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Sufficient for a day on the mountain
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I've used this pack for a few days of snowboarding and it is up to the task. Plenty of pockets to keep everything organized, and the slim profile is very nice to ride with. (Never seems bulky; never flops around too much, even when worn without the waist belt or sternum strap.)
The pack is pretty small. I can barely fit my avy shovel handle into the left-side vertical pocket, and the shovel blade can only squeeze into the front zip pocket if the top strap is unclipped. A larger shovel would not fit. Nonetheless, there is enough room for a water bottle, an extra layer, snacks, goggles, etc. The main compartment has 2 dividers that take up a lot of space because they are padded. I guess that's good if you're carrying camera equipment.
One feature I could do without is the back pannel used for horizontal board carry. It's easy to rearrange the strap buckles on the front to accommodate horizontal carry, and the back flap is just another place for snow to accumulate.
One feature that I really like is that the vertical side pockets have double zippers, AND these two zippers have mini clips to hold them together so the pockets don't unzip accidentally. I have never seen this before, but the way the pack flexes on your back it does make those side zippers want to open, so the feature is pretty necessary.
This backpack is not hydration compatible. That seems like a pretty big oversight, considering "backcountry" is in the NAME of the product! Another oversight is that the large buckles can actually come off the straps easily. It's easy to fold the strap over and toss in a couple stitches to hold on the buckle, but still it's a weird/sloppy fault.
I think that it looks pretty sweet. I'm only familiar with one color scheme (black with silver and blue accents) but I really like it. The appearance is quite techy, which is fair because there are a good amount of technical features in this pack. The branding adds to the look without turning you into a billboard.