Great winter sports pack

Reviewed by Wyo-snowshoer from SE wyoming on Monday, October 21, 2013
Bought this pack for my wife specifically for snowshoeing and mountaineering.

PROS: The layout and design are about 90% perfect: There are ample ways to carry snowshoes, ice axe, trekking poles, and skis if needed. the big flap on the outside can be tucked inside the compression straps to carry her snowshoes vertically on the back. Under the flap is an open stuff-it pocket, perfect for quickly ditching or retrieving layers, gloves, etc. Light weight, perfect size for winter day hikes where we carry a good bit of gear.

CONS: The pockets on the waist-belt could be slightly larger, her point and shoot camera barely fits. Could use dedicated hardware loops for carabiners, but the ski loops are usable. There is no dedicated hydration pocket, so the bladder is just loose in the bag. There could be a little more frame/rigidity to the back panel.

The only better winter pack is the osprey switch 40+5, but it isnt made any more
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