Winter Packs

Recent Winter Pack Reviews

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

rated 5 of 5 stars
The North Face Patrol 45 Duo

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

user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Kamber 22 added Aug 26, 2016
$150
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MFH German Winter Tarn Rucksack added Jan 24, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Dawn Patrol 32 added Aug 25, 2015
$160 - $169
Salomon S-Lab X Alp 20 added Jan 22, 2015
$150 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Jones Snowboards Higher 30 Backpack added Sep 30, 2014
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Saga 40 Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Pack added Sep 18, 2014
$812 - $1,249
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Deuter Pace 36 added Sep 18, 2014
$129 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Halo 28 JetForce Avalanche Airbag Pack added Sep 11, 2014
$780 - $1,199
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Deuter Guide Tour 35+ SL added Jul 28, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Snowtastic 28 added Aug 4, 2013
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Deuter Guide Tour 45+ added Jul 4, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Quintic 28 added May 23, 2012
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mammut Trea Guide 40+7 added Mar 20, 2012
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
REI Pinnacle 35 Pack added Dec 19, 2011
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
DaKine Frontier 36L added Nov 19, 2011
$135 MSRP
Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Ice Pack added Nov 2, 2011
$310 - $330
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
VauDe Snow Walker 35 added Mar 22, 2011
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Mystery Ranch Sweetpea added Jul 1, 2010
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
CamelBak Menace added May 18, 2010
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Ortovox Free Rider 16 added Apr 26, 2010
$135 - $180
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
CamelBak Roulette added Mar 31, 2010
$125 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
CamelBak Hellion added Mar 22, 2010
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Lowe Alpine Attack MX 42+10 added Nov 24, 2009
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Deuter Freerider Pro 30 added Sep 21, 2009
$160
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
The North Face Patrol 48 added Sep 7, 2009
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Kode 22 added Sep 1, 2009
$119 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Osprey Kode 30 added Sep 1, 2009
$139 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DaKine Heli Pack
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Dana Design Tatoosh 35
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Patrol 45 added Feb 5, 2009
discontinued
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Osprey Switch 14 added Oct 22, 2008
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Covert added Mar 31, 2008
$120 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Ortovox Peak 29
$159 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Arc'teryx Silo 18 added Aug 1, 2007
$99 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Silo 30 added Jul 25, 2007
$169 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Revelation added Jan 7, 2007
$160 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Anarchist AvaLung added Oct 16, 2006
$280 MSRP
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
The North Face Snowday added Oct 7, 2006
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Lowe Alpine Fall Line 35 added Sep 27, 2006
$150 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Lowe Alpine Powder Line 22 added Sep 27, 2006
$100 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Lowe Alpine Snow Attack 35 added Sep 23, 2006
discontinued
Gregory Targhee 32 added Sep 20, 2006
$118 - $189
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Backcountry Access Stash Valhalla added Aug 31, 2006
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Backcountry Access Stash OB added Apr 21, 2006
$102 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Burton Amp Pack added Apr 5, 2006
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Burton AK Paradise added Jul 15, 2004
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
DaKine Poacher 45L added Nov 26, 1998
$160 MSRP
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Lowe Alpine Snowpeak 50 added Sep 11, 1997
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Snow Pack added Aug 11, 1997
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Life-Link Rando X
$140 MSRP