Winter Day Pack Roundup

Published on 03/05/2012

By Mallory Ayres

Do you have a powder deficiency? It can manifest itself in the form of restlessness in the back bowls that used to get your blood pumping, or extreme impatience and boredom in the lift line. If this hits you, the only solution is to break free of the resort and head into the side or backcountry. When you do, you are going to need a good pack to carry your avalanche tools, water and extra layers. We've put together a series of daypacks that have all the features you need to venture away from the whirring lifts and into the powder-rich beyond. Hurry up friends; the feast is out there waiting.


Deuter Freerider Pro 28 SL - Women's

This is for the female freerider who likes to get down and dirty with nature. This large 28L pack holds all your emergency tools and extra layers so you can go as far as the day takes you. It has a larger pocket for your shovel along with additional probe and handle sections. The Freerider Pro 28 also has s-shaped shoulder straps, a pivoting hip belt and a shorter back length to fit women's bodies better. It accommodates snowboards, skis and snowshoes.

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Mammut Nirvana Element 25 Pack

This 25L pack has all the features you are looking for in a hold-all daypack. It has a front safety pocket, attachments for your skis or snowboard and plenty of room for extra food and clothes. It also has a jacket suspension system with high density two-layer EVA padding on the hip, shoulder and belt which makes it incredibly comfortable to wear. Plus, it features two front loops to attach your helmet, a padded goggle pouch and an SOS label with emergency instructions. It

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Mountain Hardwear Wayback 30 Backpack

The Mountain Hardwear Wayback 30L is like the overweight librarian in your elementary school - sturdy with excellent organizational skills. It features a strap carrying system that is compatible with skis (along the A frame or diagonal in either direction), snowboards or snowshoes. The pack has a front pocket for your avy gear and a larger internal pocket that holds all your essentials and can be quickly accessed through the rear zip. The pack also has a fleece-lined pocket for your goggles or sunnies, a hydration sleeve in the main compartment and zippered pockets on the padded waistbelt.

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Oakley Snowmad 20 Backpack - Men's

When you get the itch to venture away from the resort, you are going to want a pack that has all the right features. The Snowmad 20L has a dedicated pocket for your safety gear and exterior straps so you can easily mount your skis or snowboard. It also has a soft-brushed goggle pocket and a pocket on the shoulder strap perfect for stowing your radio. Plus, it has an interior holster for your hydration system and a port for the hydration tube.

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Arc'teryx Silo 18 Backpack

The Arc'teryx Silo 18 is the perfect compact pack for short tours. The 18L pack has a special wrap system that lets you hold your skis and snowboard in the most comfortable position for you. It features two easy-access external pockets and an inner pocket so that your gear stays organized and within reach. The fit is also to be noted, as it has an adjustable sternum strap, a thermoformed backpanel and a removable webbing hip belt. Plus, the pack has a hydration bladder sleeve and an internal security pocket.

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Backcountry Access Stash OB Winter Pack

This thin-profile, 16L pack is both chair and tram friendly, because nobody wants to be strung up and dangling like bait. It's ideal for lift accessed, out-of-bounds and sidecountry skiing. It holds both skis and snowboards and has an excellent support system, including a breathable foam back panel, load lifters on the shoulders and a padded waistbelt with two stash pockets. The pack also features front shovel and probe storage, a lined goggle pouch and a hydration system.

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Dakine Heli Pro DLX Backpack - Women's

Why strap on a rigid men's pack when you can be wearing the Dakine Heli Pro DLX? It has a contoured harness specifically fitted to the female frame. This 18L pack stores all your day essentials whether you're touring or just kicking it in the slackcountry. It features both a cross and vertical snowboard carry and a retractable ski carry. It has all the daypack must-haves including a lined goggle pocket, an insulated hydration sleeve and a padded waist belt. It also has quick draw ice ax sleeve and an external shovel and probe pocket in case you get in a sticky situation.

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