Great pack. I bought one last season and ended up sending it back cause I realized I am a gaper and would be using the thing for lift served 95% of the time. I wanted a pack to carry a hydration system and a few other items(extra goggles, layers, gloves, etc.) and be able to carry skis/snowboard for some light hiking out west. If I actually got to do more than slack country skiing I would highly recommend. For mostly lift served with a water system I like the Dakine Heli pack. Also has option for ski/snowboard carry but much thinner profile.
I picked up the Black Diamond Outlaw 32L pack this winter and it had been awesome. Perfect size for day trips. A-frame ski carry, access through the back (nice when you lay it down in the snow. Front pocket fits shovel and probe perfectly.
Usually have it stuffed with a first aid kit, skins, extra layers, and a 2L hydration bladder.
Going to be buying the same one but Avalung version for next year.
I’m happier now, but not sure why because they are a lot of fun for me at either length, just in slightly different ways. Maybe it’s just mental. BTW…I’m not a very particular type of person, I’m more a whatever type of guy when it comes to the beer I drink, the clothes I wear, the bike I ride, etc. When it comes to skis for some reason I drive myself a little crazy…I want things to be just so.