Winter Packs

Recent Winter Pack Reviews

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Mountain Equipment Kaniq 33

The Kaniq 33 is a lightweight, 33-liter day pack with a full suite of features for ski alpinism or just plain backcountry skiing. Solidly built and snow and water resistant, with some well-thought-out lightweight fittings to keep weight down, but doesn’t ride well when full and not everything functions optimally. (Preliminary, early-winter review) As the days get longer in Norway, the summits start calling. They come in many shapes and sizes: everything from broad, avalanche-safe slopes that are… Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Deuter Guide Tour 45+

Durable pack, but not as versatile as I hoped. Pack of this caliber should have an adjustable back. I will not review anything unless I have had the product at least a year. I find the pack does not fit well. I am 5'10" and when weighted and all the weight is on my hips a pack of this caliber should have an adjustable back.  I was hoping to replace a 2003 TNF Patrol Pack with this one. It is a great climbing pack. But because the buckles are only used by Deuter I can not expand the harness… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Osprey Kamber 22

Excellent winter pack for day trips, made with very useful and safety conscious features. I bought this for winter hiking and snowshoeing, particularly for carrying snowshoes when not being used. I found it very easy to load or unload the snowshoes without having to remove mitts. The strap system on the pack is just perfect for this, and tucks out of the way when not needed. The pack is made to be very water resistant and lives up to this. It's a panel design with one larger compartment with a divider… Full review

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Black Diamond Saga 40 Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Pack

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

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Black Diamond Saga 40 Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Pack

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

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Osprey Kode 22

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

rated 5 of 5 stars
Black Diamond Dawn Patrol 32

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

rated 5 of 5 stars
Deuter Pace 36

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

rated 5 of 5 stars
Deuter Guide Tour 35+ SL

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

user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Quintic 28
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Quiver
$89 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Arc'teryx Silo 18
$99 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Silo 30
$169 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Backcountry Access Stash Diva
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Backcountry Access Stash OB
$102 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Backcountry Access Stash Valhalla
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Anarchist AvaLung
$280 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Covert
$120 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Dawn Patrol 32
$127 - $169
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Halo 28 JetForce Avalanche Airbag Pack Avalanche Airbag
$780 - $1,079
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Revelation
$160 MSRP
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Saga 40 Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Pack Avalanche Airbag
$812 - $999
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Snow Pack
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Burton AK Paradise
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Burton Amp Pack
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
CamelBak Hellion
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
CamelBak Menace
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
CamelBak Roulette
$125 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Cassin Snowzone 35L
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
DaKine Frontier 36L
$135 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DaKine Heli Pack
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
DaKine Poacher 45L
$160 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
DaKine Pro II
$125 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Dana Design Snow Factor
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Dana Design Tatoosh 35
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Deuter Freerider Pro 30
$160
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Deuter Guide Tour 35+ SL
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Deuter Guide Tour 45+
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Deuter Pace 36
$129 MSRP
Gregory Targhee 32
$142 - $189
Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Ice Pack
$228 - $330
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Jones Snowboards Higher 30 Backpack
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
K2 Pilchuck
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Life-Link Rando X
$140 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Lowe Alpine Attack MX 42+10
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Lowe Alpine Fall Line 35
$150 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Lowe Alpine Powder Line 22
$100 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Lowe Alpine Snow Attack 35
discontinued
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Lowe Alpine Snowpeak 50
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mammut Trea Guide 40+7
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MFH German Winter Tarn Rucksack
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Equipment Kaniq 33 Daypack (under 35L) / Winter Pack
$265
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Snowtastic 28
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Mystery Ranch Sweetpea
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Ortovox Free Rider 16
$180
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Ortovox Peak 29
$159 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Kamber 22
$150
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Kode 22
$119 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Osprey Kode 30
$139 MSRP