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Seven Packs That Get You Ready to Take On the Elements

Ortovox FreeriderWhen buying a new backpack, it’s important to understand just how personal the pack can end up being. That bag could follow you from your local ski hill to the Eiger. Wherever you decide to take it, finding the right is an important decision. Here are seven bags worth checking out for the adventerous side in you.

Ortovox Freerider Woman’s:

This women’s specific bag is decked out with an organization system that will keep you from digging around in the bag for items. The pack also has extra sturdy loops for shovels or ice picks and comes hydrogen compatible. The 22-liter bag leaves plenty of room for lunch, extra layers or whatever you may need.

Colombia Rescue Specialist

This heavy duty Colombia bag was designed with input from the national ski patrol and it shows! Removable clear pouches combine organization with quick access and it’s Omni-Shield repellant system keeps the pack’s contents nice and dry. The relatively small pack even has a strap system that allows it to carry a full-size pair of skis.

Mystery Ranch Saddle Peak

This low-profile pack is sleek and discreet. It sits close to the back allowing you to maneuver through busy areas without hassle. The pack has lots of stash pockets, keeping all of your essentials near by. Don’t let the small design fool you—the Saddle Peak is a respectable 20 liters.

Camelbak Roulette

Camelbak’s Roulette is a fully equipped, 28-liter pack that provides plenty of room for whatever you may need backcountry. The bag specializes in hydration with an insulated drinking tube and whopping 100-ounce reservoir. If you like to takeoff for long, tiring days, check out this Camelbak.Osprey KODE

Osprey Kode 22

The Kode 22 is a small pack that can hold everything you need for a day on the slopes. A front stash pocket gives you easy access to your map or compass while the main pocket is roomy enough to hold extra layers, a hydration reservoir and food. Osprey adds a nice touch by providing a fleece-lined goggle pocket to prevent scratches.

Deuter Cruise 30

This roomy yet lightweight bag keeps its structural integrity with frame support rods. The 30-liter interior works for a day on the lifts but really caters for the long days in the backcountry or even an over-night excursion. The pack is hydration compatible and offers an easy access stash pocket on it’s top. It also offers Alpine Back System technology for optimal comfort, a must for the large 30-liter Deuter.

Backcountry Access Squall

The Squall is a simplified version of the normal daypack. Its simplified design is stripped down of all straps, pockets and zippers that aren’t essential. Backcountry’s stuff sack design consists of one large, 27-liter pocket. The roll-top prevents dealing with zippers ensures all your gear will stay dry. If you’re looking for a simple, practical and affordable pack, the squall may be for you.

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