Four backcountry packs to keep you safe and prepared this winter
Skiing in the backcountry requires a whole lot of gear, and you’d be a fool to head out there without a proper bag. So, instead, be wise and take a look at four amazing options, below. Each will help you stay safe, prepared and organized no matter how big or small the mission may be out there.
Stash 20—Backcountry Access
The Stash 20 features back panel access, diagonal and A-frame ski-carry systems, a hydration sleeve, a helmet-carry system, fleece-lined goggle pocket and tool compartment. Best of all is that it integrates seamlessly with BCA’s BC Link radio via its straps; the radio has a four-day battery life and an easy-to-use, push-to-talk mic.
Team Poacher RAD 26L—Dakine
An insulated hydration sleeve, a ski-carry system, quick deploying ice-axe loop and a tool pocket solidify the Team Poacher RAS 26L as a true winner. Trusted by top-name pros like Chris Benchetler, this Mammut airbag-compatible pack from Dakine has all the bells and whistles for any backcountry quest. To round it out, it’s compatible with Dakine’s DK Impact Spine Protector.
Air Free AP 32—Scott
Scott teamed up with Alpride—producers of some of the lightest airbag inflation systems on the market—for the Air Free AP. A stowable trigger can be packed into either shoulder strap to inflate the bag, when needed. Additionally, there’s an integrated tool pock- et, helmet-carry system and A-frame/diagonal ski carry to supplement the bag’s safety focus. Up your back- country confidence with this puppy.
Tour Rider 28 S—Ortovox
Ortovox’s Tour Rider 28 S is dressed to impress. This bag is loaded with useful features, and the two that really stand out are its extra-cushy foam backing, in- tended to provide ultimate comfort on long days, and a bright-colored interior that makes finding items easi- er. It’s also hydration system friendly and has a smaller compartment up top to stow snacks, keys, wallet, etc.