Winter Packs

Recent Winter Pack Reviews

Osprey Kamber 22

rated 5 of 5 stars 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

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

user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Kamber 22 reviewed Dec 30, 2018
$150
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Saga 40 Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Pack reviewed Mar 25, 2018
$875 - $1,249
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Kode 22 reviewed Sep 4, 2017
$119 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Dawn Patrol 32 reviewed Jul 6, 2017
$160 - $169
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Deuter Pace 36 reviewed Jun 30, 2016
$129 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Deuter Guide Tour 35+ SL reviewed Jun 17, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Patrol 45 Duo reviewed May 25, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Halo 28 JetForce Avalanche Airbag Pack reviewed Mar 18, 2016
$900 - $1,199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Jones Snowboards Higher 30 Backpack reviewed Mar 14, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MFH German Winter Tarn Rucksack reviewed Jan 24, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Snowtastic 28 reviewed Oct 19, 2014
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Mystery Ranch Sweetpea reviewed Oct 9, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
REI Pinnacle 35 Pack reviewed May 1, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
CamelBak Hellion reviewed Jul 7, 2013
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Quintic 28 reviewed Jun 12, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
DaKine Frontier 36L reviewed Apr 28, 2013
$135 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mammut Trea Guide 40+7 reviewed Apr 13, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Osprey Kode 30 reviewed Jan 20, 2013
$139 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Quiver reviewed Jan 20, 2013
$89 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Lowe Alpine Fall Line 35 reviewed Dec 13, 2012
$150 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Silo 30 reviewed Oct 17, 2012
$169 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
VauDe Snow Walker 35 reviewed Mar 22, 2012
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Ortovox Free Rider 16 reviewed Nov 4, 2011
$180
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Lowe Alpine Powder Line 22 reviewed Oct 31, 2011
$100 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Lowe Alpine Attack MX 42+10 reviewed Oct 16, 2011
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user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Osprey Switch 14 reviewed Jun 28, 2011
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Deuter Freerider Pro 30 reviewed Mar 28, 2011
$120 - $160
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
CamelBak Menace reviewed Feb 14, 2011
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Cassin Snowzone 35L reviewed Dec 10, 2010
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
DaKine Pro II reviewed Nov 22, 2010
$125 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
CamelBak Roulette reviewed Mar 31, 2010
$125 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Arc'teryx Silo 18 reviewed Mar 6, 2010
$99 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Life-Link Rando X reviewed Mar 3, 2010
$140 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Backcountry Access Stash Valhalla reviewed Oct 26, 2009
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Dana Design Tatoosh 35 reviewed Jun 12, 2009
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Patrol 45 reviewed Feb 5, 2009
discontinued
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
The North Face Snowday reviewed Dec 23, 2008
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Lowe Alpine Snow Attack 35 reviewed Oct 23, 2008
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Backcountry Access Stash Diva reviewed Apr 25, 2008
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Covert reviewed Mar 31, 2008
$120 MSRP
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Switch 40+5 reviewed Feb 23, 2008
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
K2 Pilchuck reviewed Jan 23, 2007
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Revelation reviewed Jan 7, 2007
$160 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Anarchist AvaLung reviewed Oct 16, 2006
$280 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
The North Face Chugach 18 reviewed May 10, 2006
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Backcountry Access Stash OB reviewed Apr 21, 2006
$102 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Burton Amp Pack reviewed Apr 5, 2006
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Dana Design Snow Factor reviewed Dec 1, 2004
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Burton AK Paradise reviewed Jul 15, 2004
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
DaKine Poacher 45L reviewed Oct 25, 2000
$160 MSRP
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