After using these two ski packs for several
months, in winter, spring and summer conditions, BT and I are
here to tell you this: they rock. From the innovative hydration
tube shoulder strap "stash pocket" that keeps the tube
from freezing, to well thought out ski carrying systems, to the
perfectly designed internal storage pockets, it's clear these
packs are made by backcountry skiers for backcountry skiers,
with a full understanding of their special needs.
We have used these packs in near and below
zero Fahrenheit conditions several times this season and yes,
the tube stayed clear. This feature alone makes the Stash Packs
unique and very worthy, but there's much more. The Stash Pack
bc swallows all of the usual winter essentials for both backcountry
and inbounds/ out of bounds jaunts plus camera gear, no problem.
The smaller Stash pack is a perfect size for short forays and
spring skiing. The internal pockets of the bc model are designed
to hold a shovel blade on the main compartment flap (obviating
the need to fill the pack just to give it body, by the way) and
an avalanche probe and shovel handle on the back wall. In the
spring they hold a can of mosquito repellent and a bottle of
beer quite nicely too!