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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-14-2011, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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recommend a backpack

Hey guys. I'm the the market for a backpack that I can take with me on big mountain days. I'll need a snowboard strapping option of course. I like the T.rice quicksilver bags, very functional, lots of organizational space etc and a cool colour scheme this year (I like the white snow ninja). but $120 is a tad too high for me. I would like a bag on the "smaller" size. Hydration pack option is good, as is a lined pocket for goggles. the rest is history....

what r u guys using and what do you like?

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SICK! now THAT'S what im talkin' about. I wonder if I glue some gemstones on it - will it come off in the cold weather? I want my pussy to sparkle!!!!!
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On a serious note...
I am interested in this post since I purchased an Oakley hydration backpack last year, filled it with red Gatorade and by the end of my first run everything inside the pack was sticky red! My wallet, phone, energy bar... everything!
Interested to hear recommendations?
Obviously, I do NOT recommend Oakley!
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agreed. While funny, i would still really appreciate some recommendations.
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I bought an Osprey pack this summer for hiking, and it will be the first place I look for a new winter pack. Last year I used a cheap ($25) Sims hydro pack, it sucked but served me fine (no board carry) inside resorts (I like to hike for stashes in-bounds and having water is nice).

Seriously tho I can't say enough about Osprey as a pack brand. Everything on it has a lifetime gaurantee. It has so many thoughtful compartments and options, everything really...goggle pouch..helmet hook...ski/hiking pole stow...3liter hydro...

After a quick glance it looks like the Kode or Karve (smaller) series would serve you well.
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One of the things that was most noticeable between my cheapo pack and the Osprey was the design of the hydration system. For one my Sims pack just froze when it was cold enough and then I was lugging around an ice hose. These winter Osprey packs keep the hose INSIDE an insulated compartment. Another thing I realy noticed with my cheap pack was that the water reservoir was just like a floppy balloon, you could feel it on your back. The Osprey reservoirs have a pseudo-frame built into them so that regardless of how much water is in them, they sit tight in the pack and you can't feel it at all.

They may be a bit expensive, I am far from wealthy but products like this that I know will see use, I splurge. My summer pack was about $120 (Manta 30). You get what you pay for, its nice to know that I never have to buy another one.

I would much sooner buy 1 $150 Osprey with proper outdoors craftsmanship and company backing then buying some "cool" brand like burton, dakine, sims, etc., that will probably fall apart on you the second you have reached the crux of your BC climb.

FWIW ended up doing ALOT of climbing this summer and saw ALOT of Osprey packs out there from multi-day packs to day-runners. People who know, know.

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I am currently on the hunt for a pack as well. So far I've heard the most positive reviews about the Dakine heli pro.
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