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What are the dates of your trip? Things have been looking up. It would be fun if we could go pillow smashing on Vail Pass. Always a good time in at that spot.
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Our trip will be from 3/2 to 3/10. We fly into Denver late Saturday evening and are planning on heading straight to Summit County from there, which is why I was wondering if I could get it filled in Dillon or Silverthorne.

Only two of us on the trip are splitty equipped. Do you think I'd be possible to rent a split setup and ski touring setup for the other two guys? I'm still on the fence about bringing my splitty, but if I can I'll do it. Might ship my Sparks to my buddy's hour ahead of time so I pack two decks and one set of bindings.
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Call the Sports Authority. They might just be able to do it. Wilderness Sports would be where I would first check for split rentals. I am pretty sure if they don't rent splits someone else does in Summit.

So I leave for Washington March 8th. It is totally worth bringing your split. If the snows there. I'll have a better idea come February if you really want to bring it or not. I'll make time to get out that first weekend or during that week with you if it's a go. I'll be in Gold Bar from March 8th-18th. My riding time is the 9th through the 17th. Looking forward to some PNW goodness.
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I can see the desire for a smaller pack for side country and even close in back country. Riding with a pack sucks plain and simple, so the smaller the pack the more fun it is riding.
Precisely. Hence the invention of products like TNF Powder Guide vest, which is now available with ABS too.

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for any noobs reading - many of the smallest sized shovels being sold today by some companies as snow safety gear are not acceptable for use in the bc.
I hear what you're saying here, but here's my thoughts: The dimensions of the shovel is less important as how quickly you're moving snow. This would hold even more true for someone of smaller stature or a woman, but really for anyone. if you can dig longer/harder with a smaller blade vs. tiring out and dragging ass with a larger blade, wouldn't that actually the smarter choice? I wouldn't argue against a burlier model with telescoping handle vs. a thing-walled "lightweight" model that will bend/break more easily.

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I hear what you're saying here, but here's my thoughts: The dimensions of the shovel is less important as how quickly you're moving snow. This would hold even more true for someone of smaller stature or a woman, but really for anyone. if you can dig longer/harder with a smaller blade vs. tiring out and dragging ass with a larger blade, wouldn't that actually the smarter choice? I wouldn't argue against a burlier model with telescoping handle vs. a thing-walled "lightweight" model that will bend/break more easily.
i agree with your statement but i also maintain that some of the smallest blades out there are simply too small and absolutely some of the shafts/handles... also, having a larger blade doesn't mean that you have to take the biggest scoops all the time - it does give you the option however.
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I received my pack on Tuesday and took it out yesterday.

Initial thoughts. The thong retention strap is sexy. Makes you feel special on the way down. The pack itself seems to be burly enough and well designed. I got the 30 liter pack. Two gripes. 1. It should be a 30 liter pack after the airbag is added to it, not before. A big chunk of space is gone before you even load it. I may have to order the 45 liter bag at some point.

2. The other shoulder strap should be set up to run a hydration hose through it to keep it from freezing. You have a bladder pocket and a hose hole that leads to the outside of the pack. Yeah, instant freeze. I'd be willing to pay an extra $50 for this feature.

Otherwise, it's a pretty sweet bag. I plan on deploying the airbag next week. One I find a place that will recharge the canister. The system itself does not add much weight to the bag. I was surprised at how little the weighed with just the RAS system in it.
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Just ordered mine: the Light RAS ready, RAS system, canister and refill kit 3-pack. comes in at just under $900. i special ordered from REI so i can return it if i feel like it. will update here if it backorders and when it comes.
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Which pack is it? The smallest one? If it's that one, you might have room for your bikini after the airbag is in it. Good choice overall though.
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Light R.A.S. ready - Avalanche Airbags - Mammut


30l, ~600g lighter than the "regular" Ride RAS 30l, no padded hipbelt.


i wear my thong in the bc - no need to pack it
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Gotcha. I don't believe I ordered the light, but it's basically the same pack. I do wish that the pack was 30 liters after the airbag is in place. Still, it seems to have just enough room for me to bring what I need. It's packed to the hilt though. I think you'll like it.
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