Four backcountry packs to keep you safe and prepared this winter

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.



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