way inside the pack to the bottom of the shoulder strap. Great design!
To correct the other answer, there is a hyrdration sleeve but it isn't fleece padded. You can run the tube of the hyrdration bladder from the sleeve, which is located in the main compartment, straight to the shoulder strap so that the tubing doesn't freeze up.