This pack-of-all-trades from BD serves climbers and skiers alike. It comes in two sizes: The forty-four liter size is the perfect for a day of ice climbing, and fifty liter size is great for when you need a little more room. The Ice Pack comes with ice tool tubes, a crampon pouch, and a plastic sheet with 10 mm of foam for a suspension. You can use the foam pad for a sleeping pad in a pinch. For the skier, the same suspension is cushy and supportive for the ascent but is designed not to interfere with mobility on the descent. The Ice Pack was designed with function, not frills, in mind. Heavily padded shoulder straps and hip belt were added for long approaches.
Bronco - Jun 10, 2002 2:06 pm - Voted 3/5Untitled Review
It doesn't have wand pockets, which is a nice place to keep pickets accessable. No load lifters, the compression straps are way too long and can whip you to death in the wind but, I guess they designed it like that for lashing stuff to the outside of the pack, ski's, poles, sleeping pad etc... Not the most comfortable load carrying pack, but, after some of the stuff I've done with it, I don't think many in this category (foam frame)would be. Doesen't climb as well as other packs I've climbed in either. If you are careful about how you pack it and get the load compressed fairly well, it carries just fine up to 30 - 35lbs (depending on your pain threshold).