Winter Packs

The best winter packs, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on March 25, 2018. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Winter Pack Reviews

Black Diamond Saga 40 Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Pack

rated 0.5 of 5 stars A very expensive bag that lasted less than six weeks. Great components in an inferior bag. The pockets that held the components wore big holes in the fabric. The airbag is not transferable and Black Diamond did not uphold its warranty. Buy Arc'teryx for better quality. The components wore holes in the pockets where they were contained. I never put anything else in those pockets. Within six weeks huge holes appeared. I contacted Black Diamond who brushed it off as wear and tear. You cannot buy a… Full review

Black Diamond Saga 40 Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Pack

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great high end avalanche backpack that can be deployed multiple times. Best for single to multi-day backcountry expeditions and ski tours in alpine, medium to high risk conditions. If you only do a few days a year in these conditions, renting may be a more rational option. Excellent fit and carrying system for an avalanche pack. I'm a longer dude and got the M/L version. The hip belt has a metal buckle and is comfortable during longer ski tours. The volume is not accurate. It can probably hold around… Full review

Osprey Kode 22

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Osprey's Kode 22 may be designed as a skiing pack, but it is so much more. This pack should be considered by anyone who is searching for a multi-use/multi-season day pack. I find myself reaching for my Osprey Kode 22 ski pack over and over again. Whether I am skiing or not, it has proven to be the most versatile daypack I have owned. I am able to strap my mid-fat Black Diamond Amperage skis to the sides and crush my thighs on a boot pack, or I can use it during day-hikes, canoe trips, fly fishing,… Full review

Black Diamond Dawn Patrol 32

rated 5 of 5 stars This pack is designed for backcountry ski touring. It is comfortable and big enough for emergency gear, food, etc. I've used this pack for almost two winters in the mountains of northern New Mexico. It's as good as new; it's trustworthy. Unlike the packs I previously used, I can wear this on a full-day outing and hardly notice it, even when it is fully loaded. I'm a medium size in most clothes, and the Dawn Patrol 32 is a good fit. In comparison, standard rucksacks, such as the BD Nitro pack, feel… Full review

Deuter Pace 36

rated 5 of 5 stars Many many small details make this a win win for the user, it would require few more sentences, this is quick glance at what makes this backpack special. Let me begin with, by saying that I'm a Deuter backpack devotee...on with the Deuter Pace 36 in the Deuter product line the Pace 36. For its capacity and volume, it must be their lightest, just under 2lbs. The design and details on this backpack are well thought out with fine detaining, so much so that they can be very easily overlooked. Here are… Full review

Deuter Guide Tour 35+ SL

rated 5 of 5 stars All the winter bag I will ever need for day hiking in the snow. Rugged, has everything I need and more! This is my first ever winter pack and I love it! I bought it specifically to strap my snowshoes on. This pack can also carry skis and a snowboard as well. My snowshoes strap to the pack easily with no hassle. The pack is waterproof as well. It holds extra gear and food. It has multiple entry areas and zippers. It has a front zipper area for emergency snow avalanche shovel pocket. This is a great… Full review

The North Face Patrol 45 Duo

rated 5 of 5 stars Sometimes they get it right. More Pros Nylon side pocket ( not cheap ) Universal buckles (easy to replace or expand ) Wide belt Loops for climbing gear inside pockets for a avalanche probe and bladder   I bought this new in 2003 and have used it for everything from: Back country camping - expanded to 60lt and outside harness system handles a foamy and tent very well. Fly fishing - added buckles to my float tube and clipped it to the pack, fly rod rests in the side pocket Ski touring - 3 different… Full review

Black Diamond Halo 28 JetForce Avalanche Airbag Pack

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A great evolution on the airbag concept with terrific selection of features. So I got to take this pack out for a spin the other day on a Ski Mountaineering objective. It was a pretty short day and we didn't get into any terrain that we felt was particularly risky, so I never felt the need for its key feature. The pack is accurate to the rest of the BD M/L sizing. It's surprising comfortable, and breathable for a winter pack. I certainly found it rather enjoyable to wear. The bag is burly, and feels… Full review

Jones Snowboards Higher 30 Backpack

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This is a great bag. It doesn't look that big, but you can fit a ton of gear in it! Love the helmet strap and probe sleeves. I took up splitboarding this year and my wife, knowing that I desperately needed I new bag to hold all my gear, got me this bag for Christmas.  I have been very impressed with this bag. It has plenty of room for all of my gear and everything is easily accessible. I really enjoy the stowaway helmet sling so that I don't have to wear my helmet during ascent. I also like the… Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Deuter Pace 36
$86 - $129
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Dawn Patrol 32
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DaKine Heli Pack
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Halo 28 JetForce Avalanche Airbag Pack Avalanche Airbag
$1,100 - $1,199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Deuter Freerider Pro 30
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mammut Trea Guide 40+7
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Saga 40 Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Pack Avalanche Airbag
$1,150 - $1,249
Backcountry Access Float 32 Avalanche Airbag
DaKine Heli Pack 12L
High Sierra Symmetry
Deuter Ontop ABS 20 Pack Avalanche Airbag
Arva FreeRando 38 Daypack (under 2,000 cu in) / Winter Pack
Arva Calgary 26 Daypack (under 2,000 cu in) / Winter Pack
Patagonia SnowDrifter Pack 30L Daypack (under 2,000 cu in) / Winter Pack
Backcountry Access Float 22 Avalanche Airbag
Thule Upslope 20L
$102 - $119
Ortovox Haute Route 32
Arva Explorer 18 Daypack (under 2,000 cu in) / Winter Pack
Patagonia SnowDrifter 30L
Hyperlite Mountain Gear 4400 Ice Pack
Deuter Freerider Lite 25 Daypack (under 2,000 cu in) / Winter Pack
$119 - $120
Patagonia SnowDrifter 20L Winter Pack / Daypack
Gregory Targhee 32
Mammut Nirvana Flip
$96 - $129
Tubbs Snowshoe Pack
$37 - $39
Osprey Kamber 32
Deuter Rise 34+
Deuter Ontop ABS 30 Avalanche Airbag Pack Avalanche Airbag
Gregory Targhee 18
Backcountry Access Stash 40
Arva Calgary 22 Daypack (under 2,000 cu in) / Winter Pack
Thule RoundTrip Boot Backpack
CamelBak SnoBlast
Deuter Freerider 24 SL
$139 - $140
Black Diamond Cirque 35
Burton Zoom 26L Pack
Deuter Rise Lite 28
Black Diamond Cirque 30
Patagonia Descensionist 40L Overnight Pack (2,000 - 2,999 cu in) / Winter Pack
Mammut Nirvana Ride 22
Backcountry Access Stash 20
Deuter Rise 32+ SL
Deuter Pace 28 SL
Deuter Rise Pro 34+
Mammut Light Removable 3.0 Airbag Avalanche Airbag
$464 - $579
The North Face Snomad 34
$119 - $159
Deuter Rise Pro 32+ SL
Mammut Nirvana Rocker
Mystery Ranch Saddle Peak
Mammut Trea Guide 30+7
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