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post #71 of 83 (permalink) Old 01-01-2013, 07:18 PM
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Killz - did you blow that pack yet? Just wondering what the length of pull of the release cord is like in regards to this bladder hose discussion...
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I haven't blown the pack yet. I have taken the cartridge out and pull the cord activating the burst pin and such. The pull is very short. It snaps into place. The key thing I take from it is to make sure the bladder hose is stashed away from the handle. Which by the design of the zipper it was pretty easy to do. I'll probably get to blow it this week. Looks like I need to spend some time working on my car and there isn't much snow in the forecast anyway. Should leave me with time to mess with the pack and get the cartridge refilled.
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I'm interested to know how noticeable is the extra weight when riding with one of these badboys on vs a standard pack?

I like the R.A.S. system but the original Snowpulse seems to offer great tech and lower profile packs (hard to tell without seeing in person). Bit more expensive though.

I'm tempted but I want something minimal weight and profile as it would be day use only and must be comfortable on the lift. Don't need much storage other than to fit the safety gear in.
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Get one of the 25 liter packs. As far as the weight goes. I was surprised at how little the system weighs in an unloaded pack. Not much. Plus the Mammut Packs carry very well. At least the 30 liter does. They do weigh a whole lot less than the BCA versions for certain.

It is more weight, no way to get around it. The extra layer of insurance is well worth it imo.
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ok, so i traded in some old gear at the swap shop and they happened to have a RAS ride 30 hangin on the wall so i put the trade $ towards it and took it home.

i cancelled most of the order i had put in for the ride light 30 but i left the bag itself on there so that is still coming sometime. it will end up over 2 pounds lighter with the light bag so i'm still pretty intrigued to see what that's gonna look like.

the RAS 30 itself is a pretty sick pack, although quite bulky near the top where the airbag sits. when fully loaded its also pretty bulky as far as the depth off of your back, which i hate - but it carries pretty well so i'll just have to see how it feels on snow.

one thing i can't figure out tho, Killz maybe you can help: with these packs A-frame carry up a chute or in any slide zone is a no-no, so i'm fine with diagonal ski-style carry. the problem is i can only see/find the lower diagonal carry attachment. do you know where the top one is? i can see no topside diagonal loop....

took it to a scuba shop to get filled (canister came empty) and discovered that you need a scuba tank adapter SCUBA Yoke to Airbag Canister Fill Adapter to do that... if i can get it filled at a paintball shop tomorrow i'll blow it before my sunday tour/hike/shred.
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well, got the pack filled at the paintball place for 3 bucks. took it home and blew it in the back yard. works great. super easy to deflate, fold, and repack. super easy to replace the burst disk. got it refilled again and i'm all set.

one thing i like about the Snowpulse (non RAS) bags is that after a minute or two the bag self-deflates so that in the event of a burial you get the advantage of the airbag-sized air pocket.
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Shred, there is a loop in the Avy gear pocket. Has to be for the diagonal carry carry.

I think I am going to blow mine today and go get her refilled. Glad to hear it was easy for you.
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That's the bottom loop, I'm looking for the top one... I figured out a bootpacking setup with the skis strappied together, one binding off and dangling from that bottom loop and the skis just in like board carry... Works ok.
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There is a loop inside of the avy gear pocket at the top of the pack. I was wondering what the hell it was for. Pretty sure there is no way in hell you'd use it for the bottom loop. I am not sure what else it would be for. At least that is how it is in my pack.
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Unless of course my definition of the top of the pack is just the opposite of yours. I am going to go look at it now.
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