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Gear Review

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Full season of use

Well after one full winter (and summer)I think I've got a pretty good idea of what this pack can and cannot do.
for starter the good: So much room! from my laptop, to puffy and snowshoes.
The snowboard cross carry is probably the most stable I have ever hiked with a snowboard. Great insulated sleeve for hydro pack. The back panel has a hard plastic piece that keeps it rigid, very important to me! The pockets are nice and conveniently located. the hide away cable for the ski carry works smooth even with my hellbents and is a nice pocket as well. Back access is awesome when you gotta layer down or grab a snack without unhooking ski\board.
The bad: the webbing is sooooo long!! I'm an athletic guy and have a lot of slack on every strap! Including the straps for vertical board carry. I actually have had to cut some and tie the others off. hip pocket is directly on my hip bone resulting in one smashed camera. The side pocket zipper constintly falls becoming half zipped. a waterproof zipper here would be awesome!! when the temp goes up this pack will make you sweat where ever it touches. its nice when its cold but it does not ventilate.
I cannot seem to fit any of my ice axes in the quick draw so that they do not stab me. And as Matt stated, a probe does not fit straight inside.
Overall if the zippers were waterproofed (Apex), the straps shortened, and the vertical board carry were revamped a little this would be my goto pack. for now its my back up plan.