About Winter and Ski Backpacks
Winter and Ski Backpacks for Your Winter Adventures
Winter and ski backpacks add features that help you explore the back country and the front country. With the capability to carry skis, snowboards, snowshoes, and other specialized winter gear like ice axes and crampons, winter packs meet a greater range of needs than your typical hiking backpack.
As with all backpacks you'll want to consider weight when choosing what to buy. Ski packs often weigh more as stronger materials reinforce key areas that are likely to contact sharp edges and tips. This year's Deuter Guide Lite 32 Backpack offers a lighter version of Deuter's almost bombproof Guide series packs. At 2 lbs. 6 oz, the Guide Lite 32 is our lightest winter ski pack. Perfect for times when every ounce counts, the Guide Lite trades off durability for weight. With a sturdy frame, gear and ax loops, and a removable foam back pad it provides extra features you will need when ice climbing or mountaineering.
Pack volume is another important consideration. The Osprey Kode 32 Backpack is a great all around size for days in the back bowls. Thirty liters of volume is just enough for extra layers, lunch, water, and a couple of energy bars. But if you need more space--or less--Osprey's Kode packs 32 liter size. Whether you are carrying a board, skis, or snowshoes the Kode accommodates it. The Kode is also available in small, medium, and large torso lengths to get you just the fit you need.
Pocket location and access are other features to think about when buying a ski or snowboard backpack. The Deuter Freerider Pro 30L Backpack offers a full back panel opening with heavy-duty zipper that allows main compartment access without having to detach your gear. A practical and versatile pack, the Freerider packs comes in different volumes and full and SL (slim) size for women and smaller men.
If you are headed ski mountaineering, packs like the Gregory Alpinisto 50. Designed with your hard core adventure in mind, the Alpinisto even has an external crampon pocket and removable hip belt for your summit push. Serious adventures require a serious pack.