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Old 08-07-2014, 01:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey Guy,

Im looking to buy a backpack that would fit my laptop inside, and a backpack that would carry my snowboard on the mountain. Looking at the different lodels, I can see that the snowboard specific backpacks are more expensive than the skate ones. Is there really any difference? Will a snowboard fit on a skate backpack?

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Old 08-07-2014, 01:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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A backpack to cary a board needs
- comfy strong shoulder straps (boards are heavy)
- enforcements at the ends of the straps to fix the board (sharp edges)
- hip strap to distribute the weight and stabilize

Do the backpacks you checked have these opions? If not, the prize difference could be there.
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A backpack to cary a board needs
- comfy strong shoulder straps (boards are heavy)
- enforcements at the ends of the straps to fix the board (sharp edges)
- hip strap to distribute the weight and stabilize

Do the backpacks you checked have these opions? If not, the prize difference could be there.
The last one I looked was the Burton metalhead.

What kind a backpack would you suggest?
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Depends on how much stuff you want to carry. Dakine has pretty good quality for reasonable price. If you're looking for a rather cheap and small one... my Dakine heli pro just exactly fits a 15.6" laptop with shellcasethingy, a 17" won't. Tho it's from something around '03, sizes could gave changed since .
If available at yours, check Deuter backpacks. Great quality, very compy shoulder straps. I use one for heavier loading.
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I picked up the Dakine Mission last year and it's worked great for me. They have several color options on Backcountry right now for under $50.

DAKINE Mission 25L Backpack - 1500cu in | Backcountry.com
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I have a camelbak menace backpack. It's pretty awesome. Has a decent size bladder to carry plenty of water, insulated tube that zips into one of the straps. The straps are well padded and hold the pack stable and secure to you. It has sort of a flap with straps on it that can hold a helmet or other gear(heavy layers you want to take off if hiking. There is a small fleece lined goggle pouch at the top and a small pocket behind it where i tend to put things like keys so i won't lose them while taking things out of the main pocket. It even has an ice axe loop that you can pull out of a small pocket on the bottom. I think i paid about 60 bucks for it several years ago, worth every penny.
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Most skate packs, will have the vertical carry only for your skateboard, where snow packs will generally also have straps to carry the board horizontally. They also won't be intended for more weight than a skateboard, which could result in the bag sagging in an uncomfortable manor with a snowboard strapped on. All packs will fit your laptop. Just wait for the dakine helipro to go on sale.
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The Dakine Mission pack is one of the better packs I've used for day to day/school stuff. I didn't take it to the mountain much, but I don't think I'd ever want to strap my board to it for anything more than going from the car to the lodge. It's suspension system just isn't built well enough to carry that kind of load. The Heli-Pros are all much better in that department.

My son and I are headed to Japan over Christmas and I plan on doing some sidecountry stuff where we'll need probe, shovels, etc., and spent too much time sorting through the options to figure out what I wanted. We ended up with a Dakine Pro II for him and a Deuter Freerider Pro 30 for me. If money is not a real concern, I'd go with either the Deuter or a Gregory Targhee (there were a couple of Mammut bags on my shortlist too). But if you're trying to keep to a smaller budget I'd look for a deal on a Dakine Pro II or checkout one of these

Marmot Sidecountry 20 Backpack | Marmot for sale at US Outdoor Store
Burton Riders Pack 25L | Burton Snowboards for sale at US Outdoor Store
DAKINE Heli Pro Backpack - pacific - Free Shipping

Also WM and Steep & Cheap have a bunch of bags in their "private stash" areas right now.
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Check this out. DAKINE BC Vest Pack - Ski Packs | Backcountry.com I don't know about holding a laptop but supposedly it can hold avalanche gear for backcountry riding and a board can be strapped to it.
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