LIKE THAT BADASS JERSEY-BLUE JANSPORT YOU ROCKED IN MIDDLE SCHOOL, ONLY WAY BETTER.
1 CILOGEAR 30Z Ski Pack 1,800 cu. in. | 2 lbs., 5 oz. ski carry: A-frame, diagonal CiloGear, a small Portland, Oregon– based pack manufacturer, focuses on customization, minimalist designs, and bombproof durability. The featherweight 30Z comes with a pouch of straps that attach intuitively to the pack in almost infinite user-specific gear-carry configurations. An interior avy-gear pocket and a removable frame/sitting pad are fine touches.
2 ARC’TERYX Khamski 38 2,258 cu. in. | 3 lbs., 1 oz. ski carry: diagonal With its sturdy frame and suspension system, the Khamski can easily handle heavy loads. It’s plenty roomy for big missions, yet the top-load design with side-zip access keeps your gear readily available. The fabrics are durable and designed to shed snow and repel moisture better than typical pack nylon.
3 BLACK DIAMOND Anthem AvaLung 28 1,709 cu. in. (size M/L) | 3 lbs., 7 oz. ski carry: diagonal It’s nice to have a contingency plan. With its integrated AvaLung system, the Anthem is both well suited and well sized for day tours. We dig the pocket setup—back panel, top stash, separate avy gear—and elastic rope system for securing your jacket on the tour. Plus, it’s light for its size and feature set.
4 » DEUTER
Guide Tour 45+ 2,750 cu. in. | 3 lbs., 15 oz. ski carry: A-frame A classic top-load backpack for more-technical missions or hut trips, the Guide Tour 45+ has a big side zip for quick main-compartment access and a clever ventilation system to increase airflow to your back. The strong rubberized ice-ax loops keep your tools well secured. It’s a pack for the experienced backcountry skier. [$189; deuter.com]
5 » ORTOVOX
Tour 30+7 W ABS 2,257 cu. in. (with expansion)
12 lbs., 9 oz. (with ABS system) ski carry: diagonal
The Tour is designed to fit the anatomical shape of women, so it’s the first female-specific airbag pack. Its 30 liters expand an extra seven liters when it needs to. It uses the trusted ABS airbag system—wing-style bags, nitrogen
gas, explosive trigger. Another bonus: separate pockets for avy
gear and wet skins. [$1,203 with ABS system;
6 » OSPREY REVERB 18
1,098 cu. in. | 2 lbs., 1 oz. ski carry: diagonal Back-panel access allows this resort and sidecountry pack to comfortably fit a lunch, water, an extra layer, and a point-and-shoot. A separate pocket keeps your avy safety gear close at hand, and with few straps, buckles, and zippers on the exterior, it can go on the lift without getting hung up. [$99; ospreypacks.com]