FIRST IMPRESSIONS: This highly structured 34-liter ski backpack from Dakine is so feature and storage laden, if you can’t fit something on your packing list in here, it’s probably not worth taking into the backcountry. Offered in four awesome colorways, purpose-built storage spaces on this bag include a fleece-lined goggle pocket, side water bottle pocket, dedicated avalanche tools pocket, helmet carry and little stashes everywhere you look. The more time you spend with this bag, the more features you’ll find.

FAVORITE FEATURES: Not only are there multiple ski carry systems, with an A-frame and diagonal option, the latter is also adjustable. For even more versatility, it appears you can remove the metal frame from this pack for a lighter-weight style. Among the more technical backpacks we reviewed this season, this model is also detailed with a padded waist strap and substantial back padding for max comfort while skiing and hiking for turns.

MANUFACTURER DESCRIPTION: Adjustable diagonal ski carry; Dedicated A-frame ski carry; Snow tool/shovel pocket; Deployable helmet carry; Top load and back panel entry; Fleece lined goggle pocket; Insulated hydro sleeve; Side water bottle pocket; Dual ice axe carry; Load compression straps; Padded waist belt; Integrated rescue whistle / sternum strap.